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Ex-Suffolk DA Spota, Aide, Convicted of Cover-up

Ex-Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his former top deputy were convicted Tuesday of conspiring to cover up police brutality following a month-long trial at Central Islip federal court.

Federal Corruption Trial Against Ex-Suffolk DA Spota, Deputy, Begins

Ex-Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his former top deputy were alternately described Thursday as corrupt prosecutors who allegedly conspired to cover up police brutality and as victims of overzealous federal investigators.

Suffolk DA Spota, Top Deputy Indicted for Alleged Cover-up

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his top corruption prosecutor were indicted Wednesday for allegedly trying to cover up the ex-police chief’s beating of a suspect five years ago, federal authorities said.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto Resigning After Corruption Arrest

Ten-term Republican Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, citing his arrest on federal corruption charges last month, announced Tuesday plans to resign the office he was first elected to 20 years ago.

Top 10 Long Island News Stories of 2016

Whether it was the presidential election results or death of beloved icons such as Prince, David Bowie, Muhammed Ali or Leonard Cohen, few are sad to bid farewell to 2016.

Trio Scammed $5M From Investors in Fake Website, DA Says

Three men were arrested for allegedly scamming $5 million from investors in what the trio falsely claimed was going to be the next big social media website, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Long Island Heroin-Cocaine Drug Rings Dismantled, DA Says

The widening investigation into the pair of drug distribution networks took shape after patrol officers on the East End noticed “a significant upward trend” in heroin and cocaine drug busts beginning last September, the DA’s office said.

Calls for Ethics Reform Get Louder on Long Island

Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and statewide are rallying and organizing other grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers into being more ethical and transparent. Local good government groups picketed this week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit this week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Guilty of Theft, Wire Fraud

Federal prosecutors made their case by comparing Walsh's time sheets with records from Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, various Long Island golf courses, the Conservative Party, his cell phone, bank transactions and other documents between 2011 and 2014.

Ed Walsh Trial: Suffolk DA Office Wouldn’t ‘Do Anything,’ Says Prosecution...

"Lieutenant Walsh seemed to be a little upset, asked why it was happening and stated, 'if you're worried about the other agency across the river, they're not doing anything,'" Kanas, who's since retired, told the jury. He added: "I took it to mean the district attorney's office."