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Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for November 2016

Horoscopes

Aries – ruling planet in your 11th house – make use of enhanced personal magnetism to charm a fascinating stranger. You’re entering a brand new cycle and can impress others with your originality, daring and flair for dramatic presentations. Advertising and publishing plans can now be unveiled.

Taurus – ruling planet in your 9th house – you become more free and easy, ready to take a chance. Travel or higher education is in the spot light. You’ll be eager to learn and a Sagittarian type is ready to tell all. Money-making ideas will be proposed. A new value system becomes very important.

Gemini – ruling planet in your 7th house – you realize it’s time to put ideas down on paper, formulate plans and seal agreements. Count on hard work to carry you through. A solid citizen with an excellent reputation gives you the boost you need. Your words will be crisp and effective. The lucky number is 7.

Cancer – Saturn in your your 6th house – nothing happens half-way; be prepared for a special gift, pat on the back and advice from one at the top. Make long-range commitments now about job training and business travel. Your professional status is about to improve. Capricorn and Cancer people are involved.

Leo – ruling planet in your 4th house – the family gathers to celebrate a sentimental occasion. It’s a good month to enjoy gourmet food and flowers and to beautify your home. Much of the burden of planning and carrying out an event is on your shoulders. Perform duties with love; Libra will help. Number 6 is a winner.

Virgo – ruling planet in your 4th house – you’ll receive the financial help you need for a major purchase. Improvements in your home are likely to be a major concern. Go over plans for beautification, addition of space, or other such projects. The happiness of those you love is involved in today’s scenario.

Libra – ruling planet in your 4th house – the accent is on creativity, youngsters and entertainment on a grand scale. Someone in your care can be helped to see his or her true potential. Put aside pettiness and old grudges. You can have greater influence in formulating the future. Aries and Libra people are on the scene.

Scorpio – ruling planet in your 3rd house – a change of routine proves stimulating. Many phone calls, much clever conversation and brief visits adds spice to your month. An exciting development takes place in romance. You’ll hear words that could alter your life. Listen to Gemini and Virgo.

Sagittarius – ruling planet in your 10th house – an older person inspires you to start on a new path. Don’t dwell merely on dreams and wishes; your imagination may be working overtime. Show compassion to someone confined to a home or hospital. A Pisces plays a key role.

Capricorn – ruling planet in your 12th house – be willing to take a secondary role in research and development of ideas. You need to learn from one with more experience. Follow the rules; keep emotions out of the picture. Your earning capacity can improve from new skills learned. A Cancer friend plays a role.

Aquarius – ruling planet in your 11th house – a partner, mate or associate is testing your willingness to lend a helping hand. Be conscientious; show that no duty is too tedious for you to attempt. You’ll be rewarded with greater trust. The situation could be a stepping stone to a richer, fuller future.

Pisces – ruling planet in your 8th house – a relationship heats up. You’ll make a serious decision where your future is concerned. Your office will be the scene of a festive celebration. You attract those who can help you in a big prestigious project. A speculative venture is favored. So is number 8.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.
Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page.

Ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison

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Disgraced former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 and indicted on civil rights violations and conspiracy charges. (Long Island Press)

By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian & Christopher Twarowski

Disgraced former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 46 months in prison on civil rights violations and conspiracy charges for beating a 24-year-old larceny suspect in 2012 and ordering his subordinates to cover it up.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler delivered the sentence before his packed Central Islip federal courtroom, imposing less than the maximum of 51 months under the suggested guidelines and more than the minimum of 41 months. With 11 months already served, Burke will be mandated to serve just shy of three years, and three years of post-release supervision.

“I feel Mr. Burke was acting as a dictator,” Judge Wexler told the court before handing down his decision. “If you’re good to them, they’re good to you.”

In February, Burke pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and conspiracy charges for beating Christopher Loeb while the then-24-year-old was in police custody at the Fourth Precinct station house in Smithtown on Dec. 12, 2012. Loeb had stolen a duffel bag from Burke’s SUV containing sex toys, pornography, Burke’s gun and ammunition belt, among other items. Burke’s subordinates were instructed to lie about the interrogation-room beating.

While Loeb was shackled, Burke punched and kicked him, grabbing him by the ears, shaking him and, according to court documents, declaring: “You want to steal from me?” He also threatened to give Loeb, a heroin addict, a “hot shot”—slang for a lethal overdose.

Prosecutor James Miskiewicz said in December that Burke’s porn was his “motivation for beating the hell out of Loeb.”

Burke retired three months prior to his arrest in December 2015. Last week, Burke had petitioned Judge Wexler for no prison time, citing his 75-year-old mother’s cancer. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence.

“During his tenure as the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the Suffolk County Police Department, James Burke considered himself untouchable,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who was seated at the prosecution table. “He abused his authority by brazenly assaulting a handcuffed prisoner, he pressured subordinates to lie to cover up his criminal acts, and he attempted to thwart the civil rights investigation into his conduct…With today’s sentence, Burke learned that no one is above the law and that the consequences for such egregious behavior are severe.”

Burke, donning a tan prison jumpsuit, apologized to Loeb, the court and the public for his actions.

“I have always believed that one must be held accountable for his actions,” Burke stated in court, calling his crime a “calamitous misdeed.”

