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Suffolk's Bellone vows focus on 2 projects, neither Heartland

At a Long Island Association meeting featuring presentations from the two county executives Friday, Suffolk's Steve Bellone told the audience there were two projects on which he planned to "focus like a laser" in 2012: Wyandanch Rising and the Ronkonkoma hub.

Of Heartland Town Square, the biggest development proposal in the Northeast, a 16 million square foot mega-city Gerald Wolkoff's spent 10 years envisioning for Brentwood, Bellone made no mention..

When, in 2001, he purchased the land from the state for around $23 million, Wolkoff got a 10-year tax abatement deal worth at least $2 million a year to the developer, according to the town. It expires next month.

Over in Islip, new town councilmen John Cochrane, Anthony Senft and Supervisor Tom Croci, all taking a stab at first elected office, have called Heartland "a boon." Where to from here, we wonder?

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