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Mar 9, 2011 9:15 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Memo To East Hampton Town Employees Raises Concerns

Mar 9, 2011 9:15 AM

A strongly worded letter to the town’s approximately 425 employees last week from East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, warning against insubordination and threatening to discipline and even fire violators, was, the administration maintains, simply a way of instilling the values of the private sector in local government.

But some see the letter, which decries disrespect toward superiors at Town Hall, disobedience and failure to perform duties, as the fallout of an internal disagreement involving two high-level town employees who angered the supervisor and Councilwoman Theresa Quigley when they disagreed with them.

Planning Director Marguerite Wolffsohn and Town Engineer Tom Talmage drew the ire of Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Quigley, who serves as deputy supervisor, in January after breaking with them on a matter of erosion mitigation policy.

Ms. Wolffsohn was reprimanded verbally and in e-mails by Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Quigley, as well as in a harsh memo from Ms. Quigley, after she and Mr. Talmage, who works under her, advised a building inspector to deny a Montauk couple’s application to install rocks to protect their property from erosion, according to six sources, all of whom spoke on conditions of anonymity, fearing retribution from the administration if they spoke on the record. The sources, including several town employees, all of whom had either seen the paperwork or talked with one or more of the people involved, said Ms. Wolffsohn and Mr. Talmage, who ran on the Republican ticket for highway superintendent in 2009, were rattled by the experience. Ms. Wolffsohn sought legal advice in the matter.

Ms. Wolffsohn declined to discuss any aspect of the incident when reached last week, and Mr. Talmage did not return numerous calls seeking comment.

Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Quigley would not speak in detail about the incident, saying it was a confidential personnel matter. But Ms. Quigley said it was “patently false” that the letter sent to town employees last week was directed at either Ms. Wolffsohn or Mr. Talmage, or written in response to an incident involving them.

“Nobody’s under attack,” Ms. Quigley said. “What is going on is we are trying to bring business discipline into town government.”

The letter, which was sent out with employees’ paychecks on March 1, states that insubordination is especially unacceptable among high-level managers and where “the efficient running of the enterprise demands a high degree of trust and cooperation among top personnel.”

“We all have the privilege of receiving a paycheck from our residents and are therefore responsible for ensuring a level of performance worthy of their tax contributions,” Mr. Wilkinson wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Press.

This week, Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Quigley said the letter was part of their administration’s efforts to imbue the government with a sense of private sector discipline.

“I want this place to operate as a team,” Mr. Wilkinson said, noting that insubordination occurs “from time to time” among town employees. “I want them to operate efficiently, and when management decides to do something, it should be introduced into the environment effectively.”

Only one town employee reached this week would speak on the record about the letter. Bill Taylor, the town’s waterways management supervisor and a former Democratic Committee chairman, said some of his fellow employees were confused and felt threatened by the message from the Republican supervisor.

“It’s kind of restating the obvious in a very negative-sounding way,” said Mr. Taylor, who has worked for the town for more than 20 years. “Its tone is very threatening, and unnecessarily so. I mean, the employees in East Hampton are a very professional bunch, and I just don’t understand why out of the blue comes some sort of letter apparently unrelated to any particular incident that seems to be threatening and intimidating.”

The incident involving the two employees came after a brutal nor’easter late last December nearly wiped out several properties on Soundview Drive and Captain Kidds Path in Montauk, causing the town to scramble to issue emergency permits through the Building Department that allowed some residents to place boulders and do other work to protect their homes.

On January 12, Senior Building Inspector Tom Preiato sought Mr. Talmage’s advice about an application by a couple on Soundview Drive who were seeking to place 3- to 5-ton rocks to buttress their bulkhead, according to Building Department records. Ms. Wolffsohn told Mr. Preiato that an emergency permit would be illegal under the town code in this case, and the project required a Natural Resources Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, sources said. Building Department records show that Mr. Talmage issued a memo, which sources said was sent to both Mr. Preiato and the homeowners after Mr. Talmage inspected the site, saying the bulkhead was still intact and the house was not in “immediate peril.”

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As someone who has held three private sector jobs over the past forty years, I would like to assure all readers that I have never received an interoffice memo or letter even remotely as idiotic as this letter was. I'm sorry that the Press did not print the letter in full. It was a ridiculous, paranoid, and autocratic gesture from the Supervisor's office. I'm mystified. What is going on over there?
By P.A.B. (23), East Hampton on Mar 8, 11 4:14 PM
P.B.A. I agree with you. Printing this letter would have said everything that is ever needed to say about what is going on. No commentary necessary. Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 9, 11 8:10 AM
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This is not new. Intimidation of town employees has been a pattern of behavior from the Quigley/Wilkinson duo ever since they stepped in to office, ostensibly for the benefit of businesses in EH (or donors of the Rep. coffers).

There is no mystique here, They would either eliminate of marginalize the Planning Department (read Quigley's words). Then take a look at the town website which defines the functions of the Planning Department in some detail:
http://www.town.east-hampton.ny.us/HtmlPages/Planning/PlanningHome.htm

If ...more
By residenteh (2), East Hampton on Mar 9, 11 10:09 AM
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If you listen to Quigley her intentions are quire clear (and you do not have to guess)...I just wanted to add where you can listen to her on this topic:

In print (but not freely available on line unless you are a subscriber):
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-Hampton/349949/Planning-Procedures-Are-Source-Of-Ire-For-East-Hampton-Businesses-Town-Board


This is the meeting (East Hampton Business Summit) recorded on video on LTV (and this is free):
http://www.ltveh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=17

