Claiming ‘selective prosecution,’ Mangano wants indictment dismissed

Newsday

Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano wants the political corruption case against him thrown out, saying the government engaged in “selective prosecution” by indicting him but not New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for getting financial benefits from Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh.

The argument by Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating of Garden City, is based on the recent disclosure by prosecutors that Singh secretly pleaded guilty to bribing Mangano in return for millions of dollars in indirect loan guarantees and county contracts.

The revelations also included that Singh pleaded guilty to bribing an unnamed city official for help in obtaining renewal on favorable terms of the lease on city land for the Water’s Edge, his Queens waterfront restaurant.

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