Two-term Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano remained defiant Thursday following his indictment on federal corruption charges including bribery, fraud and extortion, telling reporters outside the U.S. courthouse in Central Islip after posting $500,000 bail that he would not step down as the county’s chief elected official.
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.
Attorneys argue that the evidence outlined in court was not strong enough to warrant a conviction.
Prosecutors summed up their theory of the case while defenders tried to poke holes in the testimony.
The judge asked the senator and his son whether they had anything to drink in the past 24 hours. The senator said he had a glass of wine; his son, a margarita.
"I did not want to have a problem in Albany."
"Find it curious that [state] senate Republican is reaching out to me directly."
"Normally, I'm never that cautious...but with everything going on, I'm trying to be."
"One step at a time. Haha. Your dad prob needs to make a call."
Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York."