Suffolk County Executive Levy Quits Race Following DA Probe

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says he will not seek a third term and voluntarily turned over about $4 million in campaign funds to the district attorney following a 16-month investigation.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Two Will Be All For Levy

Levy, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2010, made the stunning announcement Thursday afternoon in a press release.

In the statement, Levy said he had “been blessed” by being able to work as a public servant for 25 years. He said his decision “was not made lightly,” adding that “long hours, tough decisions, grueling debates, family sacrifices” have made him “look to new challenges.”

District Attorney Thomas Spota said a 16-month investigation by the Government Corruption Bureau “revealed serious issues with regard to fundraising and the manner in which it was conducted, including the use of public resources.”

Spota added, however, that he was confident “Levy did not personally profit.” He said the forfeiture of the campaign fund “demonstrates his acceptance of responsibility for these failings.”

He said the campaign money would be returned to those who request it and any remaining funds would be donated to charity.

Spota said he seriously considered asking Levy to resign, but decided he should remain in office until his term expires Dec. 31.

The former Democrat joined the GOP to run for governor, and was viewed as a solid contender for a third term in November.

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  • Raw SewageInjustice In

    Enough is enough clean up the mess before you leave.We have raw sewage that was illegal dump into the GREAT SOUTH BAY WITH NO PERMITS!! You are aware of this Mr Levy,take responsible for you action.This was a crime,you are to be held accountable. I want it clean- up.You have tried to cover-this up. But I will not allow this to go unnoticed. I’m coming for all that was aware of this but have done nothing.

  • RS

    And Charlie Rangel is still flapping his mouth and remains where he is. Unbelievable!

  • J

    Sh-it house krook.

  • Robert H.

    Phew! Levy was a wreck… hopefully Levy-town won’t see the light of day ever again.

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