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Suffolk cops unveil state-of-the-art anti-terror equipment

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at a news conference in Ronkonkoma, unveiled $116,000 in new equipment designed to fight terror attacks in the wake of mass shootings as in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and nearly...

Suffolk awarded $500G federal grant to fight MS-13 street gang

The federal government is giving Suffolk County $500,000 for its fight against the MS-13 street gang — money that will pay for targeted police patrols, and school and community intervention programs, officials announced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice is...

Two men charged with Suffolk bank robberies, cops say

Suffolk County police have arrested two men who they said were responsible for several bank robberies, officials said on Thursday. Michael Hantzidiamantis of Kew Gardens, Queens, and Corey Suozzo, 25, were caught by detectives using fingerprint technology after they...

Suffolk police: 4 gang arrests after Shirley traffic stop

Three members and an associate of the Bloods street gang were arrested late Tuesday after one of them drove a Dodge Durango head-on into an undercover police vehicle, Suffolk authorities said. Police recovered a half-ounce of heroin and a loaded handgun that had been...

Sayville turf field dedicated to fallen Suffolk police officer

The widow of fallen Suffolk County police Sgt. Timothy J. Henck was left deeply moved Saturday following the dedication of the newly renovated Sayville Athletic Turf Field in his honor 22 years after his death. “It’s an incredible feeling. We’re truly touched,” said...

Fentanyl, heroin, gun seized in Deer Park home, Sini says

A search of a Deer Park home turned up “enough fentanyl to kill a dozen people,” Suffolk police Commissioner Timothy Sini said Saturday, referring to one of the drugs found in the house. Three men — including one authorities said was linked to a fatal overdose in July...

Crime statistics show decrease across LI so far in 2017

Crime is down across Long Island so far this year, with Suffolk and Nassau counties each on track to record fewer homicides than 2016, despite a series of killings attributed to the MS-13 street gang. In Suffolk, major crime — which includes homicide, burglary and...

Suffolk officials mark International Overdose Awareness Day

New York State, Suffolk County and Brookhaven officials joined Thursday to combat what they said is Long Island’s biggest problem — opioid addiction. “It’s very important that we make significant investments on all fronts to get Suffolk County and the country out of...

East End $1.1M emergency communications grant awarded

A $1.1 million grant is expected to improve how police and emergency departments on the East End communicate with each other during peak summer times and natural disasters, Suffolk County officials said this week in awarding the funds. Suffolk County Executive Steve...

Two Patchogue bars raided as MS-13 hangouts, police say

Suffolk County police arrested five people and detained two others on immigration holds during a raid of two Patchogue bars they said were MS-13 hangouts. Suffolk police and the state liquor authority raided Cuscatlon Lounge at 290 East Main St. and at El Capitan...

Suffolk police: Heroin addict arrested in 4 armed robberies

A Ronkonkoma man who police said is a heavy heroin addict has been charged in four armed robberies over the past week at various establishments in Suffolk County — all to fuel his drug habit, authorities said Saturday. Daniel Flinn, 34, was arrested Friday and charged...

Central Islip expo’s aim: Empower youths to succeed, avoid gangs

A youth expo in Central Islip on Saturday attracted its young attendees with live music and sports tournaments, but sent them home with information about college and possible careers. The primary purpose of the expo at the Central Islip Recreation Center, which also...

Suffolk, Huntington working on anti-gang strategy

Suffolk County and Huntington Town officials are working on a comprehensive strategy to combat gang violence and reduce crime, the town announced Thursday. County Executive Steve Bellone, Police Commissioner Tim Sini, Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and town board...

Sini: More than 15 MS-13 members arrested for 2017 murders

CENTRAL ISLIP -  Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini announced Wednesday that more than 15 alleged members of MS-13 – including six juveniles – have been arrested for five murders this year in Suffolk County. He says the majority of the arrests were made on July 13...

Republican William Ferris exits Suffolk DA race, backs Democrat Sini

An expected Republican primary for Suffolk district attorney failed to materialize Thursday as former prosecutor William Ferris exited the race against GOP designated candidate Ray Perini and endorsed Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, the Democratic candidate....

Suffolk police unveil surveillance cameras in trouble spots

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini announced Monday the department has placed a network of a dozen overt surveillance cameras across the county in trouble spots as both a crime deterrent and investigative tool. “The message here is think twice before doing...

Suffolk cops to put body cams on DWI enforcement team

The Suffolk County Police Department is equipping its DWI enforcement team with body cameras — a first foray into the controversial technology that department officials say will increase public trust. All the officers in the 10-member SAFE-T Section in the Highway...

Discipline of our police shouldn’t be secret

Last year, then-acting Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said his department’s internal affairs bureau was flailing, and he pledged to fix it. Sini’s promise came weeks after James Burke, the chief of department, was indicted on a charge of assaulting a...

4 arrested in Long Island drug bust

YAPHANK, Long Island (WABC) -- Police on Long Island have arrested four men after seizing illegal weapons and drugs from a home. A Medford home on Northfleet Lane connected with a "recent spike in drug overdoses" was searched recently, according to the Suffolk County...

Conservatives to endorse Sini for DA, chairman says

Suffolk Conservatives, whose ballot line can draw as much as 12 to 13 percent of the vote on Election Day, have endorsed Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini for district attorney this fall, county party chairman Frank Tinari said late Sunday. The party’s...

Steve Bellone backs Tim Sini for Suffolk district attorney

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Monday endorsed his police commissioner, Timothy Sini, for Suffolk district attorney. “In my mind, there is no candidate better equipped to go in and do what is necessary to end the culture of corruption and replace it with the...

Sini backed by major police unions for Suffolk DA job

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini received a major boost in his bid for district attorney Wednesday, as the county’s major police unions and the group representing East End and village police endorsed him. Also, Michael Long, state Conservative Party...

ICYMI: The Smithtown News Declares: ‘Sini is a Solid DA Contender’

ICYMI: The Smithtown News Declares: ‘Sini is a Solid DA Contender’ Editorial: Sini is a Solid DA Contender May 18, 2017 Anybody who tells you that they haven’t changed their mind from time to time is not being truthful. That Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy...

Timothy Sini gets Democrats’ nod for Suffolk district attorney

Suffolk Democrats Thursday named county police Commissioner Tim Sini to run for Suffolk District Attorney, as party chairman Richard Schaffer called him the candidate with “the best chance” to secure minor party cross-endorsements in the race. Democrats also named...

Preet Bharara endorses Timothy Sini for Suffolk district attorney

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Monday endorsed Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini for county district attorney. Sini, a Democrat who worked in Bharara’s office for five years, is one of the best and the brightest, but has a strong moral compass and...

Working Families Party endorses Timothy Sini for Suffolk DA

The Working Families Party has chosen Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini as its candidate for district attorney, making it the first party to make an endorsement in the county’s top race this fall. The party’s screening committee, made up of union and...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017