Tuesday, July 21, 2020

GlassDoor reviews of PFML suggests a toxic work environment

Considering the amount of negative reviews posted over a number of years, I'd say that more than one or two unhappy ex-employees wrote these reviews on GlassDoor, strongly suggesting "Parents For Megan's Law" is a very tocic work environment.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Suffolk County has been quietly continuing to fund PFML's controversial "Community Protection Program" from behind closed doors

There were never any public meetings about funding the controversial, costly, and useless "Community Protection Act," a pogrom designed to harass Registered Persons. The pogrom has led to lawsuits and an increase in liability insurance. Yet, we've discovered Suffolk County has quietly been paying PFML to continue the blatantly unconstitutional harassment pogrom.

Click on the link below and go to page 205.

Just remember, the county has been giving PFML over $1.1 MILLION dollars, yet they still filed to obtain between $150,000 and $350,000 from the Payment Protection Program during COVID 19.


001 3120 GHD1 POL Police: General Administration Parents For Megan's Law  $354,349
001 3120 JJB1 POL Police: General Administration Parents For Megan's Law Crime Victims Center  $25,000
001 3120 JQU1 POL Police: General Administration Parents For Megan's Law: Community Protection Act $768,101

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Multimillion dollar corporation Parents For Megan's Law took at least $150k from the SBA Payment Protection Program loan during COVID 19

This info was released from the Small Business Association. PFML received a COVID-19 loan between $150k-$350k, so while REAL small business could not get loans, the crooked cunt took at least $150k in loans from the SBA during the COVID-19 crisis.

Per the PFML Form 990, the organization raked in nearly $1.9 million in 2017.

 $150,000-350,000 CRIME VICTIMS CENTER INC 100 Comac St RONKONKOMA NY 11779 624110 Non-Profit Organization Unanswered Unanswered Unanswered Y 25 4/27/2020 HSBC Bank USA, National Association NY - 01

If you want to see the data for yourself, just download the data here:


Anyone care to know why PFML needed a loan when it raken in millions annually and has a staff of only a couple dozen at best?

Friday, June 12, 2020

Laura Ahearn misleads people into believing Cuomo endorses her for senate, and what is her connection to big Real Estate?

It has been a while since Laura Ahearn has done anything worth mentioning, but while COVID-19 has shut so much down, Ahearn's bid for a state Senate seat is still going.

One survey found Ahearn in 4th place among Democratic contenders:

"The Johnson poll, conducted by the Honan Strategy Group on landlines and via robocall, found Johnson, a 19-year-old who graduated from Suffolk County Community College in May, with 14% of the vote, followed by Brookhaven Town councilwoman Valerie Cartright with 10%, Southampton Town board member Tommy John Schiavoni with 8%, attorney Laura Ahearn with 6%, and nurse and union organizer Nora Higgins with 2%. The survey included 541 interviews of likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 4.19%."

But there are two issues that should raise concern to NY Senate District 1 voters.

Issue one, why is Laura Ahearn misleading voters by implying that she received an endorsement from Andrew Cuomo?

Second, Ahearn is now connected with a company that is not without a little controversy? Seems Ahearn sure can't pick them?

Voting begins tomorrow. If Suffolk County residents were smart, they'd reject Laura Ahearn's bid for State Senate. She's had her hand in way too many crooked pots. 

PS: Not that anything will happen to the idiot, but it seems what Ahearn's shitty campaign did was ILLEGAL:

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Another of Ahearn's political allies, Republican DA Thomas Spota, convicted for corruption, along with his "anti-corruption" assistant prosecutor

Another of Laura Ahearn's political stooges just got convicted.


Scandal Began With Sex Toys. Now Ex-D.A. Is Convicted on Long Island.

The former official in Suffolk County was found guilty of conspiracy after a trial that exposed a culture of corruption.

By Nicole Hong and Arielle Dollinger
Dec. 17, 2019
Updated 5:41 p.m. ET

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — He was one of the most powerful men on Long Island, serving as the top prosecutor in a suburban county with 1.5 million people. He won election after election for 15 years with bipartisan support.

But Thomas J. Spota, the district attorney in New York’s Suffolk County, had an Achilles’ heel.

He always had a soft spot for a police officer named James Burke, who rose under his tutelage to become the county’s chief of police. Mr. Spota viewed Mr. Burke almost as a son, standing with him whenever he was touched by scandal.

On Tuesday, Mr. Spota, 78, was convicted of participating in a yearslong conspiracy to cover up for Mr. Burke after he violently beat a man accused of stealing from him while he was the police chief.

The trouble started one morning in December 2012, when Chief Burke discovered somebody had broken into his police car. The thief took a duffel bag from the car that contained sex toys, a pornographic DVD and Viagra.

Later that morning, a man was arrested with the stolen goods. The chief barged into the police interrogation room where the man, handcuffed to the floor, called him a pervert. In a rage, Chief Burke kicked and punched him.

Mr. Spota set out to protect and defend Chief Burke, as he had before over a 40-year friendship, prosecutors said. That decision would cost Mr. Spota his career and turn him into a convicted criminal.

After hearing four weeks of trial testimony, a federal jury on Long Island found Mr. Spota guilty of four counts, including obstruction of justice and witness tampering. He was convicted along with Christopher McPartland, 53, who paradoxically had been Suffolk County’s top anticorruption prosecutor.

They each face up to 20 years in prison.

The convictions of Mr. Spota and Mr. McPartland “make it clear that the days of Long Island’s good old boy networks combining politics, power and policing to benefit a select few, at the expense of the taxpaying public, are dead and gone,” said Richard Donoghue, the United States attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

The jurors reached the guilty verdict after deliberating for about seven hours over two days.

Mr. Spota and Mr. McPartland sat without expression as the verdict was read. They hugged their lawyers afterward. Mr. Spota’s family members, seated in the first row of the courtroom, appeared emotional, with teary eyes and their arms around one another.

Mr. Spota’s lawyer, Alan Vinegrad, declined to comment on the verdict. Mr. McPartland’s lawyer, Larry H. Krantz, said, “There are many more legal steps in the case, and we will continue to fight for this.”

Mr. Burke, 55, had already pleaded guilty in 2016 to the assault and the subsequent cover-up, a year after resigning from the force. He completed his prison sentence this year but refused to testify at trial against his old colleagues.

The verdict was a hard-fought victory for the federal prosecutors and the F.B.I., whose investigation faced setbacks for years.

Proving obstruction of justice required the government to present evidence that the defendants acted with a corrupt purpose, a high legal bar. Without recordings of conversations, the trial hinged largely on the testimony of one witness: James Hickey, a former police commander who worked in Mr. Spota’s inner circle.

The cover-up of Chief Burke’s assault, witnesses at trial said, was part of a broader pattern. The testimony exposed an alarming culture of corruption and retribution in a county with about 2,500 police officers, one of the largest police departments in the United States.

