Sympathy for the Nassau Cops?

Tom Suozzi’s campaign made the claim today that Eliot Spitzer essentially put the Nassau police union up to suing Suozzi, an argument they base on the fact that Richard Emery and his law firm — also the PBA’s lawyers — have ties to Spitzer.

Between the PBA, whose hostility to Suozzi is legendary, and Emery, who’s an independent character, it’s not clear why you have to theorize a separate conspiracy.

But before you feel too bad for the Nassau cops, don’t miss this bit from today’s Times story.

The average county police officer earns $110,000 a year, including overtime, compared with the $25,000 starting salary for a New York Police Department officer. Mr. Suozzi makes $109,000 a year as the county’s top elected official.