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Legis. Kevin McCaffrey to press for Suffolk fee cuts, review of red-light camera program

Legis. Kevin McCaffrey to press for Suffolk fee cuts, review of red-light camera program
Legis. Kevin McCaffrey, the Suffolk County Legislature’s first GOP presiding officer in 17 years, said he and the Republican majority will push to reduce county user fees, re-examine the red light cam

"I've worked hard to get here, and I really welcome the opportunity to make the best of it," McCaffrey said of the presiding officer's job.Jason Richberg (D-West Babylon), the new minority leader, said while McCaffrey has kept lines of communication open, Democrats must "hold the majority accountable to the taxpayers and make sure we're running a fair and equitable government for all.McCaffrey said he had wanted to get into the "family business" of law enforcement, but was colorblind.McCaffrey said the pension fund's collapse stemmed from the 2008 stock market crash.

McCaffrey said the union has applied for relief under a provision of the American Rescue Plan aimed at bailing out troubled union pension plans."I think you're going to see a fighter in that role," Daniel Levler, president of the Association of Municipal Employees, the county’s largest public employee union, said of McCaffrey.

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