Albany - (WALK) Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone's plan to merge the county's offices of comptroller and treasurer was shot down by New York's highest court Tuesday, effectively ending a scheme Bellone says would save taxpayers approximately $850,000 each year.
Bellone had sought state approval to put the plan before Suffolk voters in November, but the state Court of Appeals upheld two lower court rulings that Suffolk violated its own rules by amending the language of its proposal after it was published in legal notices. The amended language portrayed the plan as "streamlining and improving government efficiency."
Political observers describe the ruling as a victory for Suffolk Treasurer Angie Carpenter, who ran for county executive against Bellone and lost in 2011. Carpenter's job would have been eliminated if Bellone's plan had succeeded.
Photo: Angie Carpenter