MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, September 12: John M. Kennedy’s “Fiscal Reality Tour” Makes a Stop in Brookhaven

Contrasts Town’s Superior Bond Rating to Suffolk’s “Junk Bond” Status

Who: John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller and Candidate, Suffolk County Executive
Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Dan Panico, Neil Foley and Michael Loguercio, Council Members, Town of Brookhaven
Andrew Garbarino and Joe DeStefano, New York State Assemblymen
Dominick Thorne, Candidate, Suffolk County Legislature’s 7th District
Local residents

What: John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller and Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, will continue his “Fiscal Reality Tour” into the Town of Brookhaven. He will be joined by Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven, local elected officials and residents at a press conference.

In an attempt to get elected to another four-year term, County Executive Steve Bellone is trying to paint a picture that everything is fine in Suffolk County, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that the county is on the brink of fiscal disaster.

Mr. Kennedy will explain how taxpayers have been burdened by enormous tax and fee hikes, seven bond rating downgrades, and payroll and spending increases, resulting in population loss and a fiscal crisis.

He will contrast the Town of Brookhaven’s financial performance with that of Suffolk County’s. Moody’s Investor Services recently upgraded the town’s credit rating to AAA, its highest rating; meanwhile, Suffolk’s bond rating has been rated Baa2 (a rating considered as “junk”).

Moody’s credited Brookhaven with its “continued strong financial management,” while Mr. Bellone, engaged in out-of-control spending for the past seven years, resulting in seven bond downgrades.

When: Thursday, September 12
10 a.m.

Where: Armed Forces Plaza (in front of Capital One Bank)
116 East Main Street
Patchogue, New York

Directions: LIE to Exit 63 South (North Ocean Avenue) toward Patchogue. Take North Ocean Avenue south. Cross over East Main Street and stay on South Ocean Avenue. Turn left onto Terry Street, then another left at Taylor Lane. Make a right and then a left. Plaza is in front of the parking lot.

MEDIA ADVISORY for Monday, September 9, 2019: John M. Kennedy Kicks off “Fiscal Reality Tour” in Huntington

Steve Bellone’s Tax and Fee Hikes, Bond Rating Downgrades and Payroll and Spending Increases Have Created a Fiscal Crisis in Suffolk County

Who: John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller and Candidate, Suffolk County Executive
Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington
Local elected officials
Local residents

What: John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller and Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, will be joined by Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington, and local elected officials and residents at a press conference to kick off his “Fiscal Reality Tour.”

In an attempt to get elected to another four-year term, County Executive Steve Bellone is trying to paint a picture that everything is fine in Suffolk County, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that the county is on the brink of fiscal disaster.

Mr. Kennedy will explain how taxpayers have been burdened by enormous tax and fee hikes, seven bond rating downgrades, and payroll and spending increases, resulting in population loss and a fiscal crisis.

When: Monday, September 9
Noon

Where: Former site of Oceancrest Diner
269 Old Walt Whitman Road
Huntington Station, New York

Directions: LIE to Exit 49 N (Rte. 110 North). Take Pinelawn Road to Broadhollow Road (Rte. 110). Make a right onto Rte. 110. After half a mile, make a U-turn at Livingston Street, then make a slight right onto Old Walt Whitman Road and another right. Diner will be on the left-hand side.

Statement from John M. Kennedy on Reauthorization of Red-Light Camera Program

“It’s regrettable that the Democratic majority in the Suffolk Legislature renewed the Red-Light camera program for another five years. It has become clear that the program isn’t working. Suffolk’s residents realize it’s little more than a money grab. Unfortunately, under Steve Bellone, the out-of-control spending, debt and junk bond status is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. As a result of his very poor policy decisions, the people of Suffolk are stuck with the tab.”

Kennedy Calls for Firing of Bellone Appointee Accused of Being “Sexual Predator” by Former Boy Scout

BROOKHAVEN, NY — Suffolk County Comptroller and County Executive candidate, John Kennedy, today called for County Executive Steve Bellone to immediately terminate the contract of former Congressman Gary Ackerman in the wake of being named as a “sexual predator” who allegedly violated a teenage Boy Scout in a lawsuit filed last week.

Mr. Ackerman was recently named in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court as having been a “known predator” who tried to touch and fondle a 17-year-old scout while at a summer camp where Ackerman was a camp director. Ackerman served for 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was named on several occasions as having committed ethical violations while in office.

