Suffolk County Legislator Calls For County Exec To Step Down

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – As the investigation continues into Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s campaign finances, one lawmaker is already calling for Levy to step down.

Legislator Jon Cooper said that although Levy doesn’t plan to run for a third term, he should resign immediately.

“Every action taken by the county executive this point forward can and will be viewed with lenses tainted over the scandal,” Cooper said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Cooper said Levy lost the respect of the legislature and the majority of the residents and now is not the time for a weak county executive.

“Now we have a situation where the county executive is weakened and emasculated and has lost respect. We have very important negotiations with Albany over budgetary issues,” Cooper said. “I’m concerned that having a weakened county executive could adversely impact those negotiations, which could hurt all Suffolk County residents. It’s a mess.”

Cooper and Levy are no stranger to public battles. The two have clashed on many issues over the years, including putting the shot spotter system and more police in Huntington Station after more than a dozen shootings and stabbings.

So far, Levy hasn’t answered many questions about the investigation, which makes Cooper worry about Suffolk County’s future.

“I’m very concerned how this scandal will affect the county executive’s ability to be an effective advocate for Suffolk County,” Cooper said.

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  • steve

    rick b, take a walk!

    • Rick B

      Oh, that’s a really intelligent and thought-provoking response, Steve. Did you spend a lot of time composing your thoughts?

  • Rick B.

    Jon Cooper is the Majority Leader of the Suffolk County Legislature. It’s his JOB to represent the best interests of Suffolk residents and to stand up to the County Executive when he believes that it’s warranted.

    Cooper is certainly not the only one who believes that this scandal has affected Levy’s ability to be an effective leader, which is of particular concern in these times of difficult negotiations with Albany on issues like the proposed state budget cutbacks. Anybody who doesn’t think that Levy has lost the respect of not only other elected officials but also most members of the public must be living on another planet.

    Oh, and by the way, Cooper is NOT interested in running for County Executive. In fact, he endorsed Steve Bellone in that race several weeks ago. Come on, at least get your facts straight!

  • Joe

    Typical politician jumping to conclusions levy will do fine and Cooper should mind his own business and worry about his job in the legislatur and stop trying to make a name for himself

  • Ralph A. Notaristefano

    It is very self-serving on Joh Cooper’s part to call for County Exec. Levy to step down since he has been angling for Levy’s job for some time. If Cooper wants to become County Exec., he should do it the old fashioned way, run for election in November on his own record and let the voters decide.

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