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Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter is County Executive Steve Levy’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Long Island Regional Planning Council, according to council chairman John Cameron.
Walter, if confirmed by county lawmakers, would be filling the vacancy left by Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone, Levy’s likely fall foe. Bellone had served four years on the council, but for the past year had been a holdover. He sent in a resignation letter late last year, saying it was time for him to give another supervisor a chance to serve.
When Bellone’s resignation was raised at a council meeting late last year, Levy’s chief deputy, Christopher Kent, kidded that perhaps the council should not accept the resignation. “If he’s going to run for county executive maybe we should keep him busy,” he joked.
Despite Cameron’s disclosure, Levy has not yet filed a resolution to appoint Walter, although the Riverhead supervisor attended Tuesday’s council meeting in Hauppauge. Mark Smith, a Levy spokesman, said he expects the appointment resolution to be filed in time for one of the March legislature meetings. Walter’s appointment is significant because his town is still wrestling with the development of the former Grumman Corp. site in Calverton.