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Parts of police merger studies are similar, acting Nassau DA Singas says


Nassau Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said Monday that parts of a feasibility study of a proposed police department merger by former NYPD Det. Richard "Bo" Dietl's consulting firm look similar to a 2013 report on the possible merger of police departments in New Jersey.

The similarities between the two studies were first reported by News 12 Long Island on Monday. Newsday reported last week that Nassau County agreed to pay Dietl $24,000 for the 13-page study, which was commissioned to look into merging the Hempstead and Freeport village police departments into the county...| read more

Getaway driver for convicted cop shooter sentenced

The Island Now

The getaway driver in the 2013 shooting of a Nassau County Police Officer in New Hyde Park was sentenced Friday to seven years in jail and five years of post-release supervision. 

Renhang Qiu, 24, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in May 2014 to burglary in the first degree. The shooter, Cong Xu, 22, of Brooklyn, was sentenced earlier this month to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Acting Nassau Supreme Court Justice Philip Grella delivered both sentences. “This sentence closes the chapter on a case of greed gone terribly wrong,...| read more

Garden City insurance agent charged with stealing more than $250G from client, Nassau DA says


An insurance agent from Garden City was charged Tuesday with inflating premiums and stealing more than $250,000 from a client and an insurance company, the Nassau County district attorney's office said.

John Sexton, 61, sent invoices to one of his clients showing the fraudulently increased premiums and kept the difference, and at one point stopped forwarding payments to the insurer, according to acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Sexton was arrested Tuesday by DA investigators and was arraigned before Nassau District Court Judge Paul Meli on two counts of second-degree...| read more

Singas proposes center to aid domestic violence victims


Acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas Monday proposed a family legal center in Mineola to connect domestic violence victims with social service programs.

Singas, who is running as a Democrat for district attorney against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, unveiled her plans Monday in a news release, saying the center would be modeled on similar initiatives in New York City and Westchester County.

Under the proposal, a coalition of nonprofits and county law enforcement agencies would move into offices at 400 County Seat Dr. to provide a "one-stop shop...| read more