BALDWIN, Long Island — Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano told reporters outright Thursday, "I haven't sexted," when he was surrounded by media at a heroin summit he was hosting.
"It's someone out there getting their 'jollies' – taking down, you know, a public official," Mangano said. "We're vulnerable, you're in the public spotlight, and this is some sick, warped individual and you're all helping him get a real heart laugh."
Mangano has been besieged by questions ever since he claimed over the weekend that his cellphone had been "hacked," and that someone else was sending sexually suggestive texts to a public relations businesswoman his office has worked with.
"I don't know what else to tell you, other than it's untrue," Mangano said about any suggestion that he had sent the texts. "You will see there's no communication I ever had."
The Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter -- who was appointed to his position by Mangano -- told us he wouldn't comment on an ongoing investigation.