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The Politics of Corruption: Ed Mangano

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

Edward Mangano

Charges: Conspiracy to commit federal program bribery; federal program bribery; conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud; honest services wire fraud; extortion; conspiracy to obstruct justice

Edward Mangano, Nassau’s county executive, was indicted in October 2016 and accused by federal prosecutors of receiving “bribes and kickbacks” from businessman Harendra Singh, who has pleaded guilty to providing them. Mangano’s wife, Linda, was charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements involving “work she claimed to have performed” in an alleged no-show job from Singh, according to the indictment and prosecutors. Both Manganos pleaded not guilty. A judge on May 31 declared a mistrial in both their cases and their retrial is set for October. Federal prosecutors filed a new indictment against the Manganos in August, adding details of statements to investigators by Linda that prosecutors allege are lies. The Manganos pleaded not guilty to the indictment at an arraignment.

The latest on the Mangano case

Aug. 8, 2018: Feds release new indictment against Edward, Linda Mangano July 26, 2018: Judge moves trial date of former Mangano aide to January June 17, 2018: Mangano paid attorney $900,000 from campaign fund June 28, 2018: Judge sets Oct. 9 as Mangano retrial date June 1, 2018: Prosecutors intend to retry Edward and Linda Mangano corruption case June 1, 2018: Foreman: Mangano jury was leaning toward acquittal May 31, 2018: Judge declares a mistrial in Edward and Linda Mangano corruption case May 31, 2018: Edward and Linda Mangano react with emotion after mistrial May 31, 2018: Power on Trial: After a wait, Mangano trial ends in a mistrial May 31, 2018: Editorial: Mangano-Venditto trial exposed a rotten political system May 30, 2018: Judge sends Mangano jury back to work after ‘deadlocked’ note May 30, 2018: Power on Trial: Mangano jury deliberations to enter Day 9 May 30, 2018: Mangano jury sends note to judge saying, ‘We are deadlocked’ May 30, 2018: Power on Trial: Jury restarts deliberations with a new member May 29, 2018: Mangano judge replaces juror who sent note; deliberations continue May 25, 2018: Mangano jurors leave for the holiday weekend without reaching a verdict May 25, 2018: Power on Trial: Jury deliberations will continue next week May 24, 2018: Respect for the solemn duty of a jury of one’s peers May 24, 2018: Venditto not guilty on all charges; jury deliberating Friday on Manganos May 23, 2018: Power on trial: A video show, and a lawyer returns May 23, 2018: Jurors in corruption trial ask to see footage of Mangano’s front door May 23, 2018: Power on trial: Who’s who in the Mangano-Venditto trial May 22, 2018: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto trial say they need ‘further instruction’ May 22, 2018: Power on Trial: When jurors disagree May 21, 2018: Jurors in political corruption case deliberate for second day May 19, 2018: Power on trial: The waiting game May 18, 2018: Jurors reach no verdict on 1st day of Mangano-Venditto deliberations May 18, 2018: At last — the jury deliberates in the Mangano-Venditto case May 17, 2018: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto corruption case to begin deliberations May 17, 2018: Power on trial: All eyes on the jury May 16, 2018: Judge: Former top aide to Edward Mangano goes on trial Sept. 17 May 16, 2018: Power on trial: Defense lawyers go after Harendra Singh May 16, 2018: Defense attorneys attack Singh’s credibility at Mangano-Venditto trial May 15, 2018: Mangano and Venditto ‘traded their office’ for money, prosecutor says in closings May 15, 2018: Power on Trial: Closing arguments May 15, 2018: Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Mangano, Venditto May 14, 2018: Power on Trial: ‘Time flies’ May 13, 2018: Feds could wrap case Monday in Mangano corruption trial May 12, 2018: Ed Mangano-John Venditto corruption trial attracts a crowd May 11, 2018: Power on trial: Financial footprints May 11, 2018: Judge rejects John Venditto lawyers’ mistrial request, court papers show May 11, 2018: Judge rejects John Venditto lawyers’ mistrial request, court papers show May 10, 2018: Power on trial: Two witnesses, two similar stories May 10, 2018: Contractor: I gave Mangano cash to help with problems May 10, 2018: Power on Trial: Analyst finds trouble in Oyster Bay May 9, 2018: Analyst: Town withheld info on Singh’s loans May 9, 2018: Financial advisers say they didn’t know about Singh loans May 8, 2018: Power on Trial: How much evidence is enough? May 7, 2018: Power on Trial: Some unexpected news May 7, 2018: Town of Oyster Bay masked $22 million deficit, witness testifies May 5, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: The tale of 329 Broadway May 3, 2018: FBI agent: Linda Mangano broke down in tears when subpoenaed for evidence May 3, 2018: Power on Trial: The signs of lying May 3, 2018: Records: Harendra Singh files for Chapter 13 bankruptcy May 3, 2018: Power on Trial: Of bribes and town salaries May 2, 2018: Genova testifies he was ‘in panic mode’ when he lied to prosecutors May 1, 2018: Genova testifies Singh’s perks ensured his problems were at the top of the pile May 1, 2018: Power on Trial: ‘Keys to the county’ April 30, 2018: Genova: Venditto was the force behind Singh’s contracts, loan guarantees April 30, 2018: Power on Trial: Genova describes how things work in Oyster Bay April 28, 2018: Mangano-Venditto trial: What’s the standard for guilt? April 26, 2018: Power on Trial: More witnesses testify about Linda Mangano April 26, 2018: Mangano witness: Company was ready to provide emergency Sandy meals April 25, 2018: Ex-restaurant manager for Singh testifies he didn’t see Linda Mangano at eatery April 25, 2018: Power on Trial: After blackout, a light moment in Mangano trial April 24, 2018: Power on Trial: Town knew it was backing Singh loans, witness says April 24, 2018: Mangano was force behind no-bid Sandy contract for Singh, witness testifies April 23, 2018: Power on Trial: Mangano, lender talked Coliseum financing, witness says April 23, 2018: Singh almost didn’t get superstorm Sandy food contract, witness says April 23, 2018: Former Nassau employees to testify in Mangano-Venditto trial April 21, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Finding an end-around on loan guarantees April 20, 2018: Power on Trial: Sinnreich faces off with Mangano’s defense attorney April 20, 2018: Outside counsel testifies he cautioned Oyster Bay on ‘bogus’ proposal April 19, 2018: Witness testifies Mangano told others on Singh deal ‘Let’s get this thing done’ April 18, 2018: Power on Trial: Mangano urged Singh deal to be done, witness says April 17, 2018: Venditto, Genova viewed FBI probe as ‘rite of passage,’ Mei testifies April 17, 2018: Power on Trial: Mei says he feared for his job, pension April 17, 2018: Power on Trial: Mei says he feared for his job, pension April 16, 2018: Power on Trial: How the system works, according to Mei April 14, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Wrangling over town loan guarantees April 14, 2018: Power on Trial: Seeking a solution for Singh’s financing April 12, 2018: Witness: Surprised seeing Mangano, Venditto at loan meeting April 12, 2018: Power on Trial: Judge in Mangano trial also presiding over Spota case April 12, 2018: Power on Trial: Judge in Mangano trial also presiding over Spota case April 11, 2018: Power on Trial: Lawyer has no ‘independent recollection’ April 11, 2018: VIPs ate for free at Singh’s venues, Mangano witness trial says April 10, 2018: Power on Trial: Installed flooring and backing for a loan April 10, 2018: Town of Oyster Bay ‘would be on the hook’ if Singh defaulted, witness testifies April 9, 2018: Power on Trial: New witnesses for the prosecution testify April 9, 2018: Montesano testifies he was pressured to hire Linda Mangano April 9, 2018: Montesano testifies he was pressured to hire Linda Mangano April 9, 2018: Power on Trial: New witnesses for the prosecution testify April 7, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Parsing the meaning of truth and love April 5, 2018: Power on Trial: Mr. Singh, ‘you’re excused’ April 5, 2018: Harendra Singh ends testimony in Mangano’s trial April 4, 2018: Power on Trial: