Keith Romaine was a mentor when
we were first organizing Empire State Lyme Disease Association.
Keith took a personal interest in us. He asked to meet with
us to talk about this new org – he was interested in telling us
things that would help us in our roles. Keith spoke about
civic groups and things that illustrated how we could proceed.
In 2007, Keith hosted the Child
of Lyme Town Hall Meeting which was held at the Manorville
Firehouse in Manorville. The flyer can be seen below:
**CHILDREN ARE INVITED**
TO TELL THEIR OWN LYME STORIES
“CHILDREN OF LYME TOWN HALL MEETING”
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2007 at 11:00 AM
AT THE MANORVILLE FIREHOUSE
16 SILAS CARTER RD
MANORVILLE, SUFFOLK COUNTY , NY 11949
For more information about this event hosted by
community leader Keith
Romaine, contact . . .
We reflect on how we needed
guidance and support when we began and how we received it from
this kindly community leader. Keith Romaine was there with a
helping hand. As a result of Keith Romaine's involvement, his
caring about our community, he will always stand with us as one
who helped Empire State Lyme Disease Association to also help
people. Empire State Lyme Disease Association has grown in
these last few years. We owe Keith a debt for how he was
instrumental in helping us get to where we are today. God
bless you, Keith.
(from Eva Haughie)
Keith Romaine, Brookhaven
councilman, dies at 36
November 14, 2009 by Rick Brand newsday.com
Keith Romaine, newly re-elected to a
second term on the Brookhaven town council, died Saturday at age 36,
shocking his hometown
Party and creating further
uncertainty over the future control of town government.
Romaine, of Moriches, died shortly after 11 a.m. at Winthrop-University
Hospital in Mineola, with his father, Suffolk Legis. Edward Romaine
(R-Center Moriches), at his bedside.
Keith Romaine had contracted pneumonia several days ago and died from
complications caused by a virus that attacked his heart, a family
With Romaine, Republicans
had held a 4-3 majority on the Brookhaven council. The town must now
hold a special election to fill the vacancy, though no date has yet been
According to friends and political allies, Romaine had felt rundown
toward the end of a hard-fought campaign, during which he lost 40
pounds, and was battling a cold. Romaine defeated Democratic candidate
Ron Lupski in a three-way race.
"It's a great loss for the Ed Romaine family and for all the people
in his district and the Town of Brookhaven," said Jesse Garcia,
"He was a fighter and doggedly dedicated. He had a cold but was
working through it for the good of the voters and his constituents. The
way he fought was a mark of the man and his character."
Several days after the election, friends said Romaine visited his doctor
and complained of fluid in his chest preventing him from sleeping. He
checked into Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead on Thursday and was
transferred to Winthrop - the hospital at which he was born - on Friday.
Tests for the
flu virus were negative, a family spokesman said.
Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, a Democrat,
ordered flags at town buildings be flown at half-staff from Saturday
through to the funeral. Arrangements haven't been finalized.
"We're shocked and saddened by this sudden, untimely loss,"
Lesko said. "He was a passionate public servant and this tragedy is
Romaine's death sent shock waves through GOP
officials who knew he had been in the hospital but expected him to
"I just can't believe it," said Timothy Mazzei, town board GOP
majority leader. "They thought he was getting better, but that he
would not get back to work until January."
Mazzei said Romaine was "a driving force" behind putting
global positioning systems into town vehicles and was "energetic
and strong" as a liaison to ambulance and local fire departments.
John Jay LaValle, newly elected Suffolk Republican chairman and a former
Brookhaven supervisor, said, "On election night, standing on the
podium, he said it was 'the best day of my life.' . . . He was kind of
rejuvenated as a candidate and an official and was looking forward to it
as a new day for us."
Romaine was a scion of a high-profile political family in which his
county lawmaker father Edward is also a former longtime county clerk and
was once a candidate for county executive.
Dan Panico, Keith Romaine's campaign manager and close friend, described
him as "absolutely the apple of Ed's eye." "Keith looked
to his father as a mentor, a teacher and a trusted best friend,"
Romaine, born Feb. 20, 1973, is also survived by his brother Kevin
Romaine of Manorville and uncle John Romaine of Maryland