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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 32 Years to Life in Prison for Two Uniondale Murders

Long Island Strong reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney announced that a Hempstead MS-13 member was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for shooting death of a teenager in Uniondale in 2016 and the brutal machete murder of a 22-year old in 2017. Defendant Edar Ventura, also known as Trauma and Despiadado, 21, pleaded guilty during jury selection on March 14 before Judge William O’Brien to: Two counts of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony) Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (an B violent felony) Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C violent felony) NCDA recommended a pre-trial sentence of 40 years to life in prison. “Edar Ventura is a cold-blooded killer who ruthlessly murdered two young men to rise up…
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On Earth Day, Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags in New York

New Law Will Reduce Litter, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Protect the Environment for Future Generations Office of the Gov reports - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on Earth Day that bans the sale of single-use plastic bags in New York starting in March 2020, a significant step to reduce pollution and protect fish and wildlife. "Single-use" plastic bags do not degrade and often wind up as litter on lands and in waters, harming birds or wildlife that ingest the plastic. It is estimated that New Yorkers use 23 billion plastic bags annually, and nationwide studies show that approximately 50 percent of single-use plastic bags end up as litter. In addition to preventing plastic bag litter in our environment, this ban will also help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions…
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Long Island Strong Prevent Storm Related Deaths – Evacuate Politely Before or When Told to Leave

Man-Made & Natural Disasters Awareness Preparedness Resilience. SEACOAST EVAC ZONES – Hurricane Preparedness – Evacuate Politely Before or When Told to Leave. Superstorm Sandy’s Atlantic  strike killed over 233 people by drowning, impalement, crushing, and MisUse of Gas Generators causing CO2 Poisoning.  
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DA Sini and Northport PD: Two Alleged Drug Dealers Indicted Following Investigation by DAs Heroin Task Force

DA SINI & NORTHPORT PD: TWO ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS INDICTED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION BY DA’S HEROIN TASK FORCE (RIVERHEAD, ) – SCDA reports - Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Northport Police Department today announced the indictment of two individuals in connection with the alleged sale of cocaine and other illicit substances following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force. “This investigation did not stop with the arrest of one defendant,” District Attorney Sini said. “Because of the dedication of the Northport Police Department, we were able to identify an accomplice who was allegedly attempting to remove the main target’s drug stash from his home after he was arrested. This indictment was the result of excellent investigative efforts and collaboration between the members of the Heroin…
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Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for Causing Death of Passenger by Allowing Him to Car Surf

Long Island Strong - CENTRAL ISLIP, – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of an Uber driver for causing the death of his passenger by allowing the passenger to ride on the roof of his vehicle on Sept. 23, 2018, in Huntington. The passenger fell off the roof of the vehicle and struck his head on the roadway, causing head trauma which resulted in his death. Danyal Cheema, 24, of Huntington Station, pleaded guilty today to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a C felony. “This was a tragic incident that could have been avoided had the defendant not conducted himself in such a reckless manner,” District Attorney Sini said. “Our deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family and loved ones.” Between 12:03 and 12:35…
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Long Island Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Distribution and Multiple Shootings

Defendant Sold Crack in Bay Shore, Brentwood and Central Islip Long Island, NY: United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Michael Smith, also known as “Bum Jew,” a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, his participation in two shootings and possessing a firearm.  Smith had previously pleaded guilty on November 9, 2015. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence. “With today’s sentence, Smith has been held accountable for…
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Governor Cuomo Announces Comprehensive Agenda to Combat K-2

Office of the Gov reports - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive statewide plan to combat synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K-2. This multi-agency agenda includes wide-ranging prevention, education, treatment, and community engagement efforts, building upon the Governor's commitment to add dozens of synthetic cannabinoids to the state's controlled substances list. These new initiatives will help remove these substances from circulation, raise awareness on the dangers of K-2, and provide additional guidance to healthcare providers on effective treatment and recovery services. "These extremely dangerous and deadly substances are wreaking havoc in communities across the state, and we are stepping up efforts to ensure these drugs remain off the streets and out of our correctional facilities," Governor Cuomo said. "With these new initiatives we can further educate the public on the…
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Armored Car Employee and Two Co-Defendants Plead Guilty to Theft of Over $500,000 From Armored Car on Long Island

Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Alexis Laguerra and Raymond Soto, Sr. pleaded guilty to bank larceny involving the theft of an armored car and over $500,000 from the car on November 2, 2018 in Valley Stream.  Laguerra was an employee of GardaWorld, the owner of the armored car.  Today’s pleas took place before United States Magistrate Judge Anne Y. Shields.  An additional defendant, Raymond Soto, Jr., pleaded guilty on March 18, 2019 to bank larceny.   Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the guilty pleas.…
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlines the 2019-2020 New York State Budget and Agenda at Stony Brook University