Just answer yes or no, Mr. Singh April 4, 2018: Singh: Oyster Bay ‘was willing to do whatever I wanted’ April 3, 2018: Power on Trial: Linda Mangano did some work April 3, 2018: Singh: I was unaware of Linda Mangano’s workload April 2, 2018: Power on Trial: Carman begins quizzing Singh April 2, 2018: Singh testifies he was ‘in denial’ at Mangano’s trial March 31, 2018: Power on Trial: Scenes from the Mangano trial March 31, 2018: Mangano defense attacks Singh March 29, 2018: Power on Trial: Mei wears a wire to talk to Singh March 29, 2018: Singh FBI wire: Ed Mangano did ‘nothing, nothing’ for me March 28, 2018: Singh: Edward Mangano paid for some of his own meals March 28, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh’s 7th day on the witness stand March 28, 2018: Ciolli: Did Mondello get discount on daughter’s wedding? March 27, 2018: Power on Trial: Scenes from an Italian restaurant March 27, 2018: Linda Mangano asked Singh not to bring gifts to parties, texts show March 26, 2018: Power on Trial: The defense attacks Singh’s credibility March 26, 2018: Singh details perks at Mangano’s corruption trial March 24, 2018: Power on Trial: A glimpse into a political rite of passage March 24, 2018: Singh, in his testimony, describes lavishing gifts on officials March 22, 2018: Singh testifies he gave Venditto, family countless free luxury rides March 22, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh, in testimony, drops a lot of names March 20, 2018: Singh: Mangano, VIPs got ‘special food’ for superstorm Sandy March 20, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh tells how he got a bread contract March 19, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh talks patronage, building an empire March 19, 2018: Singh testifies he hired Linda Mangano but expected no work from her March 17, 2018: Singh learned to make friends in Nassau politics March 16, 2018: Mangano, Venditto “circumvented” permit process, prosecutors allege March 16, 2018: Editorial: Don’t confuse political corruption with friendship March 15, 2018: Power on Trial: Harendra Singh takes the witness stand March 15, 2018: In Mangano, Singh said he saw a ‘connection’ to help his business March 14, 2018: Singh laundered money for Mangano, prosecutors allege March 14, 2018: Feds say Mangano ‘sold himself’; defense attacks Singh’s credibility March 14, 2018: Power on Trial: Low-show jobs and witness credibility March 13, 2018: Singh to play major role in trial of Manganos, Venditto March 12, 2018: Jury seated for Mangano-Venditto corruption trial March 12, 2018: Judge on Mangano case described as fair, ‘brilliant’ and tough March 12, 2018: Power on Trial: Jury is seated in Mangano trial March 11, 2018: Mangano-Venditto corruption trial kicks off March 10, 2018: How crises plagued Mangano’s two terms March 8, 2018: Judge: Mangano, Venditto trial on schedule March 6, 2018: Editorial: Another way to end culture of corruption in Nassau County March 5, 2018: Papers: Mangano, Venditto trial witness gets immunity to testify March 3, 2018: Editorial: Break up Long Island’s political game Feb. 28, 2018: Judge bars decisions on de Blasio in Mangano case Feb. 26, 2018: Editorial: Patrick Ryder needs to keep Nassau County police above politics Feb. 26, 2018: Brown: Corruption fight needs more than a gift ban Feb. 26, 2018: Laura Curran orders no-gift policy for employees involved in contracting Feb. 24, 2018: Court filing alleges Singh dealings with NYC mayor Feb. 22, 2018: Editorial: Details still to come in latest Nassau County corruption case Feb. 22, 2018: Former Mangano aide Rob Walker indicted on federal charges Feb. 19, 2018: Records: Figure in Mangano-Venditto case wore wire Feb. 10, 2018: Harendra Singh repeatedly sought City Hall’s help, documents show Feb. 9, 2018: Judge in Mangano corruption case rejects all defense motions Feb. 7, 2018: Mangano, Venditto schemed at meeting to guarantee loans, feds allege Feb. 8, 2018: Opinion: Stop the decline of the Nassau GOP Feb. 7, 2018: Jury selection date set for Mangano-Venditto trial Feb. 3, 2018: In Nassau corruption cases, the witness list begins to take shape Jan. 30, 2018: Claiming ‘selective prosecution,’ Mangano wants indictment dismissed Jan. 24, 2018: Singh admits bribing Mangano, Venditto, NYC official Jan. 17, 2018: Feds turn over documents, materials in Mangano-Venditto case Jan. 14, 2018: Lawyers for Manganos and Venditto file flurry of pretrial motions Dec. 5, 2017: Judge delays Edward Mangano, John Venditto trial for two months Nov. 30, 2017: John Venditto, Edward Mangano ask for delay in corruption case Nov. 21, 2017: John Venditto, ex-Oyster Bay town supervisor, charged by SEC Nov. 15, 2017: Scheme to help restaurateur began when Mangano took office, court filing says Nov. 15, 2017: Oyster Bay legal bills related to Singh cases top $3.3M Oct. 30, 2017: GOP and Dems clash on alleged plot to indict Edward Mangano Oct. 30, 2017: GOP and Dems clash on alleged plot to indict Edward Mangano Oct. 17, 2017: Editorial: Keep a spotlight on nepotism in Long Island government Oct. 14, 2017: Over 100 Nassau politicians also have family in government Sept. 27, 2017: Brown: Will Skelos’ overturned conviction affect Mangano, Venditto? Sept. 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau towns suddenly embrace ethics reform Sept. 6, 2017: Venditto court papers seek dismissal of corruption charges Aug. 30, 2017: Mangano’s wife to judge: Dismiss criminal case Aug. 26, 2017: Brown: Edward Mangano, officially a lame duck, plots his future Aug. 11, 2017: Curran outraises Maragos in primary for Nassau executive July 26, 2017: De Blasio addresses top aides’ help to indicted donor Singh July 22, 2017: Brown: Lawmakers in Nassau push anti-corruption reforms in election year July 19, 2017: Edward Mangano’s fundraising dwindles July 17, 2017: Edward Mangano loses shot at possible re-election bid July 16, 2017: Editorial: Business as usual for Nassau GOP Inc. July 13, 2017: Mangano won’t seek third term as Republican July 10, 2017: Town sues former concessionaire, attorneys July 5, 2017: Nassau GOP eyes Election Day with its anti-corruption stance May 20, 2017: Nassau investigations chief Donna Myrill touts independence May 18, 2017: Nassau GOP taps state Sen. Jack Martins as county exec candidate April 30, 2017: GOP bill would ban public corruption felons from county office April 29, 2017: Nassau GOP chairman recalls telling Mangano he was being dropped March 15, 2017: Despite indictment, Manganos plan women’s event March 1, 2017: Source: GOP searching for Nassau exec candidate Feb 22, 2017: Nassau DA wiretapped 3 former Oyster Bay officials, sources say Feb 20, 2017: Mangano, Nassau GOP lawmaker in unusual split Feb. 12, 2017: Indicted concessionaire owes Oyster Bay nearly $300,000 Feb. 10, 2017: Nassau grand jury probing Oyster Bay corruption, sources say Feb. 9, 2017: Brown: Charges against Mangano will hang over election season Feb. 8, 2017: Mangano won’t face trial before 2018 Feb. 8, 2017: Brown: Mangano says ‘I’m not going anywhere’ Jan. 10, 2017: Mangano unlikely to be renominated for county exec, sources say Jan. 4, 2017: Federal bribery trial for Harendra Singh indefinitely delayed Dec. 31, 2016: Mangano says he’s been taking care of business since indictment Oct. 24, 2016: Mangano took $17,007 pay raise despite ongoing budget cuts Oct. 24, 2016: Federal charges vs. Venditto will not impact town lawsuits, lawyer says Oct. 20, 2016: Brown: New reality for Mangano, John Venditto Oct. 20, 2016: Harendra Singh is businessman at center of probes Oct. 20, 2016: Mangano, Venditto arrested on corruption charges, Feds say Nov. 21, 2015: LI pols attended galas, raised funds for Singh charity Nov. 9, 2015: Mangano’s calendar: No appearances when he might be on vacation with Singh Oct. 24, 2015: Town OK’d Singh’s contracts despite late bills, documents show Sept. 22, 2015: Whistleblower says Nassau DA failed to act in 2013 on key documents Sept. 13: 2015: Singh boasted about Mangano, other officials, gave them free meals, employees say Aug. 22, 2015: Town helped Singh get $16M in private loans exposing taxpayers to liabilities Aug. 9, 2015: Singh, contractor arranged, paid for trips for Mangano, other officials June 30, 2015: Restaurateur Harendra Singh, involved in Oyster Bay lawsuits, has ties to Mangano, records show
Other LI officials charged with abuse of power

