Bellone questions top prosecutor's alleged extra income
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is demanding answers about alleged extra income earned by a top prosecutor in the district attorney's office.
The executive is calling on the county Board of Ethics to release financial disclosure forms from longtime prosecutor John Scott Prudenti.
Bellone says he wants to know if Prudenti violated county ethics code by allegedly renting out his boat to criminal defense attorneys to use for parties.
So far, the Board of Ethics has refused to hand over the forms, and Bellone speculates that he may know why.
"They're going to show essentially one of two things: they're going to show either additional evidence that in fact Prudenti, a bureau chief in the district attorney's office, did accept cash payments from criminal defense attorneys operating in Suffolk County courts -- or conversely it will show a failure to disclose that income," Bellone says.
The Suffolk County Board of Ethics has not responded to News 12's request for comment.
Prudenti has not commented, but his boss, District Attorney Thomas Spota, is accusing Bellone of playing politics.
"The independent Ethics Commission Freedom of Information process must not be influenced by the county executive in what is nothing but a political ploy," Spota says.
As News 12 has reported, Bellone called for Spota's resignation last spring over allegations that the DA's office failed to investigate alleged criminal wrongdoing relating to former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke.