Suffolk exec, ending first year, vetoes first bill

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone couldn’t quite get through his first year in office without vetoing a bill.

He vetoed a measure by Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) to track residents’ requests for long-term care, such as nursing homes -- calling it duplicative of the function of a new patient advocacy board. Last week, the legislature failed to muster the 12 votes needed to override.

Browning noted that the advocacy board would form only if the county completes its sale of the John J. Foley nursing home in Yaphank, which she opposes.

Former County Executive Steve Levy issued 72 vetoes last year.

Browning joked that Bellone’s veto “makes me feel very special. I’m certainly going to frame this.”

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