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Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano disbarred, court papers show

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano leaves federal

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano leaves federal court in Brooklyn on Oct. 3, 2018. Credit: Charles Eckert

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has been formally barred from practicing law in New York because of his conviction on federal corruption charges, court papers show.

The Appellate Division of the New York State’s Second Department noted that Mangano was “automatically barred” from practicing law under state law when he was convicted of a felony in federal court in March.

The decision — dated Sept. 25 — noted that after the grievance committee of the state court system on Long Island served Mangano with a notice that it moved for his disbarment “he has neither opposed the motion nor interposed a response.”

Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating, of Garden City, declined to comment Monday.    

Mangano’s disbarment by a five-justice appellate panel based in Brooklyn followed the action of the 21-member grievance committee on Long Island. That committee, of the 10th Judicial District based in Hauppauge, consists of 17 lawyers and four laypersons, who serve without pay, according to state records.  

Mangano had been admitted to practice law in 1988 after graduating from Hofstra University’s law school. A disbarred attorney has to wait at least seven years before reapplying for a law license.

Mangano, along with his wife Linda, were convicted of corruption related charges after a seven-week retrial at the federal court in Central Islip. The Manganos’ first trial ended in a mistrial last year.

Edward Mangano was convicted of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, federal program bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Linda Mangano was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and two counts of lying to the FBI. They are scheduled to be sentenced in December.

The Manganos’ trial and retrial revolved around accusations that Edward Mangano got a number of bribes from restaurateur Harendra Singh, including a more than $450,000 no-show job for Linda Mangano. In return, Singh received help in getting $20 million in indirect loan guarantees from the Town of Oyster Bay, according to prosecutors.

Eastern District prosecutors Catherine Mirabile and Lara Treinis Gatz argued that Edward Mangano wanted the no-show job for his wife because of the more than a $100,000-a-year pay cut he took when he left his job as an attorney with the Uniondale-based firm of Rivkin Radler to become county executive.

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