Legislator Trotta Seeks To Recoup $1.5 Million From Former Police Chief Burke
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:14PM

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta 13th L.D.
The Ways & Means Committee will meet Thursday at 12:30pm in Hauppauge. One of the topics that will be discussed will be Legislator Trotta’s bill to recoup, from the former Chief of Police James Burke, $1.5 M paid by Suffolk County taxpayers to settle a lawsuit with Christopher Loeb. 

Legislator Trotta has been very vocal in his outrage and recently expressed his criticism saying “Crime Does Pay in Suffolk County …Christopher Loeb, a petty thief, gets $1.5 million from the Taxpayers, and James Burke, convicted criminal and former Chief of Police, earns $600,000 pay out and a Multi-million Dollar Pension from the Taxpayers.”

Earlier this year, the Suffolk Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee settled a federal lawsuit brought by Christopher Loeb against Suffolk County. Mr. Loeb was beaten, while handcuffed, by then Suffolk County Chief of Police James Burke. For his actions, Mr. Burke was arrested and convicted on civil rights violations and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Burke was sentenced to almost four years in Federal prison. 

According to Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta, a retired Suffolk County Police Detective and 10 year member of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force, “As Police Chief, James Burke took an oath to fulfill the obligations of the office of Chief of Police and to up hold the laws of this county and this state and he did not. His admitted criminal activity and gross misconduct constituted not only a violation of the law, but also a breach of the agreement he made with the county. Burke’s actions have harmed the county and its taxpayers. Upon leaving the county, Burke received a lump sum payout of $630,000 and he receives a yearly pension of almost $150,000. It’s clear that he has the means to pay the taxpayers back and he should pay. The taxpayers should be outraged that County Executive Bellone allowed this conduct to go on and did nothing about it.”

Legislator Trotta’s legislation directs the County Attorney to commence legal action to seek reimbursement from Mr. Burke to recover the 1.5 million dollars of taxpayer money that was paid to Mr. Loeb to compensate him for Burke’s illegal actions. “I believe as an elected official we have a fiscal responsibility to recoup the taxpayers’ money from Mr. Burke,” said Legislator Trotta.

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