Loeb, wearing a blue prison uniform at Burke’s sentencing and nearing the end of his own incarceration for a parole violation, had much to say to his former tormentor:

“You were the chief of police, and what you did shook the foundation of the entire police department and the district attorney’s office, who I believe helped you get away with your your crimes, at least for a short time,” he declared.

“I thought you would get away with threatening and brutally assaulting me,” Loeb continued. “You told me that no one would believe me. You told me my word was no good against that of a decorated police chief. You laughed at me when I asked for a lawyer. You said to me, quote-unquote, ‘This isn’t Law and Order, asshole.'”

He told the court that although Burke’s sentencing restores his faith in the criminal justice system, he still doesn’t trust the Suffolk County Police Department.

Loeb also suggested he’d be moving out of the county once released.

Suffolk County Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a retired detective, was also in court at Burke’s sentencing. He said the beating is not an isolated incident. He recalled how Burke was known to retaliate against those perceived to have wronged the ex-chief. For instance, Trotta was the target of an internal affairs investigation after a Press story exposed how, at Burke’s behest, Suffolk police had pulled detectives—Trotta included—out of the the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force due to an inter-agency turf war.

“‘Don’t feel bad, you’re not the only person he’s after, I feel like I’m in the gestapo,'” Trotta recalled an internal affairs detective telling him. He also questioned how Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone had allowed Burke to stay in office for so long, given his past.

Burke, whose father and grandfather were both New York City cops, was 14 years old when he was a witness in the murder case of John Pius, Jr., a 13-year-old from Smithtown whom classmates suffocated with rocks in 1979 for stealing a dirt bike. Following a year as a New York City police officer in 1985, at age 21, Burke joined the Suffolk County Police Department, first as a patrolman in North Amityville and then as an undercover narcotics officer.

Burke later spent a decade as chief investigator under Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, the former chief prosecutor in the Pius case. Spota’s office is also under investigation for corruption.

The Loeb incident is not the first time Burke, a 30-year Suffolk County Police Department veteran, has come under scrutiny.

Burke was the subject of a 1995 Internal Affairs investigation that concluded allegations he “engaged in a personal, sexual relationship” with “a convicted felon known to be actively engaged in criminal conduct including the possession and sale of illegal drugs, prostitution and larceny,” “engaged in sexual acts in police vehicles while on duty and in uniform,” and “failed to safeguard his service weapon and other departmental property” were “substantiated,” according to its report.

Rather than facing discipline, Burke received promotions, rising through SCPD’s ranks to its top position despite his improprieties—an ascension facilitated by Spota and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who appointed Burke police chief in 2012.

Also in attendance at the sentencing was Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who previously complained that Spota’s office refused to investigate allegations that one of his staffers, former Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh, was conducting private affairs while he was on the clock. Walsh is appealing his theft and fraud conviction for golfing, gambling and politicking on county time.

“Jim Burke not only betrayed his oath to the people, he undermined the criminal justice system here in Suffolk County,” DeMarco told reporters outside the courthouse. “What the judge did today is send a strong message that our public officials—whether they’re law enforcement officers, elected officials or appointed officials—must act with honesty, integrity and uphold the law.”

Bruce Barket, a Garden City-based attorney representing Loeb in his lawsuit against Burke and the county, said he will move to have his client’s theft conviction vacated since it was based in part on allegedly perjured statements. Barket was uncertain what to make of Burke’s apology.

“I’m loathe to speculate whether his apology is sincere or not,” he said. “I’ll take him at his word.”

Burke’s sentencing comes two weeks after Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Remembering Superstorm Sandy On 4-Year Anniversary

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Hurricane Sandy 4-Year Anniversary

Few can forget the unforgiving winds, torrential rains, and mass flooding wrought by Hurricane Sandy as it infamously banked west in the early hours of Oct. 29, 2012, barreling into New Jersey, Long Island and New York City.

Dubbed a “superstorm” due to the apocalyptic atmospheric conditions spawning it—its massive size as the largest hurricane ever recorded, its merging with a wintry system, and its landfall during high tide on full moon—Sandy was the most destructive and deadliest hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season and the second-costliest in U.S. history, only to Hurricane Katrina.

More than 230 people lost their lives during its lethal trek from the Caribbean up the East Coast of the United States, millions lost power, and Sandy’s total devastation stateside has been estimated at more than $70 billion.

Sandy swallowed entire neighborhoods whole. Breezy Point, the Rockaways, Lindenhurst, Freeport, the city of Long Beach—the list goes on and on.

On the South Shore of Long Island, the ocean rose by several feet, inundating homes, engulfing cars and literally washing away neighborhoods. Lashing winds whipped ferociously atop the sea, conjuring a wall of water slamming shoreline communities with the fury of a freight train, uprooting trees, shredding power lines, leveling homes and businesses and turning boats into missiles that hit structures with the terrific force of floating wrecking balls.

An estimated 100,000 homes and businesses were destroyed across Long Island—and some communities have still not recovered. In the days following the storm’s landfall, residents were forced to rummage through the wreckage to try and save whatever they could, while temperatures plummeted and a gas shortage crippled the region.

