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Bellone hires former Babylon spokeswoman

Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone is adding another old Babylon hand to his administration -- former town spokeswoman Vanessa Baird Streeter, now with the Long Island Power Authority. Streeter, of Dix Hills, begins as Bellone's communications director Jan. 23, said Jon Schneider, deputy county executive. Meanwhile, ex-executive Steve Levy's spokesman Dan Aug stays on the payroll.

Bellone also is keeping Levy legislative liaison Eric Kopp, who was chief deputy county executive during Republican Robert Gaffney's 12-year tenure. Kopp put in retirement papers last month but has withdrawn them. Schneider cited Kopp's institutional knowledge about the county. -- Rick Brand

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