Suffolk exec Steve Bellone's first year defined by Sandy, budget crisis, police contract
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Steve Bellone hadn't meant for his first major news conference as Suffolk County executive to announce a crisis -- but he no longer had a choice.
It was last March 6, and an expert panel he'd convened had just told the county legislature that a multiyear budget deficit first pegged at $150 million could reach $530 million.
Bellone stood in a cramped legislative office and declared a...