Santa's back! Bellone writes check to cover appearance

David McKell, 83, of Huntington Station holds up

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David McKell, 83, of Huntington Station holds up the Santa suit he's used for the past nine years to play Santa Claus at the county-owned St. James General Store. (Nov. 3, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Dave McKell will be ho-ho-hoing at the St. James General Store this Christmas after all.

In a hastily called news conference in front of the picturesque store on Friday, Democratic county executive candidate Steve Bellone handed a $660 personal check to McKell so that he can continue to play Santa at the store.

The Babylon town supervisor said the gesture was not political. Asked...

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