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GARDEN CITY/Lawyer to appeal $1M bail for mom in hit case

A lawyer for the Garden City mother accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband has filed papers appealing a Nassau judge's decision to leave her bail at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash.

John Carman, of Garden City, who represents Susan Williams, 43, will argue for a bail reduction to $500,000 bond at an appellate court in Brooklyn on Thursday, according to court papers.

Previously, Carman had argued before Judge Joseph Calabrese that Williams is not a flight risk because of her bond with her children and strong ties to the community.

But prosecutors said the seriousness of the charges warrants the higher bail.

Prosecutors say Williams last month asked an acquaintance to refer her to a hit man to kill her husband, Peter. Instead, the acquaintance put her in touch with an undercover police officer, who videotaped Williams as she paid him a $500 deposit on the $20,000 job.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy.- ANN GIVENS

MANHATTAN/Ex-crane inspector pleads guilty to bribery

New York City's former chief crane inspector pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to taking more than $10,000 in bribes from a Long Island crane company for falsifying crane inspection reports and operator exams.

James DeLayo, 61, a 28-year veteran of the city Buildings Department, faces 2 to 6 years in prison for taking bribes between 2000 and 2008 from Nu-Way Crane of Copiague, company official Michael Sackaris, and Nu-Way employee Michael Pascalli.

Sackaris, 50, of St. James, Pascalli, 25, of Bethpage, and Nu-Way were charged with bribery and other offenses in 2008 with DeLayo. They pleaded not guilty. Their next court date is April 9. - JOHN RILEY

RIVERHEAD/Farm owner charged with animal cruelty

The owner of a Riverhead livestock farm was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty, officials said.

Carlo Lauro, 62, owner of Arrowhead Pond Farms on Sound Avenue, surrendered to Riverhead police and was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine and up to 1-year imprisonment on each count, if convicted, officials said. Lauro was ordered held at the county jail in Riverhead on $10,000 bail pending his next appearance in Riverhead Court on April 2.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said a raid on the farm Sunday uncovered about 100 animals, many in various stages of malnutrition and neglect. The animals included horses, cattle, pigs, goats and sheep, he said.- BILL MASON


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