Police officers who were supposed to investigate gangs and school shootings would be diverted to help their chief with petty vendettas and mundane tasks, like spying on his girlfriends or driving him to the airport, former officers testified.

Together, Mr. Spota, Mr. McPartland and Chief Burke controlled what amounted to a law-enforcement fiefdom in the eastern half of Long Island, prosecutors said.

The three men called themselves “the administration,” one former police officer testified. They golfed together and drank together. Mr. McPartland and Mr. Burke used to greet one another on the phone with a vulgar imprecation.

Mr. Burke’s relationship with Mr. Spota began in 1979, when Mr. Spota was a young prosecutor trying a murder case, and Mr. Burke, then a teenager, was his star witness.

Mr. Burke later became a police officer. In the 1990s, an internal investigation found that he had violated several police protocols, including having sex in his patrol car while in uniform with a prostitute who used crack cocaine. Mr. Spota, a lawyer for the police union at the time, defended Mr. Burke and negotiated a plea deal that saved his career.

Then in 2001, Mr. Spota, who switched parties from Republican to Democratic, was elected district attorney. He repeatedly promoted Mr. Burke in the Police Department, consolidating their power.

Prosecutors said the two of them, along with other officials, were able to punish people who challenged their authority.

In particular, Mr. Burke hated one of the police officials, Pat Cuff, who had conducted the internal investigation against him in the 1990s, witnesses said. When Mr. Cuff’s son was caught with a gun, the district attorney’s office threatened to upgrade the charges from a misdemeanor to a felony. Mr. Cuff cried at his desk, suspecting it was retaliation, a witness testified.

As soon as Mr. Burke became police chief in early 2012, he demoted Mr. Cuff by four ranks and assigned him to guard a warehouse.

The assault of the burglary suspect happened about a year into Mr. Burke’s tenure as police chief. The man in custody, Christopher Loeb, was a heroin user with a long criminal record. Chief Burke thought nobody would believe his word over the police chief’s, according to witness testimony.

Mr. Loeb was held on $500,000 bail, an unusually high amount for a car break-in. The case was assigned to the public corruption unit, led by Mr. McPartland, not the major crimes unit, where it would normally have been prosecuted.

But a few months later, in early 2013, Mr. Loeb’s lawyer publicly accused the police of assault, triggering a civil rights investigation.

The administration panicked, prosecutors said. Mr. McPartland helped concoct a cover story that Chief Burke had just “popped his head in” to the interrogation room. Three other police detectives had been in the room participating in the beating, and it was imperative that they all stuck to the same story.

To maintain the lie, Mr. Spota and Mr. McPartland relied heavily on Mr. Hickey, the police commander who supervised those three detectives.

Mr. Hickey testified that he was ordered to instruct his men to “deny, deny, deny.” Mr. Spota and the others involved in the cover-up handpicked one of the three officers, Anthony Leto, to lie under oath about the assault during a court hearing, Mr. Hickey said.

Mr. Leto told jurors that he feared if he were truthful, the police chief would falsely accuse his sons of a crime or plant drugs on them.

The obstruction initially worked, thwarting federal agents for several months. But the investigation escalated again in 2015 with more subpoenas.

During a meeting that year, Mr. McPartland speculated about who the “rat” was. Mr. Spota said that if one police officer cooperated, “He’ll never work here again and I will see to it,” according to Mr. Hickey’s testimony.

After the meeting, Chief Burke threatened that if the police detectives failed to stay in line, he would expose that Mr. Hickey was cheating on his wife, Mr. Hickey said.

“I realized that my career was over,” he testified, “and that if I even try to go to the feds at this point, I would be dead in Suffolk County.”

Mr. Hickey said that he stayed awake at night, feeling paranoid. He was hospitalized in a stress-induced delirium, and was screaming, biting and spitting, according to medical records shown at trial.

Four days after his release from the hospital in October 2015, he received a grand jury subpoena, he said.

Mr. Hickey decided to plead guilty to his role in the conspiracy and cooperated with prosecutors as their star witness, testifying on the stand for three days.

At trial, lawyers for Mr. McPartland and Mr. Spota tried to shred Mr. Hickey’s credibility, calling him a practiced liar and highlighting that he admitted to four extramarital affairs. They pointed to a state judge’s determination in 1990 that Mr. Hickey had lied under oath as a police officer in a different burglary case.

The defense said prosecutors were relying on Mr. Hickey’s recollection of conversations that happened years ago, with no concrete evidence to corroborate his memory. No other witness testified to receiving direct orders from Mr. Spota or Mr. McPartland to obstruct the investigation, defense lawyers argued.

Prosecutors produced calendar entries and call records that they said showed Mr. Hickey was telling the truth.

Ultimately, the 12 jurors chose to believe Mr. Hickey.

On Tuesday, after the verdict was read, Mr. Loeb, the man who was assaulted by the police chief, poked his head into the emptying courtroom. He had been watching the trial from the overflow room. He was smiling.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Completing her plan to be the Lauren Book of the North, Laura Ahearn announces she is running for Senate

Why corrupt the Senate from the outside when you can corrupt it from within?


Democrat Laura Ahearn challenges GOP State Sen. Kenneth LaValle
By Michael Gormley
Updated October 1, 2019 7:07 PM

ALBANY — Democratic attorney and crime-victims advocate Laura Ahearn on Tuesday announced her campaign to take on State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who has held his seat since 1977.

Ahearn's candidacy represents the first major effort by Democrats to pick up another Long Island Senate seat in 2020. Democrats won the Senate majority in the last legislative elections in 2018, and have a 40-22 seat majority, with one vacancy.

“I’m an attorney, a social worker and a mom,” said Ahearn, executive director of Ronkonkoma-based Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime Victim’s Center, a nonprofit victim's rights organization.

“For 25 years, I have fought to keep Suffolk County residents and children safe from sexual predators," she said in her announcement. She said she founded the Crime Victims Center "from a room in my home and built it to become a nationally recognized, powerful force with nearly 30 full-time staffers who protect and educate our most vulnerable and provide help to children and adults who were victimized.”

LaValle was the longtime chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee before Democrats won the Senate majority.

LaValle, who represents the 1st District, said he approaches "every election the same way; I stand on my continuous record of accomplishments and years of service to our communities.”

In his latest financial filings with state Board of Elections, LaValle had $114,050 on hand as of July.

Ahearn hasn’t yet had to disclose her fundraising and spending.

In 2018, LaValle got 71,015 votes to Democrat Greg Fisher's 53,790. LaValle had beaten Fisher by a wider margin in 2016.

The 1st District may be one of the battleground races in 2020.

The district has 75,470 enrolled Democratic voters and 76,907 Republicans, although the GOP’s strength is boosted by 5,315 enrolled Conservative Party voters.

