Greg Doroski has deep roots in Southold Town
– coming from a long line of farmers, business owners and community leaders. He and his wife Liz were both born and raised in Southold, and had always hoped to raise their kids here, among friends and family – to give their children the same opportunities they had growing up on the North Fork.
After graduating college, Greg and Liz married, and settled in Brooklyn to start their adult lives. Greg worked as project manager for a residential property management company – helping oversee 3 different properties with over 500 units throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Jersey City. This job was an excellent opportunity for Greg to hone his organizational and management skills.
Before the birth of their first daughter the couple moved back to Cutchogue after Greg took a job as a brewer at Greenport Harbor Brewery. As a natural entrepreneur, Greg was motivated to control his destiny and decided to start his own brewery.
After exploring potential properties on the North Fork, Greg and a few buddies decided to start a brewery in Brooklyn – Threes Brewing, in Gowanus. Greg, Liz and their now two young daughters split their time between Cutchogue and Brooklyn. Greg and his partners proceeded to transform a raw 10,000 square foot warehouse into one of the country’s top breweries. In real time, they invented and implemented all of the systems to manage staff, operations and finances as the successful business rapidly grew from 5 to 50 employees. Ultimately, they built a multimillion- dollar business that is still thriving today.
They quickly realized they’d need an offsite production facility – and hoped to locate this on the North Fork to allow Greg to return home with his family. They met local land owners willing to help them build on their industrially-zoned parcel in Cutchogue. What followed would change the course of their lives in ways they couldn’t imagine.
Greg and his partners secured the location and submitted their site plan. Although their use was clearly permitted in their proposed zone along-side other food producers and required zero variances, moratoriums were threatened by the Supervisor, covenants and restrictions were mandated, and time dragged on. It seemed irrelevant to the Town that their project would have created 15 good paying jobs and that they would have paid significant taxes to the town.
It wasn’t that the code was too strict, but rather that the process was not clear enough to be used – either intentionally or not – as a way to exhaust money, time and energy. The process dragged on for more than a year, costing them over $100,000. Ultimately, the partners decided to give up on the North Fork, and Greg transitioned out of the partnership.
During Greg’s experience and in the year that followed he learned there were many other people like him in Southold Town who had just given up their business dreams and left – who faced difficulties trying to start or grow businesses. Over time he became aware of other obstacles to establishing businesses here, many of which impact residents and businesses alike. The absence of workforce and middle-class housing and the sometimes-choking traffic are just two of many.
As an ordained Deacon and active church member, Greg absorbed the lesson of service, and the need to transform ideas into action. As he says, “ideas without action are just words.” He currently helps facilitate his Southold church’s outreach efforts to people in need around our community.
Even before being elected Greg has shown how he would proactively lead Southold Town — by attending Board work sessions, Board meetings, community organization meetings, committee meetings and meeting with members of our community. He rolls up his shirt sleeves and gets to work — listening, learning, thinking and acting.
Greg’s love of Southold and his desire to provide sustainable opportunities for his family and the entire community - to help us all grow and thrive are what motivates him to run for Southold Town Supervisor.