Nassau GOP to pick slate of county candidates
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#1 May 22, 2009
NEWBURGH, N.Y.— The four men accused of plotting to bomb New York City synagogues and shoot down military airplanes with missiles are down-and-out ex-convicts living on the margins in a faded industrial city.
One is a petty criminal who spent a day in 2002 snatching purses and shooting at people with a BB gun from an SUV. His lawyer calls him "intellectually challenged."
Three have histories of drug convictions, one of them for selling narcotics in a school zone. The man prosecutors portrayed as the instigator of the scheme said he smoked pot the day he planned to blow up the temples.
But if they sometimes seemed amateurish, the men were dangerous people fueled by their hatred for Jews and America, prosecutors said. The plotters managed to get their hands on what they thought were lethal explosives and a surface-to-air missile system, only to find out that they were inert devices supplied by the FBI in a sting operation.
"It's hard to envision a more chilling plot," assistant U.S. attorney Eric Snyder said. "These are extremely violent men."
Besides destroying the two synagogues in the heavily Jewish Riverdale section of the Bronx, they intended to shoot down planes at the Air National Guard base in Newburgh, about 50 miles north of New York City, prosecutors said.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he believed the defendants knew each other from their time behind bars. Relatives said Payen, David Williams and Onta (AWN'-tay) Williams were introduced to Islam in prison — a trend in prisons around the country in recent years.
"The Onta I know wouldn't do something like this, but the new Onta, yeah," said Richard Williams, an uncle. "He wasn't raised this way. All this happened when he became a Muslim in prison."
Payen was apparently staying in a rundown house that neighbors say was known as a home for parolees. He had been fighting deportation and seeking custody of his 3-year-old son, said Hamin Rashada, an assistant imam at the Masjid al-Ikhlas mosque, where authorities say the informant first met Cromitie in June 2008.
He told the informant he was interested in jihad and "doing something to America" and was crestfallen that "the best target (the World Trade Center) was hit already," the complaint said.
In the same conversation, Cromitie said: "I hate those mother———- those f——— Jewish b———. I would like to get (destroy) a synagogue," according to the complaint.
In one conversation, Cromitie said he longed to shoot Jews in the head as they walked on the street near a synagogue, the informant told authorities. In another conversation with the informant, Onta Williams said the U.S. military was killing Muslims, "so if we kill them here with IEDs and Stingers, it is equal.
#2 May 22, 2009
Since everyone with any talent has left the party or declined to run, this is the best slate that the Nassau County Republican Committee could put together. The Democrats must be dancing on the ceiling.
#3 May 22, 2009
All of them will be owned by the "bankers".
#4 May 22, 2009
So long as Joe Mondello's team of experts (Santino, Cairo, DeGrace) are running the show the Democrats have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Heck, even 3 corrupt county legislators on their side doesn't present any obstacle...that's how threating Joe Mondello is.
#5 May 22, 2009
Will any be younger than recent GOP candidates or will all be in wheelchairs ?
#6 May 22, 2009
The only person on that list that I am pulling for is Joy Watson. She is head and shoulders above the incumbent. My only fear is that the GOP will not put their full backing behind her.
#7 May 22, 2009
The Nassau GOP convention in Levittown may have been cancelled because the Levittown School District is closed due to the swine flu outbreak, but perhaps the true reason it was cancelled is Nassau Republicans are afraid of "getting a shot in the butt" from their Chairman.
#8 May 22, 2009
The GOP needs a man of ethics like roger corbin!
#9 May 22, 2009
I find it interesting that the Republican convention was scheduled to take place in a middle school. Back in the day, it would have been in the Garden City Hotel. How the mighty have fallen.
#12 May 22, 2009
The Republicans are right on the issues this time around. Democrats at every level are hitting Long Island residents with more taxes and fees.
If you work hard for a living, you gotta vote Republican.
#13 May 22, 2009
Ya Got That Right !
The GOP's hoping people in Nassau Forgot what the Republicans running things was like.
They hope Nassau will Vote to go 'Back To The Future', and hand over the county Checkbook to them again.
I'll really enjoy watching it all !
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