Wed ...more
By MSJ_studio (2), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 12:42 PM
Could it be that they are trying to get rid of the Planning Department as was tried many years ago. The employees should be upset.
By housewife (79), east hampton on Mar 9, 11 1:08 PM
i don't think that's what's happening -- how many employees are there in the Planning Department? 8? 10? What do you think, they/re ALL GOING TO BE FIRED? Don't think so . . . bet you hope bringing something up that happened eons ago might stir some Dems up . . . ahhh - and brand new to the scene "residenteh" - yup - those bad, bad republicans . . . sounds like ACAC just got new monikors!!!
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 6:13 PM
As a matter of fact I am a Republican, but it is common knowledge that the new board does not like the planning baord too much.
By housewife (79), east hampton on Mar 10, 11 7:05 PM
it is common knowledge throughout the Town that the Planning Board, under Chair Sylvia Overby, was a NIGHTMARE to go through, and that the unhelpful staff of the Planning Department didn't actually help people but did what the Queen dictated. If you ever watched the proceedings - or heavan forbid were an applicant - you would cringe.... streamlining a process does not "do away with it" - it makes it better for the residents of the Town.
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 9:40 AM
As a Repub I even thought Ms. Overby was evenhanded. The only Queen of East Hampton is Ms. Quigley, and along with King Wilkinson, both have proven to be huge disappointments. Btw, I liked the way Ms. Overby was concerned about neighbors and neighborhoods. Isn't that the job of the planning board, to protect our quality of life? At least she cared about the citizens of EH.
By ehmom (4), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 10:32 AM
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Hey Board Watcher, I experienced the planning board process and Ms. Overby was nothing but helpful and respectful. When my mother passed away several years ago the family home was left to me. The property was large and could be divided into two lots. Ms Overby helped me through the process. I called her at her home several times and she always took time to answer my questions, as it was all new to me. I don’t know her personally or have spoken to her since, although I do read her letters to ...more
By ehranter (5), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 5:17 PM
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So sad, it has just been one thing after another! I had so much faith in the newly elected board a year ago. Now, they have lost the support of their own town workers, their families and all of their friends. They have lost the support of the true locals by taking away services. How could 2 people as intelligent as they seem to be possibly think they can solve the deficit in 2 years? It took more than 2 years to cause the financial crisis we are in. Now this, what's next?
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Mar 9, 11 1:13 PM
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Bring back mcgintee and loewen
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 6:16 AM
You really are kidding!!! This wa the most ineffectual and destructive board the Town has ever had.
Bite your tongue.....
By Waincott Resident (42), Wainscott on Mar 14, 11 2:47 PM
Disappoinment,

I disagree with your assessment of the duo. When you can't rely on your own intelligence, you resort to bully tactics. These two aren't smart enough to see that every time they try to help those special friends, it only blows up in their faces. This is small town stuff, not corporate. It's the stakeholders that are getting screwed each time.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 9, 11 1:57 PM
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I guess since half the town lost most of their respect for them, Wilky and TQ decided to bully the town employees around a bit to make themselves feel better. Is the next memo going to demand everyones lunch money?
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Mar 9, 11 2:20 PM
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Why not print the whole letter instead of your selective quote? Phrases like "submit to the authority of a superior" are devastating to employee morale or describing insubordination as "employees' attempts to embarrass, ridicule or degrade a supervisor; or grumbling, back-talk or overall disrespectful attitude towards a supervisor." The finale states, "failure to adhere to this standard can lead to discipline up to and including discharge." These phrases are not about a "team" approach as Wilkinson ...more
By ehmom (4), east hampton on Mar 9, 11 4:57 PM
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How about when he quoted OUR employees as "BODIES"? The truth is everyone was right when they said he has no experience in the public sector. In charge of hiring and firing employees @ Disney with thousands of employees, I guess they became "BODIES" to him. He can say all he wants about not wanting to layoff people and how hard he tried to get the town incentive through. Our 425? employees are only BODIES to him!
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Mar 9, 11 5:16 PM
Editor, please post a PDF of the letter in question.

It is high time to air the dirty laundry!
By PBR (4921), Southampton on Mar 9, 11 5:43 PM
Meh. It will only end in threatening wedgies and "If you don't like it, meet me at the flag pole at three o'clock."
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Mar 9, 11 7:39 PM
As a former employee of the town, I find that the Wilkinson/Quiqley team has nothing but contempt for the employees, and the public. They can break the law at will, and allow Montauk residents to put stone revetments in front of their homes, but god forbid they enforce overcrowding laws in Springs. Wilkinson is a self important ass who will do anything to help bring corporate America to the town at the expense of the population. This is not his first threat to employees as a memo was sent to ...more
By EHT employee (7), east hampton on Mar 9, 11 7:45 PM
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I would like to see the Whole letter also. Don't start spinning this either way until you show us the document. Forget party lines..We have to do look at the whole picture and past labels. You will vote for what you think is "right" and just I would hope. And whats so bad about these 2 holding people/employees accountable? So many Town employees have taken their positions for granted..after all..its not the most pleasant place to go for permits etc...power trips...
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Mar 9, 11 8:03 PM
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Let me tell everyone---as someone who has a taste of the 'inside' of EH town government, these two ( and I voted fOr them, to my chagrin) are the most despicable elected officials in recent memory. Sure, there was fiscal ineptitude with the last ( as with every municipality lacking prescience to see the US recession) these guys are off the rails with their respect to anyone they consider their 'subordinates', including the public and town employees. Stop their bullying tactics... Quigley couldn't ...more
By earl (31), springs on Mar 10, 11 1:13 AM
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These people were elected to clean up the fiscal mess created by prior administration. So far it seems they have been doing a pretty good job. I too would like to see the letter before passing judgement.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 6:21 AM
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Worst supervisor EVER !
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 10, 11 7:06 AM
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As a spouse of a TEH worker who voted for this team in 2009, I can tell you assuredly that many of the other 425 honest and hard working employees, their spouses, their cousins, their neighbors and friends would not vote for them now under any circumstances. This is not about Republicans or Democrats. It's about a deep sense of betrayal. This article was needed, but in truth, there's much more going on than you could possibly fit on one page. It takes 2500 votes in EH for a shot at a Board seat.
If ...more
By NWlocal (1), E Hampton on Mar 10, 11 7:34 AM
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A PDF of the letter is attached to the story now--sorry, we had to work out some technical issues to get it posted.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (201), Hampton Bays on Mar 10, 11 10:41 AM
No modern day corporation or professional organization would ever send such a letter to its employees. On one hand Wilkinson wants town government to emulate private sector practices and on the other he sends employees a letter that would embarrass any corporate human resources executive. But in his world, anyone who disagrees is the enemy. That's no way to run the town's business.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 11:24 AM
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Tell everyone you know to get out in November & vote Democrat. They are just documenting do what they say or face being fired. They don't care if it is right, wrong, legal or illegal. If we get 1 more in office like them our town is going to H---!
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Mar 10, 11 11:29 AM
[Sample response letter]

Dear Supervisor Wilkinson:

his is to acknowledge receipt of you recent letter regarding insubordination.

Naturally, I could not be more in agreement with your statements regarding proper business "discipline".

However, while we are speaking of work-place behavior that adversely affects efficiency, I would like to call the attention of both you and Deputy Supervisor Quigley to another phenomenon that has an even more pejorative effect on ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 10, 11 12:11 PM
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".......employees' attempts to embarrass, ridicule or degrade a supervisor, or grumbling, backtalk, or overall disrespectful attitude towards a supervisor."