Republican President Donald Trump won Suffolk County in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Since the November 2018 legislative elections, the 1st District has gained 1,623 Democratic voters, 210 Republicans and 51 Conservatives, according to state records.

Senate Democrats this year passed the Child Victims Act that allows victims of childhood sexual assault to sue abusers for acts committed as long as decades ago.

The former Senate Republican majority had blocked the measure for years, arguing it could bankrupt religious organizations and schools found to have protected or shielded abusers.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

US Second Circuit Court decides that it is OK for PFML to harass registered citizens

This is good news for vigilantes and other terrorist groups but bad news for people who have served their sentences and are trying to reintegrate into society. For now, at least, the enemy gets to gloat.

There are still other ways PFML can be sued for engaging in state-sponsored harassment.


Second Circuit Backs Home Checks for Sex Offenders
September 4, 2019AMANDA OTTAWAY

MANHATTAN (CN) – A Long Island sex offender who faced home visits from a private nonprofit contracted by his county did not endure an unconstitution al search, the Second Circuit affirmed Wednesday.

Writing for a three-judge panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Christopher Droney noted in the ruling that in this case, public-safety interests outweigh the offenders’ rights.

“In sum, the program advances the government’s substantial interest in reducing sex offender recidivism by improving the accuracy of the registry,” the 29-page opinion states. “Thus, the program serves a special need ‘beyond the normal need for law enforcement.’”

A man who served four years in prison on a 1992 rape and sodomy conviction brought the underlying lawsuit under the pseudonym John Jones. Because of his status as a level-one offender — a designation for those deemed to pose a moderate risk of reoffending — Jones faced a 20-year requirement to register annually with the state, visit his local police precinct to get photographed every three years, and tell authorities if he moves.

Because Jones lives in Suffolk County, however, he has also faced additional requirements since 2013 under the Community Protection Act, a local law that established a three-year contract with the nonprofit Parents of Megan’s Law to track and monitor registered sex offenders pursuant to a contract with police.

The group reported a 99% response rate from registrants at the end of the first year and found 13% of home addresses on the registry conflicted with the person’s actual address.

Jones sued after receiving two home visits from the field representative s, saying the threat of embarrassment from such visits made him stop going to his children’s school and athletic activities.

The Fourth Amendment only prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but a federal judge ruled against Jones’ case at summary judgment. Affirming that result Wednesday, the Obama-appointed Droney found the visits constitutional under the special needs doctrine.

Pointing to the 1999 ruling Roe v. Marcotte, Droney noted that the same logic allowed the court to upheld a Connecticut law that required incarcerated sex offenders to submit DNA samples to a data bank.

“We held that program served the government’s significant interest in solving past and future crimes, and deterring sex offenders from reoffending in the future,” Droney wrote.

The ruling also says Megan’s Law visits did not significantly affect Jones’ freedom.

“The detention was brief and unobtrusive,” Droney wrote. “The address verification process lasted mere minutes, and the RVRs [Registry Verification Field Representative s] did not request information other than Jones’s address and did not touch him or treat him in a threatening or rude manner.”

Droney added that certain groups of people, such as registered sex offenders, “‘enjoy a diminished expectation of privacy’ in certain information.” Jones had also received advance notice he needed to provide his home address.

Jones was removed from the registry in 2016 after serving the required 20 years.

Link to full decision--


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Further down the rabbit hole with Laura Ahearn's most crooked allies Burke and Spota

Left, Suffolk Co DA Thomas Spota----------------------Right, Christopher McPartland
So apparently the Suffolk Co DA and his aide have a very deep connection to the disgraced former police chief and porn king James Burke, who just got out of prison.


Court papers detail alleged efforts by Spota, McPartland to thwart federal Burke probe

The documents provide a fuller description of the alleged actions former Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and aide Christopher McPartland took to shield Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke from a federal probe.

By Andrew Smith
Updated December 26, 2018 11:30 AM

The meetings took place in a church parking lot, at an athletic field and in the Hauppauge office of then-Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, court papers say.

The purpose was for top county law enforcement officials to plan how to keep federal investigators from finding out how they covered up the beating of a Smithtown man charged with stealing a duffel bag from then-Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke, federal prosecutors say in court papers.

The chronicle of events in the documents provides a fuller description of the alleged actions Spota and Christopher McPartland, chief of Spota’s governmental corruption bureau, took to shield Burke — Spota’s longtime protégé — from federal prosecutors investigating whether Burke and others had participated in the beating of Christopher Loeb and the cover-up.

“Initially, the efforts to obstruct the federal investigation were successful and, as of May 2015, the investigation had not resulted in any criminal charges,” an affidavit for a search warrant reads.

Ultimately, the papers say, the attempts to thwart the federal probe were unsuccessful. Burke pleaded guilty on Feb. 26, 2016, to depriving Loeb of his civil rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice by orchestrating a cover-up of the beating. Burke, 54, of St. James, went to prison and was released recently to a halfway house to serve the rest of a 46-month prison sentence.

Spota, 77, of Mount Sinai, and McPartland, 53, of Northport, were charged with conspiracy to tamper with witnesses and obstruct an official proceeding; witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding; obstruction of justice; and accessory after the fact to the deprivation of civil rights. They have pleaded not guilty and are each free on $500,000 bond. Their trial is scheduled to begin in May.

Spota’s attorney, Alan Vinegrad of Manhattan, insists his client is innocent. “Tom adamantly and unequivocally denies all charges of wrongdoing and looks forward to his trial,” Vinegrad said in an interview.

McPartland’s attorney, Lawrence Krantz, has said that his client “has always been an honest and dedicated public servant. He vehemently denies the charges and asserts his innocence. He looks forward to his day in court.”

The indictment accuses them of helping Burke cover up his crimes by pressuring witnesses not to discuss Burke’s actions and of undermining the federal investigation of him.

Burke’s crime led to the indictment and resignation of Spota. Current Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini did not keep McPartland on the staff when he took office in January.

In pretrial motions, defense attorneys said they have been inundated with evidence from the prosecution but have not received what they need the most — the names of other law enforcement officials who prosecutors said conspired with their clients and specific things Spota and McPartland did that amount to obstruction of justice.

Krantz, of Manhattan, wrote that prosecutors have “provided volumes of largely uninformative discovery,” including hundreds of thousands of phone records relating to calls involving Spota, McPartland and Burke.

However, Krantz continued, “These materials shed little or no light on what the defendants are alleged to have done.”

Prosecutors say that, since November 2017, the government has provided 40,000 pages of documents, 70,000 pages of telephone records, thousands of pages of bank records, hundreds of pages of state court hearing transcripts and hundreds of photographs.

In a recent interview, Krantz said, “We’re arguing that in order to properly defend the case, we need certain critical information, including who the co-conspirators are alleged to be.”

