WASHINGTON — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone met on Capitol Hill Wednesday with members of the Long Island congressional delegation to make a plaintive point — without federal funding, the future of Long Island looks “pretty scary.”

Bellone made the trip to Washington as the Democratic leaders in Congress began negotiations with the White House on a fifth coronavirus relief bill, whose cost begins at $1 trillion and could quickly rise to $3 trillion in the House Democrats’ bill passed in mid-May.

Our job is to do what we can to help the New York delegation that is fighting for us down here, and to give them the information they need to get a sense of what’s happening on the ground,” Bellone said. “When you look at it from that ground perspective, it’s pretty scary” [more]