Thomas Spota

Seth Wenig / AP

Suffolk County has a new district attorney for the first time in 16 years. 

After he took the oath of office from U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Police Commissioner Tim Sini told the county prosecutors in the audience that they are owed an apology for the damage to their reputation because of former D.A. Tom Spota. He said the day marks a “new era of criminal justice” in Suffolk County.

“One that ensures public safety, champions the law, and promotes faith and trust in our law enforcement agencies.”

Courtesy of the Suffolk County Legislature

Suffolk County lawmakers will try to tighten legislative control over how asset forfeiture money is spent. This comes after a report that forfeiture funds paid for bonuses in the Suffolk DA’s office.  

Drug Bust On Long Island Yields Narcotics, Cash

Jul 19, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Long Island drug task force has exposed two narcotics networks dealing heroin and cocaine on the East End.

Charles Lane

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Thursday that pesticides and cancer-causing metals have been found at two of the five illegal dumping sites being investigated by local and state authorities. 

Spota said bore samples from the two sites, Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and a vacant lot off Route 111 in Central Islip, contain the banned pesticides DDT, chlordane, and dieldrin. He also says a host of hazardous metals including arsenic and cobalt were also found. 

DA investigating "multiple" asbestos dumpings

May 14, 2014
Gabrielle Fonrouge

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota announced Tuesday he is investigating the possibility of more illegal dumping sites in the town of Islip that may contain hazardous materials. Spota says it’s possible the new sites are connected to the dumping at Roberto Clemente Park where 32,000 tons of asbestos-laden material was dumped.