Prosecutors replied that the defense has most of what it needs already.

“While the obstruction continued for several years, this is a straightforward, uncomplicated case involving the cover-up of a civil rights violation and the obstruction of a grand jury investigation, not a complex white-collar matter,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lara Treinis Gatz, Justina Geraci and John Durham wrote in reply. They added that because Spota and McPartland already are accused of witness tampering, identifying witnesses publicly would risk both the “integrity of the trial and the government’s investigation, which continues.”

In an affidavit for a search warrant, FBI Special Agent Michael Weniger sought information on phones belonging to the defendants, Burke and several other members of the Suffolk police. In the affidavit, he described steps they took to avoid detection after the beating of Loeb in December 2012.

Those steps began as soon as June 25, 2013, the day after the FBI subpoenaed members of the Suffolk police department, according to the affidavit. Weniger wrote that Burke told an officer identified as Cooperating Defendant #1 “to gather the SCPD members who had been served to find out what they said to the FBI agents and make sure they were keeping quiet. Further, Burke reassured Cooperating Defendant #1 that he had Spota and McPartland on his side.”

The officer identified as Cooperating Defendant #1 has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice as part of a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors, the affidavit says.

After the investigation seemed to be stalled, court papers say, prosecutors issued more subpoenas, including to an officer identified as SCPD Member #3, who participated in the beating of Loeb. That officer also has pleaded guilty as part of a cooperation agreement, according to the affidavit.

Weniger wrote in the affidavit that SCPD Member #3 and Cooperating Defendant #1 met at an athletic field next to police headquarters in Yaphank to discuss what SCPD Member #3’s attorney had told him after a meeting on June 3, 2015.

That evening, Cooperating Defendant #1 met Burke in the parking lot of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Smithtown to relay what SCPD Member #3 had told him, the affidavit says. Phone records show Burke was in contact with Spota and McPartland before and after that meeting, according to the affidavit.

The next morning, Cooperating Defendant #1 met with Spota, Burke and McPartland in Spota’s Hauppauge office, the affidavit continues, and told them what he’d learned. Spota and Burke could not believe the federal investigation had been reactivated, and the affidavit says Spota called Burke’s attorney to see if it was true.

“McPartland stated that he thought SCPD Member #3 was a ‘rat,’ and Spota told Cooperating Defendant #1 that, if SCPD Member #3 was a rat, Cooperating Defendant #1 had better find out fast,” Weniger wrote. “Additionally, McPartland directed Cooperating Defendant #1 to ‘take his guys’ temperature’ and confront them one-on-one about whether they were a ‘rat.’ Spota reiterated that Cooperating Defendant #1 needed to ‘get his guys in order.’”

Burke then told Cooperating Defendant #1 to warn his officers about “what happens to people who ‘go against the administration,’” the affidavit says. At that point, McPartland raised the example of a former Suffolk detective whom McPartland had investigated for leaking information to reporters, according to the affidavit. That detective retired and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

The affidavit identifies that detective as John Doe #2, but the description matches the case of former Suffolk Det. John Oliva, who had worked on a federal task force pursuing MS-13 street gang members until Burke withdrew Suffolk police from the task force.

As the investigation picked up speed, SCPD Member #3 and Cooperating Defendant #1 met at a high school in Smithtown on Aug. 17, 2015, the affidavit says.

At about 6 that evening, the affidavit says, Cooperating Defendant #1 returned to the St. Patrick’s parking lot to meet with Burke and McPartland.

McPartland warned his colleagues there that they were probably committing crimes, the affidavit says. McPartland said federal investigators “might be working on an obstruction case and ‘our actions fit within the statute.’ Further, McPartland reiterated that SCPD Member #3 was a ‘rat’ and it was Cooperating Defendant #1’s failure to control SCPD Member #3 that had created the current situation,” the affidavit says.

After that meeting, the affidavit says, phone records show McPartland called Spota at his home. The court papers don’t reveal what they said.

However, Spota and McPartland again discussed their concerns about the investigation at a Farmingdale bar after attending a wake on Oct. 15, 2015, court papers say.

Burke’s last day on the job was less than a month later, on Nov. 11, 2015. That night, the affidavit says, he and McPartland met with two other people at an Asian restaurant in St. James. Burke told them he expected to be arrested, and he was, on Dec. 9.  

Krantz and Vinegrad declined to address the account of the meetings and said their clients did nothing wrong.

In a separate affidavit for another search warrant as part of the investigation, Weniger described another series of meetings that he says resulted in Burke directing the delivery of $25,000 in cash from a safe-deposit box to McPartland to pay for McPartland’s legal expenses.

The first meeting on this topic was Feb. 18, 2016, when the affidavit says McPartland contacted someone identified as CS (for cooperating source) #1, a childhood friend of Burke’s, and asked to meet at a local Chinese restaurant. When they did a few days later, the affidavit says McPartland asked CS #1 to lend him $25,000 for legal fees. CS #1 balked.

“While he had socialized with McPartland through his friendship with Burke, he did not know McPartland that well and he did not feel comfortable loaning him the amount of money requested, so he declined,” the affidavit says. “Then McPartland began to cry, thus, CS #1 said he would think about loaning McPartland the money.”

On Feb. 25, 2016, CS #1 and three other people visited Burke at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Another man told Burke that McPartland had asked CS #1 for the loan, according to the affidavit. Burke told CS #1 he would get the cash to him to give to McPartland, the affidavit says.

Shortly afterward, another person whose name is redacted in the affidavit contacted CS #1 and asked to meet him at a TD Bank branch in Lake Grove. That other person opened safe deposit box 251, according to the affidavit. The person, whose name is redacted in the affidavit, counted out $25,000 in cash and handed it to CS #1.

“According to CS #1, it was never made clear to him why [this person], who knew McPartland very well, did not give McPartland the money himself,” the affidavit says.

CS #1 and McPartland met again in the parking lot of the same Chinese restaurant and CS #1 handed over the cash, the affidavit says. McPartland thanked him, but CS #1 replied he wasn’t the one to thank, according to the affidavit.

“McPartland then immediately put up his hands in a ‘stop’ motion indicating, according to CS #1, that he, McPartland, did not want to know where the money came from,” the affidavit says. “Then, McPartland promised to provide CS #1 with a promissory note indicating that he, McPartland, would pay back the $25,000. However, according to CS #1, to date, McPartland has never followed through with that promise.”

Weniger said a search of the safe deposit box could turn up evidence of a conspiracy to obstruct justice, but Krantz said the episode was meaningless to the case.

“We believe that these allegations are absolutely irrelevant, as they allege nothing unlawful,” Krantz said.

