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Grand Jury Report critical of Smithtown town
nments supervision
of commercial
property demolition…

The Grand Jury Report is public record and available at the link below. It is 40 pages, but double spaced, and well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.

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DEC Seeks Comments On How To Use Volkswagen Settlement Funds

Send DEC ideas for environmental mitigation projects for Volkswagen settlement funds


New York State is seeking comments and suggestions for the type and scope of environmental mitigation projects that would utilize funds efficiently to reduce excess nitrogen oxide emissions from Volkswagen (VW) vehicles equipped with “defeat device” software that allowed vehicles to exceed air pollution limits.

New York State expects to receive up to $127 million from a settlement with VW to be used for mitigation projects that will replace or repower older diesel vehicles and for the advancement of zero emission vehicles.  Eligible projects include:

  • School bus replacement
  • Snow plow truck replacement
  • Locomotive repowering
  • Electric vehicle charging station installations

Please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/109784.html to learn more about the VW settlement, including how to submit comments.


Reminder - Buckle Up NYS Police Will Be Conducting Seat Belt Checks

The New York State Police will team up with local law enforcement to conduct a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement period starting on Monday, May 22 and running through Sunday, June 4, as part of the annual Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket campaign.
In addition, New York will be among 24 states participating in a Border to Border enforcement campaign, during which law enforcement will set up safety belt checkpoints along highways connecting neighboring states. This enforcement will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22.
State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As the summer travel season begins, we are joining with our law enforcement partners to strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. Wearing a seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. We will continue our efforts to reduce the senseless tragedies caused by those who ignore New York’s seat belt laws.”
During the two week enforcement campaign, the State Police will supplement regular patrols with special seat belt and child safety seat details, in addition to conducting safety restraint checkpoints.
During last year’s campaign, Troopers and local law enforcement issued more than 28,000 adult and child safety restraint violations.
Under New York State Law:
• All front seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age;
• All rear seat passengers under 16 years of age must be properly secured;
• Children up to the age of 4 must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.
• Children less than age 4 but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt. However, a child safety seat that accommodates higher weights can be used.
• Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which the child meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer.
• A vehicle’s safety belt is NOT a child restraint system.
• Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a combination lap/shoulder seat belt (State Police advise motorists to NEVER secure a child in a booster seat with only a lap belt).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts saved 13,941 lives in 2015 nationally and could have saved another 2,804 if people who weren’t wearing them had done so.  In New York, NHTSA estimates seat belts saved 443 lives in 2015 and another seven children under age 5 were saved by car seats. The NHTSA also estimated another 55 lives could have been saved with 100 percent compliance.


NYS Promoting I BIRD NY 

State Unveils the Designs for a New Observation Viewing Tower in City Of Utica

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the launch of I BIRD NY, an initiative to build on increasing access to the state’s vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature. The program launch took place at the Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Oneida County where DEC unveiled recent improvements at the marsh and the designs for a new observation viewing tower.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Birding is a sport that can be enjoyed by New Yorkers of any age and ability, no matter where they live. With I BIRD NY, it’s now easier than ever to get outside and enjoy bird watching. I encourage residents and visitors alike to take a trip and connect with nature and experience some of the prime bird watching areas that are true natural treasures to the state.”

From Montauk to Buffalo, New York is home to a vast array of habitat that supports more than 450 different bird species. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and experiences in any community.

The need for outdoor recreation has never been greater. Childhood obesity has doubled over the past 20 years and the average American child spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen according to Putting Family First.org.

Accessible state lands, parks, and facilities can promote physical activity, an important element of overall wellness. These assets provide low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and to connect with nature. As announced under the 2017 State of the State, the I BIRD NY program is one of several initiatives aimed at ensuring New Yorkers have access to green spaces, including focus on unique opportunities close to urban and suburban areas.

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “New York State Parks offers rich natural habitats for interesting and unique birds. As birding programs and events continue to grow in popularity, I BIRD NY will look to enhance these resources for public enjoyment today and into the future.”

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of International Migratory Bird Day, a day to celebrate the importance of stopover sites and their habitats to birds migrating between their nesting and wintering sites.

The announcement was made at the Utica Marsh WMA, a unique urban wetland in Oneida County. The mixture of cattail wetlands, wet meadows, open water pools and flooded willows create a diverse marsh habitat that harbors a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds.

State Senator Joseph Griffo said, “Seated at the foot of the Adirondacks, the Mohawk Valley is fortunate to have many serene locations like the Utica Marsh that allow the public to really enjoy the exceptional beauty and natural diversity of our region. By enhancing the Utica Marsh, the state’s I BIRD NY initiative will provide greater access and opportunity for people to explore and experience all of the wonder that our birds and wildlife have to offer, right in our own backyard.”

