Ed Romaine graduated from Adelphi University with a B.A. in History, with dual minors in Education and Political Science. In 1972, he received a Masters Degree in History from Long Island University. Ed Romaine also attended the Robert A. Taft Institute of Government and did further graduate studies in Educational Administration at Long Island University and Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ed has served as an adjunct professor at Dowling College and Suffolk Community College.
For ten years, Ed served as a History teacher in the Hauppauge School District. In 1980, he entered public service as the Town of Brookhaven's Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Economic Development.
Ed served as a member of the Suffolk County Legislature from 1986 through 1989, where he was known as a fiscal conservative, sponsoring such cost-saving measures as the Suffolk County Tax Cap. Additionally, he established a record as a fighter for the environment by authoring Suffolk's first Clean Water Act. He was also a vigorous champion of the need for additional police protection, an opponent of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant and a strong advocate for the needs of his constituents.
Ed Romaine was elected Suffolk County Clerk in 1989, winning all ten townships. He was reelected in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 by ever-increasing margins of victory. Since taking office, County Clerk Romaine has instituted a number of reforms and management initiatives designed to achieve his objectives of lowering the cost of government and providing taxpayers with sorely needed relief. He has also concentrated on converting as many paper records to electronic format as possible while increasing the computer-accessibility of the county's records.
Ed Romaine has taken an active role in the revitalization of his office by increasing productivity and improving access to official records. He is recognized as a pioneer in government use of technology by creating the On-Line Office of the Suffolk County Clerk, a rapidly evolving site on the Internet. Ed has been recognized for his accomplishments by being chosen the 2001 New York State "County Clerk of the Year".
Ed Romaine is a long-time resident of Center Moriches and the father of two adult sons. He is active in numerous community, civic, fraternal and professional organizations.