East End lawmakers, Suffolk executive battle over police funding

East End town supervisors and police officials worry a veto by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy will bring less police funding.

Lawmakers say town and village police departments get funding from a percentage of the county sales tax revenue. Legislators recently passed a bill that bases the distribution of that revenue on population size. Many lawmakers say this will boost the amount of money that East End police departments receive.

However, Levy is considering a veto for the bill. He says while the population formula may help the East End now, it could hurt future plans such as purchasing open space.

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