YAPHANK, NY: On Wednesday, March 4th, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature Kevin J. McCaffrey joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison as they announced the appointment of two executive level public safety administrators.
Taking on the role of Deputy County Executive for Probation and Juvenile Intervention is former Chief of the Palm Bay Police Department Nelson Moya, who will use his three decades of law enforcement experience to work with other county officials to “oversee the development of the region’s first specialized secure detention facility for youthful offenders while creating and expanding justice interventions and overseeing critical operations related to the County’s probation department.”1 Moya, who was born in Ecuador and raised in Columbia before immigrating to the United States and settling in Suffolk County, will serve as the first Latino Immigrant to hold the position.
Taking on the role of Assistant Commissioner of Police is Elizabeth Daitz, who currently serves the New York City Police Department (NYPD) as Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives. Daitz will find a home in the new administrative arm of the Police Department, led by former NYPD Chief of Department and current Suffolk County police department Commissioner Rodney Harrison. In her new role, Daitz “will work alongside Harrison to design and facilitate an information management strategy for the police department to improve the quality of police services provided to Suffolk County communities.
Daitz will work to foster collaboration across county departments, including probation, social services, labor, health and human services, to address law enforcement concerns communities are facing and integrate crime fighting strategies within other parts of county government.”1 On her work ahead, Daitz said: “I'm honored to join County Executive Bellone and Police Commissioner Harrison in serving the people of Suffolk County. Together, we will provide the most innovative, efficient, effective, and ethical law enforcement services in the nation."
Presiding Officer McCaffrey, who has been a public proponent of increasing the public safety infrastructure of the County, stated: “I am excited to work with Assistant Commissioner Daitz, Deputy County Executive Moya, and Police Commissioner Harrison as we develop a transparent yet effective and public safety minded Suffolk County Police Department.”
Also present at the press conference was Minority Leader of the Suffolk County Legislature Jason Richberg, Legislators Sammy Gonzalez and Legislator Manny Esteban, Suffolk County Department of Women's Services Director Grace Ioannidis, Director of Suffolk County Human Services Olga El Sehamy, Consul General of El Salvador Henry P. Salgado, Consul General of Guatemala Ana Mercedes Flores Chavarria, and Pilar Moya.
Legislator Kevin McCaffrey represents Suffolk County's 14th Legislative District, which encompasses the Villages of Lindenhurst and Babylon, the hamlets of West Babylon and North Lindenhurst, portions of Copiague, North Babylon, and Babylon's barrier beach communities.
1Boyle, C. Suffolk Executive Bellone, Commissioner Harrison announce groundbreaking administrative appointments in law enforcement. LongIsland.com. Retrieved from https://www.longisland.com/news/03-07-22/suffolk-executive-bellone-commissioner-harrison-announce-groundbreaking-administrative-appointments-in-law-enforcement.html