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Bellone won't rule out future bid for higher office

Steve Bellone won't rule out trying to move

Steve Bellone won't rule out trying to move up if re-elected county executive next week. Photo Credit: Randee Dadonna

While seeking re-election next week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declined on Monday to rule out the possibility of running for higher office before the end of his hoped-for four-year term.

He's sitting on $1.8 million in campaign money 11 days before the election, as reported here on Sunday, and Newsday asked Bellone if he would serve his full term if re-elected to a second term.

“That’s absolutely my intention. But knowing how the world works, you never know what’s going to happen,” he said after signing a bill banning microbeads.

Regarding a congressional run, he said, “I don’t know how well I would fit in in Washington. I like to get things done.” His funds for the county executive race can’t be transferred to a federal race.

Asked if he had any interest in being governor, he said, “I am looking forward to working on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election.” Cuomo was elected last year to a second term, which runs through 2018.

Former Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and former Nassau Executive Tom Suozzi both tried to become governor while holding their county posts.

Bellone on Nov. 3 faces Republican James O’Connor, a lawyer and former North Hempstead Town Board member.

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