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Man stays in jail after arraignment on threat to Cuomo

A Bayport man who prosecutors say threatened to kill Attorney General Andrew Cuomo remained in jail Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

Jack Geoghan, 45, was arraigned in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead after a grand jury indicted him last week on a count of making a terrorist threat and two counts of aggravated harassment.

Geoghan's attorney, Bryan Cameron of Sayville, entered not-guilty pleas on all three counts. Geoghan was ordered to return to court Jan. 7.

Prosecutors say Geoghan, who works in a real estate appraisal business, threatened to shoot Cuomo on the Long Island Expressway during two phone calls to the attorney general's office in Hauppauge.

Cameron told Acting Supreme Court Justice Gary Weber that Geoghan called to complain about Cuomo's support of legislation that Geoghan believed would hurt the real estate appraisal business.

"This was a phone call made to a state office building," Cameron said in court. "This was all this was, was a phone call."

Geoghan does not own a gun, Cameron said outside court.

Geoghan's wife, mother and stepfather were in court. They declined to speak to a reporter.

Geoghan did not speak during arraignment.

Assistant District Attorney Edward Heilig said Geoghan has been convicted twice of driving while intoxicated and faces pending charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident. He said Geoghan posed a threat to Cuomo, even though the attorney general did not actually receive the phone calls.

"The threat was to shoot his head off as he drove on the Long Island Expressway, and this office takes this very seriously," Heilig said outside court.

Geoghan was held on $500-million bail when he was arrested Dec. 16. The bail was lowered the next day to $50,000.

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