August 19, 2004

S.I. ferry captain to cooperate with prosecutors

Captain Michael A. Gansas yesterday pleaded not-guilty in a Brooklyn federal court to a one-count indictment accusing him of lying to investigators about his whereabouts on the 3,335-ton Andrew J. Barberi when it slammed into a Staten Island dock Oct. 15. City officials have said regulations required him to be in the front, or Staten Island, pilothouse with the assistant captain.

Moments later, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Frisch announced a cooperation deal that will see prosecutors defer and then drop the Gansas prosecution of Capt. Michael Gansas in return for his cooperation.

Gansas is expected to testify in the case against New York City's Director of Ferries, Patrick Ryan, who on August 5 pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter.

Gansas also agreed to surrender his licenses for at least three years and perform 200 hours of community service. If he abides by the terms of the deal, prosecutors will suspend the case against him for the three years. If he cooperates, they will move to drop the indictment.

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