Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
A trial involving corruption charges against three former public officials related to the multimillion dollar New Cassel Redevelopment Project came to a halt on Aug. 6 when Acting Supreme Court Judge Justice Alan Honorof declared a mistrial on 17 remaining counts after a juror deliberating on the case asked to be excused due to a medical issue. An alternate juror had previously been released.
Former Nassau County legislators Roger Corbin and Patrick Williams were on trial along with the former head of the Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency, Neville Mullings. Corbin and Mullings are Westbury residents.
On July 17 and Aug.12, there had been partial verdicts delivered by jurors, finding Corbin guilty of bribe receiving in the second degree and official misconduct. Mullings was found guilty on two counts of official misconduct and two counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Williams was found guilty on two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy.
Jurors found Corbin not guilty of grand larceny in the first and second degree, three counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree, defrauding the government, falsifying business records in the first degree and another count of official misconduct. Mullings was acquitted of grand larceny in the second degree, defrauding the government, falsifying business records in the first degree and three counts of official misconduct. The jury found Williams not guilty of grand larceny in the first and second degree.
The Aug. 6 mistrial was declared on three charges against Corbin, three charges against Williams and 11 charges against Mullings.
Following the mistrial being declared, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice stated, “This trial concludes with one undeniable fact: that Roger Corbin, Patrick Williams, and Neville Mullings abused their positions to steal this project from the people of New Cassel for their own personal gain. Whether that meant bid-rigging, soliciting and receiving bribes, or the outright theft of taxpayer money, these men were not shy about taking what they wanted and their felony convictions were inevitable. My office is committed to rooting out public corruption and I will continue to aggressively investigate, arrest, and prosecute any public official who thinks they can violate the public trust.”
The defendants could not be reached for comment.
New Cassel’s downtown area along Prospect Avenue is now the site of many small businesses and affordable housing units. Later this year, a $20 million, 60,000-square-foot community center – which will feature two NBA-sized basketball courts, an Internet café and computer training center, dance and TV studios, lounges for youth and seniors, a fitness center, conference rooms and more – will open for public use.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.