Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy speaks at a meeting of...

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy speaks at a meeting of the Long Island Business Development Council in Ronkonkoma. (June 14, 2011) Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy touted that his office has been functioning with only 19 employees while keeping other budgeted positions vacant ["Executive's office a lean operation," Letters, Nov. 24]. What he fails to note is that his staff has significantly dwindled since he announced last March that he would not seek re-election.

County payroll records show that in June 2010, the executive's office consisted of 30 full-time staff, not 19, and included a photographer for Levy at a salary of $71,900. That position was eventually eliminated by the county legislature. Also, Levy's budget and labor relations offices, both of which are vital to the functioning of the executive branch, employed an additional 27 top- and midlevel staff.

If Steve Levy wishes to tell the world what a lean office he has, he should include all the facts.

Joseph Sawicki Jr., Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is the Suffolk County comptroller.

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