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Highlights from the Mangano-Venditto trial

Look back at key moments from the trial of the former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.

May 31: Judge declares mistrial in Mangano case

The federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, ended Thursday afternoon in a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack made the declaration after receiving a note from Juror No. 2 that read: “i can no longer carry-out my duties as a juror. i wish to be excused.”

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for nine days, but failed to come to a consensus on the charges that Edward Mangano faced, including federal program bribery, honest-services wire fraud and extortion.

They also could not return a verdict on Linda Mangano’s charges, which included obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.

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May 30: Mangano jury keeps working after ‘deadlocked’ note

Jurors declared they were deadlocked Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, but they returned to their deliberations at the direction of the judge.

Defense attorneys said as they left court Wednesday that they believe there was much tension in jurors’ closed-door sessions.

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May 29: Jury restarts deliberations after judge denies mistrial

The jury restarted deliberations with an alternate juror Tuesday morning in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, after the judge denied a request by defense attorneys to declare a mistrial.

Kevin Keating, Edward Mangano’s lawyer, in asking earlier Tuesday for a mistrial, cited a note from a juror that alleged there was “cursing” and “name-calling” during the deliberation process. Keating said a “toxic” environment had been created in the jury room.

The jury was excused around 3 p.m., and will resume deliberations Wednesday. Read more here.



May 25: Jurors leave for the holiday weekend without reaching a verdict

Jurors entered the holiday weekend without rendering a verdict Friday as they weighed the federal corruption charges against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano for a sixth day.

They sent no notes to ask for instruction or information as they have in days past, and U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack did not take the bench.

A clerk dismissed them and wished them a good weekend.

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May 24: Venditto not guilty; jury deliberating Friday on Manganos

A federal jury acquitted former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto on all corruption-related charges Thursday, delivering a partial verdict in the trial that also includes former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, as defendants.

The jurors — who have taken in the testimony of 60 witnesses and evidence totaling more than 1,100 exhibits over the trial’s 11-week run in Central Islip — continued to consider the criminal charges facing the Manganos.

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May 23: Jurors in corruption trial ask to see footage of Mangano’s front door

Jurors considering the federal corruption charges against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto asked Wednesday to review security camera footage of the Mangano family’s front door.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Mirabile said she believes jurors’ request relates to obstruction of justice charges. The jury of seven women and five men did not reach a verdict Wednesday and is set to return Thursday to Central Islip for its fifth day of deliberations. Meanwhile, everyone waits.

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May 22: Jurors say they need ‘further instruction’

Jurors for the second time in their deliberations of the corruption-related charges against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto told the judge they were having trouble agreeing on certain items.

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May 21: Jurors say they can’t ‘agree on certain items’

Jurors ended their second day of deliberations Monday in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto by sending the judge a note saying they cannot come to “an agreement on certain items.”

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May 18: No verdict on 1st day of Mangano-Venditto deliberations

Jurors on Friday finished their first day of deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto without reaching a verdict.

They were set to continue considering the charges on Monday, when the trial begins its 11th week in Central Islip and they are expected to receive information they had requested that relates to the FBI’s interviews of Linda Mangano.

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May 17: Jurors in Mangano-Venditto corruption case to begin deliberations

Jurors in the federal corruption case of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto are expected to begin deliberations Friday morning on whether the one time-elected officials abused their public positions to aid restaurateur Harendra Singh.

Restaurateur Harendra Singh was a “partner in crime” to Ed Mangano and Venditto, and the trio was driven by “corruption, power and greed,” U.S. Assistant District Attorney Catherine Mirabile told jurors earlier.

Earlier, Marc Agnifilo, Venditto's attorney, finished making his case to the jury.

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May 16: Singh would have gotten ‘zero’ without Sandy, lawyer says

Restaurateur Harendra Singh would have received “zero” from Nassau County during Edward Mangano’s years as its top executive if superstorm Sandy had not struck, Mangano’s defense attorney said Wednesday in his closing argument in the 10-week-old federal corruption trial.

The lawyer representing Mangano’s wife, Linda, meanwhile, argued that the FBI didn’t keep verbatim records of what his client told them and prosecutors cannot make the case that she lied if those statements aren’t known.

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May 15: In closing, feds say Mangano and Venditto ‘traded their office’ for money

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto “traded their office for money, plain and simple,” a federal prosecutor said Tuesday in closing arguments marking the tail-end of the one-time elected leaders’ 10-week-old corruption trial.

Defense attorneys for Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Venditto attacked witness Harendra Sing's credibility.

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May 14: Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Mangano, Venditto

Mangano, his wife, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto on Monday rejected their efforts to have their charges dismissed.

“There’s more than sufficient evidence for this case to go to the jury on all counts,” U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack said.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys rested Monday, and the Manganos and Venditto waived their right to testify or present their own witnesses.

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May 11: Judge rejects John Venditto lawyers’ mistrial request, court papers show

A federal judge rejected a request to declare a mistrial in the corruption case of former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto but agreed to strike out several government questions and witness answers that his attorneys said were intended to prejudice the jury.

“Don’t hold your breath on the mistrial,” U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack had told the attorneys in court.

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May 10: Contractor testifies he gave Mangano cash to help with problems

Anthony Gulino, a former contractor who had been awarded millions of dollars in contracts from Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay testified Thursday that he gave Edward Mangano $3,600 in cash after a job in 2012 to ensure that the then-county executive “would take care” of any of the contractor’s problems.


“Ed said, ‘You don’t have to do this,’” the witness recounted, adding, however, that Mangano accepted the envelope.

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May 9: Town withheld information about Singh’s loans, analyst testifies

An investment analyst who worked with the Town of Oyster Bay and was the latest outside adviser to testify that officials withheld information about town-guaranteed loans for restaurateur Harendra Singh said Wednesday that he purchased securities amid the town’s weakened financial state when it offered incentives.

Patrick Strollo of the Pittsburgh-based Federated Investors said town taxpayers footed the bill for those incentives — insurance and a higher interest rate.

Had he known about the loan guarantees, it could have “potentially” dissuaded him from buying the town’s securities, he said.

Had he known that town officials were alleged to be taking bribes from Singh, he would not have made any deal, Strollo also said.

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