The Politics of Corruption: Thomas Spota

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

Thomas Spota

Charges:Conspiracy to tamper with witnesses and obstruct an official proceeding; witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding; obstruction of justice; accessory after the fact to the deprivation of John Doe’s civil rights

Thomas Spota, the Suffolk County district attorney, was indicted in October 2017 on federal charges that he was involved in a cover-up of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s 2012 assault of a suspect. U.S. attorneys say Spota, along with longtime aide Christopher McPartland, intimidated and pressured witnesses not to cooperate with federal investigators in order to protect Burke. Spota pleaded not guilty to the charges. A day after his plea, he announced he would leave the office he has held since 2002. His last day in office was Nov. 10, 2017.

The latest on the Spota case

July 18, 2018: Editorial: Corruption trials demand reforms July 20, 2018: Feds close to turning over evidence in Spota case July 11, 2018: Ex-Spota aide McPartland gets legal defense fund July 2, 2018: Brown: Stay tuned. More corruption trials are to come April 12, 2018: Power on Trial: Judge in Mangano trial also presiding over Spota case April 12, 2018: Federal judge sets Spota trial date Jan. 26, 2018: Spota, former aide make brief court appearance in cover-up case Feb. 1, 2018: Suffolk agrees to settle Christopher Loeb’s lawsuit, officials say Jan. 26, 2018: Spota, former aide make brief court appearance in cover-up case Jan. 11, 2018: Spota paid $154,000 to defense from campaign fund Jan. 7, 2018: Former Thomas Spota aide hired by Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. Jan. 2, 2018: Editorial: Tough but clear path for Sini Dec. 23, 2017: Arc of Thomas Spota’s career marked by close relationship with police Dec. 1, 2017: Thomas Spota’s aide wants government to pay for current attorney Nov. 21, 2017: Records: Suffolk DA’s office bonuses totaled $3.25M since 2012 Nov. 15, 2017: Brown: Restore trust in Suffolk DA’s office — now, not later Nov. 13, 2017: Cuomo aide: No plans to appoint an interim DA in Suffolk Nov. 10, 2017: Tim Sini wants to discuss early appointment as Suffolk DA Nov. 8, 2017: Thomas Spota’s last day will be Friday, says DA’s office Nov. 8, 2017: Original charges against James Burke’s accuser dropped Nov. 8, 2017: Sini defeats Perini in Suffolk district attorney contest Nov. 3, 2017: Editorial: One way to fight election collusion on Long Island Oct. 28, 2017: Brown: Spota couldn’t continue as Suffolk DA Oct. 27, 2017: Rich Schaffer, Steve Bellone differ over Spota resignation Oct. 26, 2017: DA Thomas Spota ‘leaving my post’ after federal indictment Oct. 26, 2017: Burke, former chief at heart of Spota case, receives $145G pension Oct. 26, 2017: Spota’s decades-long relationship with Burke leads to indictment Oct. 25, 2017: Democratic lawmakers urge Thomas Spota to resign Oct. 25, 2017: Suffolk DA Thomas Spota, top aide indicted in cover-up Oct. 25, 2017: Spota, McPartland draw mix of onlookers to courtroom Oct. 25, 2017: District Attorney Thomas Spota’s contempt for the law Oct. 13, 2017: Suffolk DA Thomas Spota awards $2.7 million in staff bonuses, records show June 14, 2017: Brown: LI’s top cops: Looking ahead to possible changes May 12, 2017: Brown: Longtime Suffolk DA Thomas Spota will leave under a cloud May 12, 2017: Suffolk District Attorney Spota says he won’t seek re-election May 12, 2017: After 40 years in law enforcement, Spota calls it a career May 12, 2017: Timeline of Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s career April 26, 2017: Attorneys: Christopher Loeb indictment should be thrown out Dec. 21, 2016: ‘Numerous’ cops pleaded guilty in James Burke cover-up, court papers say March 12, 2016: Brown: Edward Walsh trial may spotlight DA Thomas Spota
Other LI officials charged with abuse of power

The Politics of Corruption: Dean Skelos

Ex-State Senator Dean Skelos

Dean Skelos

Charges: Conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right; conspiracy to commit honest services fraud; extortion under color of official right; solicitation of bribes and gratuities

Dean Skelos, former Republican State Senate majority leader, was convicted in December 2015 of using his power to help his son, Adam, get jobs and payments from businesses. Federal prosecutors said the senator pressured three companies to give jobs, fees and benefits worth $300,000 to Adam, doing favors in Albany for the companies in return. He also intervened with Nassau County to help one of them on a contract, prosecutors said. His son was indicted on the same charges. In May 2016, Skelos was sentenced to 5 years, and his son was sentenced to 6½. In September 2017, an appeals court overturned the convictions. They were retried in the summer of 2018, and a federal jury convicted them on eight counts of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.

