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man faces upgraded charges in ridge crash that killed 5, records show

jamel turner, 23, left, of bellport, faces upgraded charges in the feb. 14 crash in ridge that killed five people, according to court records. photo credit: composite photo: scpd, left, and james carbone a bellport man accused of killing five people — four of them members of the same family — in a valentine’s day crash while fleeing police in a stolen vehicle in ridge faces upgraded charges thursday, according to court records. jamel turner, 23, will be arraigned on five counts of depraved indifference murder and aggravated vehicular homicide, among others, when he appears thursday in first district court in central islip, records show.turner pleaded not guilty during a hospital bedside arraignment in late february to charges of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree reckless endangerment. he has been held since, according to records.recommended readingpolice id four who died in ridge crashjacquelyn mccoy, her daughter, mary alice booker, son, anthony mccoy, and his girlfriend, tameka foster, perished when their mazda burst into flames after being struck by a stolen vehicle, police said.earlier this week a grand jury returned a 42-count indictment against turner, also charging him with five counts of manslaughter-recklessly causing death, five counts of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, four counts of assault with intent to injure and a host of lesser charges, according to...





mangano witness: company was ready to provide thousands of sandy meals

an executive chef for a freeport-based catering and restaurant business testified thursday that his company, the dover group, was poised to begin providing food to nassau county emergency workers in the wake of superstorm sandy — but the contract ultimately was awarded to harendra singh, friend of then-county executive edward mangano.christopher seidl, 37, of lido beach, on the stand in the federal corruption trial of mangano and former oyster bay town supervisor john venditto, said the dover group had been asked to cater to those in the county office of emergency management.dover was well-equipped to provide thousands of meals a day, even immediately after sandy struck, seidl said. recommended readingcatch up on the mangano-venditto trialseveral of the 700-employee group’s restaurants, including maliblue oyster bar in lido beach and the coral house in baldwin, had power — as did the group’s warehouse and catering kitchen in plainview, he said.in addition, the group operated a fleet of refrigerated food trucks and mobile catering kitchens, he said.a couple of days after the storm, dover owner butch yamali called seidl and asked him to meet with oem officials about providing food for the command center, seidl recounted.“he just said it was going to be a very large job,” seidl said.sign up for the power on trial newsletterget our insider's look and analysis of the key moments in the mangano-venditto trial.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.a nassa...





hot real estate market: long islanders are rushing to close deals

long island home buyers are rushing to close deals, giving the housing market its fastest start to the year since the housing boom of more than a decade ago, a new report shows.across the island, excluding the east end, homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 spent an average of 84 days on the market, from the listing date to the signing of a sale contract, the appraisal company miller samuel and brokerage douglas elliman said in a report to be released thursday. that’s down 14 days from a year earlier, the report shows.many homes sell much more quickly. a four-bedroom home in melville went on the market earlier this month for $549,000 and attracted a full-price offer within four days, said roberta feuerstein, an associate broker with douglas elliman who represented the seller.recommended readinglong island's rising home pricestwo days after receiving the offer, feuerstein hosted an open house that drew more than 30 prospective buyers.“i had people lined up in the cul-de-sac to see the home,” she said. “we couldn’t even handle it.”the sellers, susan and fred weber, decided to honor the first offer even though more bids came in, feuerstein said. “they didn’t want a bidding war because it gets ugly,” she said.susan weber, 64, a retired teacher, said the couple, who are moving to pennsylvania, “had been hoping for a sale by midsummer or so.” the pair were “delighted” by how quickly the home sold, she said. “it’s just mind-boggling . . . if it??...





