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Suffolk Co. Exec. Bellone Defends Top Cop’s Salary

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone with Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber in Hauppauge - Sept. 27, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone with Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber in Hauppauge – Sept. 27, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Even as Suffolk County suffers with a multi-million dollar budget deficit, the new top cop is collecting six figures, and he has a defender.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber has stayed silent, but County Executive Steve Bellone had a lot to say about Webber’s salary and pension.

All told, he’ll collect over $321,000 per year.

“As commissioner, police overtime costs have been reduced by $2 million,” Bellone told reporters in Hauppauge on Thursday.

Webber, who is 65-years-old, is allowed, by law, to collect both a salary and his pension.

Webber has worked for the department for 40 years.

Even though the County Legislature has already approved Webber being the commissioner, Bellone said he doesn’t want a cloud hanging over him.

“Therefore, I will send to the Legislature another resolution asking them to confirm Ed Webber of the Suffolk County Police Department,” Bellone said.

“These public servants, they are putting themselves in potentially life-threatening situations everyday to protect our communities and our families,” added Bellone.

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