Jim O’Connor Issues Statement on Renaming Section of Jericho Turnpike in Memory of Murdered Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez

Friday, August 14, 2015

“I wish to offer kudos to the New York State officials for properly honoring Officer Arthur Lopez, who was killed in the line of duty. This is a far cry from how Suffolk County Executive Bellone tried to politicize the death of a murdered police officer, Brian Moore, by offering his condolences while soliciting likes for his re-election campaign.”


“Mr. Bellone says he uses his social media accounts as a ‘tool to get information to residents,’ but when he is not exploiting the death of a New York City police officer for political gain, he is urging Suffolk residents to vote for their favorite pizza place or bagel shop, posting photos of himself at the Long Island Ducks game, or ‘following’ adult film stars (something he says was a mistake by an aide). Mr. Bellone has lowered the bar and needs to apologize to the NYPD and the residents of Suffolk County.”