Candidates For District Attorney Should Avoid Suffolk County Police Union Donors, Ethics Board Finds

The Suffolk County Board of Ethics issued an opinion last week that said district attorneys campaigning for office should not accept funding from police unions.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, a Republican, has had a years-long, mostly solitary complaint against elected officials who take campaign donations from the Police Benevolent Association. He argues police get plush contracts because of these donations, but his complaints have failed to garner much traction until now.

The four-member ethics board wrote in its opinion that it would be a violation of the county’s code of ethics for candidates to accept campaign donations from the police unions because district attorneys have a close working relationship with police. The opinion does not apply this same standard to those running for positions other than district attorney.

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