Former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi will continue to call the Marcy Correctional Facility in upstate New York his home for at least the next two years, after his first bid for parole was denied.
Sentenced to four to 12 years in jail in 2011 after being convicted on 17 felony counts of grand larceny and a third count of felony insurance fraud for his involvement in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme targeting the East End, Mr. Guldi had his first parole hearing last month in front of the New York State Parole Board.
Finding that Mr. Guldi, now 61, had no remorse for using forged documents to scam millions of dollars from banks, nor any explanation for his actions after interviewing him on October 14, the board denied his bid for parole and put him on a 24-month hold, meaning he will not be eligible for parole again until 2016, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
In its written decision, the parole board told Mr. Guldi 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 that your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society,” according to a copy of its decision that was provided to The Press.
The decision also noted that Mr. Guldi’s “present attitude” put him “at risk to reoffend.”
Mr. Guldi was incarcerated by the state on September 8, 2011, after being jailed locally for 205 days, according to the Department of Corrections. If paroled, he could have been released from the Marcy Correctional Facility in Oneida County on February 12 of next year.
Mr. Guldi, a Democrat, served as a county lawmaker for a decade, representing the South Fork in Hauppauge from 1993 to 2003. He and Donald MacPherson, 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, 71, is serving a four- to 12-year sentence of his own at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility in St. Lawrence County. He has a parole hearing scheduled for February 2015 and could be eligible for release as early as February 18, 2016.
One of Mr. Guldi’s former properties, a two-story home on Griffing Avenue near Main Street in Westhampton Beach that has been in foreclosure since 2010, is rotting away after a fire ravaged its interior and burnt a large hole through its roof in 2008. The eyesore has drawn many complaints from village residents throughout the years.
The village was given permission by the Suffolk County Supreme Court to tear the house down in February, but Mr. Guldi filed an affidavit in July requesting that Judge Arthur Pitts temporarily rescind his ruling and wait until February 2, 2015—Mr. Guldi’s then-presumed release date—to make a decision.
While it is unclear how last month’s parole denial will impact the status of this request, Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore said Monday that the village must wait for a ruling before moving forward.
“We’re waiting for the judge to render his decision and, in the interim, we have prepared a request for proposal so when we do receive the judge’s decision—which I’m hopeful will be in our favor—we will have a contractor ready to go,” Ms. Moore said.