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  • John Venditto Acquitted of Corruption Charges

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted of federal corruption charges, although the jury has yet to reach a verdict on his two co-defendants, former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, Linda.A federal jury found Venditto not guilty Thursday of honest services fraud, federal program bribery and other charges following an 11-week-long trial at Central Islip federal court. The jury has been deliberating for a week.Prosecutors had alleged the Republican conspired between 2010 and 2015 to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for the county executive’s wife.The defense had argued that the business man and key witness in the case, Harendra Singh, a former restaurateur who authorities alleged had gotten favors in exchange for kickbacks, could not be trusted because he struck a plea deal. Singh is Mangano’s former close friend. The Town of Oyster Bay had backed $20 million in loans for Singh, which has drawn the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Three months after his arrest, Venditto resigned in January 2017 so he could focus on his defense. He was later replaced by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino. Mangano, a fellow Republican, continued to serve out his last term and was replaced in January by Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.Venditto is still facing criminal charges filed by Nassau County prosecutors in a separate case. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.last_img read more

  • Nelson Cruz injury update: Red-hot Twins DH (wrist strain) lands on IL at worst time

    first_img Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees slugger ‘moving in the right direction’ Joe Panik signs with surging Mets after Giants release David Price injury update: Red Sox place starter (wrist) on 10-day IL His 16 homers in the second half lead MLB by a wide margin and his season total, a team-leading 32, is second in the American League to only Mike Trout’s 38. Slashing .294/.384/.650, Cruz leads qualified Twins hitters in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.But his left wrist has been a persistent issue this season. He spent 15 days on the injured list in late May with a left wrist strain suffered in a swing-and-miss similar to Thursday night’s. An MRI exam at the time didn’t show any structural damage. In his second at-bat, Cruz took a hard swing through a 2-1 fastball from Indians starter Mike Clevinger and immediately grimaced in pain.Manager Rocco Baldelli and assistant trainer Matt Biancuzzo came out to check him and he was removed from the game, with C.J. Cron taking over as the designated hitter. Related News Nelson Cruz, the hottest hitter in the Twins’ lineup if not all of MLB, has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist strain. Cruz left Thursday’s opener of a crucial AL Central series against the Indians after re-injuring his left wrist on a fourth-inning swing-and-miss. “We went out and checked on him, and he was feeling some discomfort,” Baldelli said. “You could tell once we got out there that we weren’t going to let him stay in there, or try to swing or do anything like that.”It was more bad news on a night the Twins fell to the second-place Indians, 7-5, to see their lead in the AL Central shrink to one game at the start of the pivotal four-game series.The Twins initially called Cruz day-to-day but put him on the IL Friday afternoon, recalling reliever Cody Stashak from Triple-A Rochester to fill his roster spot. Cruz, 39, entered the night having hit 13 homers in his last 15 games and with a stratospheric 1.204 slugging percentage in that stretch.last_img read more