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Appeals court upholds firing of trooper over sex parties

A State Police board had a hard time believing a veteran trooper’s claims that he didn’t know prostitutes were offering services and that liquor was being sold without a license when he attended parties at a Buffalo motorcycle club while off duty.

While questioning Frederick Franklin Jr.’s claims of innocence, a state appeals court agreed. It upheld the State Police superintendent’s decision to fire him because he knew about the illegal activities but did nothing to stop them.

A total of four troopers either were fired or resigned because of the parties and the illegal activities associated with them.

During a disciplinary hearing before the three-member board made up of State Police superiors, Franklin had described the pole that strippers used at the club as a “support pole” for the building.

And he said blue tarps that divided a balcony into two areas where strippers provided private sex acts were placed there because of roof damage.

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Cost of Policing Motorcycle Event Questioned

Well into the agenda at the Tuesday (April 22) meeting of the Cold Spring Village Board, a brief memo from Village Accountant Ellen Mageean regarding the cost of extra policing at a Redrum Motorcycle Club event planned for Mayor’s Park this summer gave rise to a lengthy discussion.

Officers from four police departments patrolled Cold Spring during Redrum's fundraiser.

Officers from four police departments patrolled Cold Spring during Redrum’s fundraiser in 2013 (file photo).

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Cop in influence scandal defied superiors in past, records show

A former Nassau sergeant under investigation for his role in the political-influence controversy that cost Police Commissioner Thomas Dale his job defied orders and talked back to frustrated superiors who saw him appeal directly to the commissioner's office to avoid discipline, department records show.

Sgt. Salvatore Mistretta's supervisors filed disciplinary paperwork against him in early October accusing him of inappropriate conduct and tried to discipline him again in late October for insubordination. But Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki told Mistretta's supervisors that it was a "difficult time for the commissioner," and they agreed to delay further discipline until after the Nov. 5 election, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice began an investigation that same month that ultimately led to the ouster of Dale.