Nassau County’s former deputy commissioner of emergency management won’t serve any jail time after admitting to lying about a criminal conviction on a job application and cooperating with the district attorney’s public corruption unit.
A judge on Monday sentenced Edward Korona Jr., 54, of Hicksville, to a one-year conditional discharge. That means the longtime county employee will serve no time behind bars if he doesn’t get in any more trouble with the law for a year.
State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald sentenced Korona after his November guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of offering a false instrument for filing.
A former Hicksville fire chief, Korona went to prison in 1982 after convictions for burglary and attempted burglary, according to state records.
Prosecutors had alleged at the time of Korona’s October 2015 arrest that he lied about his criminal history while applying four times for Nassau Civil Service jobs between 2007 and 2013.
A 12-count grand jury indictment had charged him with the felonies of perjury, making an apparently false sworn statement and offering a false instrument for filing.
Korona’s plea ended his felony trial and came after a public corruption unit prosecutor said Korona had met with her office on multiple occasions after his arrest and provided “fruitful” information that gave law enforcement officials “additional avenues to explore.” The prosecutor also said at the time that those talks were expected to continue.
McDonald sentenced Korona on Monday according to the recommendation of the district attorney’s office.
“Mr. Korona is relieved that this matter has been resolved and is looking forward to moving on with his life,” Garden City defense attorney Joseph Lobosco said in a statement later Monday.
The district attorney’s office declined to comment on the sentencing.
By his plea, Korona had admitted he had a felony conviction but wasn’t truthful about it when he filled out a Civil Service form in 2013.
In February 2015, County Executive Edward Mangano appointed Korona to the $120,000-a-year deputy commissioner role. But the 29-year county employee went back to his $76,000-a-year Civil Service machine supervisor position shortly after his arrest, with the county attorney’s office saying Korona was entitled by law to stay in the nonappointed job “unless adjudicated otherwise.”
After Korona’s plea, the county attorney said his office was researching the matter and couldn’t comment on the man’s job status. A county official didn’t respond to an inquiry Monday about Korona’s current county employment status.