Ex-Hempstead Clerk Gets Community Service, $1K Fine

Mark Bonilla
Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla

Ex-Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was sentenced Monday to 300 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine for his misdemeanor official misconduct conviction this summer.

Nassau County Judge Sharon Gianelli had found the 51-year-old Bellmore man threatened to transfer an employee unless the employee provided Bonilla with compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend who is suing Bonilla for alleged sexual harassment.

Gianelli ruled that is was unclear whether Bonilla requested the photos or if the employee offered them, but it was clear that the ex-clerk wanted to cover up the existence of the negotiations.

Bonilla, a Republican who had been in office for a decade, was removed from office following his conviction. His attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, has said that he would probably appeal the conviction.

He was found not guilty of petit larceny, coercion and a second misconduct charge in July.

Prosecutors had recommended the maximum sentence of one year in jail.

The sexual harassment lawsuit against Bonilla is still pending.