The former head of maintenance for the Village of Hempstead
Housing Authority was convicted yesterday of forcing contractors to kick back
more than $150,000, officials said.
James Graydon, 62, of 875 Cornwell Ave., Uniondale was convicted in Federal
District Court in Central Islip of using his position to conspire to commit
extortion, two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery, according to
Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Jaffe Bloom.
Graydon had been arrested in February along with James McKay, the former
head of Public Information for the Nassau County Economic Opportunity
McKay, 54, of 47 Orchard Court., Roslyn Heights, pleaded guilty and became
a government witness against Graydon, Jaffe Bloom said. There is no suggestion
any other officials of the two agencies were involved in the scheme, Jaffe
Graydon maintained that he was being set up because he had become a
whistle-blower concerning irregularities at the Housing Authority, Jaffe Bloom
Graydon's attorney, federal public defender Tracey Gaffey, said her client
was considering an appeal.