The latest on the Skelos case

July 18, 2018: Editorial: Corruption trials demand reforms July 17, 2018: Dean Skelos, son convicted of corruption in retrial July 17, 2018: Brown: Jury didn’t buy Skelos’ doting father portrayal July 16, 2018: Juror in Skelos trial asks to be relieved to go on vacation July 13, 2018: Skelos jury goes home for the weekend after hours of deliberations July 12, 2018: Prosecutor says Skelos couldn’t help son buy a house July 11, 2018: Skelos defense attorney: Prosecution witnesses lied July 10, 2018: Prosecutor calls Dean Skelos’ testimony ‘not credible’ July 9, 2018: Skelos: Son’s job was not in exchange for influence July 6, 2018: Dean Skelos testifies he asked people to help his son July 5, 2018: Dean Skelos didn’t want son lobbying state government, witness testifies July 3, 2018: Alfonse D’Amato testifies he warned Dean Skelos his son might lose his job July 2, 2018: Former CEO: Firing Adam Skelos not an option due to senior Skelos’ influence June 29, 2018: Records: Adam Skelos earned more than $145,000 but dad said he was struggling June 28, 2018: Witness: Adam Skelos told me to send coded text during corruption probe June 28, 2018: Dean Skelos held company ‘hostage’ when asking for son’s raise, witness says June 26, 2018: Witness in Skelos case: I was told to pay Adam Skelos $20,000 June 26, 2018: Star witness: No explicit quid pro quo with Dean Skelos June 22, 2018: Dean Skelos asked company for work for his son, executive testifies June 21, 2018: Wiretaps in court show Dean Skelos’ power, influence in Albany June 20, 2018: Corruption trial opens, witness say Adam Skelos threatened him June 19, 2018: Jury selected for Skelos corruption retrial June 17, 2018: Second trial of Dean Skelos and his son to begin this week June 11, 2018: Judge rejects change of venue for Skelos retrial June 7, 2018: With trials looming, groups want oversight of NY contracts May 22, 2018: Skelos lawyer: Key prosecution witness should be probed May 17, 2018: Judge rules on Dean Skelos bid to challenge witnesses April 3, 2018: Skelos retrial prosecutors: No Walker testimony needed March 16, 2018: Editorial: Don’t confuse political corruption with friendship March 6, 2018: Editorial: Another way to end culture of corruption in Nassau County March 2, 2018: Skelos, son want retrial moved out of state Jan. 29, 2018: Judge orders Adam Skelos to mental health treatment Jan. 1, 2018: State readies for 5 corruption trials in 2018 Nov. 1, 2017: Vacating of Skelos conviction prompts finger-pointing Oct. 31, 2017: Retrial date set for Skelos corruption charges Sept. 27, 2017: Will Skelos’ overturned conviction affect Mangano, Venditto? Sept. 26, 2017: Editorial: After Skelos and Silver rulings, keep up quest for Albany honesty Sept. 26, 2017: Appeals court overturns Dean Skelos conviction Aug. 7, 2017: Dean Skelos lawyers cite Silver reversal in appeal July 7, 2017: Anthony Bonomo, Skelos trial witness, ousted from company May 8, 2017: Ex-Republican leader Dean Skelos deserves new trial, lawyer says May 18, 2017: Charles Lavine: Don’t use campaign funds for criminal defense March 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau Republicans need to act on contract reforms March 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau Republicans need to act on contract reforms March 23, 2017: Contractors bypass Nassau disclosure law Dec. 28, 2016: Skelos, Silver postscript: LI firms face lobbying fines Oct. 27, 2016: Judge questions insurer’s refusal to pay in Adam Skelos case Aug. 4, 2016: Skelos, son to stay out of prison pending appeal July 28, 2016: Dean Skelos formally disbarred after corruption conviction July 15, 2016: Skelos, Silver have hefty campaign cash to pay legal bills June 16, 2016: State corruption deal would take away convicted pols’ pensions June 7, 2016: Editorial: Albany should cast a wide net in pension-stripping bill May 12, 2016: Skelos sentenced to 5 years in corruption; son gets 6 1/2 April 27, 2016: Dean Skelos: $500,000 fine in corruption case ‘unwarranted’ April 15, 2016: Dean Skelos judge questions legality of increasing fine; rejects bid for new trial April 4, 2016: Dean Skelos, son Adam should face stiff sentences April 4: 2016: Letter: Dean Skelos’ plea was pathetic March 27, 2016: Pols among writers of 184 letters on Dean Skelos’ behalf March 23, 2016: Adam Skelos asks for ‘mercy’ in sentencing memo March 14, 2016: Dean Skelos’ sentencing postponed until April by judge Feb. 25, 2016: Letter: Pensions for convicts is beyond troubling Feb. 17, 2016: Dean Skelos, convicted of corruption, gets $95G state pension Feb. 4, 2016: Dean Skelos, son get postponement in sentencing on corruption conviction Jan. 26, 2016: Dean Skelos, son Adam, seek new trial, or acquittal of federal corruption charges Jan. 15, 2016: Dean Skelos spent $762G on legal defense, records show Dec. 30, 2015: Dean Skelos’ seat sparks political battling Dec. 29, 2015: Ex. Sen-Dean Skelos files for pension 11 days after conviction, officials say Dec. 21, 2015: Dean Skelos park in Rockville Centre subject of name-change effort May 31, 2015: Most Nassau contracts like the one in Skelos probe don’t go to lowest bidder, records show
Other LI officials charged with abuse of power

The Politics of Corruption: Gerard Terry

Ex-North Hempstead Town Democratic Leader Gerard Terry

Gerard Terry

Convicted of: Felony tax fraud (state), tax evasion (federal)

Charges: Tax fraud (state); tax evasion (federal)

Gerard Terry, the former North Hempstead Democratic Party leader, was charged in April and August 2016 with tax fraud after Nassau prosecutors said he compiled more than $1.4 million in tax debts while receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government work. He also was charged federally in February 2017 and pleaded not guilty. He resigned or was terminated from multiple public positions. In September 2017, Terry pleaded guilty in Nassau County to fourth-degree felony tax fraud. Terry pleaded guilty in October 2017 in federal court to tax evasion. He was sentenced on May 29 to serve three years in prison on the federal charges. On June 4, he was sentenced to 6 months in the state case.

