Suburban NY officials charged in corruption case

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks on Monday

- Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will reportedly face federal corruption charges, according to the NY Post.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife Linda and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested in connection with a 13-count federal indictment on charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and honest services fraud, extortion and making statements.

But within hours he could be in custody, answering to corruption charges at the federal courthouse in Central Islip. The charges were the latest in a series of recent scandals involving public officials on Long Island.

U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers announced a press conference Thursday to discuss the case against Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife Linda Mangano, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. "Both of these men undermined the very system of laws they promised to uphold by furthering their personal interests rather than the best interests of their constituents".

Linda Mangano was paid $450,000 between 2010 and 2014 for doing little to no work for co-conspirator #1, the prosecutors alleged. "That's all I can say right now", WABC quoted Mangano saying before he and his wife got into the vehicles.

The charges against Mangano center on his ties to federally indicted Long Island restaurant magnate Harendra Singh - and allege that Mangano helped Singh with business deals, and in return was treated to free vacations and other perks, sources said Wednesday.

The contracts were given to an unidentified person who sources said was Singh.

Mangano told reporters after his release that he would "absolutely not" resign. "That's all I can say right now", Mangano said before he and his wife got into vehicle. I do not believe these officials can effectively lead the county or town and represent the people in the manner they deserve with this cloud over their heads. "I'll go to work".

Mangano and his wife are expected to surrender to federal agents on Thursday, and their attorney was at the Mangano home in Bethpage at 6:45 a.m.

Mangano was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. Singh was arrested in September 2015 for allegedly fraudulently claiming $1 million in Hurricane Sandy funds, for underreporting millions in income to the IRS, and for giving kickbacks to another Town of Oyster Bay official in exchange for contracts for food-concession stands.

In other corruption cases, former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son were convicted previous year of extortion, conspiracy and bribery.

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