Critics: Levy used fuzzy math in crime stats

Some Suffolk residents and lawmakers are criticizing County Executive Steve Levy for painting too rosy a picture of crime in the county in his latest report.

Levy announced Tuesday that overall crime in Suffolk was down more than 6 percent from last year, but violent crimes were also up 5 percent from last year.

Suffolk County Leg. Jack Eddington (D-Patchogue) says the county executive and police commissioner are using fuzzy math put a positive spin on the numbers.

Levy, meanwhile, says he focused on the month of September, when crime did drop from a year ago, because it showed the effectiveness of an anti-gang initiative recently put in place.

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