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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone sent out a mailing during the weekend telling voters about the great job he did during his first year in office.
The four-page, color mailing features five photographs of the county executive, trumpeting itself as “important information” from Bellone. In a reprise of his recent state of the county message, Bellone says he’s made “government smaller” and “more efficient,” and lambastes opponents of the proposed $23 million sale of the county nursing home.
The mailing’s return address is the Suffolk County Democratic Committee and emphasizes that “no taxpayer money was used for the printing or mailing of this newsletter.” Bellone aides said the mailing cost $35,500, went to 112,000 homes and was paid for by the Bellone 2015 campaign fundraising committee.
Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), minority leader, called the mailing an attempt to rebound from critical news coverage of the administration.
“I seriously question why the Suffolk Democratic Committee would feel compelled to put this out,” Kennedy said. “I think even Democrats would be incensed by it . . . ”
Robert Stricoff, vice-chairman of the Suffolk Democratic Committee, said Bellone “is putting his positions out there directly to the voters without editing from politicians, the party or the press. He’s putting his money where his mouth is.”