NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (1010WINS/AP) — Babylon town supervisor Steve Bellone threw his hat into the ring for Suffolk County executive.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Steve Bellone officially in the race 

“We face difficult challenges in this county, there’s no question about it,” said Bellone. “Particularly as it comes to our finances.”

Bellone is the choice of the democrats and he paints himself as a fiscal conservative. He says during his tens years as Babylon town supervisor, he has slashed the payroll and cut the town’s debt.

Bellone began his campaign earlier this year and started a listening tour of the county.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs: He Promises To Take His Cost-Cutting Policies Countywide

Republicans have yet to pick their nominee to replace Suffolk County executive Steve Levy, who is not seeking a third term.

In March, Levy voluntarily turned over around $4 million in campaign funds to the district attorney following a 16-month investigation.

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