Suffolk Legislature puts top cop's job on the line

A Suffolk County Legislature committee recommended yesterday that the full chamber vote on whether to fire Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

Committee members say mismanagement of police staffing levels has put the public at risk.

Legislators cited an incident from March in which three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a houseboat in Huntington Harbor. They say no marine police were on duty at the time, leaving a nearby police boat unable to be used. The responding officers rowed out to the houseboat in a dinghy.

Dormer told the lawmakers that the boat not being staffed had nothing to do with the victims? survival.

The full Legislature is expected to vote on Dormer?s status Tuesday.

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