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Brookhaven GOP Chairman claims Democrat NYS Assemblyman Hennessey Chronic Property Tax Abuse for Three Years. Listen to the audio here!

SHIRLEY, NY – Democratic NYS Assemblyman Edward Hennessey has failed to pay taxes for a business property he owns and operates his private law office from on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley dating back to 2012, according to public tax records.

 

At a time when the William Floyd School District is struggling to pay for basic services for student, Hennessey has refused to pay over $15,000 he owes in property taxes – the majority of which would go to the school district.

 

“Ed Hennessey has spent the past year supporting unfunded state mandates that drive up our residents’ property taxes, while at the same time arrogantly refusing to pay his own.  It’s disgraceful,” said Brookhaven Republican Chairman Jesse Garcia. “Unfortunately, it’s a story that is becoming all too familiar, with one Assembly Democrat after another being the subject of federal investigations, ethics complaints, or prosecution.  ‘Deadbeat Ed’ fits right in with this culture of corruption.”

 

According to public tax records, Hennessey failed to pay $1,013.81 in taxes in 2012 for property he has an ownership interest on his law office located at 483 William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, NY.  In 2013, Assemblyman Hennessey again failed to pay $10,620.99 in taxes on this property, and for 2014 has an outstanding balance of $3,616.91 that was due on January 10, 2014.

 

“Career politicians like Ed Hennessey pass mandate after mandate that burden our residents, but feel the rules don’t apply to them.  We need to end this dysfunctional, disgraceful culture and send a message to Albany by removing politicians like Ed Hennessey from office,” said Garcia.

Attorney Arrested for Stealing from Clients

 

KOGAN MATTHEW

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest today of a Plainview attorney who has been charged with stealing from a Brooklyn couple who hired him to represent them in a lawsuit.

Matthew Kogan, 40, was arrested today and charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a D felony). If convicted, Kogan faces up to 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison. Nassau District Court Judge Douglas Lerose released him on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on April 29.

“When attorneys take advantage of their position for their own financial gain, it isn’t just their clients who suffer the consequences,” DA Rice said. “The attorney-client relationship is essential to the workings of our legal system, and must be protected.”

DA Rice said a husband and wife hired Kogan in February 2013 to represent them in a breach of contract lawsuit. The case was eventually settled in the amount of $32,500, which payment should have been deposited in his Attorney Trust Account and the funds paid to the couple.

Instead, the money was deposited into Kogan’s operating account on Oct. 7, 2013. From Oct. 7, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013, funds were withdrawn and/or paid from the operating account for Kogan’s personal and professional expenses and obligations – including payroll, credit card and loan payments.

In November 2013, the couple filed a complaint with DA Rice’s Criminal Complaint Unit. After becoming aware of the investigation, Kogan paid $20,000 to the couple in February 2014, leaving an unpaid balance of $12,500.

Assistant District Attorney Marshall Trager, chief of DA Rice’s Government and Consumer Affairs Bureau, is prosecuting the case. Kogan is represented by Brian Griffin, Esq.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

 

Stripper rocks the nursing home

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A New York nursing home is being sued for hiring male strippers to entertain its elderly residents.

The son of an 85-year-old woman says he was shocked when he saw a picture of his mother stuffing dollar bills into a dancer’s underwear at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon.  The suit filed on behalf of Bernice Youngblood says she was placed in offensive physical harm and was confused when a muscular, almost nude man approached her.

Youngblood’s son also wants to know why his mother had the money when her cash is supposed to be locked away.

Rodeo on hold in Coram

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The annual Rodeo Tierra Cliente is scheduled for April 27 at the Coram Equestrian Center and local residents are not happy.

At a town hall meeting locals say that the event gets too rowdy and attracts large crowds and loud music.  Rodeo organizers are working to remedy some violations and then have to reapply for permits before the event can be held.

Car stolen and driven into Patchogue store front

Michael Nash

Suffolk County police today arrested a man after he stole a car which he drove into a building in Patchogue.

Michael Nash was walking by the Jiffy Lube, located at 452 Medford Ave., Patchogue, when he saw a 2008 Honda parked outside with the keys in the ignition. Nash stole the car and drove down Route 112.

Police Officer Gary Quenzer was responding to a call at Terry Brothers Tires, located at 522 Medford Ave., Patchogue, where Nash had attempted to steal a 2005 Ford Pickup.  Officer Quenzer observed Nash leaving the Jiffy Lube with the stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  Nash continued to drive down Route 112 at a high rate of speed and eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the front entrance of Avenue Sound, located at 260 East Main St., Patchogue.

Nash, 20, of 45 Whippoorwill Lane, Patchogue, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, in East Patchogue, where he was treated and released into police custody. A woman inside Avenue Sound suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused medical attention at scene.

Nash was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, and Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree. He will be held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 9.