A U.S. district court judge granted a request to delay the federal corruption trial for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. The 2-month delay comes as Venditto faces more than 20 new federal criminal charges. The corruption trial date set for Jan. 16, 2018 has been moved to March 12. "We've waited more than a year for this trial. I've said from the beginning that he is innocent and now we have further delay," Mangano's attorney, Kevin Keating, said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mangano and his attorney walked out of federal court in Central Islip in disappointment. Venditto's attorney, Marc Agnifilo, asked for proceedings to begin mid-March. In court, it was stated the request was a “joint application.” Venditto faces 21 new securities fraud charges filed against him, which Agnifilo says they'll be ready to deal with on March 12. "Couple of new charges in the superseding indictment based on the same facts as the old charges, and we think the trial is going to go forward on March 12," Agnifilo said. Venditto and the Mangano both pleaded not guilty.
“None of the new charges in the superseding indictment have anything to do with Ed Mangano,” Keating said. In light of the new charges, the state says they expect the trial length to remain six to eight weeks