Ex-Islip Public Safety Commissioner Convicted of Coercion

John Carney
John Carney

The former Town of Islip public safety commissioner was convicted of coercing four people into not accepting town jobs, although he was acquitted of taking bribes and other charges.

A Suffolk County jury found John Carney guilty Wednesday of three misdemeanor counts of coercion. The West Islip man was found not guilty of a bribe receiving, a felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors said Carney, who resigned citing health concerns shortly before his arrest in September, coerced the applicants to decline town jobs in writing so Carney could attempt to reach preferred candidates who finished lower on the civil service list after an exam.

Carney faces up to one year in jail when he is sentenced July 6 by Judge Fernando Comacho.

A second suspect, former Assistant Fire Chief Michael Allen, of Holbrook, pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Carney. Allen was placed on administrative duty, town officials have said. He is due back in court before the same judge on May 18.

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