former director of smithtown animal shelter sues town, workers

the former director of smithtown town’s animal shelter on wednesday sued the town and employees, including councilwoman lisa inzerillo, alleging they lied to police to have her wrongfully arrested last year.sue hansen led the shelter from 2015 through 2017, when she was suspended from the job, arrested for trespassing after allegedly returning to attend a volunteer orientation, and later fired. town officials testified in the administrative hearing that led to her termination last summer that the shelter was chaotic and filthy under her leadership. the town’s public safety department now manages the shelter, and shelter employees have been incorporated into that department. the trespassing charge was dropped in december at the request of assistant district attorney john sciandra, according to hansen’s complaint. that could not be immediately confirmed with the da’s office. recommended readinganimal shelter director fired, attorney saysinzerillo and town attorney matt jakubowski did not respond to requests for comment. the complaint, filed wednesday in eastern district court in central islip, accuses inzerillo and other town employees including public safety department director john valentine of lying to suffolk county police officers when they said they had heard public safety officers warn hansen not to return to the shelter during her suspension.according to the complaint, the town’s written disciplinary charges against hansen never said she was banned from the pr...





hot real estate market: long islanders are rushing to close deals

long island home buyers are rushing to close deals, giving the housing market its fastest start to the year since the housing boom of more than a decade ago, a new report shows. across the island, excluding the east end, homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 spent an average of 84 days on the market, from the listing date to the signing of a sale contract, the appraisal company miller samuel and brokerage douglas elliman said in a report to be released thursday. that’s down 14 days from a year earlier, the report shows. many homes sell much more quickly. a four-bedroom home in melville went on the market earlier this month for $549,000 and attracted a full-price offer within four days, said roberta feuerstein, an associate broker with douglas elliman who represented the seller. recommended readinglong island's rising home pricestwo days after receiving the offer, feuerstein hosted an open house that drew more than 30 prospective buyers. “i had people lined up in the cul-de-sac to see the home,” she said. “we couldn’t even handle it.” the sellers, susan and fred weber, decided to honor the first offer even though more bids came in, feuerstein said. “they didn’t want a bidding war because it gets ugly,” she said. susan weber, 64, a retired teacher, said the couple, who are moving to pennsylvania, “had been hoping for a sale by midsummer or so.” the pair were “delighted” by how quickly the home sold, she said. “it’s just mind-boggling . . . if it...





martha clara vineyards sold for $15m to the rivero-gonzález family

martha clara vineyards in riverhead has been sold by the entenmann family for $15 million to a mexican family that owns a winery, according to press releases from the buyer and the brokerage handling the sale.the 113-acre vineyard makes up most of the 205-acre big e farm. the property, listed at $17.5 million, had been on the market since 2014.the rivero-gonzález family, which bought martha clara, said in a release that it owns a vineyard in parras, coahuila, mexico. the family said it has “15 years [of] experience in the mexican wine industry and is excited about this acquisition, which will help the members of this family expand their interests beyond mexico.”a limousine parks in front of martha clara vineyards in riverhead on the north fork. on saturday june 26. (newsday photo / sally morrow) photo credit: sally morrow“we’ve been working with the family for a year,” said sheri winter clarry, a north fork agent with the corcoran group brokerage, who represented both the buyer and seller.maría rivero will run the family’s winery operations at the riverhead property, clarry said.the family also has interests in mining. in march, the state liquor authority gave conditional approval for a liquor license to a group that included jose antonio rivero larrea, chairman of compania minera autlan sab, a mexican mining conglomerate, and five other family members. martha clara vineyards was sold at the second-highest price in north fork history, according to cor...





seized counterfeit goods give jobs to people with disabilities, da says

seized counterfeit goods are creating jobs for people with disabilities and aid for struggling individuals under a nassau county district attorney program.on tuesday, district attorney madeline singas toured westbury’s tri business & career center where its workers, joined by employees of port washington’s spectrum designs, are embroidering over fake logos on 11,000 fleece jackets.the fleeces are being donated to 110 groups, from soup kitchens to homeless shelters, from suffolk to queens.“people will have warm jackets,” she said. charity probably was not what drove guosheng hu, of queens, who was arrested in 2016 after more than $1 million of fake designer goods were discovered in the new cassel warehouse he had leased.one of nassau’s largest counterfeiting busts came to light because hu’s landlord obtained an eviction warrant after his tenant fell behind on the rent.hu pleaded guilty in january 2017 to a felony — trademark counterfeiting — but failed to appear for his april sentencing, according to court documents.e-commerce makes it even easier to sell counterfeit goods, which violate trademarks and might harm consumers, the u.s. government accountability office said in january, adding 20 of 47 items it bought from third-party sellers were fake. sign up for the power on trial newsletterget our insider's look and analysis of the key moments in the mangano-venditto trial.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.before hu’s fleeces could be donat...





