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Steve Bellone nominates David Bekofsky to county ethics panel

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has nominated David

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has nominated David Bekofsky to the county board of ethics. Credit: Johnny Milano

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has nominated the former head of a kidney transplant program, whose son is a deputy economic development commissioner, to the county ethics board.

The appointment of David Bekofsky was approved unanimously by the Suffolk Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee Thursday, but not before Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport) asked about his son Louis Bekofsky’s employment with Bellone.

David Bekofsky, who was administrative director of the kidney transplant program at Stony Brook University Medical Center, said he’d recuse himself from the five-member panel when appropriate.

“I understand your concerns fully,” David Bekofsky told Spencer. “I’m intelligent enough, honest enough and ethical enough to know when I should not be involved in the issue.”

Spencer said, “Everyone knows someone. It’s a difficult world out there.”

The appointment goes before the full legislature on Tuesday.

David Bekofsky, who is retired, said he was surprised to receive a call from Eric Kopp, chairman of the Suffolk Board of Ethics. They had worked at the Suffolk County Department of Health decades ago.

Kopp said he reached out to Bekofsky when board member Richard Halverson decided not to seek reappointment.

“From time to time, members of the board recuse themselves from various issues. I don’t see that being an obstacle for Mr. Bekofsky,” Kopp said.

Louis Bekofsky was hired by the county in 2012.

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