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Bellone Makes County Exec Run Official

Babylon Town Supervisor says Suffolk needs strong, inclusive leadership.

With his alma mater North Babylon High School in the background, Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone officially announced his candidacy for Suffolk County Executive.

During a rally Wednesday at the North Babylon Fire Department headquarters across from the high school, the Democrat spoke of his working class upbringing in North Babylon and how his ability to listen to the concerns of local residents has been key to governing at the town level.

“I’ve been listening and learning and now is the time to lead,” he said. “It is my intention to become the next Suffolk County Executive and bring strong and inclusive leadership.”

During the past month, Bellone, 41, has been on a “listening and learning” tour of the county, speaking with various groups from the east end to Amityville. He said the feedback he has received led to his decision to run.

“We live in a county that is lacking only strong and inclusive leadership,” he said, adding “by listening and leading we have done it in Babylon and we will do it in Suffolk County.”

While Bellone is the presumptive Democratic nominee for county executive, who he will face this November remains unknown. County Treasurer Angie Carpenter recently announced her intention to seek the GOP nomination. In addition, Suffolk Commissioner of Jurors Michael O’Donohoe has said he will seek the Conservative Party nomination.

As he begins his run for county executive, Bellone told Patch his first priority, if elected, would be to solve the county’s “fiscal crisis” and start protecting county taxpayers.

“I’ll do what I did in Babylon and do an analysis of each department and break down what each is doing and how it can be done better and cheaper. We did it in Babylon and we’re dong more for less,” he said, adding that Suffolk County currently has a $180 million structural deficit and is $1 billion in debt.

“In Babylon we delivered a 5 percent tax cut and reduced debt by 15 percent,” he noted. “That’s the model we need to follow.”

Travis April 28, 2011 at 11:36 PM
A Union candidate,get ready if he wins. btw Wyandanch will be get revitalized they've applied for the money and did receive it .
Mary Silberstein April 29, 2011 at 01:53 AM
As someone who runs a business in Wyandanch, I disagree with you. There is a difference there over the last few years and it continues to improve. It is not unsafe or filthy. There are people there who are very proud about the change and see it.
Mary Silberstein April 29, 2011 at 01:56 AM
As someone who has a business there, I disagree with you. The Wyandanch Community has a pride that hasn't been there for a long time. There has been improvements. It is more than pretty pictures. There are people who have turned their lives around and are working at improving the community. Mr. Bellone has supported the Community for some time. He puts his time and energy into creating jobs, improvements and growth.
Mary Silberstein April 29, 2011 at 01:57 AM
It takes more than money to revitalize. It takes commitment and community pride.
Travis April 29, 2011 at 09:53 AM
I agree Mary but in the case of many money where there is a lack of and the lure of a beautiful place to live sure does help unite. Sometimes people/neighborhoods just need a second chance.

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