Right on HighHatSize. I wonder what der Führer has in mind for any citizen of the town who breaks the rules.
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 10, 11 3:26 PM
Hopefully fire them. Just like they would at any private sector job
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 10:58 PM
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In paragraph 5 he should have added "OR TO THE PUBLIC". All everyone did in this Town before he was elected was gripe about how no one on the the Town's payroll showed up on time, the waste, overtime and disreseptcful attitudes some people in some departments had for the public, and how no one could get answers out of "the Town" . . . do you think there's political agenda going on here? Anyone who is a "former employee" was either fired or took advantage of a buyout . . . I'm laughing at the "sources" ...more
By BonacP (22), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 3:33 PM
BonacP
Looks like you are laughing alone.
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Mar 10, 11 4:30 PM
Brown 25 sounds like a former do nothing town worker who stole taxpayer money under the guise of public employment. And to Disappointed...BonacP is not laughing alone...a VAAAAAAST majority of people in this town applaud Wilky for shaking things up because they are anti - lazy, disrespectful, and abusive town workers. Lest we forget the doughnut runs to Sag Harbor Village by our "hardworking" (now some former) Harbormasters exposed by the Independent -- with pictures? Other than the political ...more
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 10, 11 5:13 PM
Connwatcher..publicly threatening employees is exactly the wrong way to make workers more productive. It was a rash action by an impulsive manager. I just read in another local publication that Wilkerson has announced he will run for a second term. Maybe trashing public employees is mandatory for Republican politicians today. Trace Duryea said Wilky's performance has been miraculous!
Can't wait for Jesus's.. I mean Wilky's next miracle.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 5:56 PM
Conn -- you are spot on here. Even the union president did not criticize the memo because he knows how the public at large feels about town workers. The feeling is not good. He knows he cannot afford to attack a town supervisor who is attempting to get people to work and be respectful of the the people they work with and work for. Professionalism and respect -- who could possibly argue against that in the work place. The overall goal of good government is the brass ring here.

To "By ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 10, 11 6:13 PM
To HARBOR -- what is threatening about that memo? If you are doing your job, are respectful of the people you work with and work for, take instruction like a professional, respect the public and are productive, you have nothing to worry about based on my read of the memo. In fact a professional, hard working employee welcomes that kind of leadershipp. IF however you are lazy, abusive of leave, have an attitude when given an instruction, have an agenda that is not about best government practice, ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 10, 11 6:24 PM
The facts and truth in this whole thing are this.

Fact: The town needs to be more productive with less.
Fact: You have many town employees who are just there to collect a check.
Fact: You have some department heads who's allegiance are to special interests and not good, practical, objective government that has as its goal to objectively protect residents and property.
Fact: You have town employees who are nasty and do not understand THEY work for the public and not the ...more
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 6:43 PM
Awesome!
By Waincott Resident (42), Wainscott on Mar 14, 11 2:55 PM
Grow up everyone. These crocodile tears from current and former town workers and Democrat Operatives is a little sickening. Time to get the town working again and if that means a little push by the town supervisor to get people to work and off their back sides and listening, then great!

It's about time "government work" in East Hampton actual means government work.
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 10, 11 6:51 PM
To Mr. Harbor I have to say that if the memo is threatening then you never worked for anyone. An impulsive manager? Are you serious? A REAL manager that the town needs now more than ever, that is Wilkinson. Prediction -- Wilkinson wins with 80 percent of the vote. Who will be the sacrificial lamb the Dems will offer up? My guess is they have no one who is even willing to run against Mr. Wilkinson because there is no one who is a resident of East Hampton who can look in the mirror and honestly ...more
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 10, 11 7:01 PM
We'll see how it goes. They have managed to piss-off every hamlet except Wainscott and I'm sure that will come soon. You can't go after town employees for doing their jobs according to town Code and than demand respect. This is an administration that reminds me of the good ole boy system we had in the 60's. Give to the GOP and pick your prize!
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 10, 11 9:41 PM
Connwatcher.. first I'm not A Dem. Second I've worked in labor relations for major corporations including IBM, GM, and DuPont. The correct way to handle problems is through lines of supervision targeting specific offenders. Clearly Wilky is trying to squelch any competing views. His arrogant management style is his worst enemy and ultimately will obscure any of his accomplishments. Let's hope Dominic Stanzione can talk the gun out of his hand so we can get back to resolving the town's many problems.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 7:07 AM
Psychopaths can make great managers. Their disorder causes them to learn everything about their business and compassion doesn't affect their concentration. Unfortunately, they often do so well that people miss the symptoms when they go off the deep end.

By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 10, 11 8:39 PM
highhatsize and phins are nothing more than political operatives.

After what the Democrats did in East Hampton -- including breaking the law and liying. And the unfolding Democrat scandel in Southampton related to ATH's big lies, deception and political abuse. And Democrat Guildi's crazy situation and felony convictions it is truly amazing that highhat has little to say about them. High hat has no credibility. And he dares call Reps psychopaths?

And PHIN just does not get it. ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 10, 11 11:22 PM
Obviously you need to step outside your small circle of friends. The fisherman(sell docks, fisheries rep), seniors (service cuts, leaf pick-up), second homeowners/amagansett residents (7-11, concert), springs residents (apartments), village residents(taxes on town projects), environmentalists (nature center, Grimes dredging) and now the Town employees! One was a running mate! Doesn't leave much support come election time by my view.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 7:19 AM
thank you fins for setting the record straight - can't wait for election time
By residenteh (2), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 8:43 AM
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To formertbm:

You are too kind. Others have called me incredible in other venues but you are the first on this forum.
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 11, 11 5:11 PM
Obviously, the Town needs some belt tightening. Fiscal responsibility is paramount. But, the gist of this letter is not about town employees doing their job it is about town employees who disagreed with the Wilkinson/Quigley and their opinions being re-classified as insubordination. Wilkinson/Quigley couldn't care less about law and proper procedure, they want things done and done their way, goshdarnit ! Wolfshon and Talmage know the law and policy and disagreed with the careless way Wilkinson/Quigley ...more
By earl (31), springs on Mar 10, 11 11:38 PM
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wow. look at all of wilky's Gestapo agents who came out to flood this blog with pro-wilky propaganda and attack anyone who disagrees. why doesn't wilky put out a memo to town employees (except the cops) not to leave their town vehicles running when they go into the coffee shop, deli, etc or risk termination? Talk about a waste of energy and a waste of taxpayers money not to mention the slap in the face to the taxpayers who witness this abuse. and as far as that tabloid the independent, i recall ...more
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 11, 11 7:55 AM
The man is a tyrant. And no matter how many boot licks he has blaming the past and others for his actions people are seeing the truth. He's evil and Dems and McGintee or insubordinates or Tom Talmadge didn't make him do it. This letter is a view of his soul. Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 10:20 AM
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Hey, sure, Town workers could be more productive, friendlier, and more efficient but this letter is about 'subordinates' not 'backtalking' to their '
Superiors'. In other words, don't disagree with the powers that be. No matter how you rationalize it, the letter is condescending and arrogant. Where is their respect for the ' subordinates'? The tone is undeniably disrespectful.

