Tag: Suffolk County

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Prosecutors have alleged that Walsh was paid more than $80,000 in salary for hours he was actually golfing, gambling at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut, and conducting Conservative Party business. Attorneys for Walsh, who retired shortly before the trial began, have argued that Walsh was free to come and go as he pleased and make up the hours later.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Sunday, the first day of spring, warning of—you guessed it—snow. You can thank Winter Storm Regis, which has been dumping snow across the Midwest on its trek east, morphing into a good, old-fashioned weekend nor’easter—just in time for the Monday morning commute.

A 28-year-old homeless man’s lifeless body was discovered on a beach near Port Jefferson Harbor Thursday, Suffolk County Police said. A Village of Port Jefferson constable found the body of Marlon Lewis, 28, who apparently drowned, at approximately 1:45 p.m. March 17, police said. Sixth Precinct officers responded to the scene, and describe Lewis as homeless.

AlyssaMarie Gerbasio, 23, of West Babylon, was traveling north on Straight Path at 7:12 a.m. March 17 when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck by a 2015 Jeep Liberty headed east on 49th Street that attempted to cross Straight Path, according to Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives.

Retired Suffolk County Sheriff's Office investigator Ed Walsh swindled taxpayers by going on golf outings, sitting at poker tables and attending political meetings instead of performing his duties as a lieutenant, prosecutors alleged Wednesday during opening arguments at the Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman's federal fraud trial.

Walsh is on trial for scheming to defraud taxpayers of $80,000 in no-show work at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk County jail. Prosecutors allege Walsh falsely represented that he was working while he was actually gambling at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, golfing, or conducting Conservative Party business on the taxpayer dime. The party big was also accused of lying to FBI agents when he allegedly claimed he worked flex time for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.

Federal prosecutors allege in court papers that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota quashed investigations into embattled ex-county correction officer and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chair Edward Walsh, who was indicted last year on charges of defrauding taxpayers of more than $80,000 in no-show work.

Why is the Suffolk County IDA hiring an outside, New York City-centric organization to conduct planning work that could easily be done through the county’s myriad in-house professional departments including Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Health Services?