Suffolk County

Charles Lane / WSHU

Federal prosecutors have revealed more about their investigation into corruption in Suffolk County. And its focus appears to be District Attorney Tom Spota.

WSHU’s Charles Lane tells our newscast unit that Spota was named repeatedly in court filings.


Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke has pleaded guilty to civil rights and conspiracy charges as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.  Burke had been charged with beating a handcuffed suspect who broke into his car and then orchestrating a cover-up.   

Burke, dressed in olive prison garb, spoke in a loud clear voice in court when he said “I plead guilty your honor” and read his confession. After the proceeding, his attorney Joseph Conway spoke to reporters.

Suffolk County To Operate 24 Hour Substance Abuse Hotline

Feb 24, 2016

Suffolk County has teamed up with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) to operate a 24-hour substance abuse hotline. Callers will be able to access screenings, referrals and follow-up services.

Steve Chassman, LICADD’s executive director, says the group has been operating a similar but smaller hotline for the past 5 years and that their partnership with the county will allow them to expand their reach.

Associated Press

After months of secrecy, Suffolk County said they will make public documents and data about their controversial red light camera program.

Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone won reelection last night. He defeated Republican candidate James O’Connor despite leaving most of his campaign war chest untouched.