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Bellone Delays Suffolk County Budget

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Richard Drew
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AP
County Executive Steve Bellone missed his self-imposed deadline on Friday to submit the next budget.

Suffolk County lawmakers are concerned they won’t have enough time to debate the 2021 budget. County Executive Steve Bellone missed his self-imposed deadline on Friday to submit the next budget.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the budget in November. The county faces a $320 million budget deficit. Republican Legislator Rob Trotta says the county was in bad shape before the pandemic.

“We shouldn’t be bailing out mismanagement. Period. People are hurting here," Trotta said. "This isn’t about [coronavirus]. It’s about mismanagement. It’s about overspending.”

Bellone has urged Congress to send more federal coronavirus relief to help prevent massive cuts to county services and potential layoffs. Nearly $100 million in borrowing is also stalled without a proposed budget.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.