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NY Suburban County Tackles Growing Budget Deficit

Monday, April 02, 2012

Officials on eastern Long Island say a change in how Suffolk County pays pension benefits is just one of many proposals to reduce a looming budget deficit.

A task force estimates Suffolk County could face a $530 million shortfall by the end of 2013 unless changes are made.

County Executive Steve Bellone said Monday he's worked out an agreement with a bipartisan group of legislators.

His proposal includes spreading out the rising cost of pension benefits over 10 years. That could save more than $66 million.

Bellone also is seeking more red light cameras and wants to establish the county's own traffic violations bureau. An aide said a county-run bureau could net more than $16 million.

He says this is the first phase and promises more changes.

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