Defense attorneys have until Jan. 7 to file a response to the prosecution’s claim that it does not have to disclose yet the identities of co-conspirators or outline particular criminal acts they say Spota and McPartland committed. U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack will rule on those issues at a later date.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dean Murray, who wrote the Ahearn-backed Assembly Bill 1651A, just lost his reelection campaign

Not sure if this changes much, but it looks like Ahearn is going to have to find another patsy to promote her  efforts to reinstate residence restrictions and expanding registration length for Tier 1s.


Monica Martinez Triumphs In New York's 3rd Senate District Race
Monica Martinez, a Democrat, has emerged victorious in New York's 3rd Senate District race.
By Lisa Finn | Nov 6, 2018 11:44 pm ET | Updated Nov 7, 2018 12:29 am ET
Monica Martinez Triumphs In New Yorks 3rd Senate District Race
LONG ISLAND, NY — The voters have spoken and in a dramatic win, Monica Martinez, a Democrat, has emerged victorious over opponent Dean Murray, a Republican, in New York's 3rd Senate District race.

Martinez, a Suffolk County legislator, took the lead over Murray by a margin of 46,265 to 43,737, according to an unofficial tally by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.


The race was watched closely as the Dems seized the seat, open after Republican New York State Senator Thomas Croci opted not to run for re-election and instead return to active duty in the Naval Reserve.

New York State's 3rd Senate District is made up Mastic, Shirley, Sayville, Patchogue, Medford, Ronkonkoma and parts of Happauge and Brentwood.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ahearn the Ambulance Chaser is now proclaiming that the abolishment of residency restriction laws cause clustering

We all know it is just the opposite, of course, but leave it to Suffolk County's most notorious ambulance chaser to intentionally mislead the pubic, while her favorite media News 12 Long Island, gives Ahearn's insane ramblings more air time.


Couple raises concerns about 5 sex offenders living in nearby home
Posted: Aug 04, 2018 5:13 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

A Shirley couple says five sex offenders are living together in their community nearly 80 feet from their home.

Jennifer and Thomas Gritz, who have lived in their home for the past 14 years, say they no longer allow their 10-year-old son to play outside.

“I want my son to go outside and be a kid – play in the backyard, ride his bike up and down the street. He doesn't even do that unless one of us is with him,” says Jennifer Gritz.

Laura Ahearn, from Parents for Megan's Law, says the problem exists because the state Court of Appeals in 2015 shot down all laws restricting where sex offenders could live.

Since then, she and others have been advocating to give individual counties the power to make those decisions.

“It's the Assembly [Democrats] that will not allow suburban counties to have the power to be able to restrict where a sex offender can or cannot reside,” said Ahern. “Now, there could be 25 in one dwelling. It's an outrage.”

News 12 reported on the issue in February, and spoke with Assemblyman Dean Murray who says that Corrections Law 203 orders the state Division of Parole to come up with guidelines to avoid placing too many sex offenders in one neighborhood. He says nothing has been done to fix the problem since.

Assemblyman Dean Murray spoke with Murray on the phone Saturday, who said he's waited too long for a decision from the state corrections commissioner on the number of sex offenders living at one particular property. He is calling on the commissioner to either do his job or step down.

News 12 reached out to the state corrections commissioner for a comment.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Polishing a turd: PFML's new "Crime Victim's Center" is the same pile of crap with a new website

There is a bit of confusion since Parents For Megan's Law changed their website. The link [https://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/] is still active but now when you go there, you'll see they're calling themselves the "Crime Victims Center." To me, it is not a shock, as that is the official name of their organization for many years, they are simply "doing business as (d.b.a.) parents For Megan's Law. 

While things have been rather quiet on this blog as of late as Ahearn and company haven't been doing much (presumably due to Ahearn's new role as Suffolk County's crime victim ambulance chaser), I'm still monitoring these idiots in case they start spewing nonsense again.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

News story from 2005 reminds us that the bill that increased time level 1s were forced to register was penned by corrupt criminal politician Dean Skelos

Don't ever forget that Laura Ahearn's biggest allies over the years later fell from grace for corruption, like Dean Skelos did.


Reforming Megan's LawHearing held to determine how landmark legislation can be strengthened
Posted June 2, 2005
By Nicole Falco

Ten years old, when Russillo became his neighbor, the boy and his family never could have known that Russillo had been convicted on sexual abuse charges in 1980, because Megan's Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to register with law enforcement, didn't exist. So they never could have known that Russillo was "grooming" the boy to be his next victim.
      In 2003, Russillo was convicted on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. After a four-week trial, during which the boy testified for two days, Russillo was not found guilty of the more serious charges he faced, including sodomy, that would have carried a harsher sentence. On Tuesday, Russillo was released from jail and expected to return to his Suffolk County home, just two doors down from the boy he molested.
      "I don't understand why [he] has so many rights, and kids like me don't," the boy said at a hearing last Thursday at Valley Stream North High School to solicit the community's input on possible ways to bolster Megan's Law. "I don't wish what happened to me to happen to any other kid. ... Try hard to get these laws passed."
      Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Megan's Law - named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by her neighbor in July 1994 - the state Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction is holding a series of public hearings to gather information, and a bill to strengthen the current law is expected to be introduced in the Senate this month. Sen. Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the author of the current law, and Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-Fayette), the committee chairman, presided over the most recent hearings in Valley Stream. The first hearings were held in Albany earlier this month, and a third session will take place in Brooklyn.
      "This is, in my opinion, the most critical reform that we can pass," Skelos said. "The passing of a law to protect you, protect our community - that's the principal responsibility of government."
      The Megan's Law Reform Act of 2005 will encompass a variety of issues, including lifetime registration of all convicted sex offenders (low- and mid-level offenders currently register for 10 years), mandatory community notification, civil confinement of sexually violent predators, global-positioning-system tracking and the posting of information for all three levels of registered sex offenders on the Department of Criminal Justice Services Web site.
      "Even if [Russillo] had been registered 20 years prior, he would have only been registered for 10 years," the boy's mother testified. "A day doesn't go by that I don't think to myself, How could I let this happen? Why didn't I see it?"
      Of the 21,000 registered sex offenders in New York state, more than 400 live in Nassau County, and nearly 800 in Suffolk County. By year's end, 3,300 statewide will no longer be included on the registry, having fulfilled their 10-year obligation. Russillo is not automatically a high- or third-level offender. He is entitled to a hearing under the current law.
      The boy and his mother were two of the 10 people who testified before the committee, which was joined by other local politicians. A second victim testified, as did Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law; Dr. Marc Bernstein, Valley Stream high school superintendent; Cynthia Scott, executive director of the Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect; and various law enforcement officials.
      The second victim, a young woman, said she was just 15 when she and three others were sexually abused by a youth counselor at her church. Matthew Maiello, now 31, who worked at East Meadow's St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and three counts of second-degree sodomy. He spent two years in jail, and is now living in upstate New York after being released in March.
      "It's ridiculous how a person who sexually abuses children can earn good time in jail," the young woman said. "I think it's the job of [lawmakers] to put forth these laws to be proactive instead of reactive."
      Ahearn called Megan's Law an effective tool, and hopes that it can be strengthened to include lifetime registration and stricter probation, and to require sex offenders who plead to the lesser charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, to register. She also called for the statute of limitations to be abolished.
      "A society can be measured by how well we protect our children," Ahearn said. "Protecting even one child is all it takes to ensure that a law is effective."
      Kenneth Rau, chief of detectives in Suffolk County, raised many of the same points as Ahearn. "It's very difficult to sit down with a parent and say what happened to your child is not important enough," he said of those instances where offenders are convicted of lesser crimes or serve minimal time.
      Bernstein called for a uniform system of notification for school districts, and added that sex offenders shouldn't be allowed to live within 1,000 feet of schools and other places where kids congregate.
      Scott and Nassau County Police Department Lt. John Allen called for educational programs in schools and communities. John Fowle, supervisor of the Special Victims Unit of the Nassau County Department of Probation, suggested lifetime parole and requiring offenders to register with the Department of Motor Vehicles. And Joy Watson, Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Bureau chief for the Nassau County district attorney's office, asked that youthful offenders not be exempt from the law.
      After hearing all of the testimony, Skelos said, "Obviously, changing some of the penal sections, like endangering the welfare of a child, came up repeatedly. Also, the theme of education - giving parents and kids the tools to protect themselves - that came out really clear."

