In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, men carry the coffin of slain Ecuadoran citizen Marcelo Lucero in Gualaceo, Ecuador. Lucero, who lived in the U.S., was killed on Nov. 8, 2008 during an attack on Long Island.
The Suffolk County Legislature approved a settlement on Tuesday between the county police department and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discriminatory policing.
The agreement comes after a five-year federal investigation into the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008. The Justice Department concluded that police discouraged Latinos from reporting crimes and improperly classified hate crimes.
The number of hate crimes in New York State jumped 30% in 2012 compared to the year prior. That’s from a state report released Thursday that says most of the statewide increase is attributed to Suffolk County property crimes classified as hate crimes.
Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney, while Republican Ed Mangano won a second term as Nassau County Executive.
Democrats have kept their majority in Suffolk's legislature, and supervisor positions in Southampton, Shelter Island, Huntington, and Babylon. Republican Supervisors held onto their seats in Brookhaven and Smithtown.
In Suffolk County, the proposition to legalize gambling received strong support while the effort to extend the retirement age for judges did not, mirroring statewide results.