Some Floral Park residents on Tuesday called for the village’s police commissioner to be suspended while he faces corruption allegations, and others defended him.
Stephen McAllister, a retired NYPD inspector, is accused of interfering in the arrest of someone connected to a former campaign donor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Last month, the Floral Park village board renewed his contract for another two years, at an annual salary of $245,000.
Resident John Miccio told board members at their regular meeting Tuesday that McAllister, 55, should be suspended with pay.
“To keep him in active duty is insanity in my view,” he said.
But Matthew Sexton said McAllister deserves to have his day in court before the village takes action against him.
“We fought in this country for our due process right,” Sexton said. “Give him his due process right.”
Mayor Dominick Longobardi said village officials are aware of the allegations, which he said are a personnel matter that the board would not discuss publicly. He said the village is investigating the allegations.
“As we do with everything, we go through our process and ensure that the facts that we have are correct,” he said. “We take everything into consideration including our residents’ comments.”
McAllister became the village’s commissioner in 2010 after retiring in 2009 from the NYPD, where he had worked in the office of the deputy commissioner of operations.
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District in Manhattan filed court documents on Saturday naming McAllister and nine other men as part of an alleged larger corruption scheme that involved James Grant, a former NYPD inspector, and Jeremy Reichberg, a former campaign donor to de Blasio. Prosecutors allege that McAllister interfered three times with an arrest of someone to whom Reichberg was connected.
The documents state that there was “interference with multiple arrests of an associate of Reichberg, including by Stephen McAllister, on or about the following dates: February 16, 2014; October 28, 2015; and December 16, 2015.” Other court documents also allege that Reichberg gave McAllister bribes.
McAllister has not been charged with any crime and maintains his innocence.
McAllister was the subject of an internal investigation by Floral Park last November after his name was mentioned in a different federal corruption case. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.
— With John Riley