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Singas criticizes Murray for nepotism


Acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said Wednesday her Republican challenger for district attorney, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, had engaged in nepotism and given "preferential treatment" to relatives who work for the town.

Town payroll records released by the Singas campaign show that two of Murray's brothers, her sister-in-law and her late father have worked for the town. The sister-in-law and one of the brothers made more in gross pay than other employees in the same job titles.

In base pay, the three living relatives earn the same or less than other...| read more

Singas slams Murray as Hempstead Town board approves raises, appointments to GOP contributors


Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat, is criticizing her GOP rival, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, after the Hempstead Town board authorized raises or appointments for more than 60 employees -- most of whom have contributed to Republican candidates or political clubs.

On Tuesday, the GOP-controlled town board approved salary increases or job appointments -- some of which included no increase in wages -- for 62 town employees, records show.

In total, 48 of those town employees -- or 77 percent -- have contributed a combined $165,000 to Republicans...| read more

Nassau contracting critics cautiously hail panel examining process


Critics of Nassau's contracting methods Monday praised County Executive Edward Mangano for forming a new panel to examine the system, but cautioned that it would be up to elected leaders to enact any reforms.

Mangano, a Republican, said Monday that the panel will be independent and nonpartisan, and will look at the procurement policy with focus on "the fairness, integrity and enforcement" of its implementation.

"As time goes on, there's room for improvement," Mangano said of the process, which was largely memorialized by charter revisions nearly 20 years ago and has gone...| read more

Westbury fish distributor to pay $100,000 fine for trafficking shellfish without permits, DA says


A Westbury fish distributor was fined $100,000 Wednesday for trafficking more than $100,000 worth of shellfish without the required permits, prosecutors said.

Richard Scores Jr., 57, of Commack, had been charged in February with felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to possess a shellfish shipper's and processor's permit, and trafficking in marine food fish and crustacea for resale.

He and his firm, Westbury Fish Co., pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Rhonda Fischer in County Court in Mineola to misdemeanors relating to those charges, acting Nassau County District...| read more