It’s impossible to quantify the sheer emotional and psychological torture Sandy rendered on communities obliterated in its path.

The following photographs serve as grim reminders of Superstorm Sandy’s unimaginable destruction across Long Island, and its long-lasting impact on countless families’ lives, on its somber, four-year anniversary.

HOMES WASHED AWAY

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A roof is all that remains of a home in Lindenhurst following Hurricane Sandy barreling ashore on Oct. 29, 2012. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

BOATS CRASHED INTO HOUSES

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This scene from South Freeport is just one example of the sheer destruction Hurricane Sandy unleashed on Long Island. (Michael Conforti/Long Island Press)

BUSINESSES DESTROYED

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GUTTED: Fiore Bros. Fish Market on the Nautical Mile in Freeport was among the commercial casualties of Superstorm Sandy’s wrath after 66 years in business. (Photo by Kevin Kane)

RESIDENTS STRUGGLE WITH SUPERSTORM SANDY’S AFTERMATH ON LONG ISLAND’S SOUTH SHORE

DOWNED TELEPHONE AND POWER LINES

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Downed telephone and power lines, such as these on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa, were a common scene following Hurricane Sandy. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

LOOTERS

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Residents of some communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy took to warning potential looters targeting affected and abandoned homes. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

RUINS

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The Long Beach boardwalk was among the many structural casualties of Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Joe Abate)

GAS SHORTAGES

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Hundreds of people swarmed a Hess gas station on Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst on foot and by car Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 to get as much fuel as they could as temperatures continued to drop and more than 700,000 residents remained without heat or electricity one week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked devastation across the Northeast. It was a familiar scene across Long Island. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

I Gave Up Social Media For 30 Days… This Is What Happened

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By Danielle Esposito

So I decided to give up social media for 30 days.

I arrived at this decision after coming across a series of photos from photographer Eric Pickersgill titled “Removed.” In it, Pickersgill showcases photos of people—families, couples, friends and children—in everyday scenarios, with one minor adjustment: All electronic devices have been removed.

The images hit me right in the feels. As I scrolled through and saw black-and-white snapshots of families at a dinner table all staring down at their claw-like hands, or gazed at three children on a couch focused on their laps, or a couple in bed, back-to-back, looking to their hands for engaging conversation, I couldn’t help but feel sad and guilty about my own actions.

I started to see the real world differently. I began to watch people and how they lived their everyday lives. How we are all so glued to our phones that we don’t have time to look up and see a sunset.

And then I was out one day before a New York Ranger’s game with my boyfriend. We stopped by a local bar to grab a bite to eat when I noticed something disturbing.

Now, the two of us are pretty good with keeping our phones at bay when we’re out, but there was a young couple sitting next to us, meals in front of them, who were both so individually lost in their phones that I wondered if they even knew the color of their date’s eyes.

It was really, really sad to see.

I started doing some more research into the effects of our phones, and mainly social media, to see what the world was saying. I stumbled across a bunch of articles on the negative mental effects that it can have on us and our relationships, so I decided the next step would be to witness these effects for myself.

Below are my findings of 30 consecutive days sans my personal Facebook or Instagram.

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I SLEPT BETTER.

This is probably one of my favorite findings, because who doesn’t love a more consistent, balanced sleep? What I noticed was that because I wasn’t lying in my bed scrolling through my phone each night letting all of this nonsense build up in my brain, I not only fell asleep faster, but I wasn’t tossing and turning all night.

Before this experiment, I would stay up scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, put my phone down to try to fall asleep, and then when I didn’t, I would grab my phone again “for just a few minutes” and find myself wasting another half hour letting unimportant images and fluffy articles like “5 Signs You Went to a Catholic High School” seep into my brain. Before I knew it, it would be 2 a.m., and I’d only be further away from letting my brain shut down properly. nala

I HUNG OUT WITH MY DOG MORE.

I have a super lovey, mushy, sweet pitbull named Nala. She’s such a good dog. In the warmer months it’s easier to dedicate time to hanging out with her because I take her along on my runs, or to explore a nearby park, but in the winter I will admit that we spend a lot more time lying around and a lot less time playing. She’s really good at being down to do whatever I feel like doing.

“Oh, mom wants to lie around on her phone all day? DOWN!”

“Mom wants to go for a random midnight run? DOWN!”

She’s the coolest, but I realized how much I was taking advantage of her well-tempered, “Please, Mom” nature. I noticed that without social media to distract me and cause me to lay around for long bouts of time, I engaged with Nala more. Whether it was throwing a ball around the house (not recommended), snugglin’ up with her to a movie (she thinks she’s a lap dog), or teaching her some fun tricks (playing dead is our favorite), we spent more quality time together, and I could tell how happy it made her.

Read More Books

I READ MORE.

I used to read constantly. Any chance I could get. When social media emerged, I found myself leaning less toward stories and more toward status updates.

When I really think about it, it makes me crazy to realize that that happened. Where any extra time was once spent lost in love stories or murder mysteries, I was somehow sucked into reading Facebook debates on every topic imaginable (because something I’ve been realizing lately is that Facebook really is just a place for egos and people screaming to have their opinions heard). Without all of that extra clutter taking up my time and my mind, I was able to pick up a book again.

