Cecilia DowdJan 2, 2018, 7:35 pmJan 3, 2018, 12:08 pm

Officials express hope for ‘new era of integrity’ as Suffolk DA Sini is sworn in

The former police commissioner apologized for the office’s damaged reputation

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BRENTWOOD — Suffolk County lost a police commissioner and gained a district attorney on Tuesday after former Police Commissioner Tim Sini was sworn in as Suffolk's new district attorney.

Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini’s swearing-in ceremony was officiated by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer at Suffolk Community College on Tuesday where Sini spoke of a new era of criminal justice in Suffolk.

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

Attendees included Sini's three children, his wife, Congressman Peter King, and Evelyn Rodriguez, the mother of Kayla Cuevas whose murder was believed to be related to MS-13.

“Tim Sini is great. He's done so much for Suffolk County in the past two years, and I know he's gonna do some great stuff for us,” Rodriguez said.

County Executive Steve Bellone introduced Sini, saying, “A new era of integrity in the Suffolk DA's office has begun.” A pointed remark from the county executive. As FiOS1 News has reported, Bellone had called on former District Attorney Thomas Spota to resign, which he ultimately did after he was indicted on federal charges, accused of covering up an assault in a police precinct.

“As your new district attorney, let me be the first to say I am sorry that the reputation of the office has been damaged due to actions of the former administration,” Sini said.

Spota pleaded not guilty, and his case is ongoing. He did not rerun to be DA but wound up stepping down before his term was over.

“While winning this election was a small step in the right direction, the giant step this office must take shall be made in unison by each and every person who serves the office,” Sini said.

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