Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested Thursday morning in connection with a 13-count federal indictment on charges including bribery and honest services fraud, federal officials said.
Here’s what we know so far:
- At their arraignments, all three pleaded not guilty through their attorneys and were released on $500,000 bond each.
- The charges center on an allegedly corrupt relationship involving the Manganos and Venditto with a person not identified in the indictment, but whom sources identified as Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh.
- Edward Mangano and Venditto “received bribes and kickbacks” in the form of “hotel and travel expenses, limousine services, free meals and other gifts,” Eastern District U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers said Thursday at a news conference.
- Linda Mangano received a no-show, part-time job valued at about $450,000 with Singh’s restaurant, according to sources familiar with the indictment.
- In return, Singh received help in obtaining millions of dollars of indirect town guarantees on bonds that he used for his businesses, as well as two contracts from Nassau County, sources familiar with the indictment said.
- Edward and Linda Mangano and Venditto “obstructed justice in an attempt to cover up their criminal behavior,” Capers said at the news conference. Linda Mangano and John Venditto both lied to federal agents when questioned about the misconduct, according to Capers.
- Sources familiar with the indictment said Singh is in negotiation to cooperate with the government against the Manganos and Venditto in return for leniency in a prior indictment he’s facing.
- Edward Mangano said Thursday he has evidence that “rebuts any of this nonsense” and is going to continue to govern.
- Earlier Thursday, Nassau Republican officials called on Edward Mangano and Venditto to resign hours after they were arrested.
- Oyster Bay spokeswoman Marta Kane said Venditto will address his political future in the coming days, but that Leonard Genova, a town attorney and deputy supervisor, would step in if he resigned.
- All three defendants are scheduled to return to court Dec. 7. Compiled by Rachel Uda and Laura Blasey