“The Utica Marsh has long been recognized as one of the state’s best locations for birding. The new enhancements to the marsh, including an observation tower, will encourage visitors and local residents to visit this unique natural resource, and observe the amazing diversity of birds and other wildlife that are found just a short distance from downtown Utica,” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica.

DEC recently completed the rehabilitation and enhancement of 75 percent of the one-mile trail, including the removal of several old structures, created a secondary overlook/observation area, formalized the new kiosk access and added interpretive signage at Utica Marsh WMA as part of this overall project. Designs for a new wildlife observation tower were also unveiled. A first and second view of the platform is available on DEC’s website. The tower is expected to be open to the public in September.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said “The Utica Marsh is a tremendous quality of life asset to enjoy as DEC’s construction of the trail and future observation tower will provide residents better year round access to viewing wildlife and seasonal fishing. These types of recreational amenities are family friendly and are also a valuable part of the city’s revitalization efforts. I thank the DEC for their continued support and partnership.”

“We’re proud to partner in this effort as the Erie Canalway is a popular destination for birders,” said Brian U. Stratton, New York State Canal Corporation director. “Blue herons, bald eagles and kingfishers are among the many birds users of the Erie Canal and the Canalway trail often see.”

As part of I BIRD NY, the state launched a website portal, I Bird NY, with information on where and how to bird watch, including upcoming bird walks and additional resources. I BIRD NY also provides:

  • A new I BIRD NY kids booklet available at DEC Environmental Education Centers and official I BIRD NY bird walks and other events.
  • The launch of an I BIRD NY Beginners Birding Challenge open to kids 16 and younger through August 31. All participants will receive a completion certificate and be entered to win birding accessories.
  • I BIRD NY walks hosted by DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be held throughout the year.
  • Improved signage will be coming to priority Bird Conservation Areas near urban and suburban areas to better identify the opportunities for the public to bird watch. There are 59 Bird Conservation Areas across the state.

“Audubon New York applauds Governor Cuomo and the NYSDEC on launching the I BIRD NY campaign as a wonderful way to connect families to nature and help foster the next generation of conservation leaders,” said Audubon New York Director of Strategic Communications, Claudette Thornton. “We look forward to continue working with them on introducing more New Yorkers to the wonders of birding through our statewide network of nature centers, sanctuaries, and local Audubon chapter programs.”

More information on I BIRD NY, including the Kids Beginners Birding Challenge, can be found online.



Work On Robert Moses Causeway Bridge Single Lane Travel May 19


Single lane, southbound travel on the Robert Moses Causeway Great South Bay Bridge will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County will be in effect between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for one day.  The single lane is available at all times to emergency vehicles and the Great South Bay will remain opened to mariners. 

This single lane travel operation is needed to perform bridge safety inspections to help assure the safe operation of the more than 50-year-old Great South Bay Bridge.  Local emergency service providers and officials have been notified of these continued travel restrictions and repair operations.

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully through the work zone, obey any speed restrictions that may be in place, and the instructions of the flag persons for their safety and the safety of the highway work crew.  As with most road and bridge projects, this bridge inspection operation may be cancelled, postponed, or prolonged due to inclement weather. 

For real-time travel information motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) appreciates the patience and cooperation of motorists and the local community while these bridge safety inspections are undertaken to help assure the continued protection of all motorists.

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter at @nysdotli.  Find us on Facebook at Facecebook.com/NYSDOT.



Striking Teamsters To Spread Their Message At Supermarkets And Brewery

Union Opens New Front in LI Beer Strike, Targeting Supermarkets and Blue Point Brewery

Saturday Rally Planned Outside Blue Point’s “Big Brew Day at the Boatyard”

(Teamsters Local 812 Statement)

Bluepoint Handy Pantry Sign In Support Of Striking Clare Rose Employees

GREAT NECK, N.Y. – The union on strike at Clare Rose beer distributors will begin targeting the supermarkets and other companies – like Blue Point Brewery – who do business with Clare Rose, officials announced today. 

“We have notified Clare Rose customers about the illegal and anti-union activities that the company has taken against its employees. If you are going to continue doing business with Clare Rose, you can expect us on your doorstep, talking to your customers and asking them to boycott Clare Rose products,” said Teamsters Local 812 President Ed Weber.

