John Novello was indicted on 11 counts including Grand Larceny. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Hempstead)

John Novello, the former deputy commissioner of the Town of Hempstead Building Department, was sentenced on Sept. 30 to five years of probation for two counts of grand larceny. 

The sentencing follows a guilty plea in July to charges that he stole over $59,000 from the Cedarhurst Republican Committee, where he previously served as executive leader. The former town official pleaded guilty before Judge Teresa Corrigan.

Novello, 53, spent money stolen from the committee and donations from its annual golf fundraiser, the Mayor’s cup, for personal use, prosecutors said. He allegedly spent the money on mortgage payments for his home in Hewlett Harbor, luxury candy, restaurants and groceries. 

Between August 2017 and March 2019, Novello was also involved in a separate matter where he made false statements on commercial loan applications, prosecutors said. They said  he used the money in the scheme to buy and renovate his home in Hewlett Harbor. Novello was also sentenced in that matter. 

Prosecutors said Novello has paid $41,000 in restitution to the Nassau…

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