Oyster Bay opposed release of emails, documents in Mangano-Venditto case, court papers say

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The Town of Oyster Bay is opposing attempts by federal prosecutors to get complete copies of dozens of emails and other documents in the corruption case against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.

The town filed papers late Wednesday night in federal court in Central Islip in response to a motion by federal prosecutors, who said they are entitled to see the complete documents. The town is asking that U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack set a hearing to decide the issue.

The town already handed over to the government redacted copies of the emails, but it is now arguing that turning over the complete wording of each document would violate attorney-client privilege, court papers say.

The documents center around a key part of the government’s case — an alleged scheme by Edward Mangano and Venditto to have Oyster Bay provide restaurateur Harendra Singh with $20 million in indirect loan guarantees for businesses. An outside counsel to the town had warned that such a loan guarantee to a business man was not legally permitted, according to prosecutors.

 

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