The latest on the Terry case

June 4, 2018: Gerard Terry sentenced in state court to 6 months June 2, 2018: Stay tuned. More corruption trials on Long Island are to come June 1, 2018: Pols, clergy, civil rights leader wrote judge in Gerard Terry case June 1, 2018: Pols, clergy, civil rights leader wrote judge in Gerard Terry case May 29, 2018: Gerard Terry sentenced to 3 years in prison for tax evasion May 15, 2018: Gerard Terry, former N. Hempstead Democratic chairman, jailed March 31, 2018: Gerard Terry supporters urge leniency March 21, 2018: Gerard Terry should get 54-month prison term, prosecutors say Nov. 29, 2017: Gerard Terry’s sentencing on state tax fraud charges postponed Oct. 18, 2017: North Hempstead candidates cite ethics concerns at election debate Oct. 14, 2017: Over 100 Nassau politicians also have family in government Oct. 12, 2017: Gerard Terry pleads guilty to tax evasion Sept. 25, 2017: Gerard Terry, ex-town Dem leader, pleads guilty to tax fraud Sept. 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau towns suddenly embrace ethics reform Aug. 15, 2017: Gerard Terry makes court appearance on tax evasion charges May 28, 2017: 9 North Hempstead employees miss disclosure deadline April 17: 2017: Feds and defense say talks ongoing to resolve Gerard Terry tax case April 1: 2017: Several investigations of Long Island public officials underway March 1: 2017: North Hempstead officials OK revisions to town’s ethics policy Feb. 6: 2017: Did Terry get help to hide his taxes? Feb. 2, 2017: Agency releases ex-party chair after tax evasion arrest Jan. 31, 2017: Gerard Terry charged by Feds with tax evasion, officials say Sept. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-Dem leader, indicted on tax fraud charges June 7, 2016: Concetta Terry leaves job as deputy North Hempstead town clerk May 13, 2016: North Hempstead Ethics Board cites the town’s deputy clerk April 27, 2016: Gerard Terry’s tax fraud case put off April 27, 2016: North Hempstead mulls banning workers from supervising relatives April 13, 2016: Gerard Terry arraignment leads to Nassau Sheriff’s investigation April 13, 2016: Brown: Gerard Terry tax case reaches beyond his own issues April 12, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-North Hempstead Dem leader, arrested, DA says March 28, 2016: North Hempstead Town plugs ethics holes March 23, 2016: North Hempstead passes broad ethics reforms, promises more Feb. 28, 2016: North Hempstead seeks new zoning attorney to replace Gerard Terry Sept. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-Dem leader, indicted on tax fraud charges Feb. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry case leads N. Hempstead to enforce 25-year-old law Feb. 18, 2016: Concetta Terry, deputy town clerk, under review by ethics board Feb. 15, 2016: Letter: A tale of two town scandals Feb. 9, 2016: North Hempstead Democrats back replacement for Gerard Terry Feb. 8, 2016: Brown: Gerard Terry case shows intersection politics and patronage Feb. 4, 2016: Gerard Terry’s contract with Roosevelt Library terminated Feb. 2, 2016: Gerard Terry, embattled town Dem chairman, quits Board of Elections post Feb. 1, 2016: Gerard Terry to resign as North Hempstead Democratic leader Jan. 31, 2016: Dem chair has 6 government jobs, $1.4M tax debt
Other LI officials charged with abuse of power

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The Politics of Corruption: John Venditto

Ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto

John Venditto

State charges: Corrupt use of position or authority; official misconduct; conspiracy; defrauding the government

John Venditto, Oyster Bay supervisor, was indicted on federal corruption charges in October 2016. Venditto pleaded not guilty and resigned in January. His trial started on March 12, 2018. In June 2017, the Nassau DA indicted Venditto, who prosecutors said was involved in a real-estate deal and orchestrating a hiring. Venditto pleaded not guilty. A superseding federal indictment was announced Nov. 21 adding 21 charges involving allegations of securities fraud. Venditto was acquitted of all federal charges on May 24. He still faces state charges.

