NEW CITY — The town police union is organizing a show of support for Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan, who was suspended last week for undisclosed reasons by the Town Board.
The Clarkstown PBA’s rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the the New City Firehouse.
In a statement posted on the 160-member PBA’s Facebook page, president Raymond Laschet said the union was “shocked” by Sullivan’s suspension.
“The Clarkstown PBA feels he has been a fair and dedicated leader of the largest police department in Rockland County,” Laschet’s statement reads. “Much like when any of our members face disciplinary charges we must wait for due process to prevail and let the facts come forth before rushing to judgment.”
The chief is not represented by the PBA.
Clarktown’s CSEA, which represents about 300 workers, also is planning to show its support for the chief at the rally.
Clarkstown officials have said they can’t comment on the charges, which were presented to Sullivan last week.
The chief and Supervisor George Hoehmann have been at odds over the department’s policies and decisions.
In April, the two men feuded publicly with over the hiring of an upstate firm for a cost-cutting study of the town’s $50 million police department — one of the state’s priciest town forces.
The 33-year cop said Friday in a statement that he was “surprised” and “dismayed” by the suspension, which he called “completely without merit.”
“Please be assured that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on my part or of any conduct unbecoming an officer,” he said.
Sullivan will continue to pocket his $272,000 salary until charges are drawn up and disciplinary proceedings are held, which could take months.
The suspension comes at a time when law enforcement officials are said to be looking into a $96,053 donation to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s Reform Party that paid for advertising and other campaign costs for Hoehmann’s successful campaign for supervisor.
The same donor — “Institute for Municipal Safety Research LLC,” which is not registered with New York state — provided another $109,000 to the Rockland Republican Committee through the Reform Party. Hoehmann has declined to discuss the name of the donor.