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Statement from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Spota-Mcpartland Verdict

“The verdict today confirms what I said on May 12, 2016 when I stood on the steps of the District Attorney’s office calling on him to resign – that Tom Spota, along with Christopher McPartland, was running a criminal enterprise out of the District Attorney’s office.

 

“The allegations of covert spying, threats made against perceived enemies, relentless intimidation tactics, and outright fear were spelled out clearly by federal prosecutors and I commend them for their outstanding work.  

 

“At the time I called for his resignation, Tom Spota’s power was at its peak and their criminal enterprise was in full swing. This culture of corruption has had a real and profound impact. They ruined lives and destroyed careers.

 

“Today, we have a new District Attorney who has restored integrity to that office. We are also fortunate to have an outstanding Police Commissioner who previously headed the FBI’s Long Island office. With today’s verdict, we continue on our path to reform criminal justice in Suffolk County.

 

“In light of the facts that have now been established through this trial, I have directed the County Attorney to review all legal options for recovering salary and benefits with respect to convicted felons Spota and McPartland.”

 

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