Former U.S. Attorney David Kelley Announces Tim Sini to Run for Suffolk County District Attorney
Kelley, Famed S.D.N.Y. Federal Terrorism Prosecutor and Former East Hampton Police Officer, will serve as Chairman of the Sini Campaign
David Kelley, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced May 12, 2017 that Tim Sini will be a candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney this year. Kelley also announced that he would serve as Chairman of Sini’s campaign.
“Tim Sini was an outstanding federal prosecutor with a sterling reputation for honesty, integrity and an ironclad commitment to justice,” said former U.S. Attorney Kelley. “His performance in leading the Suffolk County Police Department in the aftermath of one of the worst scandals in the Department’s history has been nothing short of extraordinary.”
“We are at a unique moment in time in Suffolk County. Through the hard work of the men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department, we have been able to drive crime to the lowest level in recorded history,” said Tim Sini. “But the fact remains that we have significant issues that need to be addressed in our communities, and we need a strong District Attorney’s Office to lead the way. We need a District Attorney who is innovative and effective, someone who will tirelessly work with our communities to make our County as safe as possible, someone who will serve justice upon criminals, uphold the law, and not act as if they are above it. I will bring my experience as Police Commissioner and a federal prosecutor to do just that. As District Attorney, I will lead the County into a new era of law enforcement in which the only goal will be justice for all.”
Campaign chairman David Kelley previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2005, joining luminaries serving in that same title such as Rudolph Guliani, James Comey, Mary Jo White, and, most recently, Preet Bharara.
Prior to ascending to the role of United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Kelley served as the Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism unit where he prosecuted the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen; the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; and Ramzi Yousef, the planner of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In addition, Mr. Kelley helped lead the federal investigation into the 9/11 attacks on behalf of the United States Department of Justice.
Kelley reported that Sini will remain as Police Commissioner during the course of the campaign and will have no role in fundraising. “We will establish a campaign structure which minimizes Tim’s role in the campaign so that he can remain focused on his critical service as Police Commissioner.”
Kelley noted that Sini sought and received a legal opinion from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel – Hatch Act Unit, as well as Jerry Goldfeder of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, one of the top election lawyers in the country, which make clear that running for District Attorney while serving as Police Commissioner is in accordance with all ethical and legal standards.
“Our goal is to build a campaign structure that will set the ethical and legal standard for how a political campaign should be conducted,” said Kelley. “Once elected, Tim’s experience, track record of success, and moral character will set the tone for how a District Attorney’s office should be run.”
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Tim investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases involving a wide variety of crimes, including murder, gang violence, kidnapping, child pornography, large-scale narcotics trafficking, government fraud and more. Tim specialized in large scale gang prosecutions and solving cold case murders. He prosecuted one of the largest gang cases in American history against the Trinitarios gang, taking down its national leader and arresting more than one hundred gang members. He prosecuted hit men, solved cold cases, and brought several ground breaking prosecutions, including the first ever federal prosecution of “bath salts” – a designer drug – and a prosecution against an illegal Internet pharmacy scheme which flooded the market with addictive pain medications.
Tim’s passion for public service ultimately brought his career home to Suffolk County when he had the opportunity to serve his own community as the Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety, where he worked on a wide range of public safety issues affecting Suffolk County. His work included creating two award-winning programs here in Suffolk County – the gang prevention program known as CHANGE and a medically assisted treatment program offered to those with opioid dependency in the Suffolk County jail. Tim also worked on developing and expanding alternatives to incarceration programs, and led the negotiation that resulted in the lifting of the state mandate to build a third jail in Suffolk, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
In November 2015, Tim joined the Suffolk County Police Department. Tim was appointed Police Commissioner in the wake of a major scandal involving former Chief of Department James Burke. His objectives were to reform the Department’s leadership, and make it one of the most effective departments in the country. He enacted numerous reforms, including in the Internal Affairs Bureau, and launched a number of crime fighting and community initiatives, which led to the strengthening of community relations and historic reductions in crime. Tim rebuilt and fostered strong relationships with the Department’s federal law enforcement partners, relationships that were previously destroyed by his predecessor. It is clear that under Tim’s leadership the mission is clearer than ever: to effectively serve and protect the residents of Suffolk County with the utmost integrity.
Tim has focused the Department on aggressively addressing the opioid epidemic, gang violence, roadway safety, and homeland security. As a result of the many initiatives launched under Tim’s leadership, and the bravery of the hardworking men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County has never been safer. In 2016, compared to the previous year, violent crime was reduced by 10.9%, property crime was reduced by 5.3%, overall crime was reduced by 5.7%, and traffic fatalities were reduced by 29.9%. In 2017, year to date, violent crime has been further reduced by 14.8% and property crime has been reduced by 10.8%, with an overall crime reduction of 11.1%. Under Tim’s leadership, the Department has dramatically increased its narcotics enforcement, including a 118.2% increase in the number of narcotics search warrants in 2016 compared to the previous year, resulting in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of kilogram quantities of narcotics and a record number of illegal firearms.
“Although crime is at historic lows, I recognize that Suffolk County faces significant public safety challenges, including the tragic consequences of the opioid epidemic and MS 13 gang violence in our communities,” Sini said. “A critical element to effectively addressing these issues, and many more, is a strong, effective District Attorney’s Office.”
Tim grew up in Suffolk County, graduating from West Islip High School. He met his wife Amanda at age 13 at Robert Moses Beach. They now live in Babylon Village where they are raising their three children. He studied criminal justice at American University where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, graduating 8th out of 492 students.