And it felt really nice.

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I SPENT MORE QUALITY TIME WITH MY BOYFRIEND.

Though we are good at keeping our phones away when we’re out, I will admit that I was very guilty of editing, composing and posting my Instagram posts while he would try to talk to me during a car ride, or while lying in bed while he waited patiently for me to finish so that we could start a movie.

I have a fitness account in the Instagram community where I’ve begun to feel obligated to post a certain amount of inspirational and motivational posts per day for my followers—and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it and connecting with the people there—but I do realize how it cut into time with my most important person, especially when we both have crazy schedules and our time together should be more precious. Without the daily pressure of finding good quotes, writing inspirational messages or perfectly editing my images, we were able to get our time together started immediately, and without me constantly monitoring my phone.

Less Stress

I FELT A LOT LESS ANXIOUS.

I have a hard time dealing with negativity. I’ll admit that my heart is easily crushed by too many pessimistic outlooks or angry words. Seriously—I feel like negative people, words and opinions, weigh very heavily on me. Even if it has nothing to do with me, it shakes me to my core.

Facebook, I’ve noticed, has increasingly become a place for everything negative. Just a few minutes scrolling through my Facebook feed and I’ll feel like I just emerged from a war, constantly getting bashed over the head with negative opinions, snarky comments, rude images and just plain ole mean people. It’s as if humans use Facebook as a platform where the loudest and most obnoxious person is the most respected. It’s a place where anybody who disagrees with you will jump down your throat and spit venom in some of the most malicious ways I’ve ever seen, slapping labels on anybody who has a different viewpoint. It can get very toxic, very quickly.

Getting all of that shoved in my face on a consistent basis was beginning to give me anxiety, and without it, I just felt lighter, happier and more like myself. It felt really, really nice to be away from all of that.

I TOOK LESS PICTURES…

Interesting one, right? But I did notice that I didn’t take nearly as many pictures over the past 30 days as I typically would.

BUT I BUILT STRONGER FRIENDSHIPS.

It’s really exciting how much you have to talk about with your friends when you aren’t constantly plugged into their lives. The human connection of friendships is one of my favorite parts about them, and being able to go back to basics and genuinely mean it when I asked “What did you do today?” made for a more engaging conversation.

Love The World

I LOVED THE WORLD AGAIN.

You see the world differently when your nose isn’t down in a phone the entire day. Without the need to constantly check in and announce my every move to the world, to stop a meal to snap a picture of my food, or to halt a “Cheers” in order to record it, I was able to actually live in those moments and soak them in through their organic, real beauty.

MOVING FORWARD…

So I’m back on social media now, but I just don’t feel the same way about it as I once did. Those 30 days without it were some of the most productive, happy and all-encompassing that I’ve had since social media exploded onto the scene and digitally connected us 24/7.

I can resoundingly say that I refuse to go back to my old routine. That first morning check-in, that final scroll at night, and all those wasted moments in between—I can use all of that time for creativity, for true human connection, for playing with my dog and reading a book.

I will say, however, that Facebook is taking most of the heat from me in regards to the social platform that has historically dragged me down the most. Where Instagram, for me, is an inspiring epicenter where I go to converse, motivate and be motivated by other like-minded fitness-centered individuals, Facebook is more of a kindergarten sandbox with a bunch of bullies running around kicking sand and pulling pigtails looking for attention.

My plan is to keep the Facebook app deleted so as to not: 1) Get bombarded with notifications, or 2) Mindlessly click it and scroll through when I’m bored. I can instead log in consciously and on my own terms, rather than letting it dictate my every move.

But I have a feeling that I won’t be logging in very often.

Video of Hillary Clinton-themed Haunted House in Bellmore Goes Viral

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This house in Bellmore is decorated for Halloween with an array of scary Hillary Clinton decorations (Long Island Press photo)

Video of a bizarre Hillary Clinton-themed “haunted house” in Bellmore went viral this week, although viewers’ reactions depended upon whether they backed the Democratic presidential nominee or her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

Brian McKibbon posted the video of the house on his Facebook page, where it got nearly three million views in a week, as of this post. Users reportedly shared the clip worldwide after conservative bloggers picked up the story.

“Scariest Halloween decorations I have seen yet,” wrote one of the more than 6,000 people who commented on the video.

The house is at the corner of Centre Avenue and Hughes Street, just north of the U.S. Post Office. The left half of the front yard features a giant red, white and blue letters spelling out “Trump USA.” The right half of the yard is adorned with placards showing Clinton in a jail cell, her head on a stick and various other images with messages critical of the former Secretary of State.

Comments on the video devolved into the type of vitriolic political debate between Clinton and Trump supporters not uncommonly seen on social media throughout 2016 in the run up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

No word on what type of candy the homeowners will be handing out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, which falls on a Monday this year.

Network With The Top Businesswomen On Long Island Dec. 1

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Nominations are now open for Star Network's 'Long Island Power Women In Business' Event, to be held at Leonard's Palazzo in Great Neck on Dec. 1!

Network with more than 700 business professionals from across Nassau and Suffolk counties during Star Network Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event scheduled to take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Great Neck.

The networking and awards gala will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leonard’s Palazzo, located at 555 Northern Blvd.

