Bellone said he has made the hard choices to move the county finances toward a solid footing by cutting payroll by 1,100 jobs, privatizing county health centers, closing the county nursing home and getting the state to allow the county to put off new jail construction that would have cost $112 million. Bellone also merged the treasurer's office with the Department of Audit and Control and merged the county park police into the county police department. He also said he has received a commitment for $383 million in state funding to protect the shoreline and provide sewers to help water quality. He also wants to build rapid bus system that would better connect colleges and research institutions with transit and downtowns to spur jobs and encourage young people to remain in Suffolk County.
Bellone 46, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women's Equality lines in seeking a second term. A North Babylon resident, he previously served a decade as town supervisor, after having served four years as a town board member. Bellone earned a bachelor's degree from Queens College, a master's degree from Webster University in St. Louis and later earned a law degree from Fordham University at night. He also served two years in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist. He is married and has two daughters and a son.