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Suffolk bill on employee health costs OKd

Bellone addresses County Legislature of Health Bill

"It's a good day for Suffolk County taxpayers," County Executive Steve Bellone said after the vote. "It's important to show we are leading by example . . . and we're not expecting any one group to shoulder the burden." But he warned that "time pressures" loomed and that the county's 2013 budget faced "hundreds of millions of dollars in deficits."| read more ››

Bellone budget cuts capital projects 21%


Spending for construction and other capital projects would decline by 21 percent next year under a budget proposed Tuesday by County Executive Steve Bellone.

Unveiling his three-year capital program, Bellone said roads and bridges still would be rehabbed and public safety vehicles replaced, but that the county's fiscal crisis requires a "leaner" plan than lawmakers have approved in recent years.| read more ››

Bellone Says ‘Fire Largely Contained’

County Executive Bellone and Gov. Cuomo discuss the brush fires with the media

County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday afternoon that the brush fires in Suffolk have been largely contained. Both Bellone and Governor Andrew Cuomo thanked firefighters for their efforts in battling the blaze, which they said could have been “a lot worse.” The Governor also declared a state of emergency for Suffolk County in order to put it in a position to receive financial assistance.| read more ››