Joye Brown: Levy Should Disclose Wrongdoing or Step Down


Well, if you somehow happened to miss it, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy will not pursue a third-term in office and will forfeit his $4 million campaign war chest as part of a deal with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, which uncovered wrongdoing during a 16-month criminal investigation of Levy’s campaign fundraising.

If he was so enmeshed in misdeeds, then why is he still in office? Newsday columnist Joye Brown raises that question today:

What exactly did Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy do?

The statements from District Attorney Thomas Spota and Levy lead to one conclusion: That the county executive did something wrong and possibly corrupt.

In the bowels of Levy’s statement—the only public explanation from the usually loquacious official—the county executive plants one reference to “questions” being raised about “fundraising through my political campaign.” What does that mean?

Levy goes on to accept responsibility for—whatever—since it “occurred under my watch.” What?

Levy owes constituents, who helped the former state and county legislator become a formidable force in state, local and national politics, a better explanation than that.

And if the usually plain-spoken Levy can’t summon the gumption to step up now, he ought to step down before his term slides to an ignoble end in November.

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