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Police Close Cases of Woodmere Drug Deaths

No charges will be filed in incidents that occurred at the same co-op, but families vow to seek justice.

Police have closed its investigation of two deaths in two consecutive months at a Woodmere co-op, as well as another man who died after being transported to the hospital from the same location.

The cases for each man were closed after police ruled their deaths "accidental overdoses" based on the medical examiner’s report and toxicology results, according to the public information office of Nassau police.

Richie Draeger, 23, of Lynbrook, died on April 29 at the Cedar Glen co-op of Nicole Goldenberg off of Conklin Avenue, while Shane McCaffrey, 23, of Hewlett, died at the same address on March 30, police confirmed. Police also confirmed that Brian Urick, 35, of Woodmere, died in the hospital on Feb. 25 after being in Goldenberg’s co-op the day before. According to police, no charges related to these deaths will be filed against Goldenberg.

“I don’t believe that three deaths in three months in the same woman’s condo are coincidental,” said Sean Strise, of Lynbrook, Draeger’s uncle. “The problem is you have three guys that died with her and unfortunately all three, it happened alone with her.”

Goldenberg, also known as Nicole Puszar and Nicole Bregman, was arrested on April 29, the day Draeger died, and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officers reported they found what appeared to be a crack pipe with residue in it in her co-op. She was also charged with possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and attempted grand larceny in the third degree.

The 38-year-old was on Tuesday for allegedly selling Oxycodone in May, police said.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26 for the possession charge after numerous past court dates were adjourned.

Goldenberg could not be reached for comment.

Janis Fusco, the aunt of McCaffrey, said she wants the community to be aware of the deaths to prevent future incidents.

“We want something to come out of this,” she said. “I don’t believe it for a minute that these were three accidental overdoses. She should be charged with something. I’m angry. It’s forgotten. I wish there was something I can do.”

Strise echoed her remarks.

“These kids are gone, what happened, happened. I don’t want a fourth kid to die there,” he said. “That’s been my main reason for going through all this and trying to get justice out of it.”

He added that the family might take Goldenberg to civil court for a wrongful death suit.

Janine Sangirardi, of Lynbrook, the mother of Draeger, said her son’s death could have been avoided had Goldenberg been watched after McCaffrey’s passing.

“She should get some kind of punishment for this. She should be held for negligence,” Sangirardi said. “She goes on living her life and I stare at my son’s ashes.”

Josephine August 17, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Wow, this is a very serious coincidence.. That was taken lightly.. Where's the questioning? Why is this woman free? What did she say? What other boys does she know? I say do over.... RIP boys..
jeff neidecker August 17, 2011 at 05:41 PM
My brother is gone and my friends son. What kind of person can sleep in the same bed as two people died. Still willing to destroy other people by selling more drugs. What kind? The evil kind!
Justan Angel August 17, 2011 at 07:30 PM
WOW
Justan Angel August 17, 2011 at 07:34 PM
That's an addict! You know all about it! If you feel so strongly you should learn from example and stop using yourself! Otherwise your day will come sooner than you should want! She will as well meet her maker! Enough of the funerals. When will you all wake up? That life isn't cool! NO ONE is invincible to it. One by one you all fall down....
valerie August 18, 2011 at 06:09 AM
R.I.P my boy shane ;; -- Karma is out there and it will bite her straight in the ass for what she is doing to these kids!!! it scares me to just walk up the block knowing she lives 3 steps away!!!!
Pasquale Ranucci August 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM
need to take another look at the facts surrounding the cause of death of these fine young men . hire a private investigator go undercover all he needs is an admission from her that she participated and helped these boys to take drugs three people die in the same apartment and the police find nothing at all to charge her with some sort of manslaughter charge she contributed to their deaths ! plain and simple, and she should not get away with it . need a new investigation maybe the DA should look into this
A.Stevens August 18, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Damn I think she be charged with involuntary manslaughter.. This is very tragic. It's a shame I knew one of them victim very well. And I think we could all agree just ice should be served.
A.Stevens August 18, 2011 at 05:50 PM
R.I.P Shizzle..
Janis Fusco August 19, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Shame on you Nicole!!!!! Do what you want to yourself.... but keep our children out of your bed and condo.......
Jack Hammond-Sylie August 20, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Fine young men? You mean fine young drug addicts. Maybe they should've thought twice, or three times, before shoveling pills down their throats. You really think the first time they used drugs, was in the presence of Ms. Goldenberg? Get real.
ed murphy August 22, 2011 at 05:50 PM
there are things more dangerous that drugs....Black Widows with drugs.
Tom September 03, 2011 at 04:31 AM
Glad someone questioned this "fine young men" nonsense. They may not have been drug addicts, but they certainly are responsible for what they choose to put into their bodies. Ultimately, it was their choice to take the drug.
Tom September 03, 2011 at 04:33 AM
My god - this community is unreal... What ever happened to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY?
Nancy Frontino February 07, 2013 at 03:53 AM
you are a sick idiot....when your kid is on facebook and is invited to a party and goes with friends.. and someone like this nicole gets them where she wants them and waits 7 hours to call 911...so she can clean up evidence....and is prescribed the medication that killed them/// and u have a so called grandfather that has millions and is involved as an enabler...cops know it and this is not over by no means
ms.minor February 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Exactly ... This is not over; this b*tch should be hung ,children getting invited into a *grown* woman's home so she can have company in her miserable existence?! she knew what she was doing, and furthermore I believe she did it with intent... and lets play devils advocate all you idiots who wanna play the "drug addict" horse sh*t card , I would think a "drug addict" would know their personal limits and I think Nicole drive them past it purposely for her own sick intentions... She is a monster and all of you with your drug addict nonsense should take a seat and think about someone you've lost and learn some respect, those are people's children and friends... It's not a coincidence , this old hag is connected and it's time someone cut her off grandaddys ties before she tries to drug more babies so they sleep with her. R.I.P. Shane you're greatly missed
Henry March 20, 2013 at 07:52 PM
does she still live there?

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