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Deadly Crane-Collapse Mechanic Gets Year of Community Service, No Jail for Cooperating with DA

He’s off the hook.

The mechanic responsible for a catastrophic 2008 crane collapse on the upper East Side that killed two men skated Tuesday with a no-jail sentence — his reward for cooperating with prosecutors against the construction company owner.

Tibor Varganyi, 66, who oversaw the faulty repairs on the tower crane, avoided a possible 15-year manslaughter sentence in exchange for taking the stand against James Lomma, who was also charged in the tragedy but found not guilty at a bench trial in April.

“It’s no justice again,” said Maria Leo, whose son Donald Leo was at the controls when the structure snapped.

Tibor Varganyi leaves Manhattan Supreme Court after his sentencing on Tuesday. Varganyi, the mechanic responsible for a crane collapse that killed two in 2008, managed to avoid jail by taking the stand against another man.

“I don’t understand why the DA came out so strongly on behalf of this criminal.”

Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hickey, speaking in a voice so low it could barely be heard in the audience, recommended one year of community service because Varganyi had fully cooperated with their prosecution against Lomma.

“He has been truthful,” said Hickey. “He was truthful at our meeting and that’s what we asked.”

Varganyi, a crane buff with a high school education, apologized to Leo and to Xhevahire Sinanaj, the cousin of Ramadan Kurtaj, who was buried under the rubble.

“I must apologize to the families of these people who died,” said Varganyi.

“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”

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