Friday, February 2, 2018

Suffolk County settles lawsuit for James Burke's porn stash beating

I hope Suffolk doesn't go bankrupt just yet, there are a couple more lawsuits they need to settle, like that one with Derek Logue versus Ahearn's group.


Suffolk agrees to settle Christopher Loeb’s lawsuit, officials say
The county admits no wrongdoing in connection with Christopher Loeb’s 2012 beating by former Chief James Burke.

By Nicole Fuller
nicole.fuller@newsday.com  @NicoleFuller
Updated February 1, 2018 7:48 PM

Suffolk County has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by Christopher Loeb, whose beating by Suffolk Police Chief James Burke led to the chief’s imprisonment and the indictment of District Attorney Thomas Spota, county officials said Thursday.

Under the terms of the agreement, the county admits no wrongdoing and is released from additional liability in connection with Loeb’s 2012 beating inside a police precinct, Suffolk County Attorney Dennis Brown said in an interview.

“In this particular case, we have an admission from the perpetrator of wrongdoing, so we don’t have a lot of defenses,” Brown said, adding that Burke is not covered under the settlement and could still be held liable.

“His acts, even though he was the chief of police at the time, were not something that the county condones nor is it something that occurred within the scope of his employment.”

The county legislature will have to vote to approve the settlement.

Loeb, 31, of Mount Sinai, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bruce Barket, a Garden City-based attorney representing Loeb, said he would not comment on the settlement until the legislature gives its final approval.

“But I will note that there is no settlement with Burke and we intend to pursue our case against him vigorously,” Barket said. “He is separately liable for the damages he caused and punitive damages, which are certainly appropriate in this case.”

Barket said Loeb, who is a recovering heroin addict, is currently “doing well and working on his health.”

Burke’s attorney, John Meringolo of Manhattan, declined to comment.

The case began when Loeb was arrested on Dec. 14, 2012, after stealing a duffel bag containing a gun belt, ammunition, sex toys and pornography from Burke’s unmarked police SUV in St. James. In 2015, Loeb filed a lawsuit in federal court charging the county, Burke and six other officers with violating his civil rights after he accused the former chief of assaulting him.

Loeb’s beating allegations sparked a federal probe that led to Burke’s indictment and arrest in December 2015. Burke pleaded guilty to violating Loeb’s civil rights in February 2016 after admitting to assaulting Loeb and then orchestrating a departmental cover-up. He is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence.

Burke’s federal probe led to last year’s federal indictment of Spota and top aide Christopher McPartland on charges they were involved in the cover-up. Both Spota and McPartland pleaded not guilty and were released on bail. Spota retired days after he was indicted.

The county considered several factors in deciding to settle, Brown said, including attorneys’ fees and the unpredictability of a possible jury award.

“We’re looking at years of litigation, very significant litigation costs; there are multiple attorneys that the county is paying for various named defendants,” Brown said. “If we were not successful in the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s attorney would also be entitled to attorney’s fees, so we could be looking at attorneys’ fees of a million dollars or more.”

Loeb had pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the original case involving the theft from Burke’s vehicle, but in light of Burke’s guilty plea, a state Supreme Court justice vacated the plea after the special prosecutor who was appointed in the case agreed with Loeb’s attorney that the plea was unjustly coerced and tainted by police perjury.

Loeb entered the plea after a pretrial hearing in which several Suffolk officers and detectives testified under oath that they didn’t see Burke beat Loeb.

But when the plea was vacated, the original indictment, which included stealing property and other charges, was reinstated. Loeb again pleaded not guilty to those charges, which included a count of breaking into Burke’s police vehicle and stealing a duffel bag.

A defense motion to dismiss the indictment was later granted.

DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague), presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, said he would vote for the settlement because going to trial could “run the risk” of a higher cash award.

“It’s frustrating that the taxpayers of Suffolk County have to pay for the egregious actions of any individual that works for the county,” Gregory said.

If approved, the settlement will be paid by floating a bond. The county’s 2 percent interest rate over five years on a $1.5 million bond will total $91,200, said county spokesman Jason Elan.

Since being released from prison on that case last January after being sentenced to three years, Loeb has gotten into trouble with the law, including a February 2016 argument with his mother, Jane Loeb, that resulted in a harassment charge after authorities said he hit her.

Loeb was arrested in August 2017 and charged with violating an order of protection against his former girlfriend, Suffolk police said.

And last November, Loeb was arrested on charges in connection with the break-in of a car, theft of a purse and credit cards and theft of his mother’s car, police said. He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, possession of a hypodermic instrument and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

He was released on personal recognizance from the Suffolk jail in Riverhead on Jan. 8 after a judge reduced his bail. The charges are pending.

Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salogna) said County Executive Steve Bellone should pay the settlement. Trotta said he would “absolutely not” vote to float a bond to pay it.

“Steve Bellone violated the trust of every taxpayer by hiring and supporting Jim Burke despite his history of misconduct. Now the taxpayers of Suffolk County will pay yet again for another Bellone blunder.”

Newsday has reported that Bellone was warned in an anonymous letter about issues with Burke, but got assurances of his character from Spota.