In February of 2019, Steve Bellone went out of his way to avoid any and all checks and balances in an effort to hire his hand-picked advisor, Gary Ackerman. Mr. Bellone appears to have asked for and received a waiver from having to put the position out to bid to ensure that Ackerman got the contract. He then agreed to pay Ackerman $24,999 annually, which is exactly one dollar below the threshold that requires the Legislature to approve the contract. It is clear that Mr. Bellone would do anything possible to make sure his guy, Gary Ackerman, got this job.

“As the Comptroller of Suffolk County, I will do all in my power to ensure that not one more penny of Suffolk taxpayer money is paid to Mr. Ackerman until this matter is resolved one way or the other,” said Mr. Kennedy.

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

Officials Say Bellone’s Fiscal Mismanagement Has Led to Closures of Suffolk’s Beaches

Who: John M. Kennedy, Candidate, Suffolk County Executive
Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Neil Foley, Councilman, Town of Brookhaven

What: John M. Kennedy, Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, will be joined by Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven, and Neil Foley, Councilman, Town of Brookhaven, to explain how the fiscal crisis at the hands of current County Executive Steve Bellone has resulted in the widespread shuttering of local beaches in Suffolk County.

Mr. Kennedy says that Mr. Bellone raided tens of millions of dollars from the Clean Water Fund to plug budget deficits, while the money should have gone to mitigate the runoff that leads to high bacteria levels. As a result, beaches are being closed down — right in the middle of tourist season — vendors are unable to make money and the county is also losing revenue. Suffolk residents pay some of the highest taxes in the nation and yet the Bellone administration cannot even deliver the most basic of government services, like keeping our beaches open so our residents can enjoy them.

When: Thursday, August 1
11:00 a.m.

Where: Corey Beach
1 Corey Avenue
Blue Point, NY

Directions: LIE to Exit 62 (Nicolls Rd./CR 97). Take Nicolls Rd. south to Blue Point until the end. Make a left onto Montauk Hwy. (CR 85). After 0.3 mile, make a right onto Blue Point Ave. After 0.4 mile, turn left onto Madison Ave. Go 0.3 mile and make a right onto Corey Ave. Make another left. Beach will be on the left-hand side.

Photo Ops: Mr. Kennedy speaking about the beach closures along with Mr. Romaine and Mr. Foley. Mr. Kennedy answering questions from members of the media.

Kennedy to Bellone: “Where Have You Been Hiding?”

Just as the lawsuit between the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Town of Huntington heads into final arguments in court, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone finally comes out of the shadows. Well, sort of. He has announced that his Deputy Executive, Jon Kaiman, will urge LIPA and the Town to come together to try and negotiate a settlement. If that sounds like a familiar approach to the problem, it should … it’s what Suffolk County Comptroller, John Kennedy, Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, New York State Senators John Flanagan and Jim Gaughran and several other elected officials have been doing for months and months. Mr. Kennedy, Candidate for Suffolk County Executive, said Mr. Bellone is jumping in at the very last minute to simply try to score political points on this situation, while having his second-in-command handle negotiations. However, while everyone else was fully engaged in this issue, Mr. Bellone was nowhere to be found.

At the end of May 2019, Mr. Kennedy penned a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging the Governor to get involved in this issue by encouraging the LIPA officials to come to the table for negotiations with Huntington Town officials. What did Steve Bellone do? Nothing.

On June 11, Mr. Kennedy joined elected officials from the Town of Huntington, members of the Northport-East Northport School District and hundreds of local residents, who all gathered in the pouring rain, to call on LIPA to work in good faith with the town. Mr. Bellone was nowhere to be seen.

On June 22, John Kennedy and Senator Gaughran joined with dozens of residents, rallying to publicly urge LIPA to work with Huntington Town to reach a fair and equitable settlement to prevent what could very well be a fiscal disaster for Suffolk County. Once again, absolutely no sign of Steve Bellone.

“Steve Bellone has done absolutely nothing,” said Dean Murray, Mr. Kennedy’s Campaign Manager. “He sat on the sidelines and now wants to send in his guy to pretend to save the day. Suffolk County’s fiscal future is in jeopardy and Steve Bellone is playing politics.”

A recent Newsday “Talking Point” article quoted Mr. Kaiman as saying, “We’ve been watching what’s been going on and we have a sense it’s coming to a head.” In response, Mr. Murray said, “Real leaders step up, take action and take on the tough issues, not sit on the sidelines and watch. This is nothing more than grandstanding at its worst. When the people of Suffolk County needed him most, Steve Bellone and his administration were nowhere to be found.”