Another point.... Supervisor Wilkinson claims, in the EH Star, we have the highest town employee to citizen ...more
By earl (31), springs on Mar 11, 11 10:59 AM
Earl----take a look at the video tape, I believe the supervisor said 65 to 1, don't rely on the Star. Just goes to show you how anxious you are to jump all over Wilky. And East Hampton does have the highest ratio. Brookhaven has 1100 employees and 500,000 residents that........................454 to 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even if you conside the fact Brookhaven uses Suffolk police, the ratio wouldstill be about 430 to 1. And Brookhaven is always accused of being bloated with patronage ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 5:50 PM
I don't even work for the Town. No relatives or friends work there. But I know for a fact what is going on.
By earl (31), springs on Mar 11, 11 8:52 PM
You don't work for the town. Have no friends who work there. Have no relatives who work there. But you know FOR A FACT what is going on there? You should take your act to the Las vegas strip because your either a physic or a comedian.
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 10:34 PM
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Yes I do. I wish I had an act for las Vegas. I am a republican, too. But , I am so apalled by the actions and total disrespect of people by these two that after over a quarter century of republicanism am considering changing my orientation. This memo, and I GUARANTEE this, is solely based on disagreeing with the powers that be. Don't disagree with these two, especially the deputy supervisor. And, this is also a fact, they have no regard for law or the Town code. :)
By earl (31), springs on Mar 12, 11 1:30 AM
Your venom for the deputy supervisor drips like an old house in a hurricane. You obviously have something personal going on with TQ. Just because you may have done something that TQ was critical of does not mean TQ was wrong and is wrong on everything. Based on your ranting I would guess that your objectivity on any issue is non existenet, so I would guess whatever personal problem you had with TQ that TQ was probably right and you were wrong. Speculation on my part. What isn't speculation ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 13, 11 4:41 PM
Nothing personal... Just observations on how she conducts herself and the way she handles the business of the Town.
By earl (31), springs on Mar 14, 11 1:15 PM
A pearl from Earl. The employee to resident ratio is closer to 1 to 60. Add in the summer crowd and the number is closer to 1 to 150. If staffing levels are out of whack then use more part-time workers and don't fill vacated positions. In the race to arrogance hegemony in EH, Wilky is now closing in on Gualtieri. It's all downhill from here.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 12:20 PM
Harbor -- I believe a former town employee with a grudge, maybe not -- but you know nothing about civil service law based on your post. You also know nothing about census data and the number of town employees if you think the ratio is 150 to 1. Basically you know nothing. But then again you also thought a memo that attempted to improve productivity in town government was threatening. That is the position of a do nothing. Nothing, nothing, nothing......that should be your new screen name.
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 5:59 PM
It was 65 to 1 . . . ahhhh, the East Hampton "Star" - but the math won't matter to the do-nothing (but complain of course!) disgruntled . . .

Amazing you say this Harbor: "The correct way to handle problems is through lines of supervision targeting specific offenders" -- is that also "progressive discipline"?

But who would ever be disciplined under McGintee for being rude, refusing to do their jobs, showing up late, wasting my dime -- no one!! If the letter was a warning ...more
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 6:42 PM
McGintee, McGintee, McGintee! I'm so tired of hearing everything being blamed on him. This administration needs to own up to the mistakes THEY have been making. You can't blame everything on the "budget crisis" created by the previous administration! This is about political favors and nothing more. Instilling fear in the town employees and make sure they issue permits to the connected, no questions asked. In this atmosphere, if a trained professional does their job by the book, and the wrong person ...more
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 11, 11 9:32 PM
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Good question phins -- when I was on the board the supervisors looked at town workers as votes and no one was willimng to do anything to upset them. There were many great town workers then, but there were also many lazy-leave abusing- nasty- defiant ones also. They were off limits however for the supervisors and no supervisor had the gumption to do the right thing despite what board members said in executive session. It was always "they'll grieve," or "how do you prove it" and the one I found ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 12, 11 10:52 AM
Saving peoples' property who you don't know is not doing favors, its doing your job. To PHINS -- who is the connected ones -- specifically -- that got permits? Be very, very specific because your accusation is serious and I want to know exactly what connected friends got the favor? I know FOR A FACT the property owner on the Old Highway in Montauk, whose house was about to slide down the bluff, but did not because Wilkinson quickly intervened, did not know Wilky and are not connected. Are ...more
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 11, 11 10:27 PM
A question was asked if everyone in Montauk is a "friend" of Wilk. I would venture to say he has no friends. But thats just me. But its clear his focus and attetention is on Montauk rich folk. And he will ignore the law and those who explain it to him. He tried to sell the docks and overcrowd Springs as two examples. And the fireing of Dan Adams his own Town Atty. every employee knows is their fate if they do their jobs. And one last thing- Hwy. employees who accused Scott King of abuse and missconduct ...more
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 12, 11 8:54 AM
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Here we ago again with Factless man not knowing what he talks about. My friend on the Rep. Committee who I I just called said no Highway employee screened before the Repbulican committee this year, two years ago, or two years before that. Facts man has always, and continues, to manufacture facts to make his points. Besides if what he says were true it would have to mean about 15 people screened for the position because that is reportedly how many complained. There was no connection between wannabe ...more
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 12, 11 10:02 AM
I've said enough and stand by my observations. Beverly and Bambi can huff all you want and it won't change the reality of the situation.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 10:43 AM
HEY PHIN......IF YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS SO GOOD AND WILKINSON DOES NOT NEED TO TAKE ACTION THEN WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO SELL YOUR PLACE?
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 12, 11 1:14 PM
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Wrong person. I would never give up my home in E.H. Once you're out it's hard to get back in. It's too valuable. Land preservation makes the supply and demand certainly worth the ownership.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 5:01 PM
Wilkinson's memo is directed at Planning Director Marguerite Wolffsohn and Town Engineer Tom Talmage. He can't attack them directly because the stink would be too bad so he is trying to neutralize them.

He reminds Town employees that they serve at his pleasure so if they act on instructions from Wollfsohn or Talmage without clearing it with El Supremo they will be held responsible.

