East End police officers could soon have better equipment with more funding

Suffolk legislators approved a measure Tuesday that would stop what they say is shortchanging police departments on the East End.

Lawmakers say town and village police departments get funding from a percentage of the county sales tax revenue. Some legislators say the East End departments are not getting enough of that percentage.

The legislation would change the percentage of sales tax revenue, giving more money to town and village police departments and taking it away from Suffolk police. Legislator Michael Caracciolo (R-Baiting Hollow) says the East End police departments could use the extra money to upgrade technology.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy now has 30 days to approve or veto the legislation. Levy?s office says he does not support the new measure at this time. However, there is no word if he will veto it.

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