Under his leadership, Suffolk has made historic strides in reforming government, promoting economic development, protecting our water quality, and improving public safety.
Upon taking office, Steve inherited a $500 million dollar budget deficit. However, he vowed to not place this burden on taxpayers. Instead, Steve embarked on a bold agenda to reimagine county government. Steve implemented innovative ways to do more with less. He consolidated and streamlined government operations, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective organization. These reforms have saved taxpayers over $100 million each year.
At the onset of his administration, Steve also established a Performance Management Team that utilizes cutting-edge data analysis to identify more efficient ways to manage county government. Since then, Suffolk County has been recognized as a regional leader in government efficiency, and received numerous awards from the National Association of Counties (NaCo) for its “Smart Government” initiatives.
Steve is also committed to protecting our water quality, recognizing how water significantly affects so many aspects of our lives: public health, recreation, and the local economy. He recently secured the largest investment in water quality infrastructure our region has seen in a generation. He also launched the first-of-its-kind program in New York State to provide homeowners with financial incentives to install upgraded wastewater systems. Suffolk County’s Septic Improvement Program is strongly supported by both business leaders and environmentalists who believe this initiative will significantly reduce nitrogen pollution, helping to restore coastal vegetation, increase property values, and improve Long Island’s water quality.
As an Army veteran, Steve is committed to supporting and enhancing veteran services programs throughout the County. In 2015, Steve launched the Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon to Support Our Veterans. The inaugural event raised more than $160,000 in funds for local veteran organizations and attracted nearly 3,600 runners from 25 states and four countries to the region. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $400,000 in funds for local veteran organizations. Steve has ran the Suffolk County Marathon each year since 2015, as well as the 2014 New York City Marathon to support the Hope for the Warriors Foundation. Steve has also partnered with local Gold Star families and veterans organizations to enhance the Suffolk County Veterans Run Series, which promotes veteran-based races throughout the County. As Babylon Town Supervisor, Bellone raised nearly half a million dollars for wounded soldiers by sponsoring annual Soldier Ride in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and Run for the Warriors.
Steve is a graduate of North Babylon High School and he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens College in 1991. He enlisted in the US Army in 1992 and served as a communications specialist stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While in the Army, he was awarded commendations for meritorious service and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration by attending night classes at Webster University. Bellone earned his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1999.
Steve resides in West Babylon with his wife, Tracey, their two daughters, Katherine Ann and Mollie Elizabeth, and his son, Michael.