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Steve Bellone: Health costs Suffolk’s ‘biggest’ fiscal issue

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, in a State of the County message Thursday night, called employee health insurance costs Suffolk’s “biggest financial issue,” saying the price tag has climbed by $64 million — 16 percent — in the past two years. In an address at Newfield High School in Selden, Bellone said health care expenses now represent 15 percent of the total county budget. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)