The latest on the Venditto case

May 24, 2018: Editorial: Respect for the solemn duty of a jury of one’s peers May 24, 2018: Venditto not guilty on all charges; jury still deliberating on Manganos May 23, 2018: Power on trial: A video show, and a lawyer returns May 23, 2018: Jurors in corruption trial ask to see footage of Mangano’s front door May 23, 2018: Power on trial: Who’s who in the Mangano-Venditto trial May 22, 2018: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto trial say they need ‘further instruction’ May 22, 2018: Power on Trial: When jurors disagree May 21, 2018: Power on Trial: Jury begins second day of deliberations May 21, 2018: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto case say they can’t ‘agree on certain items’ May 21, 2018: Jurors in political corruption case deliberate for second day May 19, 2018: Power on trial: The waiting game May 18, 2018: Jurors reach no verdict on 1st day of Mangano-Venditto deliberations May 17, 2018: At last — the jury deliberates in the Mangano-Venditto case May 17, 2018: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto corruption case to begin deliberations May 17, 2018: Power on trial: All eyes on the jury May 16, 2018: Power on Trial: Defense lawyers go after Singh May 16, 2018: Defense attorneys attack Singh’s credibility at corruption trial May 15, 2018: Power on Trial: Closing arguments May 15, 2018: Feds: Mangano and Venditto ‘traded their office’ for money May 14, 2018: Power on Trial: ‘Time flies’ May 14, 2018: Judge refuses to dismiss Mangano-Venditto indictments May 13, 2018: Feds could wrap case Monday in Mangano trial May 11, 2018: Power on Trial: Financial footprints May 11, 2018: Judge rejects Venditto’s mistrial request, papers show May 10, 2018: Power on Trial: Two witnesses, two similar stories May 10, 2018: Contractor: I gave Mangano cash to help with problems May 9, 2018: Power on Trial: Analyst finds trouble in Oyster Bay May 9, 2018: Analyst: Town withheld info on Singh’s loans May 8, 2018: Power on Trial: How much evidence is enough? May 8, 2018: Financial advisers say they didn’t know about Singh loans May 7, 2018: Power on Trial: Some unexpected news May 7, 2018: Auditor: Town masked $22 million deficit May 5, 2018: Corruption trial: The tale of 329 Broadway May 3, 2018: Power on Trial: The signs of lying May 3, 2018: FBI agent: Linda Mangano cried when subpoenaed May 2, 2018: Power on Trial: Of bribes and town salaries May 2, 2018: Genova testified he initially lied to prosecutors May 1, 2018: Power on Trial: ‘Keys to the county’ May 1, 2018: Witness: Singh’s problems were at the top of the pile April 30, 2018: Power on Trial: Genova describes how things work April 30, 2018: Venditto approved all of Singh’s contracts, Genova says April 28, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: What’s the standard for guilt? April 26, 2018: Power on Trial: Witnesses discuss Linda Mangano April 26, 2018: Company was ready to provide Sandy meals, owner testifies April 25, 2018: Power on Trial: Brief blackout, a light moment April 25, 2018: Singh manager: Never saw Linda Mangano at eatery April 24, 2018: Power on Trial: Oyster Bay backed Singh, witness says April 24, 2018: Witness: Mangano was behind no-bid Sandy contract April 23, 2018: Power on Trial: Coliseum financing discussed April 23, 2018: Former Nassau employees to testify in Mangano-Venditto trial April 21, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Finding an end-around on loan guarantees April 20, 2018: Power on Trial: Sinnreich faces off with Mangano’s defense attorney April 20, 2018: Outside counsel testifies he cautioned Oyster Bay on ‘bogus’ proposal April 20, 2018: Outside counsel testifies he cautioned Oyster Bay on ‘bogus’ proposal April 19, 2018: Witness testifies Mangano told others on Singh deal ‘Let’s get this thing done’ April 18, 2018: Power on Trial: Mangano urged Singh deal to be done, witness says April 17, 2018: Venditto, Genova viewed FBI probe as ‘rite of passage,’ Mei testifies April 17, 2018: Power on Trial: Mei says he feared for his job, pension April 17, 2018: Marshall: Tracing that ‘Oyster Bay way’ April 16, 2018: Frederick Mei testifies about ‘the Oyster Bay way’ April 16, 2018: Power on Trial: How the system works, according to Mei April 14, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Wrangling over town loan guarantees April 14, 2018: Power on Trial: Seeking a solution for Singh’s financing April 11, 2018: Power on Trial: Lawyer has no ‘independent recollection’ April 11, 2018: VIPs ate for free at Singh’s venues, Mangano witness trial says April 10, 2018: Witness: Town ‘would be on the hook’ if Singh defaulted April 9, 2018: Power on Trial: New witnesses for the prosecution testify April , 2018: April 9, 2018: Montesano testifies he was pressured to hire Linda Mangano April 7, 2018: Nassau corruption trial: Parsing the meaning of truth and love April 7, 2018: April 5, 2018: Power on Trial: Mr. Singh, ‘you’re excused’ April 5, 2018: Harendra Singh ends testimony in Mangano’s trial April 4, 2018: Power on Trial: Just answer yes or no, Mr. Singh April 4, 2018: Singh: Oyster Bay ‘was willing to do whatever I wanted’ April 3, 2018: Power on Trial: Linda Mangano did some work April 3, 2018: Singh: I was unaware of Linda Mangano’s workload April 2, 2018: Power on Trial: Carman begins quizzing Singh April 2, 2018: Singh testifies he was ‘in denial’ at Mangano’s trial March 31, 2018: Power on Trial: Scenes from the Mangano trial March 31, 2018: Mangano defense attacks Singh March 29, 2018: Power on Trial: Mei wears a wire to talk to Singh March 29, 2018: Singh FBI wire: Ed Mangano did ‘nothing, nothing’ for me March 28, 2018: Singh: Edward Mangano paid for some of his own meals March 28, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh’s 7th day on the witness stand March 28, 2018: Ciolli: Did Mondello get discount on daughter’s wedding? March 27, 2018: Power on Trial: Scenes from an Italian restaurant March 27, 2018: Linda Mangano asked Singh not to bring gifts to parties, texts show March 26, 2018: Power on Trial: The defense attacks Singh’s credibility March 26, 2018: Singh details perks at Mangano’s corruption trial March 24, 2018: Power on Trial: A glimpse into a political rite of passage March 24, 2018: Singh, in his testimony, describes lavishing gifts on officials March 26, 2018: Harendra Singh to be cross-examined this week at Mangano trial March 24, 2018: Power on Trial: A glimpse into a political rite of passage March 24, 2018: Singh, in his testimony, describes lavishing gifts on officials March 22, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh, in testimony, drops a lot of names March 22, 2018: Singh testifies he gave Venditto, family countless free luxury rides March 22, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh, in testimony, drops a lot of names March 20, 2018: Singh: Mangano, VIPs got ‘special food’ for superstorm Sandy March 20, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh tells how he got a bread contract March 19, 2018: Power on Trial: Singh talks patronage, building an empire March 19, 2018: Singh testifies he hired Linda Mangano but expected no work from her March 19, 2018: Harendra Singh resumes testimony Monday in Edward Mangano trial March 17, 2018: Singh learned how to make friends in Nassau politics March 17, 2018: Power on Trial: The world according to Singh March 16, 2018: Mangano, Venditto “circumvented” permit process, prosecutors allege March 16, 2018: Editorial: Don’t confuse political corruption with friendship March 15, 2018: Power on Trial: Harendra Singh takes the witness stand March 15, 2018: In Mangano, Singh said he saw a ‘connection’ to help his business March 14, 2018: Singh laundered money for Mangano, prosecutors allege March 14, 2018: Feds say Mangano ‘sold himself’; defense attacks Singh’s credibility March 14, 2018: Power on Trial: Low-show jobs and witness credibility March 13, 2018: Singh to play major role in trial of Manganos, Venditto March 12, 2018: Jury seated for Mangano-Venditto corruption trial March 12, 2018: Mangano-Venditto corruption trial begins today March 8, 2018: Mangano-Venditto corruption trial begins today March 5, 2018: Brown: Oyster Bay on the sidelines March 5, 2018: Papers: Mangano, Venditto trial witness gets immunity to testify March 3, 2018: Editorial: Break up Long Island’s political game March 2, 2018: Ex-Oyster Bay Town attorney settles securities fraud case Feb. 28, 2018: Judge bars decisions on de Blasio probe from corruption case Feb. 26, 2018: Brown: Corruption fight needs more than a gift ban Feb. 26, 2018: Laura Curran orders no-gift policy for employees involved in contracting Feb. 24, 2018: Court filing alleges Singh dealings with NYC mayor Feb. 22, 2018: Editorial: Details still to come in latest Nassau County corruption case Feb. 19, 2018: Records: Figure in Mangano-Venditto case wore wire Feb. 16, 2018: Oyster Bay opposes release of documents in Mangano case Feb. 10, 2018: Harendra Singh repeatedly sought City Hall’s help, documents show Feb. 9, 2018: Judge in Mangano, Venditto corruption case rejects all defense motions Feb. 7, 2018: Mangano, Venditto schemed at meeting to guarantee loans, feds allege Feb. 8, 2018: Opinion: Stop the decline of the Nassau GOP Feb. 7, 2018: Judge sets jury selection date for Mangano-Venditto corruption trial Feb. 3, 2018: Brown: In Nassau corruption cases, the witness list begins to take shape Jan. 27, 2018: Democrat-connected law firm involved in Oyster Bay deals Jan. 24, 2018: Filler: Secret plea’s odd surprise about Mangano, Venditto Jan. 24, 2018: Harendra Singh admits bribing Mangano, Venditto Jan. 24, 2018: Singh bribery case also involves unnamed NYC official Jan. 24, 2018: Timeline of Harendra Singh’s ties to Mangano, Venditto Jan. 24, 2018: Singh admits bribing Mangano, Venditto, NYC official Jan. 17, 2018: Feds turn over documents, materials in Mangano-Venditto case Jan. 14, 2018: Lawyers for Manganos and Venditto file flurry of pretrial motions Jan. 13, 2018: In FBI notes, a glimpse of friendship at heart of Mangano case Dec. 16, 2017: Legal papers show Oyster Bay strategy for Singh loan guarantees Dec. 5, 2017: Judge delays Edward Mangano, John Venditto trial for two months Nov. 30, 2017: John Venditto seeks delay in trial on kickback allegations Nov. 28, 2017: Oyster Bay Town seeks buyer for property in alleged bribery scheme Nov. 22, 2017: Brown: Unusual resolution at center of new charges against John Venditto Nov. 21, 2017: John Venditto indicted on charges involving securities fraud Nov. 21, 2017: John Venditto, ex-Oyster Bay town supervisor, charged by SEC Nov. 15, 2017: Scheme to help restaurateur began when Mangano took office, court filing says Nov. 15, 2017: Oyster Bay legal bills related to Singh cases top $3.3M Oct. 21, 2017: Brown: Nepotism in Nassau are the family ties that bind Oct. 17, 2017: Keep a spotlight on nepotism in Long Island government Oct. 14, 2017: Over 100 Nassau politicians also have family in government Sept. 27, 2017: Judge abates corruption charges against the late Fred Ippolito Sept. 27, 2017: Brown: Will Skelos’ overturned conviction affect Mangano, Venditto? Sept. 5, 2017: Venditto court papers seek dismissal of corruption charges Sept. 2, 2017: Oyster Bay ex-commissioner still influenced town, affidavit says Aug. 25, 2017: Mangano files motion seeking to dismiss federal corruption charges Aug. 3, 2017: Oyster Bay Dems: 11.5% tax levy increase pays for ‘corruption’ July 26, 2017: Nassau DA fires investigator for alleged corruption probe interference, sources say July 22, 2017: Brown: Nassau has reform fever in election year July 15, 2017: Brown: Oyster Bay proposes reform after reform June 29, 2017: Oyster Bay corruption indictments add to federal tax case June 29, 2017: Ex-Oyster Bay supervisor, others surrender at DA’s office June 28, 2017: Sources: Oyster Bay officials to be arraigned June 28, 2017: Filler: How Saladino can shed party’s legacy June 27, 2017: Sources: Several indicted in Oyster Bay corruption probe June 19, 2017: Town agrees to work with probe in order to borrow $50M June 19, 2017: Town agrees to work with probe in order to borrow $50M June 1, 2017: Judge rules in Harendra Singh $6 million loan guarantee suit May 27, 2017: Brown: Saladino promises transparency but doesn’t answer question May 8, 2017: Stampede of elected officials running toward reform April 6, 2017: Oyster Bay Town OKs $1M in concession rental contracts April 1, 2017: Brown: Investigations of LI public officials underway March 12, 2017: Oyster Bay supervisor wants to review town board liaison system March 11, 2017: Marc Herman likely Dem choice to run for Oyster Bay supervisor, chairman says March 7, 2017: Dems likely to pick attorney Laura Gillen as Hempstead supervisor candidate March 6, 2017: Brown: The horse often escapes the ethics barn on LI Feb. 28, 2017: New five-member ethics board named in Oyster Bay Feb. 22, 2017: Nassau DA wiretapped 3 former Oyster Bay officials, sources say Feb. 12, 2017: Indicted concessionaire owes Oyster Bay nearly $300,000 Feb. 10, 2017: Nassau grand jury probing Oyster Bay corruption, sources say Feb. 8, 2017: Venditto, Mangano corruption trial date set for 2018 Feb. 7, 2017: Oyster Bay changes borrowing procedures to comply with laws Jan. 31, 2017: Assemb. Joseph Saladino replaces John Venditto as Oyster Bay town supervisor Jan. 17, 2017: John Venditto campaign got $20,000 in contributions after arrest, records show Jan. 16, 2017: Letter: Keep supervisor’s name off town signs Jan. 14, 2017: Federal bribery trial for Harendra Singh indefinitely delayed Jan. 4, 2017: John Venditto: Another powerful supervisor in disgrace Jan. 4, 2017: Indicted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto to resign Nov. 29, 2016: Oyster Bay supervisor John Venditto presides over meeting, with no news of future Nov. 15, 2016: Oyster Bay’s Venditto will decide in days whether to step down Nov. 13, 2016: Joseph Mondello talks about Nassau corruption cases Nov. 12, 2016: Nassau County sought OK of contract for Harendra Singh’s wife Nov. 12, 2016: Venditto scandal impacts State Senate race Oct. 20, 2016: Edward Mangano and John Venditto should resign Oct. 24, 2016: Lawyer: Federal charges vs. Venditto will not impact town lawsuits Oct. 23, 2016: Oyster Bay has no deputy supervisor in place if need arises Oct. 20, 2016: GOP candidates urge Mangano, Venditto to immediately resign Oct. 20, 2016: Mangano, Venditto arrested on corruption charges, Feds say Sept. 28, 2016: Federal judge reveals what Oyster Bay officials haven’t Sept. 1, 2016: Venditto says Oyster Bay to turn over documents sought by feds
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The Politics of Corruption: Edward Ambrosino

