HEAT ALERT

Hot and humid weather moves in. Steamy heat will peak Thursday into Friday on Long Island

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,

News 12 Staff

Nov 26, 2015, 4:11 AM

Updated 3,127 days ago

Share:

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.
 


More from News 12
2:25
HEAT ALERT: Steamy weather moves in with heat peaking in the 90s for Long Island

HEAT ALERT: Steamy weather moves in with heat peaking in the 90s for Long Island

Police: Singer Justin Timberlake arrested in Sag Harbor

Police: Singer Justin Timberlake arrested in Sag Harbor

2:18
Long Beach City Council to vote on emergency powers for city manager following shooting, illegal gathering

Long Beach City Council to vote on emergency powers for city manager following shooting, illegal gathering

0:22
Police: Man wanted for stealing tools, security camera from Coram garage

Police: Man wanted for stealing tools, security camera from Coram garage

1:50
Sachem, West Babylon residents to revote on school spending plans

Sachem, West Babylon residents to revote on school spending plans

1:26
Made on Long Island: Kate’s Vintage Rose in Stony Brook

Made on Long Island: Kate’s Vintage Rose in Stony Brook

2:17
Long Islanders prep to beat the heat

Long Islanders prep to beat the heat

2:03
Long Beach completes first full day with new restrictions

Long Beach completes first full day with new restrictions

1:50
Mineola resident says Confederate soldiers should be removed from memorial

Mineola resident says Confederate soldiers should be removed from memorial

2:05
Village of Hempstead says residence where fire broke out was ‘unfit’ to live in

Village of Hempstead says residence where fire broke out was ‘unfit’ to live in

1:48
Man sentenced to up to 21 years in prison for crash that killed married couple in Laurel Hollow

Man sentenced to up to 21 years in prison for crash that killed married couple in Laurel Hollow

0:40
Freeport man sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for DWI crash that killed 3

Freeport man sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for DWI crash that killed 3

0:48
'It becomes a public health threat.' Suffolk legislators discuss new Fire Island wastewater treatment plan

'It becomes a public health threat.' Suffolk legislators discuss new Fire Island wastewater treatment plan

2:03
Nassau County reports budget surplus again, wants end of NIFA control over finances

Nassau County reports budget surplus again, wants end of NIFA control over finances

1:43
Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Lynbrook

Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Lynbrook

1:36
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Remember Me Rescue NY on June 17

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Remember Me Rescue NY on June 17

0:29
Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue