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Feb 25, 2014 1:52 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Village Officer Suspended For 30 Days Without Pay

Feb 25, 2014 2:58 PM

The East Hampton Village Board passed a resolution on Friday to suspend East Hampton Village Police Officer Julio Galeano for 30 days without pay, pending a trial of disciplinary charges that were filed against him on February 11.

Mr. Galeano, 31, had been on paid administrative leave after being accused of trespassing at a Talmage Lane home with Jennifer Rosa, a traffic control officer, on the morning of December 30. Ms. Rosa was terminated from her position after a Village Board meeting in mid-January. Mr. Galeano, through his labor union, denied the charges, according to the Village Board’s resolution.

“The resolution is pretty standard,” said East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen. “It’s just a procedure in the law.”

East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said the decision is a personnel issue and that he couldn’t comment any further about whether Officer Galeano would lose his job.

“We’re hopeful that the hearing for this will happen within 30 days,” said Chief Larsen, “and then we’ll figure out where to go from there. But until then, it’s hard to speculate.”

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The Blue Shield of Justice has proved almighty once again.
By BuffaloTom (1), Noyac on Feb 25, 14 3:22 PM
How so?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 25, 14 3:34 PM
If he was a citizen he'd be prosecuted for trespassing or burglary and possibly face jail time. Guaranteed if he was on the other side of the fence and caught another couple doing the same thing they'd be pinning medals on him. Such a joke.
By lirider (270), Westhampton Beach on Feb 25, 14 11:04 PM
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The homeowner declined to pursue it criminally. Kind of at a loss as to what Buffalo Tom is talking about. The guy has been suspended w/o pay for 30 days, and going to a trial for disciplinary issues. So whats the issue?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 26, 14 1:28 AM
The issue will no doubt be the outcome of double standard justice. If he was not a cop, the homeowner would have filed charges. The District Attorney still can, but no doubt won't. If he was a landscaper or pool man, he'd be fired from his job that day. Because he is a public employee union member, his world is filled with special dispensations. There's your issues!
By longislandhost (34), East Quogue on Feb 26, 14 9:32 AM
Obviously not a wise decision. However, looking at the facts, an off-duty police officer was invited to a home by an employee of the estate with a key. He is in fact being punished, to what extent is still unknown but what laws has he actually broken?
By Elliver (20), southampton on Feb 26, 14 9:56 AM
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