WEST SAYVILLE - Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) delivered the annual State of the County address tonight at the West Sayville Fire Department.

He reflected on the past year and highlighted his cost-saving initiatives, including using county sheriff's deputies to patrol the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway.

Levy looked ahead to the future and vowed to keep property taxes down in Suffolk County.

The county executive said he will propose a 2-percent cap on discretionary spending and will ask voters to approve the cap this fall. He says that will force lawmakers to prioritize how they spend taxpayer money.

He also stressed his commitment to saving open space and keeping gangs off of the streets.

In the Democratic response, Legislator Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor) called Levy's spending cap an election-year ploy to trick residents into believing that he is managing the budget crisis.

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