Mother of Thomas Valva doesn't want proposed Suffolk legislation to be named after her son

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Thomas Valva's mother said Tuesday she does not want a proposed legislation named after her son.

Suffolk lawmakers introduced the Thomas Valva Act, which aims to create an inspector general's office. Lawmakers say the independent authority would investigate allegations of misconduct, mismanagement and corruption in county government.

Thomas Valva died from hypothermia on Jan. 17 after prosecutors say his father, Michael Valva, and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, forced the boy to sleep in their unheated garage.

However, his mother, Justyna Zubko-Valva said she didn't want the bill to be named after her son because she thought the new proposed office was too similar to other agencies that ignored her prior "cries for help."

Legislator Robert Trotta, a cosponsor of the bill, says he sympathized with Zubko-Valva's decision.

"I feel so bad for this woman. She has no trust in government at all and I don't blame her. She came into the legislature today and was reading reports of what happened, and they were closed the next day. I was shocked and appalled," says Trotta.

A second public hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 17 in Hauppauge. 

 

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