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Summer hazards and how to avoid them

Fireworks explode over the water at Jones Beach State Park on July 4, 2017. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

It’s the season for sun, fun, ice cream and … trauma.

That’s the warning given by doctors at a news conference at Nassau University Medical Center ahead of the July Fourth holiday.

The so-called “trauma season” brings heat-related cases to emergency rooms and activities like boating and swimming, which bring their own hazards.

Here are some common hazards of the summer season and expert advice on how to avoid them:

Avoiding the dangers of flash flooding

On average, more people are killed by flooding than any other single severe weather event, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Most deaths occur at night and when people are trapped in vehicles. NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer these tips for staying safe:

  • Do not drive onto a flooded roadway. The water depth may not be obvious or the roadway may no longer be intact under the water. Take caution driving on wet roads, too. You can easily hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. Do not drive at all if not necessary. One foot of moving water can sweep a vehicle away.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside. If water rises inside the vehicle, climb to the roof.
  • Do not walk, swim or play in flood water. Swiftly moving water can sweep you away and even 6 inches of flowing water can cause you to fall. Hazardous pollution in the water and electrocution due to fallen power lines are also concerns.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. If you live in a flood zone, prepare yourself and your family to leave quickly.

🌊How to escape a riptide

Rip currents are “powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Swimmers who get caught in rip currents should not fight the water by trying to swim straight back to the beach because they can get easily fatigued and drown, officials. They must swim parallel to shore and then swim back to land at an angle.

Here’s a guide released by Atlantic Beach officials ahead of the July Fourth holiday:

How to stay safe on a boat

  • Boater education: Learn the rules and your responsibilities. Seventy percent of boating accidents occur due to operator error.
  • Check your vessel: Both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free vessel safety check. There are no consequences if a boat does not pass. You can sign up for an inspection here.
  • Wear life jackets: More than 80 percent of boating fatality victims might have survived had they worn life jackets.
  • Don’t drink while boating: One-third of recreational boating accidents that resulted in deaths involved the use of alcohol.
  • Paddlers have a safety responsibility too: Canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddle boarding can come with their own hazards. Among other tips, the American Canoe Association recommend you understand the dangers of cold water and the “rules of the road.” Some busy waterways have “lanes of travel.” It’s recommended that paddlers stay close to the shore to avoid larger watercraft. If a motorized craft is causing a wake, turn your bow into the wave and don’t take the wake motion broadside. You are less likely to capsize that way.
  • File a “float plan” — a form that describes your vessel, passengers and planned navigation – with a reliable person on land. You can download one from the Coast Guard here.
  • Carbon monoxide prevention: To protect yourself and others, know where CO can accumulate in and around your boat. Maintain fresh air circulation at all times and run exhaust blowers whenever the generator is on. CO symptoms are similar to seasickness or intoxication – treat symptoms of seasickness as possible CO poisoning and get the person into fresh air immediately.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

Gina Lieneck of Deer Park, whose 11-year-old daughter Brianna was killed in a boating accident in 2005, spoke at a safety class in Bethpage on Sunday.

🐕Pet safety in the heat, at the beach and in the water

HEAT HAZARDS

  • If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child’s wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.
  • Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
  • Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun’s heat is less intense.
  • Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws.
  • Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.
  • BEACH TIPS & WATER SAFETY

    • Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
    • Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.
    • Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick.
    • Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog’s preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.
    • Never throw your dog into the water.
    • If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides.
    • If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.
    • Never leave your dog unattended in water.

    For more summer dog tips, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.

🎆Is there a safe way to handle fireworks?

All consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and even sparklers, are illegal in New York State. But that doesn’t mean they don’t find their way here.

To demonstrate the dangers of fireworks, emergency responders blew up a shed using 30 boxes of fireworks, firecrackers and mortars seized in June from a storage locker in Medford (see above). The raid led to the arrest of a Shirley man on charges of illegal storage of explosives and unlawfully dealing with fireworks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported eight fireworks-related deaths in 2017, with victims ranging in age from 4 to 57. Fireworks also led to an estimated 12,900 emergency room visits nationwide — about two-thirds occurring around the July Fourth holiday, the commission said.

Suffolk Police Deputy Inspector Donald Raber also warned of the dangers of sparklers, which are prohibited in both counties.

“Sparklers can burn at over 2,000 degrees,” he said, leading potentially to second-degree burns to the fingers and face.

Long Islanders caught using a sparkler face a fine of up to $500. Anyone selling the devices could face 15 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Recommended safety tips

If you do find yourself around fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety and the American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation offer some advice:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Do not operate fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks and keep spectators at a safe distance.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

🚗What to consider before your teen heads out

Be cautious of where your teen wants to drive and with whom. Car crashes are one of the biggest concerns as young drivers out of school hit the roads with friends in tow.

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit public safety organization, said in a news release that teen drivers increase their risk of getting in a motor vehicle accident by 44 percent by having a single young passenger. The risk of an accident increases as the number of teen passengers in the car increases, the organization said.

