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Bayport man charged with making threat against Cuomo

Jack Geoghan, 45, of Bayport is charged with

Jack Geoghan, 45, of Bayport is charged with threatening Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. (Dec. 17, 2009) Photo Credit: Handout

A Bayport man charged with threatening to blow off State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's head on the Long Island Expressway might have an easier time getting out of jail after a judge in Central Islip reduced his bail Thursday.

Prosecutors said Jack Geoghan, 45, said he planned to "unleash the wrath of God" on Cuomo, vowing: "I am going to track him down and shoot him," court records show.

>> PHOTOS: Click here to see Geoghan's mug shot and other recent LI suspects

Geoghan's bail, originally set at $500 million at his arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip, was reduced to $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond Thursday by State Supreme Court Judge Carol MacKenzie.

MacKenzie acted after Geoghan's attorney, Bryan E. Cameron of Sayville, petitioned for a bail hearing, arguing the original half-billion-dollar bail was "harsh and excessive."

Cameron said Thursday it was not clear if Geoghan would be able to make the reduced bail. Geoghan was ordered to return to court Monday.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Geoghan pleaded not guilty to charges of making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony with a maximum sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison, and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, court records show.

Geoghan, who is involved in a real-estate appraisal business, called the attorney general's office at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday and said he was "upset over legislation that was hurting his business," according to a criminal complaint. Then, according to the complaint, Geoghan said: "If that -- Andrew Cuomo is on the LIE and his head is blown off with a 30-odd-6 [a high-powered .30-06 caliber rifle] you'll know who did it."

The complaint also alleges Geoghan made threats against Cuomo to a secretary in the state office building in Hauppauge, telling her: "Short of taking a rifle and shooting him [Cuomo] I am instigating a fight. . . . I will take him down. . . . I will unleash the wrath of God on him and come after Mr. Cuomo.

"I am going to track him down and shoot him."

Cameron said that Geoghan had called the state office building in Hauppauge Monday and Tuesday seeking to talk to someone about legislation Cuomo had backed regarding home appraisals, and said: "He's calling up because he can't even get someone to return his phone calls."

"We deny the allegations that they stated . . . and, in fact, those statements of the witnesses themselves go against the idea that Mr. Geoghan was threatening to kill Mr. Cuomo," Cameron said.

Calls to Cuomo's office were not returned Thursday.

>> PHOTOS: Click here to see Geoghan's mug shot and other recent LI suspects

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