Pressure mounts for Conservative Party boss Ed Walsh after Suffolk Sheriff’s Office suspension
STONY BROOK - There’s mounting pressure to boot Ed Walsh from his spot atop Suffolk’s Conservative Party following his suspension from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier this week, Conservative Party chairman Ed Walsh was suspended 30 days without pay from his job as a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant. The department’s chief of staff won’t confirm what the suspension stems from, but News 12 Long Island has previously reported that Walsh was the subject of a probe for allegedly billing the county for hours he did not work.
News 12 Long Island has also previously reported that Walsh had been arrested and charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor sex offense back in 1984. He served 12 months’ probation. Records of that arrest were removed years later by a judge at Walsh’s request.
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Laura Ahearn, of Parents for Megan’s Law, says her office has faxed a fact sheet on Walsh’s past to every elected official in Suffolk County. Ahearn is calling on political candidates to refuse the Conservative Party's endorsement as long as Walsh remains party chairman.
Ahearn also says she’s received a threat since. She will not disclose who it was from.
“This morning, we received a phone call, and I was unequivocally told, ‘Back off,’” she says. “And if I don't back off, that our funding could be compromised.”
News 12 Long Island reached out to Walsh's attorney for comment on this story, but has not heard back.