Workers at Clare Rose have been on strike since April 23rd, when the company unilaterally cut drivers’ wages by 30% and ended the pension. The company mailed letters to workers informing them that they had been permanently replaced and giving them instructions to end their membership in the union. 

Clare Rose Teamster members will protest outside of stores with banners reading “Clare Rose Hurts Long Island Families.” Members will give customers fliers with more information about Clare Rose’s labor abuses and ask them to boycott the company’s products.

“This is a question of whether we can put food on the table and take care of our families in the long-term,” said Louis Chiarelli, a warehouse worker at Clare Rose. “If Long Island businesses care about their community, then they won’t buy from Clare Rose until this strike is over. It’s that simple.”

On Saturday, the union is planning a large rally outside Blue Point Brewery’s “Big Brew Day at the Boatyard.” Clare Rose is the sole distributor of Blue Point to Long Island stores and bars. Blue Point is owned by Anheuser-Busch.

Many Long Island small businesses, on the other hand, have supported the Clare Rose workers. A photo of a Handy Pantry sign in Manorville went viral on social media with the company’s message, “We stand behind our drivers! Not taking Bud deliveries until contract is reached!” Many others have refused Clare Rose deliveries and pledged their support to the striking Teamsters.

“I have known many of my customers for decades,” said Billy Schildt, a Clare Rose driver who started working at the company as a teenager. “To them, we are the face of Clare Rose. They care about us and our families and want us to win this strike. They are even keeping us fed on the picket line. We are truly thankful for their support.”

The expanded protests are part of a new wave of actions inside and outside Long Island. On Tuesday, the strike followed Clare Rose to the nation’s capital, where the Teamsters Union protested outside of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Legislative Conference. Over the past week, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the New York State AFL-CIO, and Congressman Tom Suozzi, among others, have pledged support to the strikers’ cause.

More and more Long Island stores and bars are running out of Clare Rose products as the strike gains momentum. Clare Rose is the sole distributor of Budweiser, Bud Lite, Heineken, Pabst, Blue Point, Greenport, and several other craft beers for Long Island. It is headquartered in East Yaphank with an additional facility in Melville.

The union negotiated with Clare Rose for months without progress before the highly-profitable company imposed huge wage and benefits cuts. The union said the strike against the company’s illegal actions will last until Clare Rose executives withdraw their draconian demands and agree to a fair contract with workers.

Teamsters Local 812 represents more than 3,500 Teamster families working in the beverage industry. Its members produce, haul, deliver, merchandise, and sell soda, water, beer, and sports drinks throughout the New York metropolitan area.


Congressman Lee Zeldin's Statement On His YES Vote To Repeal AHCA

The American Health Care Act Passes House

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just voted YES on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which passed the House of Representatives, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. After this vote, the Congressman released the following statement:

“Over the past several years, I have heard from many constituents who have shared their thoughts and ideas on how to improve healthcare in America. Their perspectives span across the ideological spectrum and vary greatly. I sincerely appreciate each and every person who has taken the time to express their opinions on this very important topic.

Almost everyone agrees that our current system is deeply flawed. For example, just yesterday, Iowa’s last major insurer through the ACA, Medica, threatened to remove itself unless something is done to stabilize the markets. Imagine no option at all for an entire state? None! There are too many other examples of how this law is deeply flawed. We all agree healthcare must be improved and that doing nothing is not an option. We are the greatest country in the world and we can and must do better for all citizens.

One of my top priorities in Congress has been to improve healthcare in America. I have always supported the repeal and replace of Obamacare and a smooth transition to a better reality that will improve affordability, access, quality of care and options, while continuing to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s policy.

The American Health Care Act provides relief from billions of dollars of crushing taxes and mandates enacted under the ACA. Additionally, the bill repeals the individual and employer mandates, taxes on prescription and over the counter medications, health insurance premiums and medical devices.

This bill would help Americans access healthcare in ways they previously could not, by increasing competition in the marketplace and offering plans that will be tailored to individual needs. The bill provides flexible options for coverage, such as increased access to health savings accounts, which would allow individuals to set aside pre-tax dollars to help cover health care costs. The bill also creates a Patient and State Stability Fund, endowed with billions of dollars, to increase access to necessary services and to help keep costs down. I am also strongly supportive of the Collins-Faso Amendment, also known as the Property Tax Reduction Act, the single greatest act of fiscal relief ever provided to the County of Suffolk and its taxpayers. Shifting the local share of Medicaid costs to the state, this amendment was included in the legislation that passed the House today. There are also many other very positive aspects of this bill.

