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UPDATED: Bellone Wins County Executive Race

Democratic supervisor from Babylon will take over the top office in Suffolk County.

Democrat Steve Bellone has won the Suffolk County Executive job, beating Republican Angie Carpenter with 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election.

Standing at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 in Hauppauge, Bellone touched on a theme of togetherness in his victory speech. He was joined by family, friends and future Democratic colleagues in the Suffolk Legislature.

The 42-year-old said he planned to work with Suffolk county residents, with the Suffolk County Legislature and with Carpenter, the sitting Suffolk County treasurer.

“I am confident we will overcome the challenges we face, and do it together. I am thrilled that the voters of Suffolk County returned [Presiding Officer] Bill Lindsey to office,” he said, to much applause. Lindsey defeated challenger Anthony Musumeci with 54 percent of the vote, and Democrats retained a 12-person caucus in the 18-seat legislature.

“I am looking forward to working with all of you to create a more prosperous future for our families."

Carpenter, on Tuesday, at the Sheraton in Hauppauge with County Republicans, and congratulated Bellone and her own supporters for "fighting the good fight."

"We made [Democrats] talk about real issues," she said. "The Republican party will be stronger than it ever was because we have had people come out, get involved, who we never ever involved on politics before, and that's a tribute."

Had Carpenter won, she would have been the first woman county executive in the history of Suffolk County.

County Republicans as the names of Congressional hopeful Randy Altschuler, state Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, state Sen. John Flanagan and even former congressman Rick Lazio were bandied about as potential GOP county exec candidates. Bellone, long considered the top Democratic candidate to lead the ticket, .

Elected supervisor of Babylon 10 years ago, Bellone ran on his record in streamlining government operations in his town and offered voters a plan to . Carpenter has served as county treasurer since 2005 following 12 years in the County Legislature. She ran on a platform of making government more business-friendly to spur private job creation.

Bellone steps into a fiscal situation that the entire sitting legislature agrees is tumultuous. Several have said the 2012 budget overestimates revenues and understates expenditures, though  his proposals, which include calling for health care contributions from union workers.

The county executive seat was left vacant after an investigation into Levy's campaign fundraising forced him to forgo another run and turn over his $4 million war chest to the district attorney.

Mark Wilson November 13, 2011 at 05:19 AM
Glenn, there is NOTHING like a WORKING FAMILIES PARTY endorsement to tell a Voter WHERE a Local Pols allegiances are ! "On Long Island, we’ve endorsed Steve Bellone for Suffolk County Executive. During the decade that Steve’s been serving as a Town Supervisor in Babylon, he’s led the way on Energy Star standards, comprehensive green building codes, and clean energy initiatives. Steve would be one of our strongest allies for our statewide Green Jobs initiatives in New York if elected County Executive. We’ve also endorsed Eva Pearson in Nassau County’s 14th Legislative District. ." http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/2011/11/election-day-matters-even-without-famous-names/ AS YOU WROTE... "Think I'm being a little paranoid? Read this quote from the State Committee of the New York State Communist (yes Communist) Party: ""There are many in the Democratic Party, and even more in its orbit, who are part of this fight: the labor movement, especially the transport workers, the service workers, SEIU 32BJ and 1199, and the teachers;…the progressive Democratic clubs, the peace movement and so on…Many of these important progressive forces are working within the Working Families Party. -State Committee New York State Communist Party"' http://westislip.patch.com/blog_posts/steve-bellone-in-bed-with-radicals
Jonathan Dees November 13, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Unions that automatically collect dues are basically a money-laundering operation. Those dues ultimately come from taxpayers who pay the salaries of these state workers. The dues are used in ads promoting democrats who aide and abet higher and higher union pay and benefits. It's a vicious cycle that must be stopped. NY should learn from Wisconsin. Cuomo is picking up on this somewhat, but he's no Scott Walker.
Mark Wilson November 13, 2011 at 02:54 PM
His association with SEIU and the endorsement Working Families Party will bring him up on the "radar". These entities are money laundering operations for "campaign contributions". I'm sure he will be kept in line by Tom Spota, and Good Ole Tom will find something...he always does !
Henry Powderly November 13, 2011 at 03:52 PM
All, Thank you for the discussions here, but at this point it seems all sides have been heard.

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