Karl understands first-hand how New York State puts obstacles in the way of attracting businesses and hiring more workers, especially because his town has to compete with neighboring states with less red tape. He led reforms in Deerpark’s zoning restrictions to improve the business climate there.
Protecting his constituents’ pocketbooks in challenging times has been a top priority for Karl. He aggressively pursued savings for his town’s taxpayers by having an energy audit performed on town facilities and making vendors compete for town business.
Despite New York State’s heavy mandates and costly regulations, Karl’s careful management has allowed Deerpark to put away reserve funds for unanticipated future expenses, and the town has its first long-term financial plan. For three consecutive years, the town’s tax levy has remained stable and under the state mandated 2% tax cap.
To assure that town government remains open and honest, Brabenec reestablished the town’s ethics committee and dramatically expanded communication with the public through the town’s website, social media, and open-house meetings.
Brabenec attributes his accomplishments as Supervisor to his faith in enterprise and hard work, and to governing with integrity, guided by “common-sense principles.” Raised in Orange County, he graduated from Minisink Valley High School in 1997. He earned his BA at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, followed by a Master of Public Administration degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
After college, Karl served as an assistant to former Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana. He was appointed to the Deerpark Zoning Board of Appeals and was later elected to the Deerpark Town Council in 2007. He is currently a member of the Advisory Boards for both Orange County Community Development Block Grants and the HOME Program to help county residents become homeowners. Karl is Vice Presidennt of the Orange County Association of Towns, Cities, and Villages and has volunteered with many community organizations throughout the years. In 2010, he was named a “Rising Star” by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
Karl lives in Westbrookville, and is the proud dad of Karl and Kimberlee.