The Power Women program recognizes influential women in businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties whose achievements and participation helped to make a difference in the communities where they work and live. The event includes a cocktail hour, dinner and a raffle for prizes, with proceeds donated to the Michael Magro Foundation, an organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and other pediatric illnesses.

This year’s Power Women honorees include: Sara Arora, President of the New York Market for GoHealth Urgent Care; Donyshia Benjamin, CEO & Founder for Keeper of the Brand; Laura Camelo, Vice President & Corporate Secretary for Ridgewood Savings Bank; Katie Coleman, Financial Advisor and Managing Partner for Siena Wealth Advisory Group; Jennifer Cona, Esq., Managing Partner of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona LLP; Georgia Dandolos, General Manager, DVP of Lord & Taylor; Sari Friedman, Founding Partner of Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law; Roslyn Goldmacher, CEO/President of Long Island Development Corporation; Christine Ippolito, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Principal of Compass Workforce Solutions, LLC; Stacy Jaffee Gropack PT, Ph.D., FASAHP, Dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU Post; Melissa Kaiser, Branch Manager for Investors Bank; Dr. Corey Karlin-Zysman, Academic Hospitalist & Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine for Long Island Jewish Medical Center & North Shore University Hospital-Northwell Health; Elizabeth Kase, Esq., Partner for Abrams Fensterman; Ann Kayman, CEO of New York Grant Company; Patricia Kielawa, Regional Sales Manager for Wells Fargo; Fenella Kim, President & CEO of Reliance Star Payment Services; Pamela S. Litman, Author; Terrie Magro, RN MA, Physician Liaison for Winthrop University Hospital and Co-Founder of the Michael Magro Foundation; Lauren Mangano, CEO of Mangano Sewer & Drain; Joanne Mills, Broker Owner of Exit Family Realty; Brittany Musto, Executive Assistant to President for The Dover Group; Dr. Chief Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton, Founder & CEO of the When in Need Foundation; Laurine Rubin, Managing Attorney at Picciano & Scahill, P.C.; Melissa Ruvio Esq., Real Estate Lawyer for Law Firm of Ryan J. Walsh & Associates; Megan C. Ryan, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance and Privacy and Ethics Officer for NuHealth/NUMC; Ellen Savino, ESQ., Partner at Lewis, Johs, Avallone, Aviles, LLP; Victoria Scotto, Sales Manager for Scotto Brothers; Mary Smith, Practice Manager at Central Veterinary Associates; Carol Soman, CPA, CEO of Dashboard Enterprises, Inc.; Gail L. Trugman-Nikol, President/CEO of Unique Business Solutions; Yesenia Vasquez, President/CEO of Laser Now; Ann Weber-Hughes, RPA-C, NMD, Medical Forensic Investigator for the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office; and Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq., Executive Partner for Abrams Fensterman.

The Excellence in Real Estate Awards will go to the Ritz-Carlton Residences Sales Team: Debra Quinn Petkanas, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; Tracey Murray Kupferberg, CBR, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; Gail Holman, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; and Renee Aversa, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Together, in partnership with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and RXR Realty, they have accomplished over $115 million in sales to date.

Laura Doukas, CEO of Doukas Creative Studios, will be honored as our Rookie of the Year.

Sponsors of the event include Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, Inc., Investors Bank, National Grid, New York Community Bank, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, Flushing Bank, Scotto Brothers, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Wells Fargo, Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain, Dover Group, Laser Now, Abrams Fensterman, Godiva, Lord & Taylor, Sipp Beverage, Georgi Vodka and Sand Wire.

Media sponsors of the event are The Queens Courier, The Best of Long Island, the Long Island Press and the Daily News.

Star Network, along with Schneps Communications, publishers of The Queens Courier, have held Top Women in Business events in Queens for the last 15 years. The Power Women in Business event marks the network’s expansion into Long Island.

For sponsorship opportunities please call 718-224-5863 ext 201 or email: aamato@starnetwork.com

Tickets are available for this spectacular event. Visit starnetwork.com to purchase tickets.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events October 27–November 2

Steve Miller Band
Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and guitarist Steve Miller and his Steve Miller Band will rock the doors off The Paramount in Huntington on Nov. 2nd and 3rd! (Photo: Steve Miller Band official Facebook profile)

The Pietasters
Maybe they haven’t released an EP in nearly a decade, but this brassy D.C.-based octet is still touring to keep the ’90s third-wave ska revival alive so rude boys and girls can be “Out All Night” skankin’ to fan favorites, such as “Girl Take It Easy,” “Maggie Mae” and “Can’t Stand It.” Warming up the crowd are Mephiskapheles, Flak Jacket, Crisis Crayons and Carbon Thief. Definitely not to be missed. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

Laura Schroff
This bestselling author will be signing copies of her new, heartwarming book Angels on Earth, which tells 30 tales exemplifying the undeniable power that random acts of kindness can have on the world and how they can ripple outward with plausible, concrete impact. Come share your own vignettes about the sheer power of love, and Pay It Forward! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

