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Oct 25, 2016 12:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

State Parole Board Again Denies Former Lawmaker's Bid For Early Release

George Guldi at his sentancing in 2011.  PRESS FILE
Oct 25, 2016 3:34 PM

Freedom has once again eluded former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi, who, earlier this month, was denied parole for the second time since being incarcerated at an upstate prison five years ago for his role in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

Mr. Guldi, now 63, was sentenced to serve between four and 12 years in jail after being convicted in 2011 of 17 felony counts of grand larceny and insurance fraud for his involvement in an elaborate scheme targeting East End homes.

Citing Mr. Guldi’s apparent lack of remorse during his October 19 hearing, the state parole board ruled that the former county lawmaker will remain behind bars at the Marcy Correctional Facility for at least another 18 months, when he will once again be eligible to apply for early release.

“After a review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that if released at this time there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law, and your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society,” states the board’s written decision in denying parole and obtained by The Press.

Mr. Guldi’s first attempt at early release was denied almost exactly two years earlier—with parole board members citing similar concerns. The 2014 decision also noted that Mr. Guldi’s “present attitude” put him “at risk to re-offend.”

Mr. Guldi, a Democrat, represented the South Fork in Hauppauge from 1993 until 2003. He and Donald MacPherson, the former owner of Magic’s Pub in Westhampton Beach, were both charged and convicted of using straw buyers to acquire mortgages for dozens of East End homes between 2002 and 2009, and pocketing most of the money. Mr. MacPherson was granted early release earlier this year and remains on parole.

In their most recent denial, the parole board notes that, while incarcerated, Mr. Guldi has received both Tier II and Tier III tickets—the most severe form of reprimand for prisoners. The offenses for such tickets can vary, though Tier III offenses include attacking prison guards, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website. Tier II offenses, meanwhile, can include the possession of illicit drugs and fighting with other inmates. The parole board did not specify the offenses committed by Mr. Guldi during his incarceration.

Mr. Guldi cannot appear before the parole board again until April 2018 and, if successful in his third bid for early release, would not be allowed to rejoin society until sometime that summer at the earliest, officials said.

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And SH Town Code Enforcement has done nothing with the homes that have since gone unchecked. Look at the one on Bridies Path with sheets in the windows and fallen trees on the front lawn and 7-8 cars with Illinois and NC Plates. How about you guys simply follow the school buses once in a while and see where 8 kids get off and go inside? Occupancy limits? Rental permits? All a joke.
By Mouthampton (437), Southampton on Oct 25, 16 3:28 PM
Don't think it had any thing related to the article.
By knitter (1902), Southampton on Oct 25, 16 4:55 PM
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So what he is still right !!!!!
By Tommy Turbo (60), Deep River, CT on Oct 25, 16 5:06 PM
A lot of the money from this Ponzi scheme was to fund spec house construction. When the economy tanked, the spec houses didn't sell; and down goes the scheme. The houses sat vacant until slum lords swooped in and now those houses are rentals with multiple families living in them.
By Mouthampton (437), Southampton on Oct 26, 16 9:17 AM
Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
Marcy Correctional Facility
PO Box 5000
Marcy NY 13403

October 5, 2016

Dear Marcy Parole Interview Team,

This letter is in support of Political Prisoner George O. Guldi’s (11A3965) release to parole.

It is well-documented that during his decade as a Suffolk County Legislator - 1993 through 2003 – Mr. Guldi fought against and exposed corruption, cronyism and patronage ranging from ...more
By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Oct 26, 16 12:19 PM
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