Steve Bellone

Bellone Introduces 'Innovation Zone' Plan

Jun 17, 2015

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced a $350 million plan to upgrade the county's infrastructure to attract and keep more young people on Long Island. The plan is called the Long Island Innovation Zone.

It includes money for affordable housing in the downtown areas of Ronkonkoma, Patchouge, and Yaphank. Bellone said the plan also includes increased Long Island Railroad service between those downtowns and universities and research centers.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has introduced legislation that would create an affordable housing complex for senior lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender residents.

If approved by the Suffolk Legislature, it would be one of five around the country and the first in the Tri-state area.

David Kilmnick, Executive Director of The Long Island GLBT Network, says many members of the community have faced discrimination throughout their lives.

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During his nomination speech yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone very briefly before moving to heap praise on his choice for lieutenant governor, former upstate congresswoman Kathy Hochul.  

Bellone was often mentioned as a possibly lieutenant governor but a lot of things stood in the way, not the least of which was that Bellone wasn’t interested. 

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Suffolk County's Commissioner of Information Technology was arrested Thursday over accusations he misled lawmakers about a $5 million technology deal. The charges suggest County Executive Steve Bellone was moving forward on a technology upgrade without legislative approval.  

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Suffolk County budget officials say there’s a slowly improving fiscal picture for the county and that Suffolk actually had its first budget surplus since 2006.  

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