Newsday reporting and an investigative series examined Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh’s connections to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay officials, as well as Nassau County contracting practices.
Harendra Singh arranged and paid for several vacation trips for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and a top Oyster Bay town official.
Newsday / David L. Pokress; Howard Schnapp
Harendra Singh has financial, political and personal ties to the Nassau County executive, records show. The county paid almost $240,000 to Singh for hot meals for top officials after superstorm Sandy.
Newsday / David L. Pokress
Town officials helped Harendra Singh secure loans by arranging with lenders to have the town pay in case of defaults — potentially exposing taxpayers to millions of dollars in liabilities.
Newsday / David L. Pokress
After Edward Mangano won election as Nassau's top leader in 2009, his longtime friend, Bethpage restaurateur Harendra Singh, crowed to his employees, 'I've just hit Easy Street!'
Former Oyster Bay Constable Christopher Briggs said he gave the Nassau district attorney's office key documents on Harendra Singh in 2013, but DA investigators never followed up.
Newsday, 2000 / Karen Wiles Stabile
The now-indicted restaurateur's companies owed more than $180,000 to Oyster Bay when town board members voted unanimously to extend its contracts with him in 2014.
A creditor sued the parent company of Oyster Bay's concessionaire at Tobay Beach, alleging it defaulted on a loan for restaurant equipment and furnishings.
The Nassau executive's public calendar is redacted on certain days — including when records show he would be vacationing at Harendra Singh's expense.
The Raj & Rajeshwari Foundation hosted lavish fundraising galas each year that attracted Long Island politicians, judges, union officials and other local leaders.
Raj & Rajeshwari Foundation Facebook page
Nassau contracting practices
Newsday’s reporting revealed that Nassau County’s specialty contracts often do not go to the lowest bidders, and that the county gave hundreds of no-bid contracts valued just dollars below a key threshold.
Nassau County awards more than three-quarters of its specialty contracts — the type central to the Dean and Adam Skelos federal corruption case -- to companies that don't submit the lowest bids.
A Nassau County department rewrote bid requirements for a seven-figure contract, allowing the company already doing the work to stay on the job amid heavy competition.
Hundreds of Nassau contracts worth a total of nearly $10 million have been awarded in recent years at amounts just below the threshold for legislative approval.
Jim Peppler; John Roca; Frank Koester