The John Garfield Story
Forties Hollywood legend John Garfield—forerunner to such tough-yet-sensitive rebels as Marlon Brando and James Dean, displayed what Lee Grant was—the most important star caught up in the Hollywood Blacklist. In The John Garfield Story, narrated by Garfield’s daughter, Julie, pioneering Hollywood Golden Age documentarians Joan Kramer and David Heeley trace Garfield’s rise from a tough childhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side through his vagabond youth and apprenticeship with the renowned Group Theatre to the era of his greatest films. They explore the machinations that resulted in his blacklisting and tragic death at age 39. Screening followed by discussion with Julie Garfield and Hollywood producers Joan Kramer and David Heeley. Wow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Dana Perino and Jasper
Co-host of Fox News show The Five, bestselling author and her dog, Jasper, will be signing copies of their new book, Let Me Tell You About Jasper… Meet Perino and her whiskered muse. Pet cutesy Jasper, and give him a lil kiss! Such a special canine, and what an exceptional tale! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

B-52s
These campy party-out-of-bounds rock ‘n’ rollers throw a Halloween-themed concert that will knock your socks off. Fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide “Loveshack” when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top New Wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! Dance dance dance in costume, or drag! You will not want to miss this Halloween freak-fest, that’s for damn sure! Opening the show is Mother Feather. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Puddle Of Mudd
This Kansas City-based ’90s alt-rock quartet will play their hits, including “Blurry,” “Psycho” and “She Hates Me.” Expect flannel, combat boots, and possibly some head banging, and expect to be floored. Opening the show are Year Of The Locust, Craving Strange, NFU and Black Dawn. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25, $28 DOS. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

Nick DiPaolo
In this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at New York clubs. This show is a comedy special TV taping. Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

Frank Latorre And The Kingbees
The Kingbees’ bluesy rock-n-roll sound holds true to that of their lead vocalist, Jamie James, recognizable as the late guitarist in Steppenwolf. The Kingbees have represented Long Island four times at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Besides being recognized as Gormuart’s “Favorite Long Island Artist” in 2010 for his artwork, Frank Latorre is a four-time winner of the International Blues Challenge and helped contribute to Johnny Winter’s Grammy-winning album, Step Back. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

The Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog, including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known, because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records, including The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. These guys know how to rock! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

The Fresh Kids of Bel Air
Now, this is a story all about how the ’90s got flipped-flopped-and-turned-upside-down and then some. They’d like to take the stage for a night, so just sit right there, and they’ll tell you how they became the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Break out the Starter jackets and your pump sneakers for this “I Love the ’90s” show. Opening the show is “I Love the 00s” band TRL. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Tono Rosario & Kiko Rodriguez
Grammy Award nominee musician Tono Rosario is known for his merengue band Los Hermanos Rosario. In 1990 he began his solo career, were he went on to become the most popular merengue singer in Puerto Rico. Four of his albums went gold and two of which even hit platinum. His 1996 album, Quiero Volver a Empezar, became the best selling merengue album of all time. Kiko Rodriguez is a Bachata star, with several acclaimed original albums. He has toured internationally throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the States, performing for bachata fans worldwide. These two stars will bring Latin-flare and have you up and dancing the night away. Also performing will be DJ Flaco JZ, DJ Fuego and DJ Jumpin Jay. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Monsters of Freestyle
Coming around for the third time due to popular demand, this Halloween-themed night celebrates the greatest of freestyle, a style of syncopated dance pop that gets crowds jumping. This unforgettable concert has a large roster, from TKA, the New York Latin American trio whose hits “I Won’t Give Up on You” and “Come Get My Love” shaped freestyle, to Sugar Hill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight” anyone?). Also performing will be Brenda K. Starr, Company B, Judy Torres, Corina, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, David of Nice ‘N Wild, Nayobe, C-Bank, Strafe, Noel and Fascination. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$125. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who still shares a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! With Nine Days. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

Us and Floyd
This Long Island-based Pink Floyd tribute band always strives to perform recreations that stay true to iconic band’s unique sound. Their appreciation for Floyd is demonstrated by the passion and precision of their performances. Us and Floyd performs Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, and includes a lights and video multimedia experience that will wow the audience. Get ready to be transported back to 1969, this show is a can’t miss! With special appearance by Matt Searing. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

Chiara String Quartet
Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet captivates its audiences throughout the country. They regularly perform in major concert halls across the country and has toured China, Korea and Sweden. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $30. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Halloween Events 2016

Sully Erna
Sully Erna (aka Salvatore Paul) is a hugely talented singer and songwriter probably best known for his role as the frontman of the hard rock band Godsmack. He plays guitar, drums and piano on stage and on the band’s albums, which consistently hit the top of the Billboard charts. Now Erna’s out on a solo tour before the band hits the road again. Get ready to be wowed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $38.50-$58.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 1.

Laurie Notaro
This author will sign copies of her book Crossing the Horizon, which tells the true, little-known story of female pilots racing to beat one another to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic after Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight in 1927. Expect moving excerpts from Notaro, and expect to be inspired. RSVP required. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

The Decline of Western Civilization (Part I)
This documentary captured the 1980s Los Angeles punk scene, featuring interviews with legendary bands including X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear and Germs, before they became known as the pioneers they so were. Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will be in person to discuss the movie, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of songs featured to absolutely rock the audience. Not to be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

Robert Hansen
Acclaimed psychic medium Robert Hansen shares his gifts of communication, compassion, and deep connection with audiences as he attempts to help those wishing to connect to loved ones through the other side of the veil. Robert’s goals in reading include not only insights into future and communications with loved ones, but also achievement of inner peace and positive interaction with individuals. Even skeptics have attested to the accuracy and healing Hansen brings to his audience, giving those struggling with loss as well as those with deep questions insightful answers. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $29-$59. 8 p.m. Nov. 2.

