Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
As noted in last week’s issue of The Massapequan Observer, Thursday, July 15 is the day for another hearing in the case of Sanji Francis, the Merrick-based physician accused of selling prescription drugs to undercover agents.
The hearing will begin on July 15 at 2 p.m. It will take place at the New York State Supreme Court building on 252 Old Country Rd. in the west wing of the second floor.
At that time, Theresa Corrigan, a district attorney who is prosecuting the case for the county, will be seeking upstate prison time for the defendant. While such a scenario may or may not take place, the defendant’s house has already been surrendered to Nassau County. This is the second time that the case has been adjourned to a later date. On Feb. 25, a Nassau County Court Judge dismissed a motion to grant Judicial Diversion to Francis. The defendant is being charged with nine counts of Criminal Sale Prescription (C Felony).
Since it involved transaction made in Massapequa, the case has long been of importance to the local community, especially to Drug Free Massapequa (DFM). That organization, as also noted in last week’s issue, made a concerted effort to deny Judicial Diversion to Francis. DFM spearheaded a petition drive, supporting the position of Ms. Corrigan in her attempt to deny the defendant Judicial Diversion. By the time of the hearing, over 2,000 signatures had been attached to the petition.
The Francis case is just one of the many events DFM is involved in during the upcoming months. On Tuesday, July 13 at 7 p.m., the organization will be hosting a fundraising dinner at Il Felice Restaurant, one complete with raffles, plus silent and live auctions. The event will also honor Vicky Honohan as one of the co-founders of DFM. Ms. Honohan resigned from her position in March of this year for her own personal reasons.
The cost of the event is $60 per person or $100 per couple. Call 308-4068 for more information.
Also in July, DFM will host its First Annual Fishing Event. That will take place on Sunday, July 25 at the Burns Park Boat House.
Fishing activities will take place in the morning and early afternoon. From 3 to 5 p.m., a barbecue will be held at Burns Park. Pre-registration for the event takes place at 5023 Merrick Rd. on Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, July 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On site registration available on July 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-registrants will be given an additional ticket for drawing. Every participant will receive one raffle ticket for event prize. For the fishing event, prizes will be given out in each category for Heaviest Weight and Longest Length. The fish must be back in Burns Park by 2 p.m.
Finally, on the prevention front, the DFM has given its support for the idea of a Heroin Prevention Task Force. Such a task force would operate under the auspices of the New York State Assembly. It would, among other things, create a website for those seeking help with addictions and monitor prescriptions of controlled substances. The legislation has also been supported by the Massapequa-based Yes Counseling Center.