LI execs threaten to pull patrol cars

State budget would force them to cut back
April 1, 2008 3:03:45 PM PDT
Long Island's two county executives are threatening to end local police surveillance of two major state-owned highways in a feud with state officials over proposed budget cuts.Suffolk's Steve Levy and Nassau's Tom Suozzi say they each spend about $12 million annually to patrol state highways in their counties, especially the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway.

They say proposed cuts in the state budget may force them to reassign cops patrolling the state highways to local roads.

Suozzi claims Long Islanders currently send $3 billion more to Albany in income taxes than the region gets back in state aid.