Prosecutors are promising that they’ll retry former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano after a mistrial was declared.
Mangano was charged in a corruption case with taking bribes from a longtime friend and businessman in exchange for county contracts.
The former county executive described the trial as a “difficult time.”
“It is emotionally draining and it is physically hurtful. I don’t know how to describe it other than it’s something that I don’t wish on anyone that doesn’t deserve it,” Mangano said.
His wife Linda was also charged with accepting a no-show job.
“This is so difficult to go through with your family and I just want to say thank you to everybody. I feel so blessed to have so many people who stood by our side and supported us,” Linda Mangano said.
The jury deliberated for nine days before telling the judge on Thursday that they were deadlocked. Earlier in the week, a juror was replaced, forcing deliberations to start from scratch.
“They were best friends of 30 years and if I’m friends with somebody for 30 years and I’m rich and I want to give my friend a present - to me it’s just a gift, a birthday gift,” juror Marc Tambassopoulos said.
Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was also charged in the case but he was acquitted last week.
The judge has set a June 28th hearing to set a new trial.
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