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Suffolk Legislator Calls For Investigation Into PBA Donations

Jessica Opatich
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WSHU
Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta called on the state attorney general to investigate the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association for possible campaign finance violations. 

State law caps political donations by corporations at $5,000. Trotta says the police union is a corporation and should be bound by the same rules. 

He says candidates should return those contributions. 

“If you received money from the PBA in the past four or five years, you should give every penny of it back, and it should be returned to their members.”

New York State election law does not define whether a union is a corporation. 

The PBA president tells Newsday the state allows unions to contribute to campaigns.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.