Steve Miller Band
Take our word for it: You know every single lyric to every single Steve Miller Band song, ever, which makes seeing them at a live show such a fun experience that is most definitely not to be missed. “Fly Like an Eagle” down to see him this weekend because “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future” and you might miss your chance to see the guy some call the “Gangster of Love” (but whom others simply refer to as “Maurice”). [Read: Abracadabra: Steve Miller Band To Rock Huntington’s Paramount Nov. 2nd & 3rd] One thing’s for sure: Before they “take your money and run,” you will have the time of your life. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$159.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 3.

Main Art: Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and guitarist Steve Miller and his Steve Miller Band will rock the doors off The Paramount in Huntington on Nov. 2nd and 3rd! (Photo: Steve Miller Band official Facebook profile)

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Long Island Restaurant Week Returns Oct. 30-Nov. 6

Long Island Restaurant Week
Long Island Restaurant Week

Calling all adventurous eaters: Long Island Restaurant Week is back!

The eight-day biannual promotion offers $27.95 prix-fixe, three-course meals at 165 restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties from Sunday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 6. The deal is available all day, every day, except Saturdays after 7 p.m.

Restaurant week has two goals: 1) Helping small businesses draw additional customers during a historically slow time of year, and 2) Enticing the public a chance to try new eateries that they normally wouldn’t.

Participating restaurants are required to offer at least three choices of appetizers, main courses and deserts on their prix-fixe menus. Restaurant cuisine styles to choose from include Italian, Latin, French, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ, sushi bars, seafood eateries and steak houses.

Reservations are recommended at those eateries that take them. The deal doesn’t include a tip. Organizers encourage participants to tip their servers at least 20 percent.

For participating restaurants and more information, check out longislandrestaurantweek.com!

Nassau Exec Mangano Defiant Following Federal Corruption Charges

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By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian and Christopher Twarowski

Two-term Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano remained defiant Thursday following his indictment on federal corruption charges including bribery, fraud and extortion, as he addressed reporters outside the Alfonse M. D’Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip after posting $500,000 bail. He insisted that he would not step down as the county’s highest elected official, despite a growing chorus of elected officials asking him to do so.

“America’s the greatest country in the world, and I’ll have an opportunity when, at the proper time, to present my evidence that revokes, trumps any of this nonsense that I would ever do anything that sacrifices my oath of office,” he told the throng of journalists before joining his wife Linda, who was also charged by federal prosecutors, in an awaiting black SUV.

His words were jumbled with emotion.

“This was a 25-year-old friend. He was like a sister to my wife, a brother and a sister—it’s ridiculous, but I can’t say any more,” Mangano continued, flanked by his lawyers. “I’m going to tell you this: I’m going to continue to govern. I’m going to go to work. America’s the greatest country in the world. And you’ll all have an opportunity to hear everything and decide for yourselves.

“God bless you,” he concluded.

Federal agents arrested the Manganos as well as Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto Thursday morning. They indicted the trio on a slew of conspiracy charges including bribery, wire fraud, extortion and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators about their participation in an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving a local businessman known in the 20-page indictment as “Co-Conspirator #1,” who was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, a Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.

All three have pleaded not guilty. They each face 20 years in prison if convicted.

Related: Feds: Ed Mangano & John Venditto Charged In Bribery, Kickback & Extortion Scheme

Among the 13 counts against Mangano, federal investigators allege that between January 2010 and February 2015, he and Venditto received bribes and kickbacks from Singh in exchange for lucrative county contracts and the Town of Oyster Bay’s guaranteeing $20 million in bank loans in connection with Singh’s status as a town concessionaire.

In addition to hotel and travel expenses for the Manganos—ranging from exotic Caribbean trips to Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas and Florida’s Marco and Amelia islands, as well as to Niagara Falls—federal prosecutors allege those kickbacks included a more than $3,300 “ergonomic office chair;” a massage chair from Brookstone valued at more than $3,600; a $7,304 Panerai Luminor watch; new hardwood flooring in the Mangano’s bedroom; free meals; and a “no-show” job for Linda that paid her more than $450,000.

According to the federal charges, Venditto and his family members and associates were showered with free limousine rides and the use of Singh’s restaurants for fundraisers at discounted rates, as well as use of a basement conference room.

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Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto leaving federal court in Central Islip Thursday, Oct. 20.

All three attempted to cover up their wrongdoing, authorities allege. Linda Mangano and Venditto have also been charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement.

Venditto’s Garden City-based attorney, Brian Griffin, made a brief statement to reporters on his client’s behalf:

“Mr. Venditto is clear that he is not guilty of these charges, and he intends to vigorously defend them,” Griffin told reporters, characterizing the allegations as “underwhelming.”

