Hempstead Town Councilman Edward Ambrosino appeared in court Friday for a brief status conference on federal wire fraud and tax evasion charges.
U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip set the next court date for Oct. 27, to determine if there will be a plea in the case or if it will proceed to trial. She said she didn’t want any further delays in the case.
Ambrosino pleaded not guilty to the charges after his March indictment and arrest, and remains free on $250,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
U.S. attorneys said they have offered Ambrosino a plea deal, but said in court Friday that they have not heard from Ambrosino.
Neither Ambrosino nor his attorneys would comment on the case or on whether they are considering the plea agreement.
Ambrosino, an attorney from North Valley Stream, is a Republican who has served on the town council since 2003. He is accused of failing to pay taxes on income he made while working for the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and the Local Economic Assistance Corp.
He also has served as special counsel to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican.