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Schaffer loans $200,000 to Suffolk Dems

Jan
23
2012

Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer has loaned the party $200,000 to pay withholding taxes for hundreds of paid canvassers who got out the vote for Steve Bellone's election as county executive in November.

Schaffer tapped personal savings for two no-interest loans -- $150,000 on Dec. 23 and another $50,000 on Jan. 9, the day before the $158,321 payment of the state and federal taxes. The loans were disclosed in the Suffolk Democratic Committee's Jan. 15 campaign finance report.

"I had $211,000 in savings," said Schaffer. "Now I have $11,000 left."

Schaffer said he only became aware of the potential tax liability when the party hired an expert to handle processing and payments for the 650 canvassers, who made calls and knocked on doors to get Democratic supporters to the polls.| read more ››

Bellone Hearing It From the People

Dec
1
2011

As part of his transition into a new seat, Suffolk County Executive-elect Steve Bellone held one of the first of many small business roundtable discussions in Kings Park Monday. There, business leaders told him that without county-funded infrastructure improvements, small businesses won't thrive in Suffolk County.| read more ››

Bellone meets with business leaders

hoto by John Dunn | Newly elected Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, right, greets Chamber of Commerce members from across Suffolk County at a small business roundtable Monday at the VFW in Kings Park.
Nov
28
2011

Small-business growth in many Suffolk communities won't happen without significant, county-supported infrastructure improvements, chambers of commerce leaders told County Executive-elect Steve Bellone Monday night.

More than two dozen chamber representatives attended a roundtable discussion at a VFW hall in Kings Park, part of the Bellone transition team's topical listening tour.| read more ››

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