Steve Bellone, best known as the executive of Sufolk County is thinking about running for governor following Cuomo’s calls to resign.
According to sources, Bellone has always been interested in running for the top role and now that there’s a real opening, he is thinking about it seriously and is already in talks with some of the top national consultants in NY.
The Democratic politician may end up as the new governor of NY, check out below more interesting facts about Bellone.
1. His interest in politics began at an early age
Bellone began thinking about a career in government as a young man growing up in Marcy Street in North Babylon. He grew up across the street from Richard Schaffer, who became the Suffolk Democratic chairman. Down the block was Bellone’s classmate and best buddy Bob Stricoff, now head of the town Democratic Party and Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency. Another classmate from the block, Dennis Cohen, is a Suffolk District Court judge.
And it was on Marcy Street where a young Bellone, talking politics with his best friend as they often did on the way to Belmont Elementary School, told Stricoff that one day he would run for office.
Bellone wasn’t part of student government at North Babylon High School but played football and tennis, and was an editor on the school newspaper. At that point he was considering a journalism career, and didn’t decide to focus on a government career until he was elected president of his freshman class at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh.
2. He grew up in a Republican household
Born Steven Bellon on September 11, 1969; he is the son of a New York City correction officer and a mother who was a homemaker.
Despite being raised in a Republican household, Bellone was influenced by his grandfather, an Irish Catholic immigrant whom he describes as a “die-hard Democrat.”
3. He became a Babylon Town councilman before 30
After high school graduation, Bellone worked on Schaffer’s campaign for county legislature and, two years later, on his re-election bid.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, a master’s from Webster University in St. Louis and also attended Fordham University Law School.
He was elected Babylon Town councilman at 28 and later as Democratic town supervisor. Bellone became Suffolk County executive in 2012.
4. He is a family man
Steve is married to wife Tracey Bellone. The couple met as she served as a community service aide in Schaffer’s office and Stricoff, who was hired in 1997 as an aide in constituent services.
His wife was appointed Suffolk’s deputy parks commissioner by County Executive Steve Levy in 2004.
Together they are the proud parents of three children, two daughters, Katherine Ann and Mollie Elizabeth; and son, Michael.
5. He is active on social media
Steve Bellone keeps active in social media, he can be found in most common platforms including, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. He writes on his Twitter bio ‘Husband, father, marathon runner, Suffolk County Executive.’