Elan, in response, said: “It is the height of hypocrisy coming from a man who has been accused multiple times of workplace violence.”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Is Laura Ahearn and PFML operating outside the law? Registrants are reporting PFML goons still conducting compliance checks without a contract

As far as I know, the controversial contract between Parents For Megan's Law and Suffolk County expired at the end of last year, unless they renewed it in a backroom deal. I have seen no evidence anywhere online, be it on the PFML website, the Suffolk Co. Legislature site, or anywhere else, like social media. 

However, I've heard from a couple of people that they received visits from folks who might be from PFML, and one supposedly got a message on his cell phone notifying him that his caller info was being monitored. Could it be that PFML is indeed conducting these compliance checks? There isn't any definitive proof yet (merely the claims of a couple of readers), but if you are a resident of Suffolk County and you've had a visit from PFML this year, contact Derek Logue at 513-238-2873 or email iamthefallen1@yahoo.com

We'd like to have definitive proof, and we hope that a major media outlet picks up on this. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Laura Ahearn reduced to ambulance chasing, cashing in on Predator Panic in a new, misleading way

There's nothing like being repreented by a inexperienced attorney posing as a longtime veteran of the courts. That's like a janitor posing as a CEO. True, Ahearn has a law degree, but she has no court experience aside from being sued, perhaps, but now she's taken her victim industry propaganda to the wonderful world of shady personal injury attorneys. I can't wait to see (and ridicule) the impending local ads this crazy woman will run. In the meantime, you have to love the fact that she glosses over the fact she was no actual experience representing anyone as an attorney. She's implying she has 20 years experience as a lawyer, and that's bullshit:


Ms. Ahearn is one of the country's most accomplished and respected crime victim and community advocates.  She has fought for tens of thousands of victims  for over 20 years in New York State criminal and family courts and has experience in the federal court system. 

(Being a witness in court and acting as an victim industry shill does not make you an attorney with 20 years experience. Ahearn, you need to put a notice up you have less than one year's experience a an actual attorney.)

She is also the founder and executive director of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to victim's rights and crime prevention.  In addition to her roles as Executive Director, Ms. Ahearn holds leadership roles such as the Chairwoman of the Suffolk County Family Violence Task Force Legal Systems Subcommittee and the Victims Services Representative of the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. She was also the Victims Services Representative of the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Task Force.

(None of these are jobs that require a JD.)

Ms. Ahearn has assisted in the drafting of and supported local, state, and federal legislation aimed at strengthening laws to protect our most vulnerable and broaden crime victim's and community rights. She is heavily relied upon to provide accurate, factual and pertinent information to educate the community, government officials and the media. Ms. Ahearn has been instrumental in developing and coordinating training for law enforcement on topics including crime victim compensation and community based Megan's Law Programs.  

(I have to laugh at the part about providing factual information. She couldn't find a fact with GPS.)

Ms. Ahearn has received many awards including the prestigious Martin Schwartz Award for Excellence in Civil Rights for her work with victims, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award, the New York State Outstanding Victims Advocate Award, the Leadership in Establishing and Maintaining Social Justice Award, Woman of the Year awards, Leadership in Community Education Award, Newsday Everyday Hero, multiple legislative and citation recognition awards and has been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime and the U.S. Congress for her many accomplishments in strengthening local, state and federal policies and laws to protect our most vulnerable and to give victims a voice.

(Again, none of these dubious awards is for work as an attorney. Maybe it is because the ink hasn't fried on her degree.)

Ms. Ahearn holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from SUNY Stony Brook she earned while on fellowship and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Touro Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and at the top of her class.  Laura is an avid angler and is often seen fresh or salt-water fishing in Suffolk County.

She may have gotten her JD, but it wasn't even a year ago. Most attorneys start off in a big office to gain experience, yet this woman jumps right in to private practice. Who'd hire this greenhorn to represent them?

And her specialty areas are intriguing. I guess because there are so few REAL sex abuse victims, especially in relation to the dubious "priest abuse" myth that she also needs to take "personal injury," "defective products," and "medical malpractice" on the side.

Plaintiff Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Negligence and Medical Malpractice

Defective Products Consumer Protection

Victims of Violent Crime

Adult Survivors of Clergy Abuse, Child Victims of Sexual Abuse and Child Pornography

Adult Victims of Sexual Assault, Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence & Sexual Harassment

You know what I should do? Hire Ahearn to sue Parents For Megan's Law. After all, PFML is a defective product, run by a defective executive director who consistently lies about sex crime statistics. Add that to your lawsuit, Ahearn, I dare you. I'd love to prove you wrong in a court of law.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Now that Laura Ahearn is being countersued for filing a bogus lawsuit, she's reduced to having relatives send nasty text messages

Sending harassing messages is illegal, even if you are a victim advocate, Laura:

Next time you send a harassing message, Laura's cousin," learn the difference between "your" and "you're." There is one E in harassment. But thanks for granting me yet more evidence that you are the aggressor here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

At least we won't have to worry about Laura Ahearn running for DA anymore... for now.

It seems that Laura Ahearn didn't get the endorsement she wanted and dropped out of any consideration for Suffolk County DA. As far as being a registered blank, I'm sure we could fill in that blank for you. Ha!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Just think, Ahearn is trying hard to expand into Nassau County. Here's a good reason to reject that notion

I could almost see Laura Ahearn's masculine face cracking a smile over this disgusting act. It isn't far from certain other folks I've featured on this blog.


Sex offender's would-be house burns down in Merrick
Posted: May 23, 2017 11:28 AM EDT
Updated: May 23, 2017 7:41 PM EDT

Sex offender's would-be house burns down in Merrick

A Merrick home that was soon to be occupied by a registered Level 2 sex offender and his wife went up in flames early Tuesday morning and fire officials say it is considered suspicious. 

The fire broke out at the vacant home on Yale Road around 3:30 a.m. and left it gutted. 

Over the weekend, fliers were posted in the community alerting them about Daniel Reilly, who was supposed to move to the neighborhood. The fire marshal says they are investigating whether the house fire was linked to the sex offender's expected arrival on the block. 

Reilly was convicted in 2013 of rape after admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old student. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation. 

Reilly, who lives nearby in North Merrick with his wife and young daughter, told News 12 that he could not speak on the matter. 

Developer John Miller says Reilly's wife, Ann Marie, was the sole purchaser of the home. He says he didn't realize that her husband was a registered sex offender until recently. 

Miller told News 12 that once he found out who the buyer was married to, he tried to buy her out of the contract. 

"We were offering all their money back and more," says Miller. 

More than 60 firefighters were called to extinguish the fire. The Nassau fire marshal has not yet said if an accelerant was found. Officials deemed the blaze suspicious based on the volume of the fire and the fact the home was still under construction. 


Sex offender fliers focus of Merrick house fire probe, officials say
Updated May 23, 2017 6:48 PM
By John Valenti and Michael O’Keeffe

Investigators are trying to determine if an overnight fire that destroyed a house under construction in Merrick is tied to fliers found near the scene alleging the incoming resident is a sex offender.