ex-restaurant manager for singh testifies he didn’t see linda mangano at eatery

this story was reported by nicole fuller, robert e. kessler, bridget murphy, emily ngo and andrew smith. it was written by ngo. a former manager at what once was harendra singh’s east river eatery in queens testified wednesday that he never saw former nassau county executive edward mangano’s wife, linda, at the restaurant, that he communicated with her primarily by email and that he collaborated with her on only two projects.joseph scalice, who managed the water’s edge, spoke to what singh and prosecutors say is the no-show job singh gave linda mangano as a means of bribing her husband. scalice, testifying in the federal corruption trial of edward mangano and former oyster bay town supervisor john venditto, estimated that linda mangano put “three or four days’ worth of work” into the two projects.recommended readingcatch up on the mangano-venditto trialwork-related emails between linda mangano and scalice were key evidence presented earlier in the trial by her defense attorney. they led singh to concede on the stand that linda mangano performed more work than he realized.scalice testified that he began communicating with linda mangano soon after he started at the water’s edge in april 2010. linda mangano’s first check came that month, prosecutors say. sign up for the power on trial newsletterget our insider's look and analysis of the key moments in the mangano-venditto trial.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.singh introduced scalice to lind...





spicy’s bar-b-que in bellport and riverhead seized for unpaid taxes

spicy’s bar-b-que has served its last chicken and ribs — at least for now.the two spicy’s restaurants, in riverhead and bellport, have been seized by new york state for unpaid taxes.the state is owed $229,992.84, said james gazzale, public information officer for the new york state department of taxation and finance.the stoner family, which owns the restaurants, said on spicy’s facebook page, “don’t worry! we will not be permanently closing our restaurant. spicy’s will be reopening shortly. stay tuned for a grand reopening date.”gazzale said, “seizing a business is always the last resort.” before that, “we try to find a way to resolve that debt.”spicy’s was a popular destination in riverhead for 38 years, one year longer than the bellport restaurant. it had a casual, genteel style in the dining area and did a brisk take-out business.the two eateries were known for ribs, chicken, pork chops, fried shrimp, fish-and-chips. chili, jalapeno poppers, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato pie, and modest prices.devotees of spicy’s have posted their condolences and expressed their desire for its revival on the restaurants’ facebook page.feed mesubscribe for restaurant recommendations, recipes and more.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.the owners noted, “we will be back bigger and better. sorry for any inconvenience.”spicy’s was at 225 w. main st. in riverhead; and 501 station rd. in bellport.by peter m. gianottipeter....





seized counterfeit goods give jobs to people with disabilities, da says

seized counterfeit goods are creating jobs for people with disabilities and aid for struggling individuals under a nassau county district attorney program.on tuesday, district attorney madeline singas toured westbury’s tri business & career center where its workers, joined by employees of port washington’s spectrum designs, are embroidering over fake logos on 11,000 fleece jackets.the fleeces are being donated to 110 groups, from soup kitchens to homeless shelters, from suffolk to queens.“people will have warm jackets,” she said. charity probably was not what drove guosheng hu, of queens, who was arrested in 2016 after more than $1 million of fake designer goods were discovered in the new cassel warehouse he had leased.one of nassau’s largest counterfeiting busts came to light because hu’s landlord obtained an eviction warrant after his tenant fell behind on the rent.hu pleaded guilty in january 2017 to a felony — trademark counterfeiting — but failed to appear for his april sentencing, according to court documents.e-commerce makes it even easier to sell counterfeit goods, which violate trademarks and might harm consumers, the u.s. government accountability office said in january, adding 20 of 47 items it bought from third-party sellers were fake. sign up for the power on trial newsletterget our insider's look and analysis of the key moments in the mangano-venditto trial.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.before hu’s fleeces could be donat...





