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Honored tonight, Suffolk's top cop may be fired tomorrow

Suffolk legislators are scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to fire Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, but not before Dormer is honored tonight by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce.

Dormer is the featured guest at the chamber's annual golf outing dinner tonight.

“On Monday evening, we will have the privilege to honor and acknowledge the accomplishments and commitment of Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, a Huntington resident with 40-plus years of dedicated service to law enforcement and the residents Suffolk County,” chamber chairman Robert Bontempi said in a Police Department press release.

The same release quoted Dormer saying: "I am very honored to receive such recognition from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. I am thrilled that they recognize all the hard work the men and women of this department do on a daily basis.”

Legis. Jon Cooper  (D-Lloyd Harbor), who is leading the fire-Dormer charge, said he won't be attending the pow-wow because, "I don't play golf."

Cooper danced around the question of whether Dormer ought to be honored by the chamber.

"I don't want to hurt his feelings any more than I already am," Cooper said.

Cooper said he is garnering enough votes to fire Dormer is "an uphill battle." He urged colleagues to give the matter an up-or-down vote tomorrow.

Earlier, before he didn't appear for his scheduled press conference, County Executive Steve Levy said legislators lack the authority to fire Dormer and promised to use "every legal action available" to stop it.

"We think it's illegal," Levy said.

Levy is also due to appear at tonight's dinner, the SCPD press release says. If you're going, let us know how it goes.

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