Hempstead Town Councilman Edward Ambrosino

Edward Ambrosino

Charges: Wire fraud; tax evasion; making and subscribing false corporate tax returns; failure to file return

Edward Ambrosino, a Hempstead Town Board councilman, was indicted in March 2017 and accused of failing to pay more than $250,000 in federal taxes on income, much of which federal prosecutors said came from jobs performed for Nassau County. Prosecutors said Ambrosino, a lawyer, siphoned off money for two years to a company he incorporated and underreported his earnings. In the week following Ambrosino’s arrest, the county Industrial Development Agency and Local Economic Assistance Corp. dropped him as one of their attorneys. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The Politics of Corruption: Frederick Ippolito

Ex-Oyster Bay Town Commissioner Frederick Ippolito

Frederick Ippolito

Federal charges: Attempt to evade or defeat tax (federal)

State charges: Money laundering; defrauding the government; official misconduct; bribe receiving; receiving reward for official misconduct; theft of services.

Frederick Ippolito, an Oyster Bay town official, pleaded guilty in January 2016 to a federal tax evasion charge in connection with $2 million in outside consulting fees he received while working as the town’s planning and development commissioner. He resigned two days after his plea. He was sentenced in September 2016 to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $550,000 in restitution. Ippolito died in prison in June 2017. On Dec. 12, 2017, a federal appellate court vacated the conviction because he died while appealing his conviction. In June 2017, Ippolito was charged by Nassau County prosecutors; a judge ended that case in September 2017.

