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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told a crowd of party loyalists at a fundraiser Monday night that he attended the New York Mets opening day to honor recently wounded Suffolk County police officer, Mark Collins.
What he did not mention was that later in the stands, he met up with his longtime political ally Bob Stricoff, who is under district attorney’s investigation, according to sources, for allegedly overpaying himself as much as $125,000 in salary and benefits as ex-Babylon Democratic leader.
Stricoff later posted a Facebook photo of himself with his arm around Bellone. Also in the group was Stricoff’s boss, chief operating officer at EAM Land Services/American Land Services Tom Dwyer, and businessman Nick Racanelli.
Bellone spokesman Justin Meyers said Bellone was not Stricoff’s guest at the game and they did not sit together. “They just ran into each other,” said Meyers. "Steve was at the game, as they are friends, they texted each other and met up and posed for a photo.”
Bellone sat with Collins and his family and the tickets were paid for by the Suffolk County Police Veterans Association, a nonprofit group, Myers said.