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Acting as a ceremonial host, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone opened today's state Democratic convention in Melville with a speech boosting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that included a partial echoing of the line that the GOP represents "extreme" conservatism. He mentioned Sandy and fiscal recovery.

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It was similar to his welcome to delegates Tuesday night in which he talked of the governor "turning around a government" that was in "dysfunction" (This was hours before Cuomo named his predecessor, former Gov. David A. Paterson, as the new state party chairman).

Bellone recited the litany of four on-time budgets,  tax caps and cuts and marriage equality.