'Don’t defund the police': Suffolk faces $20M in police cuts due to 'federal inaction,' Bellone says

Steve Bellone
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Suffolk County will have to slash its police budget by $20 million if the federal government doesn’t provide disaster assistance to state and local governments ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Steve Bellone said Friday. 

At a press conference on Friday, Bellone called on President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support a plan that will help localities including Suffolk County deal with “massive deficits” caused by COVID-19-related shutdowns. 

By failing to take action, the federal government is “effectively defunding the police,” Bellone said.