da: hempstead cop stole $6,500 from hempstead fire department

a hempstead village police officer falsified a document to become a cop and stole thousands of dollars from the hempstead fire department when he was a volunteer firefighter, prosecutors said wednesday in announcing a 13-count indictment against him.the arrest of randy stith, 27, who is also a school board member, was the result of “several schemes” that involved a “betrayal of trust to the people of nassau county,” prosecutor lisa berk said at the officer’s arraignment at nassau county supreme court where he pleaded not guilty.stith is accused of stealing more than $6,500 from the fire department’s southside hose 2, when he was treasurer, from february 2015 to january 2018. he was sworn in as a police officer in june 2017 during a ceremony where village mayor don ryan called stith his godson.police chief michael mcgowan said stith was placed on paid administrative leave tuesday. “it’s a disappointing set of circumstances, to say the least,” he said wednesday in a phone interview.prosecutors allege that the nassau county civil service commission initially denied stith’s application to be a police officer in february 2015 — “on grounds unrelated to this investigation” — but reconsidered him after he filed a forged recommendation letter in april 2015 “purporting to be signed by another member” of his fire company.martha krisel, a deputy nassau county attorney who is counsel to the civil service commission, declined to comment. stith’s attorney ...





ex-restaurant manager for singh testifies he didn’t see linda mangano at eatery

a former manager at what once was the water’s edge — restaurateur harendra singh’s picturesque property in queens — testified wednesday that he never saw linda mangano, wife of former nassau county executive edward mangano, at the eatery, communicated primarily by email with her and collaborated on only two projects with her.joseph scalice, on the stand in the federal corruption trial of edward mangano and former oyster bay town supervisor john venditto, spoke to what singh and prosecutors say was a no-show job singh gave linda mangano as a means of bribing her husband.scalice — whose correspondences with linda mangano were used earlier in the trial by her defense attorney to demonstrate that she performed more work than singh knew — estimated that she put “three or four days’ worth of work” into the two projects.recommended readingcatch up on the mangano-venditto trialsingh and prosecutors say linda mangano was paid $450,000 between 2010 and 2014, though no work product was expected of her. singh testified that he employed her at her husband’s request and as a bribe to the then-county executive.scalice testified that he began communicating with linda mangano soon after he started at the water’s edge in april 2010.she received checks from singh from april 2010 to august 2014, prosecutors say. “we were working on a project to reintroduce the water’s edge to the new york city and long island city communities,” scalice said.sign up for the power on tr...





best market opens grocery store in syosset

best market is taking over where king kullen left off in syosset.bethpage-based grocer best market recently opened a new store in a space formerly occupied by competitor king kullen.the renovated 41,000-square-foot store, which opened last week at 271 jericho tpke., offers conventional, organic and locally produced items, best market said in a statement tuesday.the store has a sushi market, salad bar and hot “grab and go” foods, as well as produce, bakery, deli and meat departments.“the goal is to go beyond an ordinary grocery store to a convenient location for residents to look towards for great quality food at competitive prices,” best market said.of best market’s 29 stores in new york state, new jersey and connecticut, 24 are on long island.bethpage-based king kullen closed its syosset store and a location in commack in march 2017, saying the 20-year-old stores were underperforming. the chain now has 32 stores.get the biz briefing newsletter!the latest li business news in your inbox monday through friday.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.by tory n. [email protected] @toryparrish1 tory n. parrish covers retail and small business for newsday. she has worked at the pittsburgh tribune-review and observer-dispatch in utica, n.y.