More than 2,800 teens were killed in motor-vehicle crashes in 2016, according to the National Safety Council’s research. More than 75 percent of parents are unaware that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, the NSC found. Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight, so prom season is a particular concern and the council advised parents not to let kids drive themselves to the event.

The same goes for other summertime celebrations like graduations or graduation parties — especially when teens may be exposed to alcohol.

🏊Precautions for backyard pools

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4, according to Pool Safely, a national public education campaign that aims to reduce child drownings.

The campaign offers these tips to stay safe around pools:

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  • Teach children how to swim. There may be free or reduced-cost options at your local YMCA, USA Swimming chapter or Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Teach children to stay away from drains. Children’s hair, limbs, bathing suits or jewelry can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers and never enter a pool that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover.
  • Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa. Teach children never to try to climb the barrier.
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.

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The Politics of Corruption on Long Island

Criminal cases against 10 politicians and public officials

Over the past few years, prosecutors have charged Long Island politicians and public officials with crimes ranging from tax evasion to bribery. Some of these cases resulted in convictions, while others are ongoing. Follow Newsday’s latest coverage on the most prominent cases here.

(Last updated: July 9, 2018)

The County Executive

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 Oct. 9.

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The District Attorney

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.

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The Town Supervisor

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.

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The Councilman

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 Police Chief

James Burke

Convicted of: Deprivation of civil rights; conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice

James Burke, the Suffolk County Police Department’s former top uniformed officer, was indicted in December 2015 and charged by federal prosecutors with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to conceal his own crime. Burke, who was named Suffolk police chief in 2012, beat a handcuffed prisoner who had been charged with stealing a duffel bag from Burke’s police-issued vehicle, officials said. Burke pleaded guilty in February 2016 to conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and violating the victim’s civil rights and was sentenced in November 2016 to 46 months in prison. Burke has filed papers to appeal his sentence.

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The State Senator

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. Their retrial began in June 2018.

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The Conservative party leader

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.

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The Town Commissioner

Frederick Ippolito

Federal charges: Attempt to evade or defeat tax

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.

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The Town Democratic leader

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.

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The District Attorney’s Aide

Christopher McPartland

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

Christopher McPartland, one of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s chief aides, who ran the office’s political corruption unit, was indicted along with Spota in October 2017 on federal charges related to allegations the two were involved in a cover-up of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s assault of a suspect. McPartland pleaded not guilty to the charges. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said McPartland since has been reassigned “to duties unrelated to his former responsibilities.”

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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. Their retrial began in June 2018.

The latest on the Skelos case

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: 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 Oct. 9.

The latest on the Mangano case

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

How Long Island voted in primaries

Democratic voters in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday chose Perry Gershon as their nominee with 7,226 votes (35.54 percent), according to unofficial returns made available by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Zoom in and click on the map below for details on which individual election districts were won by Gershon and the four other candidates seeking the nomination: Kate M. Browning, Vivian M. Viloria-Fisher, David Pechefsky and Elaine DiMasi. This map and the one below for the 2nd District were posted on June 27, 2018.

Who won which election districts in 1st CD

  • Gershon
  • Browning
  • Viloria-Fisher
  • Pechefsky
  • DiMasi
  • Tie

Who won which districts in Suffolk portion of 2nd CD

Liuba Grechen Shirley defeated DuWayne Gregory for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, gathering 6,938 votes (58.2 percent). Here is the Suffolk portion of the district. The Nassau Board of Elections could not provide an election-district-level breakdown for the Nassau portion.

  • Grechen Shirley
  • Gregory
  • Tie

Read more about the post-primary results for the Democrats.

Long Island home prices in May

The median price of a home sold in Suffolk County in May was up by 10.4 percent over the same month last year to $370,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island.

In Nassau, the median price in May was $519,000, up 8.1 percent from the same month a year earlier. Here is the month-by-month trend for each county.

You can read more about the home price trends here.

Median prices of homes sold

SUFFOLKCurrent priceYear earlier% change
May-18$370,000 $335,000 10.4
Apr-18$360,000 $340,000 5.9
Mar-18$352,000 $329,995 6.7
Feb-18$355,223 $329,000 8
Jan-18$359,000 $339,000 5.9
Dec-17$361,000 $335,000 7.8
Nov-17$355,000 $335,000 6
Oct-17$359,995 $339,000 6.2
Sep-17$360,000 $349,000 3.2
Aug-17$371,000 $352,000 5.4
Jul-17$365,000 $345,000 5.8
Jun-17$362,500 $340,000 6.6
   
NASSAUCurrent priceYear earlier% change
May-18$519,000 $480,000 8.1
Apr-18$492,500 $475,000 3.7
Mar-18$500,000 $467,000 7.1
Feb-18$505,000 $449,000 12.5
Jan-18$500,000 $475,000 5.3
Dec-17$495,000 $469,000 5.5
Nov-17$487,750 $459,000 6.3
Oct-17$499,495 $470,000 6.3
Sep-17$510,000 $465,000 9.7
Aug-17$512,000 $485,000 5.6
Jul-17$520,000 $478,000 8.8
Jun-17$500,000 $477,750 4.7

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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