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Acting Nassau DA Madeline Singas calls on county legislature to adopt strict rules on political mailings


Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas on Thursday called upon the Nassau County Legislature to adopt strict rules to prevent county officials from using taxpayer money to pay for political mailings during election campaigns.

She recommended five steps to halt the increasingly prevalent practice of using government funds to deliver political messages. The steps include a moratorium on all taxpayer-funded mass communications within 90 days of an election and a "conspicuous notice" on all government mass mailings saying they were "printed and distributed at taxpayer expense."...| read more

Cardiologist Anthony Moschetto masterminded scheme to kill rival doctor, says Nassau district attorney


A Nassau cardiologist conspired to burn down a rival doctor's practice and have him assaulted or killed in a plot foiled after an undercover officer was hired to carry out the crime, officials said Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto, 54, of 30 Arden Lane, Sands Point, masterminded the arson and murder-for-hire plot, paying an undercover detective and a confidential informant with prescription pills, guns and money, authorities said.

The scheme grew out of a dispute between Moschetto and his onetime boss over Moschetto prescribing large amounts of oxycodone, sources said....| read more

Lawmakers push for stiffer penalties after boy, 12, killed by accused suspended driver

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Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas today called on state leaders to pass legislation stiffening penalties for suspended and revoked drivers who seriously injure or kill others.

Singas was joined by the parents of Zachary Ranftle, a 12-year-old boy who was killed by an alleged suspended driver last December.

At the time of his death, school officials said he was a seventh grader at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School.

If convicted, the driver, 29-year-old Seaford resident Austin Soldano faces less than five years in prison. Soldano’s attorney,...| read more

Nassau County Reaches Out To Immigrant Crime Victims, Witnesses

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas is joined by Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and others to announce a new initiative seeking to enhance communication and cooperation between law enforcement and immigrant victims and witnesses. (credit: Nassau County District Attorney’s Office)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Law enforcement officials in Nassau County said Monday they plan to reach out to immigrant crime victims and encourage them to cooperate with authorities to help prosecute the perpetrators.

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said at a news conference she is appointing an assistant D.A. to focus on the issue.

“Open communication and a sense of trust among victims, witnesses and the criminal justice system is essential to effective prosecution, regardless of the languages spoken or documentation status of victims and witnesses...| read more