A judge Thursday sentenced an ex-Town of Hempstead official to five years of probation for felony convictions after prosecutors said he stole nearly $60,000 from the Cedarhurst Republican Committee and carried out a loan scheme.

Nassau Supervising Judge Teresa Corrigan meted out the punishment to John Novello, 53, of Hewlett Harbor, following his guilty plea in July to two grand larceny charges.

The former Town of Hempstead Building Department deputy commissioner also paid back a negotiated amount of $41,000 in restitution as part of his sentence, according to his attorney, Jerald Carter.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Novello told Corrigan during his brief court appearance.


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