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Suffolk Exec Bellone taps another from Babylon

The government-employee pipeline between Babylon and Suffolk resumed operation last week as County Executive Steve Bellone brought on another of his former town aides.

Tim Ruggeri, who served as a spokesman when Bellone was Babylon Town supervisor, and had been filling the role for current Supervisor Rich Schaffer, began as a county executive assistant on Dec. 24, at an annual salary of $95,000. He replaces Ed Moltzen, who becomes an assistant information technology commissioner.

Ruggeri serves under communications director Vanessa Baird-Streeter, who also worked with Bellone in Babylon. With chief deputy Regina Calcaterra on leave to head the state probe into utilities’ storm performance – and possibly not returning, as previously noted -- county attorney Dennis Cohen, once Bellone’s town attorney, has become the executive’s chief adviser.

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