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Proposed Suffolk Budget Includes 500 Layoffs

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Richard Drew
County Executive Steve Bellone

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has submitted his proposal for a heavily reduced $3.2 billion budget for next year. It includes cutting 500 full-time county employees and raising police taxes by nearly 2 percent.

Weeks late, the Suffolk County legislature says they are receiving County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed 2021 budget. Lawmakers scheduled deliberations on the budget for this week. Public hearings are scheduled for next week.

Bellone says the budget is delayed because of the coronavirus. Much about next year's finances are unknown. Money from the state will not be decided on until after November’s election.

New York state, Suffolk and Nassau counties and many other governments are still hoping for a congressional bailout. Democrats and Republicans in Washington have been at an impasse on a deal for months.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.