There are so many outright lies attacking this legislation, like the social media campaign absurdly claiming that 310,000 NY-1 residents with pre-existing conditions would lose their health care under the AHCA. That’s not within a million degrees of accurate.  The amount of outright lies about the AHCA that have been manufactured and echoed by individuals and entities have been insane. The bill protects people with pre-existing conditions, and gives states greater flexibility to lower premiums and stabilize the insurance market. The lies about this bill are being perpetuated by the same people who told us if you liked your plan, you could keep your plan, if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor, and that premiums under the ACA would decrease by $2,500 per family.

Passage of this bill is an important step in a multi pronged effort to improve health care in our country.

There is still much more work ahead to improve healthcare for all Americans in addition to the passage of this bill. The next steps of this process include administrative action to further ensure a smooth transition, as well as additional legislative action, which started with the passage of the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101) and the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372), to allow the pooling of policies across state lines and reform current law to increase competition in the health insurance market. There are also other necessary reforms to healthcare that can’t be accomplished through the budget reconciliation process that still should get done: lowering drug costs for patients, providing additional flexibility in Medicaid for states to manage their own programs as effectively as possible, and medical legal reforms.

A smooth transition during this period is critical. I will continue to follow all developments on this process closely over the coming months.”



Legislator Kennedy Honored At Great South Bay Republican Spring Brunch


April 30, 2017 – On Sunday morning in Patchogue the Great South Bay Republican Club hosted their Spring Brunch where they presented a number of honorees. Legislator Kennedy was honored along with Shawn Hyms and Maria Polak. Leslie Kennedy has worked tirelessly for her community, and was humbled by this honor bestowed upon her by the Great South Bay Republican Club.

“Shawn Hyms is a great young man, he is really involved in community groups and he continues to do great things for Suffolk County, and Maria Polak is wonder woman, she is constantly engaged with the community, she is the Commissioner of the Medford Volunteer Ambulance which keeps her occupied in her quest to help people. So I am honored to be named among these two outstanding individuals as honorees of the Great South Bay Republican Club,” said Legislator Kennedy. “I only have the people in my community to thank for this spot of honor, they are the folks that I work for every day, and without them I am nothing.”

For more information about this event or other events in the community, please call our office at (631)-854-3735 or log onto Legislator Kennedy’s Facebook page at facebook.com/legislatorlesliekennedy.

Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy represents the 12th Legislative District, encompassing Smithtown, Nesconset, Hauppauge, the Village of the Branch, Lake Grove, parts of Commack, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma and Centereach. Legislator Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island, is a former nurse and small business manager, and has dedicated her life towards the betterment of our community. She currently serves on the following Committees: Budget and Finance, Education and Human Services, Government Operations, Personnel, and Information Technology, Health, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, and Veterans 


Suffolk County Hosting Job Fairs 

County Executive Bellone Announces Upcoming Job Fairs Across Suffolk County

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced a number of job fairs to be held throughout the county and encouraged residents seeking employment opportunities to attend.  The Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs’ One-Stop Employment Center will be hosting four job fairs during the month of May.  The events are free and will consist of a variety of companies seeking to hire prospective employees, all located in one venue.

“These job fairs provide a unique opportunity for our residents to find their next promising career and do so close to home,” said County Executive Bellone. “Whether it’s just starting out in the workforce or looking to transition to a new employer, I encourage anyone interested to come out and attend whichever location is most convenient.”

The first job fair will be held on Tuesday, May 9 in Bellport with additional job fairs held at the following locations: 

Bellport Job Fair

South Country Library

22 Station Road, Bellport

Tuesday, May 9

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wyandanch Job Fair 

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Gerald Ryan Outreach Center

1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch

Friday, May 12

12:00 pm-3:00 pm

Hauppauge Job Fair

One-Stop Employment Center

725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Thursday, May 18

10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Patchogue Job Fair

Patchogue-Medford Library

54-60 E. Main Street, Patchogue

Wednesday, May 31

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Residents are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes No advance pre-registration is required for these events. If residents are in need of proper interview attire they can contact CAREER COUTURE at (631) 853-6769. For more information please visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/labor.



Imprisonment For Those Who Dump Illegally In County Parks 

County Executive Bellone Signs Legislation to Prevent Illegal Dumping in Parks

New Law Allows for Up to One-Year Imprisonment, Increased Fines for Violating Suffolk County’s Anti-Dumping Laws

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today signed legislation sponsored by Legislators Kara Hahn and Sarah Anker aimed at deterring illegal dumping at County parks that includes tougher penalties for illegal dumping of hazardous materials, waste and debris on County property.  The new law allows for imprisonment of up to one year for each offense as well as increased fines of up to $10,000 for individuals and $15,000 for corporations convicted for illegal dumping. 

