Meet Rudy Sunderman

Rudy Sunderman is a lifelong resident of Mastic where he resides with his family. He is a proud graduate of the William Floyd School District.

Rudy has spent his entire life helping his community. He started in the fire service as a junior member of Mastic Fire Department and has since rose up the ranks to Chief of Department where he has continued to serve for over 10 years. He has served two terms as Mastic Fire Commissioner, elected by the residents of the fire district. As a commissioner, he was able to reduce taxes to the residents by 23% while providing them with a better service. During his time in the Fire Department, Rudy has received 3 lifesaving awards for heroic acts and has continuously participated in Fire Prevention in the William Floyd School District for the past 24 years. Rudy has also formerly served as Chief of Mastic Volunteer Ambulance.  

He was formerly employed as manager of the Centereach Fire District where he maintained 7 years of fiscal budget management, implemented a paid EMS system to supplement volunteers, and reduced the cost of vendor contracts by utilizing bid processing. Rudy is a former instructor of the Suffolk County Fire Academy where he taught both new and veteran firefighters courses ranging from basic firefighter all the way to fire officer courses and everything in between for 14 years. He also served as a District Manager for CVS.

He is a past President of the Brookhaven Town Chief’s Council, Grand Marshal for the Mastic Shirley Christmas Parade in 2013, Committee member for the Hurricane Task force for the Tri-Hamlet area, past President of the Suffolk County District’s Association and past President of the Brookhaven Town Fire District’s Association.

Rudy’s hometown of Mastic is where he hopes his children will remain once they start their own families. His daughter Jennifer and her husband just recently had their first child and reside in Mastic, but unfortunately, record numbers of young people are leaving and that will not stop unless things change.  Rudy wants to ensure the future of our young residents by stopping them from being taxed out of their homes.

“Our goals will continue to be on quality of life issues, the drug epidemic, zombie homes, and balancing the budget.  We will work closely with the local police department, civic organizations and all other local groups. We are very proud of the progress we have made this last election term and look forward to the opportunity to once again serve our community in the upcoming term” Rudy has said in regard to the goals of his Legislative office.

Rudy has worked in both the public and private sector and understands the balance necessary between business and government.  He knows what it takes to balance budgets and make government work.

Although accomplished, Rudy gives much of the credit to his family, friends, and the residents of his community. “Without your continued support, I would not have been able to tackle half of the issues presented to me in my first term as legislator. I look forward to your continued support as we prepare for what will hopefully be my second term taking care of this wonderful community.”

Past Honors

  • Life Member Of the Mastic Fire Department
  • Chief Of Mastic Fire Department
  • Past Chief Of Mastic Ambulance
  • Past President Brookhaven Town Fire Police Association
  • Past President Brookhaven Town Fire Districts
  • Past President Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs
  • Past Commissioner Of Mastic Fire Dept.(2 Terms)
  • Past President Suffolk County Fire District
  • Suffolk County Silver Award – 2000
  • Recognized by County Executive Robert J. Gaffney and Town Supervisor John J. LaValle for bravery and heroism – 2001
  • Eckerd Drug Store - Character Leadership Award 2001
  • 2001 Volunteer Recognition Award 3rd Legislative District
  • Suffolk County Medal of valor for Life saving actions 2000 & 2002
  • Montauk Highway Merchants Association Award Recipient 2005 Business Leader Award
  • CVS Pharmacy District Manager of the Year 2006
  • 2006 Fire Policeman of the Year Brookhaven Town
  • 2010 Brookhaven Town Fire Chief of the Year
  • Suffolk County Fire Academy Instructor of the Year 2012
  • Mastic/Moriches/Shirley Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Grand Marshal 2013
  • 2014 Rotary Club Man of The Year
  • 2016 Mastic Fire Dept. Firefighter of the Year
  • Recognized for heroism for pulling a victim from a burning house, 2016