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Jan 2, 2018 11:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Gives Mezynieski Company A New Snowplowing Contract

Jan 2, 2018 1:59 PM

East Hampton Town has renewed the contract for snowplowing at East Hampton Airport with a company owned by Steven Mezynieski, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse last summer.

The approved contract will pay Southampton Excavation & Site Development between $8,000 and $32,000, depending on how much snow falls in 2018.

The Town Board’s airport liaison, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, declined to comment on the board’s approval of the contract, but Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said the town’s hands were tied because Mr. Mezynieski’s company was the low responsible bidder.

“What he was convicted of was not a disqualifying event for any contractor under New York State Law,” Mr. Sendlenski said. “Under bid law … the town had no choice but to take [Southampton Excavation] as the low bidder.”

Mr. Mezynieski’s company, previously named Steven Mezynieski Inc., has held the plowing contracts at the airport since 2009.

Mr. Mezynieski pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor, in August as part of a plea deal. In exchange for the plea, multiple felonies he had originally been charged with were dropped by the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. He was sentenced to one year of probation.

The charges had stemmed from accusations by a female relative involving sexual assaults over a number of years, starting when she was 16. Mr. Mezynieski’s attorney, Edward D. Burke Jr., has said the accusations were completely fabricated as a “financial shakedown” of the businessman.

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