“While Steve Bellone has been cowering in the corner, hoping the situation would resolve itself, John Kennedy has been a vocal leader on this issue,” Mr. Murray said. “He was the one person who pointed out exactly how serious this problem is for all of Suffolk County, explaining that a loss in court could result in a back payment to LIPA in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars.”

For those keeping score, this is not John Kennedy’s first clash with LIPA, as they are currently embroiled in a legal battle over LIPA’s failure to pay property taxes. John Kennedy continues to prove that when it comes to protecting the taxpayers, there is no one who will fight harder than him.

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

John Kennedy Blasts Bellone for Attempting to Illegally Strip Financial Oversight Powers from the County Legislature and Comptroller

John Kennedy, candidate for Suffolk County Executive, says current County Executive Steve Bellone is trying to illegally strip both the County Comptroller and the County Legislature of their powers to oversee the county’s finances in an attempt to hide the fact that the county is facing a severe fiscal crisis. He is clearly attempting to hide the county’s finances from elected officials, Suffolk taxpayers and bond investors.

Mr. Bellone is looking to take away the county Legislature’s financial oversight powers — a violation of New York State Municipal Law. In addition, Mr. Bellone wants to create a Central Purchasing Department that would review the county’s policies and procedures every year — the same job that is currently being performed by the county Legislature.

Bellone’s proposal would further reduce the Comptroller’s powers to implement checks and balances, which are used to keep watch of Suffolk taxpayers’ money. This proposal would drastically reduce the Comptroller’s ability to review county finances to every four years instead of every year. Not surprisingly, Mr. Kennedy currently holds the position of Comptroller.

“Only a professional politician like #BigTaxBellone would have the nerve to pay thousands of dollars to buy a vanity line called ‘Protect The Taxpayers’ for this year’s election, while, at the same time, work behind the scenes to try to eliminate the fiscal oversight that’s in place to actually ‘Protect The Taxpayers’ of Suffolk County,” said Dean Murray, Campaign Manager.

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

John M. Kennedy Praises U.S. Congress for Passage of Extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

John M. Kennedy, Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, thanked members of the United States Congress for passing a bill that would allow the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to be funded for the next 70 years.

On July 12, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, now known as the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This piece of legislation would ensure that the fund — which is used to financially support the families of those who were killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 — would continue to receive monetary support through the year 2090.

“I wish to thank members of the United States Congress for passing this important piece of legislation,” Mr. Kennedy said. “I especially wish to thank Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin for recognizing our local heroes while getting this bill passed. Suffolk County is home to many first responders and law enforcement personnel who died in the 9/11 attacks. It is only right that we help their families and let them know their loved ones and their heroic actions will never be forgotten.”

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

Statement from Suffolk County Executive Candidate John M. Kennedy on NYS Legislature’s Passage of Bill Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

“I am disappointed that the state lawmakers in Albany voted to approve this terrible piece of legislation. Granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, in my opinion, is a very bad idea. It is a slap in the face to law-abiding citizens and especially to those immigrants who went through the long and difficult process to become legal, taxpaying citizens of this great country. We should not be rewarding illegal behavior. Driving in New York State is a privilege, not a guaranteed right, and we should not be extending privileges to those who do not follow the law. I strongly urge the Governor to do the right thing and veto this legislation.”

“Serious Corruption in Suffolk County,” So Says Top Elected Official

During a June 4 general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, DuWayne Gregory — the county Legislature’s Presiding Officer and, like current County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat — said he spoke with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about allegations of corruption within Suffolk County government. “I made a serious allegation,” Mr. Gregory told those in attendance. “I’ve spoken to the FBI about my allegations. Do you know what the FBI said? They said there was serious corruption in Suffolk County.”

Mr. Gregory went on to say how embarrassing it was to have a federal agency speak this way on Suffolk County government. He further stated, “They have to clean up their act, because they are embarrassing Suffolk County. … When the federal government is saying that … ‘you preside over a corrupt government,’ I take that very seriously.”

(Mr. Gregory begins speaking at the 1:41:10 mark. The video can be seen here: https://livestream.com/scnylegislature/events/8506009/videos/192070526.)

“Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise, as we’ve seen several scandals in Suffolk County during Bellone’s tenure,” said Dean Murray, Campaign Manager for John Kennedy, who is running for County Executive. Numerous corruption scandals have surfaced over the past several years, including the indictments or convictions of the Suffolk County District Attorney, the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the county’s Government Corruption Bureau, the Chief of the Police Department and the county’s information technology (IT) director.

Mr. Murray said, “It’s time to #SaveSuffolk, and we can do so by electing John Kennedy as our new Suffolk County Executive on November 5th, 2019.”