Wilkinson may see this as a rational act of personnel management but the CSEA sees it correctly as ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 12, 11 9:29 AM
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HHS - unless you pay taxes in EH - please stay Quogue . . .
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 11:03 AM
I stand by my facts. I was told by a friend on the Rep. Comm. they interviewed a Hwy. employee. Dueling friends? Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 12, 11 11:42 AM
If that's not true Facts Man do you promise to go away and stop propogating myths? This whole blog is so distasteful . . . here's a FACT Phins - in response to this gem:

"They (who is "they??) work for the taxpayers and are payed to follow the town codes, not the desire of the town board of the day. Without the employees doing their job, there is no consistency in government."

First - the memo WAS about employees doing their jobs and, obviously gave the 15 or so Department Heads ...more
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 12:57 PM
I KNOW who the committe screened and they were NOT highway employees -- you speak-ed with fork-ed tongue facts man.

Boardwatcher is correct about whose job is what. If the attorney says its legal and you have a non-attorney take an action thatis totally opposite on something effecting a taxpayer you open yourself to a big fat law suit. In the private sector those people would have been fired immediately for putting the company at risk. Boardwatcher gets it.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 12, 11 1:30 PM
" I don't even work for the Town. No relatives or friends work there. But I know for a fact what is going on.
By earl (22), springs on Mar 11, 11 8:52 PM"

AFTER COMMENTS LIKE THIS HOW CAN ANYONE PUT ANY CREDIBILITY IN EARL? EARL JUST KNOWS -- IT'S NOT BASED ON ANYTHING, BUT EARL KNOWS "FOR A FACT". I GUESS A LITTLE VOICE TOLD HER. ANYONE STUPID ENOUGH TO WRITE A COMMENT LIKE THIS MUST BE A DISGRUNTLED DO-NOTHING TOWN EMPLOYEE WHO BELIEVES THEIR YEARS OF POOR PERFORMANCE ...more
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 12, 11 2:47 PM
Way off base... Dont understand your vitriol. I do know what is going on and I do know it is about disagreement with the might duo as opposed to improving morale and efficiency. I know of other recent incidents that would apply to the tone of this memo. Insubordination was a key aspect of this memo. NOT job performance enhancement. :)
By earl (31), springs on Mar 12, 11 11:52 PM
Unfortunately, the PDF link did not work for me so I haven't read the letter But as a former NYC government manager, let me say that working for government is a privilege because hopefully you can affect your community in a positive way. Also, and it is a big also, taxpayer funded salaries and benefits and, civil service job security, are incredibly generous. East Hampton town employees also are blessed with good working conditions. They are not working in dilapidated, rat infested offices, ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 5:18 PM
Wilkinson-Quigley is reminiscent of Germany in the 1930's

'nuff said
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 12, 11 5:19 PM
BROWN -- That is one of the most ignorant and insulting posts, except maybe to Earl or Facts man, that could only come from someone as bitter, uninformed and unintelligent as you prove yourself to be everytime one of your fingers hits the keyboard. If 27 East management is reading these posts, then I would guess Nazi references will be something that will be taken down and not tolerated. We don't need your kinds of comments on this thread. You are obviously a warped, bitter little person. I ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 12, 11 5:59 PM
One would think after reading some of the comments above that the memo addressed rude behavior by Town employees. The fact that it is completely silent on that topic has not stopped Wilkinsonophiles from acting as if it spoke volumes.

Actually, the memo attacks insubordination, and high-level insubordination at that. Its only import to rude Town employees is that, rude or polite, if they put their money on the wrong horse (i.e. a mid-level manager instead of the big cheese[s]), their ...more
Mar 12, 11 6:17 PM appended by highhatsize
Sorry for the omission. The first sentence should have ended "by Town employees. . . TO RESIDENTS."
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 12, 11 6:17 PM
This is a basic HR "form letter".

This thing reads like Edgar Guest, and is straight out of a Corporate Handbook, with some ad lib per the particular situation.

If you've ever worked for a company that employed more than 50, of 100 people, you'd know this is the exact, fourth year legalese memos they tend send out on a regular basis, when there is an "issue" identified within "The Company".

Other than trips to 7-11 for coffee, personal use of town vehicles, and other types ...more
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Mar 12, 11 7:11 PM
HIGHHAT -- Can't read either.

Paragraph 5 says "Undermining the authority of management and morale of co-workers; employee attempts to embarass, ridicule or degrade a supervisor; or grumbling, back-talk or overall disrespectful attitude towards a supervisor."

last paragraph "As a municipal employee, not only are each of us responsible for performance management but for being ambassadors of good performance to all our residents, visitors and businesses."

Those passages ...more
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 7:32 PM
Rude behavior, back talk to a supervisor or colleague, insubordination, faking time sheets, abusing sick leave, whatever, these are all issues that threaten the proper running of an agency and must be addressed. When these types of things go unanswered it wreaks havoc on the morale of all of the great, hard working employees. Indeed, letters outlining the expectations of proper professional behavior and conduct are welcome by great employees. They know exactly to whom those letters are directed, ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Mar 12, 11 11:46 PM
to factsandtruth:

Your construction of the reach of Bill Wilkinson's memo to all East Hampton employees is unsupported by what he ACTUALLY said. Fortuitously, he designated the primary objects of his memo by listing them in bold type, to wit:

"Identification of this behavior [insubordination] as unacceptable is especially critical where high-level managers are concerned and where the efficient running of the enterprise demands a high degree of trust and cooperation between top ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 13, 11 1:59 AM
HIGH HAT -- As you can see from the press release below issued by Disney, Wilkinson did it all in HR -- he was the main man who "oversaw all human resources activity throughout the company". The whole enchilada!!!!! Just do a little research HIGHHAT and you will find the facts and truth -- you can't believe anything in the Star. The program at Harvard happens to be the equivalent of a Masters and is only offered to the top executives in the world. You can find that on the Harvard website.
It ...more
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 4:19 PM
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What the hell does the Planning Dept. do all day long
including Talmage and Wolffsohn
1. surfs the internet
2. vodoo rituals
3. grazes
4. daily lessons on how to be RUDE & disrespectful to the public
OVERSTAFFED & OVERPAID
indeed
how about some budget cuts in this department
much appreciated
By bonacspring (5), east hampton on Mar 13, 11 7:18 AM
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You have way too much time on your hands. Vodoo rituals? LMAO. I mean really. Cause if you want to see a vodoo ritual, come and visit me. I will show what time it is Lovee.
By Black Swan (1), Brooklyn on Mar 14, 11 12:07 PM
I find your comment about voodoo rituals appalling (please check your spelling of voodoo).

If memory serves me, there is only one black person in the Planning Department and she happens to be from Haiti. It is a very good thing you hide your identity as your words could be defined as libel in the context of your comments.

You sir, owe an apology, and anything less is a continued insult to this individual.

Racially motivated comments are unacceptable, regardless of the ...more
By tothepoint (5), East Hampton on Mar 15, 11 7:43 PM
Why does Wilkinson meet with the Police Chief each and every morning? That is unprecedented in the history of the town. Law Enforcement doesn't belong in politics and politics doesn't belong in Law Enforcement.

By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 13, 11 8:39 AM
Isn't wilkenson the police chiefs boss?
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 8:52 AM
Unless you think there's something inapporpraite about my comments - where are they? And I agree with Hohum - Brown25's "gestapo tactics" etc. are SO INAPPROPRIATE.
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 10:27 AM
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OK I concede. You guys seem to have a direct line to the Rep. Comm. My friend didn't get the memo and the story. But heres a question of fact. Why did a human resources genious (Wilk) hire a lawyer (Dan Adams) from Southampton who his fellow Reps. fired to do the same job in East Hampton? Why did a financial wizzard (Wilk) sign this lawyer (Dan Adams) to an expensive contract and fire him before the contract expired and pay him to stay out of town? Oops, was it a mistake? Sounds like what McG. would ...more
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 13, 11 12:03 PM
Simple answer. Can't speak for Wilkinson, but I believe he would concede it was a mistake ---- everydody is allowed one or two. The willingness to admit a mistake and correct it is what makes good leadership and good management.
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 13, 11 1:17 PM
This entire series of comments related to this story is facinating and telling. The Democrats in East Hampton are so desperate for any issue that they have decided to attack the supervisor for attempting to make town government more business like, instilling a certain level of organizational discipline and asking employees to respect everyone in the chain of management and labor. A number of the anti-Wilkinson comments above have been shown to be false, fabrications, or based on heresay. When ...more
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 4:33 PM
I'm all for adjusting staffing levels by using part time employees and not filling vacated positions. Has the board examined the police department on the same basis? We seem to have lots of expensive cops for a small town. Rather have more code enforcement staff.
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 4:41 PM
changing the subject? if you want to do an anlysis of the EHPD and back up this whining with facts please do . . . maybe HHS will help you!!! All public info -- better yet! just ask len bernard for a breakdown . . . wilky asked EHPD to cut one million from its budget - bet it's been done - dare you to really check it out Harbor!
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 10:44 PM
to factsandtruth:

Regarding falsity:

This is silly. You post a p.r. handout/letter of recommendation to a departing Bill Wilkinson by his former employers as proof of his expertise. You ARE aware, I presume, that employers habitually write these letters for employees that they want to get off their hands without recriminations? As an reference, it is devoid of authority.

You then say that Bill Wilkinson earned "the equivalent of an MBA" at Harvard Graduate School of ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 13, 11 6:06 PM
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HHSize -- the clip below is taken right from the Harvard website -- see where it says all GRADUATES from the program" receive Harvard Business School Alumni Status." The profram was quite impressive. Obviously your research skills are as weak as your other skills.


"Introduction
From 1957 to 2005, Harvard Business School offered the Program for Management Development (PMD), a two-to-three month executive education program for high-potential middle managers. This selective program ...more
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 7:51 AM
I'm still not getting it HHS - who gives two whits what you - hailing from Quogue- have to say about Town government in EH? Have you ever encountered an employee of EHT?? Spoken to Wilkinson? Gone through the Planning Board process? Built a home? Bought a beach sticker?? Gone to the dump? Attended a Town Board Meeting? Had kids attending any of the schools here? Psychopath?!? Really . . .?? Questioning credentials when no one knows yours? PLEASE - tell me about the "personalities" of ...more
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 13, 11 6:21 PM
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This is all nonsence. The point of the article is Wilk and Quig wrote a letter to all employees invoking in the most straight forward and unambiguous terms that any action that runs counter with their vision will be considered as an act of treason against them. Only the most obtuse could not see it for what it is. Only the most dense could make excuses and blame the employees. Only the most hateful could think they all deserve this abuse. Only the most cold hearted could show such glee at their ...more
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 13, 11 7:44 PM
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Facts - You really have no clue about how an organization is run. If that letter is proof of sociopathic minds, then every successful company in this country is led by sociopaths.

You say if Republicans are stupid enough to renominate him? Are you serious? The DEMS have no one who wants to run against him based on the people I know in East Hampton. I have a friend who is pretty tuned into the Dems, actually he is very tuned into the East Hampton Democrats, and he told me the people ...more
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 13, 11 10:23 PM
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From my observations of planning board meetings (on LTV which I love because it keeps me informed in my own home!) John Lycke and Silvia Overby were the best planning board members ever. If she runs, I could be convinced to vote for her. I liked how she treats people, including all the board members.
By ehmom (4), east hampton on Mar 14, 11 11:19 AM
John and Sylvia . . .R and D . . . but compared to who? I hope you keep watching ehmom . . . I don't think you will have anything to complain about with the current Planning Board . . . but if you see a sign of disrespect to the public please let me know - oh! you don't have to - it's all televised thank goodness!
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 10:31 PM
Seems like a bunch of very nervous and thin skinned Wilkinson supporters on this blog (Gee, I wonder where they get it from). On one hand they chastise HHS for living in Quogue and commenting about EH politics yet others like mrmako (from Southampton) who jump on the circling wagons are welcomed with open arms. Obviously "Gang Mentality" and thuggery at its finest. How dare ye question the King! What is mrmako's dog in this race if he's from Southampton? Aside from all of this there's a bit of egg ...more
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 14, 11 5:58 AM
Mr. Abrams?
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 6:58 AM
Brown25 - I own property in East Hampton too so I have an interest where it counts - in the pocketbook. I want someone protecting my property and keeping taxes down to boot. I'll take a supervisor like Wilkinson who puts the people first and the feelings of his crybaby department heads second.
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 14, 11 5:10 PM
to factsandtruth:

Thanks for the citation. In sum, just as I stated, the (8 to) 13 week program unqualifiedly is NOT claimed by Harvard to be the equivalent of an MBA, as YOU stated. Furthermore, in answer to my question, Harvard of course did NOT award Wilkinson an MBA. (But it did put him on its fund-raising mailing list as an alumnus!)

However, other than establishing the lack of substance to your references, this argument is off-point.

I think the fact that Wilkinson ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 14, 11 12:40 PM
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HHS-Your just too stupid to deal with intelligently.
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 5:16 PM
to factsandtruth:

Touche.
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 14, 11 7:27 PM
Finally read the letter and I am just laughing hysterically at the comments above. This is really entertaining. Obviously, many on this site have never held a serious position in either government or the private sector. No wonder, you are all so afraid to use your real names. While I might change a word here or there, Bill's letter professionally and respectfully describes his expectations for the proper code of conduct that employees should follow. He keys in on high-level managers, because ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 4:22 PM
Even though I use a cover myself I must say Ms. Campolo that your williingness to be identified makes your comments the most credible on this site. Not to mention the fact that you are right on point and write intelligently and with tremendous incite and obvious experioence in working in organizations. Congratulations on being the only person with guts on this whole sick website.
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 14, 11 5:15 PM
Ms. Campolo .. wrong wrong wrong.

He keys on high-level managers because a couple had opposing views from him on specific regulatory matters. That happens all of the time in government. Civil Service protection is given so that senior managers can act outside of political influence and intimidation. In a million years Wilkinson would never have sent the same letter to Disney employees. This has nothing to do with improving employee productivity and everyone knows that. There's no rampant ...more
By harbor (400), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 7:34 PM
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Ms. Compolo your wrong. First off every full time employee, with the exceptions of the attnys, budget officer, and a very few others, is required by law to be a civil servent and under the protection of civil service code. It doesn't matter if your a janitor or a dept. head. Thats to protect workers from the wims of polititions so they can't threaten workers jobs for their own porposes. Also though they report to the Sup. and Town Board they work under the law. They don't work for the current administration ...more
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 14, 11 7:40 PM
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Ms. Campolo has hit a raw nerve with all the Democrat Wilkinson bashers. Her lucid and articulate analysis of the situation is right on the mark. Facts man - you are wrong (again) about civil service. In other towns like Brookhaven and Islip you have commissioners and assistant commissioners, or the equivalent, heading up most of the departments and they sit at the pleasure of the Town Board. No civil service protection. That is absolutely the fact and can be easily verified by a phone call ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 14, 11 9:44 PM
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One other thing that Brookhaven and Islip have that E.H. doesn't. A rather long history of graft. I'm sure it has nothing to do with departmnts being run by political appointees.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 15, 11 7:40 AM
I agree with Harbor, that Wilkinson would have never sent a letter like this to Disney employees. Simply, he would not have had to. Issues of insubordination for example would never have risen to this level in Disney. Government institutions, unfortunately are sometimes different because some employees believe that their civil service status exempts them from professional standards. In many jurisdictions, NYC government for one, senior managers and department heads in particular are not covered ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Mar 14, 11 10:50 PM
Hohum go back to sleep. E.H. doesnt have comissioners. Brookhaven has a bigger beauricracy, thus higher taxes. Its employees, either janitors or dept heads, are civil servents. Thats why the McG. admin couldnt fire Penny 6 years ago. Thats why Wilk and Quig can only retire or lay off. Thats why they cant do anything else but threaten and bully. Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 15, 11 7:02 AM
Read Ms Campolo's comment, and your response. Read what she said, then what you said. Sorry for catching you in another mis-statement of facts AGAIN. You are a joke. I am still very much awake.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 15, 11 6:58 PM
Hey, facts and truth....Thanks for reminding me that Wilkinson's career at Disney. He was at the helm of HR when they shut down the Imagineering lab up at the airport and sent 20 or more good paying jobs out of town.... Thanks for letting me go Bill! and thanks for bringing in those fine high paying jobs selling hot dogs at the MTK festival...There is no question in my mind that you are a god among managers.
By Split Rock (68), North Haven on Mar 15, 11 12:23 PM
This is for HIGHHATSIZE

HHS keeps throwing the word psychopath out there. Psychpaths suffer from mental illness and show aggressive or perverted behavior. HIGHHATSIZE has made 758 posts on everything you can think of. 758 posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if that is not indicative of someone with aggression and an out of whack mentality then I don't know is. HHS must have a little mirror next to his computer screen.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 15, 11 7:09 PM
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What misstatement did I make? That Brookhaven has civil service protected employees? That East Hampton has no comissihners? That Brookhaven taxes are high? That Wilk and Quig can't fire they can only lay off for their definition of insubordination? That they'er bullies? Come on hohum WAKE UP I said the truth or tell me where I,m wrong. Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 15, 11 7:29 PM
to hohum123:

Actually, psychopathy is not a mental illness but, rather, a personality disorder that is untreatable. (Whether it is even a disorder or just a normal personality type is debatable.) For a good snapshot of it, check wikipedia.

The wiki entry will provide more information but, basically, a psychopath is a cold-blooded manipulator. What you and I might understand as empathy he sees as another tool to force others to do his bidding. One authority described psychopaths ...more
Mar 15, 11 9:19 PM appended by highhatsize
Correction: "intRAspecies predators"
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 15, 11 9:19 PM
You guys are a riot. Love this stuff!!!
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Mar 15, 11 10:11 PM
I agree Carol, these people are a bunch of nuts.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 16, 11 9:26 PM
"Wiki-psychology??" Common sense is more like it. HHS (759) Quogue - with that face - and Philathome - just look at THAT face - (1,267) Southampton, moving into EH?? PLEASE - pay my Springs school taxes while ya'll are at it and just trying to figure it out what motivates people!?!? BTW - where's yesyes in all this - miss my friend from Bonac but I'm sure s/he would agree with you both while Wilke bashing . . . yes indeed Bub!
By BonacP (22), East Hampton on Mar 17, 11 1:55 AM
Wilks. Mafia has lost the argument. They have nothing to add except calling names and telling you your wrong but not saying what your wrong about. Time to move on to the next stupid nasty thing Wilk and Quig have done. You only need to read this weeks publication. Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 17, 11 8:52 AM
to BonacP:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

All I have done is call attention to a plausible and frightening explanation for Wilkinson's behavior.

Clearly, Wilkinson misses the sycophancy of corporate life. Coming from a culture wherein every employee is either sucking up or spitting (a euphemism) down, he is upset that he is not afforded due deference.