“Mr. Venditto has served the citizens of the Town of Oyster Bay for 40 years,” Griffin added. “He has done it with distinction. He has done it with diligence. And he has done it ethically. Nothing in this indictment today changes that.”

Should Mangano step down, the Nassau Legislature would have to vote on a replacement, a spokesperson for Republican Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves told the Press.

Gonsalves, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out.”

Mangano’s staunch defiance flies in the face of a growing chorus of other Long Island GOP lawmakers including state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon who’ve been calling for both him and Venditto to resign, and local legislators to immediately begin the process of replacing them.

Three State Senators from Nassau County, including Jack Martins, who is running for Congress, called on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto to resign following corruption allegations. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)
Three State Senators from Nassau County, including Jack Martins, who is running for Congress, called on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto to resign following corruption allegations. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)

“The public process has to continue,” Martins told reporters at an impromptu joint press conference with Marcellino and Hannon outside Nassau Legislature headquarters in Mineola Thursday morning. Martins is in a tough race with former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, to succeed Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), who decided not to run again.

“The people come first,” added Marcellino, who is facing Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman Jim Gaughran, a Democrat, on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“Their alleged actions, if proven true, are a betrayal of the public trust and further shake our trust in government,” Nassau Comptroller George Maragos said in a statement. “Given the nature of the charges, it would be in the best interest of the County if both would resign in order to allow the people’s work to be conducted with unquestionable integrity.”

Maragos has recently switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat so he could run for Nassau County executive.

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said during a press conference that Democrats won’t be calling for Mangano to resign just yet. Instead, he reiterated calls for Republicans to join their colleagues in appointing an independent inspector general to oversee Nassau’s troubled contracting system.

“Today is not a good day for the Nassau County taxpayer,” Abrahams told reporters. “It’s not a good day for the institution of Nassau. It’s not a good day for the majority, minority caucus and obviously not a good day for the county executive.”

Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello declined to comment late Thursday.

Feds: Ed Mangano & John Venditto Charged In Bribery, Kickback & Extortion Scheme

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Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)

By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian & Christopher Twarowski

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged bribery scheme, fraud, extortion and lying to investigators.

Prosecutors unsealed the 13-count indictment shortly before the trio was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities allege Ed Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and last year to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for Linda. All three have pleaded not guilty.

“Sady, we’re again confronted with public officials who have allegedly abused their positions of trust, in this case, the highest-ranking elected official in Nassau County, and in the Town of Oyster Bay, for their own corrupt benefit,” Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference.

Prosecutors did not identify the businessman—described in court documents as a co-conspirator—whose bribes were allegedly solicited, but he was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, the Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.

The county executive and town supervisor helped the co-conspirator have Oyster Bay back four loans worth a combined $20 million used to perform capital improvements to his restaurants—money used to renovate both eateries that the co-conspirator was contracted to run in town parks and his own private businesses, Capers said. The co-conspirator defaulted on the last two loans, prosecutors said.

In a separate alleged scheme, the county executive awarded the co-conspirator a $200,000 contract to provide food for the Office of Emergency Management in the two months after Sandy, authorities said.

In exchange for the loans and contract, the co-conspirator gave Linda a “no-show” job from ’10 to ’14 at one of his restaurants, paid for various hotel and travel expenses as well as a new wood floor in his bedroom, and gave him free meal, a massage chair and a Panerai Luminor watch worth $7,304, prosecutors said. The co-conspirator also gave Venditto free limousine rides, discounted catering service for campaign fundraisers and use of a conference room at one of his restaurants, authorities said.

Later, the Manganos and Venditto all made false statements to investigators looking into the scheme, prosecutors said.

All three face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Earlier Thursday, Long Island Republican state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon, outside the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola, called for Mangano and Venditto’s resignation, urging legislators and the Oyster Bay Town Board to immediately begin the process to replace them. Martins, who’s currently running for U.S. Congress, said he didn’t speak with local GOP leadership prior to the senators’ impromptu press conference, stressing that it was important government work continue “undistracted.”

Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello did not return a request for comment as of press time. His counterpart, Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs, issued a statement characterizing Thursday as “a sad day for Nassau County and a sad day for Ed Mangano, John Venditto and their families,” adding that if true, the allegations “represent a great widespread betrayal of the voters’ trust. Regardless of the legal outcome, there can no longer be any doubt that ‘business as usual’ in Nassau County politics and government must come to an end. The public’s demand for honest, credible and effective government requires it.”

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose office began investigating the county’s contract awarding system after disgraced ex-State Sen. Dean Skelos, a Republican, was arrested on corruption charges, said in a statement that reform throughout the current county administration has been a long time coming.

“More than a year ago, I said that Nassau’s archaic financial and oversight practices were a recipe for corruption and I proposed comprehensive reforms that the Legislature and County Executive have stonewalled,” she said. “Today’s charges and our investigations underscore the importance of passing strict ethics and oversight reforms to protect taxpayers, and I renew my call for immediate action to drain this cesspool of corruption and restore confidence in the integrity of our government.”

Nassau Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, a Republican, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out. In the meantime, it is our mission to ensure that the operations of County government are unaffected and that we continue to provide the services our residents expect and deserve.”

Main Art: Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)

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