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Tim Sini sends out invitations to first DA fundraiser

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini appears in

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini appears in front of the Senate's Homeland Security commission to talk about MS-13 and how to combat gangs in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 2017. Photo Credit: Evelyn Hockstein

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini has sent out invitations to his first fundraiser in his campaign for county district attorney, a $150-a-head event scheduled for Thursday at the Stonebridge Country Club in Hauppauge.

The invitation come from campaign chairman David Kelley.

The chairmen of the Democratic, Conservative and Independence parties (with the name of Independence chairman Frank MacKay misspelled) are listed as part of a host committee that is in formation.

Tickets go for as much as $5,000 for an event sponsor, and $2,500 for a table sponsor.

Ray Perini, the Republicans’ designated district attorney candidate, criticized Sini, who has vowed to separate himself from fundraising, and noted that invitations call for checks to be “Payable to Sini for DA.”

Perini called it a, “thinly veiled demand from the police commissioner for money. They don’t even bother softening it with ‘friends of’ or ‘committee to elect.’ Is a union, businessman or citizen who gets one of these demands going to feel free to say no? ”

“This is why Sini needs to step down or the county legislature needs to suspend his role as commissioner during the campaign,” Perini said.

Rich Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, responded that Perini, “needs to explain why a former federal judge, David Trager, felt he should be charged with a crime because of his conduct as an assistant DA. Once he does that, we’ll answer all the questions he has.”

Schaffer was referring to a report by the 1989 State Investigations Commission that found “Perini engaged in illegal wiretaps” as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk.

Perini says the allegations were based on claims by two corrupt police officers, and that an earlier federal review cleared him of wrongdoing.

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