From the Morning Memo:

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is wasting little time knocking his Republican opponent as the race begins for an important suburban swing county.

County Legislator Rob Trotta on Tuesday announced he would run for county executive against Bellone this year — an announcement that comes after initially saying he would be supportive of another candidate against the Democratic incumbent this year.

“A real profile in courage by this fiscal fraud,” said Bellone spokesman Jason Elan. “Rob Trotta now says he may not run after all and would let the GOP party boss decide when they ‘get in a room’. That’s not democracy, that’s Tammany Hall.”

The race should be a closely watched one, given the role Suffolk County can play in statewide politics and act as something of a bellwether. Republican Donald Trump won the county in the 2016 presidential election, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo was able to defeat his GOP opponent Marc Molinaro there last year.

The county is also home to several key Senate districts for Democrats, who gained control of the chamber last year.