Those fliers, found attached to utility poles in the area, including ones directly in front of the home, claimed the incoming resident is a Level 2 sex offender whose victim was 13 years old, officials said. A Level 2 sex offender is considered a moderate risk to repeat the offense, according to the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The man pictured on the fliers pleaded guilty to statutory rape in 2013 in Queens Criminal Court. Newsday is not identifying the man in the flyer because authorities could not confirm that he was the incoming resident.

Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office Division Supervisor James Hickman said the sex offender fliers were being considered as a potential motive. He said the home did not have an active utility service, but declined to say if a preliminary investigation found evidence of any accelerants.

“Standing in front of the house,” Hickman said, “there wasn’t one place you could look where you couldn’t see one of the posters.”

Nassau County police confirmed they were aware of the fliers but did not immediately comment on the investigation by arson-bomb squad detectives.

Police said a Seventh Precinct officer, on routine patrol, spotted the blaze at the house on Yale Road, near Lindenmere Drive, and reported it at 3:33 a.m. Firefighters from Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Wantagh and Freeport responded to the scene to find it “fully engulfed in flames,” Merrick Fire Department spokesman Ron Luparello said.

He said that at least 60 firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours before the scene was fully extinguished.

No one was injured.

Richard Watkins, 74, who has lived in neighborhood since 1952, said he had not seen the fliers. He said he understands why people would be upset about the possibility of a sex offender moving in but arson, if that was the case, was not justified.

“I think it is sad. It is tragic for a lot of reasons,” Watkins said. “It seems like any other solution would have been better.”


Marshals Investigate Whether Fire at Long Island Sex Offender's Home Was Intentionally Set 
By Greg Cergol

A house fire in Merrick is raising suspicions over whether it was intentionally set amid resistance to a sex offender's planned move there.

The Nassau fire marshal is investigating whether the early-morning blaze at the house in Merrick was set. A fire marshal supervisor says flyers were posted around the home as it was being built, warning the community that a convicted sex offender was planning to move in there. 

"Everyone was very on edge, scared," said neighbor Lindsay Granat. "People in the community were organizing to prevent him from moving here." 

"I have two teenaged daughters and no one wants to hear you will have a predator living on the street," said Carrie Burlock. 

The sex offender, ******, is a former New York City teacher convicted almost four years ago of having sex with a 14-year-old student. State records indicate he served six months in jail and is now on probation. 

No one answered at Reilly's North Merrick home Tuesday.

It remains unclear if he will try to rebuild in Merrick. While many neighbors hope he doesn't, several expressed outrage that someone might see setting a dangerous fire as the answer to the problem. 
"It's disgusting!" said Granat. "I mean, my house started lighting on fire, too." 

"It says there are people who live here with intolerance and insensitivity to do this, to solve a problem," said Watkins. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Legislators are calling for two of Ahearn's cronies to resign


This video is about three Republian legislators calling for the resignation of current DA Tom Spota and Suffolk Co. Exeutive Steve Bellone. (You'll have to click the link to see the video since they don't offer embedding for their videos.)

They should resign, and they should take Laura Ahole with them.

ADDENDUM: Newsday reports on 5/13/17 that Spota won't be seeking reelection. I hope this doesn't open up the path for Ahearn to take over.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Add druggie to list of PFML supporter and current convict James Burke's list of credentials

Is this a perpwalk or a PERVwalk? In James the Porn King's case, maybe both. 
How the mighty have fallen! He got as cushy of a place as a corrupt ex-Suffolk County cop can get and he already blew it. James, you're a cop, you should know better than use the old "It's not mine' line. So Ahearn's ex-head cheerleader has been reduced to prison pill popper.


Sources: Drugs found in ex-Suffolk police chief James Burke’s prison cell
Updated May 9, 2017 8:50 AM
By Nicole Fuller and Robert E. Kessler  nicole.fuller@newsday.com, robert.kessler@newsday.com

Drugs were found in the prison cell of former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke at the federal detention center in Pennsylvania where he’s serving a 46-month sentence for beating a prisoner and orchestrating a cover-up of the assault, sources said on Monday.

Multiple sources said prison officials discovered oxycodone — a controlled substance prescribed by doctors for pain management — taped under a shelf inside the personal locker of Burke, who has been housed at a low-security federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, since late December.

Burke, 52, who was Suffolk’s highest-ranking uniformed officer for four years until his resignation in November 2015, was segregated from other inmates after the oxycodone was found recently and is undergoing drug testing, the sources said. The FBI in Pennsylvania is investigating the source of the drugs, sources said.

The FBI declined to comment.

In a statement Tuesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said that “for privacy reasons” the department “does not discuss whether a particular inmate is or has been the subject of allegations, investigations, or sanctions for misconduct in prison.”

Burke’s lawyer, John Meringolo of Manhattan, denied that drugs were found in Burke’s locker but said: “My client denies all allegations. He’ll be vindicated.”

Prison officials initially thought the drugs could have been synthetic marijuana, sold under the names K2 or Spice, but determined through laboratory testing that the drug was oxycodone, the sources said.

“That is utterly false,” Meringolo said. “That is so far from the truth.”

Burke pleaded guilty in February 2016 to obstruction of justice and violating the civil rights of prisoner Christopher Loeb, a self-admitted drug addict and petty thief.

In December 2012, Loeb broke into Burke’s departmental sport utility vehicle and stole the chief’s duffel bag, finding a gun belt, magazines of ammunition, a box of cigars, sex toys and pornography, prosecutors said.

Burke, a resident of St. James, acted “as a dictator” as he sought to cover up his crime, a conspiracy that impacted the entire police department, according to U.S. Judge Leonard Wexler, who sentenced Burke.

Federal prosecutors said in a pre-sentencing memorandum that Burke’s cover-up scheme included “the recruiting of high-ranking officials from other county agencies to assist him in the obstruction and to give teeth to his threats.”

“SCPD members who witnessed the assault came under direct and extreme pressure from the defendants and others to conceal it,” prosecutors said.

Burke apologized to Loeb at his sentencing. Loeb, 30, of Smithtown, was freed from prison in January after a Suffolk judge set aside his guilty plea in the Burke theft as a result of perjured testimony given by police officers at Burke’s direction.

Burke was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn before being transferred to the Pennsylvania prison in late December. He did not request any special housing or security arrangements to keep him from potential harm or harassment by other inmates in Allenwood because of his former status as a high-ranking police officer, sources have said.

In the Brooklyn detention center, however, he lived in a unit that did not house violent offenders such as street gang members.

At the Pennsylvania prison, he was housed in a three-man cubicle — each prisoner has a bed and a locker — before he was moved to a special housing unit after the drugs were found, a source said.