Bill to boot police commissioner might not be legal

A committee of the Suffolk County Legislature tabled a bill that would remove the police commissioner while the county attorney determines its legality.

Leg. Jack Eddington says the body has tried to add police officers and find out accurate crime stats, but that Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has stood in the way.

The county's attorney says the police department is part of the executive branch and that the Legislature does not have the authority to remove the commissioner.

The committee chair says even if lawmakers don't have the power to oust Dormer, their effort will send a message.

Lawmakers say they will talk about the bill after the legal issues are resolved.

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