hempstead trustee questions village ida members’ legality

a new hempstead village trustee said he believes any votes taken since june by village members of the hempstead town industrial development agency may not have been in compliance with state law.trustee jeffery daniels introduced emergency legislation last week for the village board of trustees to seek outside counsel “for the sole purpose” of representing the village against the town’s ida regarding deals since june 6, 2017. the board passed the proposal with a 4-1 vote, with mayor don ryan voting against it.daniels contends that the four village residents’ appointments — stacey hargraves, karla guerra, franz nicolas and reginald lucas — who sit on the ida board and vote on projects in the village violate state law. hargraves is the village assessor and community members guerra, nicolas and lucas were appointed in june when ryan took over as mayor.state law allows hempstead village and freeport to appoint their own members to the town’s ida and states the appointees “shall include at least one member of such village’s governing body and at least three at large members drawn from a cross section of the village community.”daniels said during the board meeting last week that because the four ida appointees do not include a member of the village board of trustees, every ida agreement involving the village since the june appointments “should be reversed.” he has been outspoken in opposing the recent approvals for ida tax benefits for fdr services corp. and ...





mike francesa could be on wfan on tuesday, source says

barring any contract negotiation snags, mike francesa could be back on wfan on tuesday, a person familiar with the deal said wednesday morning.that presumes an announcement comes by thursday from entercom, which owns wfan, and caa, the agency that represents francesa, which seems probable.francesa is expected to sign a deal that covers the rest of this year and two more, through the end of 2020.his new time slot is expected to be 3 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. the current afternoon show of chris carlin, maggie gray and bart scott, now heard from 2 to 6:30, would move to a 1-3 p.m. time slot.subscribe to sports now newsletterby clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.by neil [email protected] @sportswatch neil best first worked at newsday in 1982, returned in 1985 after a detour to alaska and has been here since, specializing in high schools, college basketball, the nfl and most recently sports media and business.





da: hempstead cop stole $6,500 from hempstead fire department

a hempstead village police officer falsified a document to become a cop and stole thousands of dollars from the hempstead fire department when he was a volunteer firefighter, prosecutors said wednesday in announcing a 13-count indictment against him.the arrest of randy stith, 27, who is also a school board member, was the result of “several schemes” that involved a “betrayal of trust to the people of nassau county,” prosecutor lisa berk said at the officer’s mineola arraignment where he pleaded not guilty.stith is accused of stealing more than $6,500 from the fire department’s southside hose 2, when he was treasurer, from february 2015 to january 2018. he was sworn in as a police officer in june 2017 during a ceremony where village mayor don ryan referred to stith as his godson.prosecutors allege that the nassau county civil service commission initially denied stith’s application to be a police officer in february 2015 — “on grounds unrelated to this investigation” — but reconsidered him after he filed a forged recommendation letter. stith was arrested in 2010 at 19 years old and served five days in jail after pleading guilty to a second-degree harassment violation, which is not a criminal offense, according to court records.on wednesday, stith pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of first-degree falsifying business records, two count...





boomer esiason weighs in on mike francesa's impending return to wfan

boomer esiason, who had been wfan’s most visible personality in the post-mike francesa era, weighed in first thing wednesday morning on francesa’s impending return to the station, saying "it just looks pathetic."during a nearly half-hour opening on the topic, esiason and morning co-host gregg giannotti said they understood the move from a business perspective but were concerned over the impact on chris carlin, maggie gray and bart scott, who will have diminished roles.“radio can be a real sewer pit, and there’s a lot of backstabbing and knife-throwing and all that other stuff that goes on,” esiason said. “we try to stay above all that stuff, but unfortunately you can’t, and three people basically have gotten screwed.“i don’t care how you put it, they have gotten screwed and they have gotten screwed by a guy who said he was never going to be on this radio station who decided to come back because of some conspiracy to keep him off the air. i have no idea what the hell that means.”francesa told newsday on tuesday he was returning in part because of an alleged effort by unnamed people at the station to keep him from coming back.esiason revealed additional details about the francesa story, saying that he is planning an app that will include clips from the “mike and the mad dog” days, that francesa might be back on the air by tuesday and that entercom executives instructed carlin, gray and scott to take the high road on the air, which they did.“yesterday...





