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Suffolk exec aide seeks one-year residency waiver

County Executive Steve Bellone’s newest spokesman Tim Ruggeri is seeking a one-year waiver of county residency rules because he currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ruggeri, a $95,000-a-year county executive assistant, was hired away on Christmas Eve from Town of Babylon, where as a spokesman he had been making $71,754 annually — a nearly 36 percent raise.

The resolution put forward by Bellone’s office said that prior to living in Brooklyn, Ruggeri was a lifelong Suffolk resident and had been working for the town for eight years.
Meanwhile, Bellone’s wife Tracey, laid off last year as the county's deputy parks commissioner, may be coming back to the county — but only in an unpaid position as a member of the Suffolk Parks Commission.

Presiding Officer William Lindsay is sponsoring a resolution to make Mrs. Bellone, now deputy Babylon parks commissioner, part of the parks commission that oversees Suffolk parks policies. Her appointment, which needs legislative approval, would last until November 2016.

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