April 11, 2019--Stony Brook--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlines the 2019-2020 New York State Budget and Agenda at Stony Brook University Thursday April 11, 2019, (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo) Makes the Property Tax Cap Permanent - Tax Cap Will Save Long Island Residents $76 Billion Over the Next 10 Years Limits Spending to 2% and Cuts Taxes for the Middle Class - Second Year of the Tax Cut Will Save Long Island Residents an Average of $382 Increases Long Island School Aid by Over $ Million, Including $48 Million in Foundation Aid, and Promotes Education Equity by Prioritizing Funding for Poorer Schools Office of the Gov. reports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Long Island highlights of the FY 2020 Budget. The Budget, building upon the Governor's…
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ICE New York arrests previously removed Salvadoran national sex offender

NEW YORK, NY: ICE reports — A previously removed Salvadoran national was arrested Tuesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New York. ERO deportation officers assigned to the ERO New York Long Island Sub-Office’s Joint Criminal Alien Removal Taskforce (JCART), assisted by members of the Marshals Service’s NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Alcides Acosta-Euceda, a 31-year-old citizen of El Salvador, in Central Islip, New York. Acosta-Euceda has been charged in District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), with a violation of 8 USC 1326(a) and 1326(b)(2), illegal re-entry after removal, as an aggravated felon. ICE previously removed Acosta-Euceda to El Salvador on June 6, 2018, following a July 2017 felony conviction, for Rape 3rd Degree: victim less than 17 years,…
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Former Chief Operating Officer of Long Island Federal Credit Union Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Defendant Admits Embezzling $465,172 to Fund a Lavish Lifestyle Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Suzanne Silva, the former Chief Operating Officer of Winthrop University Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union (Winthrop University HEFCU), pleaded guilty to embezzling $465,172 during her employment at the credit union.  Today’s plea took place before United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley.  When sentenced, Silva faces up to 30 years in prison, as well as restitution of $465,172 and a fine of up to $1 million. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the guilty plea. “Silva has admitted that she…
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Long Island Man Sentenced to 19 Years’ Imprisonment for Transporting Child Pornography

Defendant, a Registered Sex Offender, Traded Child Pornography While on Probation for Possessing Child Pornography Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Brian Newton was sentenced to 19 years’ of imprisonment by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco following the defendant’s guilty plea on May 3, 2018 to transportation of child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce.  As part of his sentence, Newton must serve five years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, during which time he must remain registered as a sex offender and not have unsupervised contact with minors. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced…
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Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Attempted Murder of Rival on Long Island

Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Jermaine Green, also known as “730,” a member of the Bloods street gang from Roosevelt, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 15 years’ imprisonment on his conviction for racketeering and discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.  The charges related to Green’s involvement in a conspiracy to murder rival gang members and a November 16, 2015 shooting in which Green fired at least nine shots from an assault rifle across a busy street.  Green pleaded guilty to the charges on June 21, 2018. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau…
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Top Executive at Long Island Mortgage Lender Pleads Guilty To $8.9 Million Fraud

Defendant Misused Money Obtained To Fund Mortgage Loans Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern district reports - Earlier today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, Edward E. Bohm, President of Sales and an undisclosed owner of Long Island mortgage lender Vanguard Funding, LLC (Vanguard), pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud in connection with the illegal diversion of more than $ million of warehouse loans that Vanguard had obtained to fund mortgages.  The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein.  When sentenced, Bohm faces up to 30 years in prison, as well as restitution, criminal forfeiture and a fine. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau…
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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 27 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder on Long Island

16 Year-Old Victim Marked For Death Due to Suspected Ties to Rival L-Block Gang Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, William Castellanos, also known as “Dizzy” and “Satanico,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a violent transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 27 years’ imprisonment.  The sentencing followed Castellanos’s February 2018 guilty plea to firearms-related murder charges in connection with the June 30, 2015 murder of 16 year-old Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez in Central Islip, New York. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner,…
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Long Island Companies and Owners Charged With Falsely Labeling Squid as Octopus

Department of Justice Releases Reports Focused on Improving Safety and Wellness of the Nation’s 800,000 Law Enforcement Officers DOJ reports - The Department of Justice today released two complementary reports that focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local and tribal police officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, were published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as required by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) of 2017. The LEMHWA passed both chambers unanimously and without amendment and was signed by the President shortly thereafter. These actions show that its purpose and intended effects are uncontroversial among policymakers – law enforcement agencies need and…
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