lawyer: hempstead officer and school board member randy stith indicted

randy stith, a hempstead village police officer and school board member, surrendered to the nassau county district attorney’s office wednesday morning on charges his lawyer said are related to his time as a treasurer with the hempstead fire department. stith, 27, a former volunteer firefighter, and his lawyer, joseph conway, said they didn’t know the charges he faces on an indictment and he planned to answer them in court.when asked for comment wednesday morning as he surrendered stith only said, “good morning.”in a phone interview tuesday, stith said: “i’m aware of how the justice system works and as a police officer, i have faith in the justice system that it will work out and that i will be vindicated.” a spokesman for the nassau district attorney’s office declined to comment tuesday. conway said his client has surrendered his gun to police. “mr. stith has served his community with distinction for many years in several roles,” he said tuesday. “while we have not been furnished with any charges at this time, mr. stith has done no wrongdoing.”fire chief steve giardino declined to comment tuesday on the indictment but confirmed that stith was a former firefighter. conway said stith was previously the fire department’s treasurer.a posting at police headquarters tuesday stated that stith had been placed on administrative leave immediately “until further notice.”sign up for the power on trial newsletterget our insider's look and analysis of the key...





sbu radiation safety officer drops 70 pounds with boxing

sean harling46, masticoccupation radiation safety officer at stony brook universityheight 5-foot-10before 255 pounds, december 2015after 185 pounds, april 2018the unusual part of sean harling’s weight loss story is that he didn’t realize he dropped pounds until colleagues started mentioning his baggy clothes.when harling, who admits he wouldn’t be mistaken for a dapper dresser, eventually stepped on a scale, he discovered he was down 45 to 50 pounds. he credits the weight loss to boxing classes he’s been taking.“my son had joined a boxing program in september of 2015, and i decided a few months later to give it a shot. my objective wasn’t to lose weight but to learn how to box,” says harling.recommended readinglost weight? tell newsday about it“at first i went to a class twice a week, but then became more interested in the science of boxing and started going more often. . . . now i love boxing.”his interest has turned competitive. he’s signed up to compete in an international boxing tournament in june.harling said that about four months ago he started taking an interest in what he was eating. “i really got hooked on watching what i was eating and tracking my calories, weight and steps.”an added bonus to his weight loss, harling says, is being more comfortable around people and more confident socializing.get the breaking news newsletter!get the latest breaking news as it happens.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.harling starts his day...





sound tunnel opposition meets to plot strategy to halt proposal

hundreds of people jammed into a bayville school tuesday night to mobilize and strategize against gov. andrew m. cuomo’s proposal to build a tunnel across long island sound, a plan that one man said would “destroy the quality of life on the north shore.”cuomo in january touted a tunnel as an economic catalyst that would relieve traffic congestion on the long island expressway. but jen jones, a technology executive and member of an anti-tunnel committee created by bayville mayor paul rupp, said the tunnel would dump trucks onto island roads, send exhaust from cars into the air from giant ventilation shafts, harm the environment, and divert money from desperately needed repairs on roads, bridges and mass-transit systems. “financially, this is unaffordable and irresponsible,” she told the crowd in the bayville intermediate school auditorium, which spilled into the hallway outside. a study released in january and conducted by a montreal consulting firm said a sound tunnel would cost between $31.5 billion and $55.4 billion. it said a sound crossing — by tunnel, bridge or a combination — is only viable from oyster bay town to westchester county or from kings park, in suffolk county, to connecticut. the governor in a january speech only mentioned a tunnel, and in a separate announcement that month did not discuss a route to connecticut.“the project, however, is still in the formative stages and no decisions have been made with respect to the landing points,” state ...