A Long Island woman who was arrested outside an Air National Guard base while taking pictures for a "Support Our Troops" website is accepting $1 million to settle a lawsuit for false arrest, her attorney said Wednesday.
Nancy Genovese, of East Quogue, claimed Suffolk County sheriff's deputies humiliated her in July 2009 while she photographed a decorative helicopter outside the base in Westhampton Beach.
She was charged with criminal trespass and spent four days in jail before posting bail. The charge was later dismissed.
A federal jury initially awarded Genovese $1.12 million. A judge later cut the amount to $700,000 after ruling the jury award "grossly excessive."
Attorney Frederick Brewington said Suffolk County then settled for just over $1 million to avoid another trial where she could have sought punitive damages.