Newsday: Millions of dollars in Suffolk operating debt remain

<p>A Newsday report shows Suffolk County with hundreds of millions of dollars in operating debt - and at least one Republican legislator says the county executive is to blame.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 18, 2018, 10:32 PM

Updated 2,007 days ago

Share:

A Newsday report shows Suffolk County with hundreds of millions of dollars in operating debt - and at least one Republican legislator says the county executive is to blame.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone touted his accomplishments during a speech in May, where he told told residents that Suffolk is now on the path to fiscal responsibility after once being $500 million in debt.
Newsday reports that millions of dollars in debt remain, and it’s a considerable burden for Suffolk. The report cites a legislative budget document that shows the county has amassed $883 million in operating debt over the past decade.  In addition, the county is required to make $72 million in debt service payments next year, essentially wiping out a projected $100 million increase in sales tax revenue.

Fort Salonga RepublicanRob Trotta is a Suffolk County legislator and a frequent Bellone critic.  Trotta says the two-term county executive should cut spending and re-negotiate contracts.

"He got himself involved in a contract that gave the cops a 28.6 percent pay increase at a time when we had no money. Anybody listening get a 28.6 percent pay increase? I don't think so," he says.

The Bellone administration is standing by its record. A spokesperson for the county executive tells News 12, "After inheriting a $500 million operating deficit and a $200 million annual budget gap from the prior administration, we made the hard choices to significantly reduce the size of government by generating over $200 million in annual savings. As a result, we've eliminated the deficit and balanced the budget while protecting taxpayers."
Bellone is expected to seek re-election in 2019.  Trotta's name has been floated as a possible Republican challenger, along with County Comptroller John Kennedy and incoming state Senate minority leader John Flanagan.


More from News 12
2:06
Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

1:56
Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the 70s today; chance of showers for the weekend

Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the 70s today; chance of showers for the weekend

1:53
Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

0:24
Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

2:29
Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

0:40
Town of Hempstead launches rain barrel pilot program in five town parks

Town of Hempstead launches rain barrel pilot program in five town parks

0:47
Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

1:55
12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate

12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate

0:24
Police: 2 men arrested for stealing copper wire, burglarizing Jericho business

Police: 2 men arrested for stealing copper wire, burglarizing Jericho business

0:23
FDA approves first self-test for cervical cancer

FDA approves first self-test for cervical cancer

1:08
East End: Kick off party to the summer showcasing the beauty of the region

East End: Kick off party to the summer showcasing the beauty of the region

1:07
The East End: Calissa in Water Mill

The East End: Calissa in Water Mill

1:36
The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

1:19
Nassau County doctor convicted of illegally prescribing around 93,000 mg of oxycodone to 1 patient

Nassau County doctor convicted of illegally prescribing around 93,000 mg of oxycodone to 1 patient

1:44
Massapequa couple latest to be charged in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Massapequa couple latest to be charged in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol riot

0:30
 Police: Deer Park teen charged after making threats, bringing BB gun to Frost Middle School

Police: Deer Park teen charged after making threats, bringing BB gun to Frost Middle School

0:23
New York Rangers beat Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 to advance to Eastern Conference Final

New York Rangers beat Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 to advance to Eastern Conference Final

2:11
Commack man takes stand in civil trial claiming he was strip-searched by Suffolk police

Commack man takes stand in civil trial claiming he was strip-searched by Suffolk police

1:40
Blood drive held in honor of former Patchogue fire chief exceeds expectations

Blood drive held in honor of former Patchogue fire chief exceeds expectations

1:39
Long Islanders take part in No Mow May to help lawns flourish, aid early season pollinators

Long Islanders take part in No Mow May to help lawns flourish, aid early season pollinators