“Illegal dumping is a crime and we will hold those accountable to the fullest extent of the law for engaging in activities that undermine our parks,” said County Executive Bellone.  “This legislation sends a clear message that we will use every means at our disposal to deter this egregious behavior and do what is necessary to protect our most precious natural resources.”

The County Executive was joined by Legislators Kara Hahn and Sarah Anker and Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Timothy D. Sini at West Hills County Park in Melville, which was the scene of an illegal dumping incident that occurred in August 2016. 

The newly signed law creates a separate penalty structure for dumping construction waste, hazardous materials and hazardous waste and makes illegal dumping punishable as an unclassified misdemeanor.  In addition, it increases individual fines from a maximum of up to $10,000 and corporate fines from $5,000 to $15,000 for dumping material other materials other than construction or demolition debris, hazardous materials or hazardous waste. 

“Our message is clear.  If you dump in Suffolk County, we will find you, we will come for you and we will hold you accountable,” said Police Commissioner Sini.

“The illegal dumping within our parks has driven by greed; greed by both individuals and corporations that think solely of the short-term benefit of skirting disposal fees rather than the long term health of our environment,” said Legislator Hahn.  “By raising the stakes of getting caught through higher penalties and possible jail time for those found guilty, we exponentially reduce the Return on Investment for dumping.”   

“Illegal dumping in our parks affects our environment, our quality of life, and our safety. Illegal dumping may contain toxic chemicals that can seep into our groundwater and negatively affect our health,” said Legislator Anker. “It is important that we do everything in our power to prevent these activities from occurring and implementing this legislation is a step in the right direction. As a cosponsor, I hope this legislation will deter illegal dumping activities in our county parks and help keep our parks beautiful and safe for all residents to enjoy.” 

The bill signing highlights the County’s ongoing initiative to protect its 48,000 acres in preserved parkland throughout Suffolk County and takes place in the aftermath of debris being located in various Long Island public parks, including West Hills County Park in August 2016.


ICE Investigation Leads To 28 Year Sentence For Former NYPD Sergeant

Former NYPD sergeant sentenced to 28 years for child exploitation

NEW YORK — A former sergeant of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty of sexually exploiting children. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and the NYPD.

Alberto Randazzo, 40, of Astoria, New York, was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment, eight years of supervised release and sex offender registration for sexual exploitation and receipt of child pornography. In July 2016, Randazzo pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and one count of receipt of child pornography. According to court filings, from as early as 2010 through 2013, Randazzo targeted women through websites such as Ashley Madison and Match.com and persuaded them to sexually abuse children to whom they had access so he could watch the abuse.

“Randazzo held a position with the sole purpose to serve and protect the people of this city. Instead, he targeted certain women, persuaded them to sexually abuse their children and had them send him pictures and videos of the acts,” said HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez. “His behavior is no less than deplorable. It is with continued joint law enforcement efforts that we can target these types of offenders and ensure that they are punished for their heinous deeds.”

“Alberto Randazzo’s exploitation of innocent children is unconscionable. I am grateful to our detectives in Internal Affairs, Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York for their work in bringing Randazzo to justice for these horrific crimes,” said NYPD Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.

Randazzo was caught in February 2013, when a witness found disturbing text messages on Randazzo’s phone and uncovered emails from women sending him pictures of them molesting their children. When the witness confronted him, Randazzo admitted his sexual interest in mothers having sex with their children.

Based on the information obtained from the witness and the photographs, the Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) of the NYPD obtained a search warrant for Randazzo’s apartment and found numerous images and videos of child pornography, including a number of videos of child pornography that were created by Randazzo himself. Randazzo was arrested and charged in Queens Criminal Court. At the time of his arrest, Randazzo had been a member of the NYPD for 15 years. While on bail in connection with that case, Randazzo was discovered by Special Agents of HSI to be downloading child pornography, which led to the federal investigation and federal charges being filed.

At sentencing, the government presented evidence that at least five women complied with Randazzo’s solicitations and sexually abused children in order to satisfy his sexual desires. Randazzo’s victims ranged in age from a few months to eight years old, and he traveled out of state to watch two of them be molested in person. Randazzo arranged to have the 8-year-old victim drugged so that he would not remember the abuse.

Three of the women Randazzo solicited have also been charged in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). Two have pleaded guilty, one of whom was sentenced to five years imprisonment, one of whom is awaiting sentencing and another is awaiting trial.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 14,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2015, nearly 2,400 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.