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Suffolk ethics board still incomplete

More than two months after the newly reformed county ethics board was to take effect, the new board is still two members short of a full five-member complement.

The Bellone administration’s latest pick surfaced Wednesday when Robin L. Long, a Hampton Bays lawyer who does mainly real estate work, was approved unanimously at the legislature’s ways and means committee.

Long, 59, a longtime Democratic committee member was Bridget Fleming’s campaign manager for Southampton town board. She also once supported County Executive Steve Bellone’s chief deputy Regina Calcaterra in a bid for state Senate.

Bellone put Long’s name forward after his initial pick, Republican John Gallagher, former Suffolk Police commissioner and one-time chief deputy county executive, withdrew his name after learning that those who work for government are not eligible to serve. Gallagher teaches hisotry part-time at Suffolk County Community College and did not want to give it up.

Legis. John Kennedy (R-Nesconset) minority leader, originally put forward the name of attorney Lee Snead, but he also withdrew. Kennedy said he is consulting with other GOP lawmakers and is ”hell-bent to get a name” so he can file a resolution by Tuesday’s meeting in Riverhead. However, that means the name will not be voted on until August.

 

Tags: Robin Long , Steve Bellone , John Kennedy , Suffolk , Bridget Fleming , Lee Snead , Regina Calcaterra , ethics board

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