Letter: Levy: Stop blaming previous leadership

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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At some point, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone must stop blaming others for his woes ["Moody's lowers Suffolk bond rating," News, March 26].

The recent downgrading of Suffolk bonds was not due to anything from prior administrations, as Bellone intimates. Rather, it was due to the unprecedented borrowing and use of one-shots by his own administration.

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I rejected numerous gimmicks that the current administration has employed, including selling off the Dennison building only to rent it back, bonding salaries, suggesting we defer debt obligations to later years, and backloading an overly generous police union contract.

The budget I submitted for 2012 spent less than in 2008. It was my last budget, not Bellone's first, that reduced the number of employees by the hundreds.

Steve Levy, Bayport

Editor's note: The writer was the Suffolk County executive from 2004 through 2011.

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