Critics question Bellone's choice for police commissioner
County Executive Steve Bellone's choice to be the next Suffolk police commissioner has garnered some criticism from lawmakers.
Timothy Sini, 35, a former federal prosecutor and aide to the county executive, was tapped to replace Commissioner Edward Webber after he retires in January. Webber made his retirement announcement on Monday after 43 years with the Suffolk County Police Department.
Sini's appointment comes at a time when several high ranking members of the force have decided to retire, as well as a federal investigation into former Police Chief James Burke.
In an interview with News 12, Sini said he would review the department for his first task as commissioner.
"Doing a top-to-bottom assessment of the department to see areas where we can improve," says Sini.
The choice of Sini for commissioner must still be approved by legislators. Many tell News 12 that they are not convinced.
"Everybody's saying the same thing. That he's too young, never been a police officer, doesn't have the experience," says Legislator Kate Browning (D - Shirley).
"There should have been a search committee. We should have looked," says Legislator Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga).
Bellone stood by his choice Wednesday, saying the nomination has nothing to do with politics or age.
"He's got all of this experience, knows all the players at the local level of government, but he's also bringing a fresh perspective in as a federal prosecutor," says Bellone.
Suffolk PBA President Noel DiGerolamo tells News 12 that Bellone consulted the PBA about the choice a week ago. He says he fully supports Sini as commissioner.
Meanwhile, Chief of Detectives William Madigan became the latest high-ranking official to announce his retirement from the force Wednesday afternoon. He tells News 12 that he is looking forward to exploring new opportunities in the private sector.