The latest on the Ippolito case

Dec. 12, 2017: Appeals court vacates Frederick Ippolito conviction, citing death Nov. 28, 2017: Oyster Bay Town seeks buyer for property in alleged bribery scheme Sept. 27, 2017: Judge abates corruption charges against the late Fred Ippolito Sept. 2, 2017: Oyster Bay ex-commissioner still influenced town, affidavit says July 12, 2017: Oyster Bay announces changes after corruption indictments July 6, 2017: Nassau to stop awarding contracts to indicted Old Bethpage firm July 1, 2017: Brown: Nassau district attorney steps into corruption fight June 29, 2017: Editorial: Public’s trust betrayed in Oyster Bay June 29, 2017: Ex-Oyster Bay supervisor Venditto, others charged with corruption June 29, 2017: Oyster Bay corruption indictments add to federal tax case June 27, 2017: Sources: Several indicted in Oyster Bay corruption probe June 5, 2017: Frederick Ippolito, ex-Oyster Bay official, dies, attorney says April 30, 2017: GOP bill would ban public corruption felons from county office March 6, 2017: Brown: The horse often escapes the ethics barn on LI Feb 22, 2017: Nassau DA wiretapped 3 former Oyster Bay officials, sources say Feb. 10, 2017: Nassau grand jury probing Oyster Bay corruption, sources say Jan. 4, 2017: Town of Oyster Bay faces a rough road to honest government Nov. 18, 2016: Ippolito reports to federal prison, official says Nov. 15, 2016: Ippolito ordered to prison after panel’s bail bid denial Nov. 8, 2016: Appeals panel suspends start of prison term for Ippolito Oct. 27, 2016: Ippolito prison sentence delayed by appeals judge Sept. 29, 2016: Ippolito reports to federal prison, official says Sept. 29, 2016: Frederick Ippolito, ex-Oyster Bay commish, sentenced to 27 months Sept. 29, 2016: Brown: Federal judge reveals what Oyster Bay officials haven’t Aug. 14, 2016: Oyster Bay’s Ippolito got $2M from developer, documents show July 11, 2016: Judge orders Oyster Bay to release documents to Newsday April 19, 2016: Oyster Bay has no plans to replace Frederick Ippolito January 28, 2016: Frederick Ippolito vacated post, Nassau DA Madeline Singas says Jan. 27, 2016: Brown: Why is Ippolito still on Oyster Bay payroll? Jan. 26, 2016: Oyster Bay’s Frederick Ippolito pleads guilty to tax evasion Aug. 9, 2015: Prominent restaurateur and government contractor arranged, paid for trips for Nassau Exec Edward Mangano, other officials, investigation finds Oct. 30, 2015: Newsday reporter seeking Oyster Bay public records escorted out by cop Aug. 25, 2015: Editorial: Oyster Bay leaders strain public trust July 14, 2015: Frederick Ippolito named in $146,130 warrant for back taxes May 18, 2015: Frederick Ippolito, Oyster Bay official facing tax evasion charges, returns to work April 29, 2015: Oyster Bay ethics board to investigate complaint against Frederick Ippolito April 18, 2015: Firm, big political donor, got $100M in work April 10, 2015: Frederick Ippolito takes indefinite leave from town post March 24, 2015: Oyster Bay residents call for town action on indicted commissioner March 23, 2015: Brown: Frederick Ippolito tax-evasion case raises conflict of interest questions March 20, 2015: Oyster Bay Commissioner Frederick Ippolito indicted on income tax evasion charges March 9, 2014: Oyster Bay denies allegations made in suit over restaurant
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The Politics of Corruption: Edward Walsh

Ex-Suffolk County Conservative Party Leader Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh

Convicted of: Converts to own use property of another; fraud by wire, radio or television

Edward Walsh, then a lieutenant in the county sheriff’s office, golfed, gambled and politicked on the county’s dime, federal prosecutors said, while at the helm of Suffolk County’s Conservative Party. Walsh pleaded not guilty in March 2015 but was convicted in March 2016 for illegally collecting more than $200,000 in pay and overtime pay he didn’t earn. His conviction sparked a battle over leadership within the party he once led. In June 2017, Walsh was sentenced to 2 years in prison and was ordered to make $245,811.21 in restitution and forfeit an additional $245,811.21.

The latest on the Walsh case

March 3, 2018: Editorial: Break up the game among Long Island political insiders Jan. 17, 2018: Ruling: Suffolk party illegally filled positions Oct. 18, 2017: Edward Walsh, ex-Suffolk party leader, surrenders to prison officials Sept. 13, 2017: Editorial: Race for sheriff a fight for decency in Suffolk politics Aug. 29, 2017: Edward Walsh denied bid for new trial, ordered to prison Aug. 21, 2017: Edward Walsh prison surrender delayed by federal judge June 21, 2017: Brown: Politics intrude on Walsh sentencing June 21, 2017: Brown: Politics intrude on Walsh sentencing June 20, 2017: Edward Walsh sentenced to 2 years in prison, ordered to make restitution June 1, 2017: Federal judge rules Ed Walsh doesn’t face increased sentence May 22, 2017: Edward Walsh hearing postponed from Monday, now set for June 1 April 28, 2017: Judge delays Conservative Party leader Edward Walsh’s sentencing April 24, 2017: Defense seeks to delay Walsh sentencing after new accusations Feb. 2, 2017: Ed Walsh wire fraud sentencing postponed until April Nov. 9, 2016: Judge denies request to overturn Edward Walsh fraud conviction Oct. 23, 2016: 2 Suffolk judges recuse themselves in Conservative Party fight Oct. 10, 2016: Faction sues over Suffolk Conservative party chairman election July 31, 2016: Walsh, ex-Suffolk Conservative chairman, to return $16.5G May 16, 2016: Edward Walsh fails to qualify for immediate pension April 2, 2016: Edward Walsh case jurors say no to government corruption April 2, 2016: Edward Walsh’s conviction raises questions about benefits March 31, 2016: Edward Walsh convicted on all counts in federal court March 31, 2016: Edward Walsh conviction sparks Conservative leadership fight March 30, 2016: Judge denies defense motion to find Ed Walsh not guilty March 30, 2016: Edward Walsh’s abuse victim criticizes party boss Jan. 8, 2015: Conservative Party head Edward Walsh golfed, gambled on government time, say prosecutors Jan. 7, 2015: Walsh seen as ‘bully’ as he ascended to party leadership spot Jan. 6, 2015: Conservative Party chief Edward Walsh to be charged with salary fraud, sources say Oct. 8, 2014: Editorial: Look deep into corrosive mix of politics and judges Sept. 24, 2014: Grand jury looking at Suffolk Sheriff Lt. Edward Walsh widens scope Dec. 10, 2014: Edward Walsh’s expense spending faulted in federal complaint filed by Brookhaven Conservatives Aug. 23, 2014: Clues emerge in direction of Walsh investigation Aug. 21, 2014: Editorial: Nothing routine about Walsh investigation Aug. 11, 2014: Edward Walsh probe turned over to FBI, Suffolk Sheriff DeMarco says July 25, 2014: Edward Walsh returns to Suffolk payroll as he fights firing July 15, 2014: Edward Walsh told that Suffolk sheriff’s department seeking his termination June 25, 2014: Edward Walsh, Suffolk Conservative leader, suspended from sheriff’s department job May 8, 2014: Editorial: Fire officer-party leader from both jobs May 3, 2014: Edward Walsh probe shows minor party can cause major complications April 30, 2014: Conservative Party’s Edward Walsh among sheriff employees in corrections wage probe
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