He spent forty years sucking up and, ultimately, only contrived to get his fingernails on the big board before he was ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 17, 11 11:26 AM
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HighHat ---Are you kidding? Do you really think Wilkinson expected to be CEO of Disney? You are truly delusional. To reach the absolute top of your field (Human Resources) at a Fotune 100 Comapany as Mr. Wilkinson did, far surpases 99.99999% of those people in the Human resources field. Your attempt to diminish that accomplishment in order to make a ridiculously foolish argument to demean the most effective Town Supervisor in Suffolk County is a true joke.
Keep posting----you are the comic ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 17, 11 5:16 PM
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Isn't it true that the "Die Hard Republican" Planning Board Chairman who recently resigned midway through his second 7 year term was unwilling to "bend the rules" and unhappy with corporate leadership? Gee he worked on the PB through a number of administrations. So could he have thrown in the towel because of the attempted manipulation/gutting of the PB process by W/Q? Isn't it true that gentleman has been a huge republican supporter for many, many, many years? What a tremendous loss for the entire ...more
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 18, 11 8:09 AM
Hate to keep this thread going but simply not true Brown - and I'm sure he'd be happy to tellyou that himself. All you have to do is call him - but I'm not surprised you are throwing out yet MORE garbage. We get it - you and your Bro, and Phins and the other Dems don't like Republicans and want to push your agenda by bashing Wilky - Carol's right ... it is comical!
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Mar 18, 11 8:49 PM
Believe it or not, I agree with Boardwatcher. There was a personal reason for him to leave his position and I for one commend him for his decision. Let's not go there Brown, OK.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Mar 19, 11 2:06 PM
First time I've debated an ideological tag-team on this forum. Now that it's done, a tip for future reference. After you've been pinned, rest up quietly for the next match. Don't whinge about how stupid and unworthy your opponent was as you head for the showers. It makes one appear sophomoric.
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 19, 11 7:16 PM
HighHat --- you really debate no one because your points are so idiotic, uniformed and ignorant. People really don't debate with you they simply repond and show how idiotic your "points" are by addressing them with facts. Example, I responded to your idiotic point about Wilkinson being disappointed about not becoming CEO of Disney and not being satisfied with his career by pointing out he acheived what very few in his field achieve, and that is being one of the top 50 HR people in the world. ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 19, 11 7:55 PM
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HighHat --- you really debate no one because your points are so idiotic, uniformed and ignorant. People really don't debate with you they simply repond and show how idiotic your "points" are by addressing them with facts. Example, I responded to your idiotic point about Wilkinson being disappointed about not becoming CEO of Disney and not being satisfied with his career by pointing out he acheived what very few in his field achieve, and that is being one of the top 50 HR people in the world. ...more
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 19, 11 7:55 PM
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to hohum123:

Your assertion that Wilkinson didn't yearn for the position of CEO at Disney because he was "one of the top 50 HR people in the world" is an obvious non-sequitur. I didn't respond because I didn't want to call attention to your error.
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 20, 11 1:32 AM
Do you know what a non-sequitur is? Again no need to debate here just point out your ignorance. If reaching the pinnacle of your profession fulfills your career goal in life (which Wilkinson did), then there is nothing left to strive for because you have reached you ultimate objective. That is perfect sequential logic. What is irrelevant is wanting to be the CEO -- that is a non-sequitur and not part of the chain of reason. It is so easy to illistratate your supidity.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 20, 11 1:41 PM
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Maybe the gentleman may have other issues but we only asked "isn't it true?" Isn't it true he was told he wasn't going to be reappointed as chairman? Everyone in town knows that. You people are the ones who are the bashers of those who you disagree with. HHS always makes good points and you do nothing but bash that gentleman and the others that do too. Isn't it true?
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 20, 11 8:46 AM
He was never told he was not going to be reappointed. He left for other personal reasons that make serving on the Planning Board irrelevant. You again just fabricate. My guess is that without the personal problems he would have been reappointed as Chair. That is an opinion based on what I know about the circumstances surrounding his resignation.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Mar 20, 11 1:31 PM
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Hohum your right he had personel reasons to leave the board but it was the fact that Quig would incessantly interfere in the planning board process that put him to his final decession. Now that Wilk & Quig have stuffed the board with their boot licks the only hinderance to them is the town code and they attack the planning dept employees as a fast and easy way to circumvent that necessity. And yes I know the past chair very well and he wouldn't bend and he knew he would catch it in the neck when ...more
By facts man (148), east hampton on Mar 20, 11 1:50 PM
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Fact Man -- I to know the former chair of the board and I have to disagree with you based on what I know. There was a personal matter involved and that was the reason. The former Chair wasn't even up for re-appointment at the time he resigned. And as far as I know he is still a Wilkinson supporter.
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 20, 11 4:27 PM
to hohum123:

You infer, from the fact that Wilkinson was head of HR, that he didn't dream of being CEO. That inference is the non-sequitur. If your inference is valid, then, had Michael Eisner taken Wilkinson aside during his leadership of Disney and said, "Bill, I'm going to retire, and I want YOU to be the new CEO of Disney", Wilkinson would have replied, "No thanks, Mike, I am satisfied with being VP of HR".

I'll let the readers decide for themselves if your inference qualifies ...more
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 21, 11 12:22 AM
Either you are the dumbest person on this thread or you just are acting stupid to solicit comments.
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 27, 11 1:55 AM
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Either you are the dumbest person on this thread or you just are acting stupid to solicit comments.
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Mar 27, 11 1:55 AM
to connwatcher:

Sorry that you and factsandtruth missed the team bus.
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on Mar 27, 11 9:10 AM
To Facts Man:

Right on Bro. Unfortunatly the man has some sorts of problem. What ever they is I wish him well. But that ain't the real reason he quit the board.But I also wanna know why supervisor Wilkenson won't do the call in show on LTV that all the rest of the other supervisors in the past have done? Isn't it true that he refuses to go on other LTV shows that ask him to? Why is that? Colonwatcher do you wanna come up an excuse for the man?
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Mar 21, 11 10:10 AM
I can't speak for other posters, but as someone who has appeared on LTV, I watch it regulary and I believe Supervisor Wilkinson has appeared on the Henry Haney show 2 or 3 times since he was elected and I think he also did the Fleming show. What other government Q and A shows are there? It seems Wilkinson is more than happy to appearon TV. Do you know of instances where he has turned down Henry or Bill Fleming when asked to appear?................I didn't think so. Your points are all based ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Mar 27, 11 12:50 PM
my comments are based on my observation. you are nothing more than a hack for the party who attacks anybody you dissagree with and is nervice about loosing power come november
By Brown25 (38), Northwest on Apr 11, 11 5:41 PM
Hey Brown - perhaps he is W-O-R-K-I-N-G - unlike the past Supervisor who was S-P-I-N-N-I-N-G T-A-L-L T-A-I-L-S to the public on TV while "working" on our dime! By the way . . . you could just go to any one of the 8 or so Board meetings a month and publicly speak your vitriol and/or ask your make believe questions in public - where the Supervisor would answer your questions and speak for himself . . . or is that a little too simple for you . . .?
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Apr 7, 11 2:53 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser