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Peter McGowan, Former Islip Town Supervisor Convicted Of Taking Bribes, Dies At 83

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Former Islip Town Supervisor Peter McGowan, who once served three months in jail for taking bribes, has died at 83.

McGowan was a powerhouse within the Suffolk County GOP. He served as town supervisor for 14 years before stepping down in 2006 amidst a corruption investigation — led by then District Attorney Tom Spota. Spota faced corruption charges of his own more than a decade later.

McGowan pleaded guilty to taking bribes, witness tampering and misusing campaign funds.

While in office, McGowan was praised for keeping taxes low and expanding Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.