County Executive Ed Mangano faces a 13-count indictment – just as Democrats are hoping to unseat Long Island Republicans. - From New York Daily News
The 13-count indictment charges Mangano, the highest ranking elected official in Nassau County, with selling out his position to a wealthy businessman in exchange for free vacations, meals and other gifts.
The businessman is not named in the indictment, but sources say the bribes were paid by restaurant owner Harendra Singh, who is now cooperating with the feds against Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, 67, who was also indicted.
Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Mangano and Venditto "undermined the very system of laws they promised to uphold by furthering their personal interests rather than the best interests of their constituents.
Mangano's arrest quickly became an issue in the heated battle for control of the state Senate, which likely hinges on Democratic efforts to unseat a handful of GOP senators from Long Island — including Republican Sen.
"Senator (Jack) Martins, Senator (Kemp) Hannon and Senator (Carl) Marcellino and the Republican candidates who are running there have already called on the County Executive and Town Supervisor to resign," Reif said.