Cecilia DowdAug 8, 2018, 9:32 pmAug 9, 2018, 1:38 pm

Ed, Linda Mangano plead not guilty to superseding indictment

Their retrial is set for October 11


CENTRAL ISLIP — Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife Linda were in federal court Wednesday ahead of their October retrial. Both Ed and Linda Mangano pleaded not guilty to a new indictment, what's called a superseding indictment.

“The superseding indictment added no new counts; it just cleans up the old indictment. There are ministerial cases; that's it. It doesn't change the case at all,” said Kevin Keating, Ed Mangano’s lawyer.

The former Nassau County executive is accused in a bribe and kickback scheme involving restaurant owner Harendra Singh, and his wife Linda is accused of lying to the feds. The indictment is notably shorter because former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, who had been a third defendant and was on trial with the Manganos, was acquitted in this case. But the jury couldn't agree on the Manganos, and so the retrial is on Oct. 11. The new indictment spells out the alleged lies Linda Mangano told the feds when asked about work she did for Singh. She's accused of having a lucrative no-show job.

The judge addressed jury selection, which is now scheduled for Oct. 11. She says, unlike the first trial, there will not be a full-blown questionnaire in the retrial. But she says she's still mulling over how to approach jury selection. She says she's considering a small questionnaire and then going over it individually with jurors.

“What we want are fair jurors period. And we're confident if we have fair, unbiased jurors. We're going to do fine,” Keating said.

Keating says the press for the first trial was pervasive, to say the least, and that's a concern when picking jurors.

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