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May 4, 2012 4:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police Suspension May Hint At Issues In Department

May 9, 2012 12:38 PM

The suspension late last week of a veteran Southampton Town Police lieutenant has deepened the divide between some Town Board members and department Chief William Wilson Jr.—and has brought to light long-standing suspicions about the reliability and trustworthiness of the Town Police in the eyes of other law enforcement agencies, including state and federal offices.

A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed this week that his and other multi-jurisdictional agencies routinely kept the Southampton Town Police in the dark about their investigations within the town—contrary to common practice in other jurisdictions. He said it was because their investigators did not trust the department, in particular the now-defunct Street Crime Unit under the leadership of Lieutenant James Kiernan, who was suspended by the Town Board on Friday pending a hearing on disciplinary charges filed against him this week by Chief Wilson.

Also, two days before presenting the charges he was leveling against Lt. Kiernan, Chief Wilson submitted a complaint to the town’s Ethics Board, asking its members to consider whether Town Board members Chris Nuzzi and Christine Preston Scalera should recuse themselves from consideration of Lt. Kiernan’s suspension and possible disciplinary measures, because the lieutenant is also a Southampton Town Republican Committee member. The chief suggested that Lt. Kiernan’s political position could create a conflict of interest on the part of the two council members because he would potentially play a role in their political endorsements by the party in future elections.

Four members of the Town Board—Mr. Nuzzi was absent for the specially scheduled vote late on Friday afternoon—voted unanimously to suspend Lt. Kiernan for 38 days, until the board’s June 12 meeting, pending a hearing on the list of charges Chief Wilson outlined for them in a closed-door session earlier in the day. The suspension was technically without pay but allows the lieutenant to burn vacation and sick days for the term of his suspension to remain on the town payroll and keep his health insurance benefits. Approximately $139,000 is budgeted for Lt. Kiernan’s base salary and about $220,000 for his total annual compensation and benefits in the town’s 2012 budget.

An attorney for Lt. Kiernan, Ray Perini, said the lieutenant would fight the charges and will not resign from the department.

A town official confirmed that the chief has filed 32 separate charges against Lt. Kiernan pertaining to acts of “misconduct and malfeasance” he is alleged to have committed while supervisor of the department’s Street Crime Unit, a special undercover investigation team focusing on the illegal drug trade.

The federal officer, who is familiar with many details of the case, said his agency was aware of at least one allegation: that Lt. Kiernan, then a sergeant, had protected one of his undercover officers who had developed an addiction to prescription drugs while in the line of duty, and that the commander had “mishandled the situation.” The agent, whose identity is being withheld by the Press because he is not authorized by his agency to discuss the town issues, said he could not elaborate on details of Lt. Kiernan’s handling of the issue, but said that some of the charges could ultimately warrant a criminal investigation. “If someone had that many charges, it’s very likely that there would be a criminal investigation,” the federal official said.

Southampton Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato said that the town’s Superior Officers Association, the union that represents the department’s ranking officers, would decide whether the charges leveled against Lt. Kiernan should be heard by a town-appointed hearing officer or dealt with through binding arbitration. If the union chooses to use a hearing officer, the Town Board would appoint one, and the chief and Lt. Kiernan’s counsel would present their respective sides of the issue in an informal proceeding conducted more or less as a court proceeding would be. The hearing officer would present a recommendation on how the Town Board should address the charges—up to and including dismissal—which the board could choose to follow or take their own course of action by a majority vote. If the union chooses binding arbitration, the decision of the arbiter, after hearing the evidence from both sides, would be final.

The federal official also said that his agency has not trusted the Southampton Town Police Department with confidential information about its investigations for many years. Under former Chief James Overton, he said, there was an “extreme lack of cooperation” on the part of the town department with outside investigations, particularly with regard to drug cases and the Street Crime Unit. He said a raid on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in 2007—which nabbed a newly sworn member of the Southampton Village Police Department, accused as part of a marijuana dealing ring—was hidden from the Town Police in part because some of the town’s officers were “tight with some of the guys on the reservation.”

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Why is it, that while the other four council members were working and able to cast their vote, Nuzzi was not present? From what I heard, Nuzzi was present... and at town hall... but stormed out. Only to be seen in front of Scottos in HB, flailing his arms like a leprechaun who just lost his gold, while on a cell phone! So much for working for the people.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 4, 12 5:46 PM
Unless you were an absolute witness that Nuzzi did that, don't spread something that you heard. Nuzzi is a good guy and I have never seen him run from anything. While your comment might a particular cuteness about it, don't to it at the expense of someone's reputation.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on May 10, 12 9:50 PM
You are 6 days behind the curve. I am not one to tell tales and I am far from cute.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 10, 12 10:35 PM
Are you kidding me? From what I heard? Be more responsible. Please!
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on May 4, 12 6:18 PM
I apologize. I forgot to mention that the sighting occurred at 3:45 pm.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 4, 12 8:11 PM
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A unanimous vote across party lines? That says one of two things, either the town board is finally thinking about the public and logically voting ( of course not Nuzzi) or these charges are so bad they had to act
By mrobin (119), North Sea on May 4, 12 6:29 PM
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Where was Nuzzi? If four votes were cast by councilpersons to suspend this individual, there must be something amiss. Unless Nuzzi had a good reason not to be there, his absence is suspect.
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 4, 12 6:34 PM
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Oh Lord - uh, maybe he was called away on some other official business. There have been countless times that board members are not present for an important vote - jeez people. Proximity or lack of it doesn't prove squat.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on May 10, 12 9:53 PM
Nuzzi's going down with Kiernan
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on May 4, 12 7:20 PM
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WHAT did you do?
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on May 4, 12 8:11 PM
Did this have to do with disapearing documents?
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 4, 12 9:01 PM
Lt. Kiernan is a good man - I hope everything turns out okay.
By jmaiilcl (1), Westhampton Beach on May 4, 12 9:43 PM
Thanks dad !
By carson (79), southampton on May 5, 12 6:23 PM
I sure hope all media outlets are filing FOIL requests ASAP. I don't think the "private personnel matters" exclusion will fly in court.
By VOS (1155), WHB on May 5, 12 12:46 AM
Actually, the civil service law protects some documents from FOIL requests for such reasons.
By HB90 (156), southampton on May 5, 12 12:11 PM
what comes around goes around...........good luck Kiernan you are going to need a lot of it........to the politicians: Don't ever underestimate the Chief of Police, he is much smarter than you ever would think!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on May 5, 12 7:41 AM
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You are 100% correct. Lt. Kiernan needs luck because he is being railroaded in the who's got the bigger salami war between the chief and the politicians and both sides are willing to feed him to the wolves for their personal gain. Politics is all about who is dirtier not who is smarter. Score 1 point for the chief.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on May 8, 12 9:33 PM
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By bringing in an outside puppet (Wilson), who's in over his head, ATH and her ilk, PBA etc, are finally getting their wishes by getting rid of the supervisors who actually demand that the officers of the police department "work" for the tax payers of Southampton. Jim Kiernan deserves better, the tax payers deserve better. Perhaps it's time to investigate all the financial dealings of the con artist Wilson. The soiling of the reputation of Jim Kiernan is nothing less than a political lynching ...more
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on May 5, 12 8:25 AM
What you fail to mention is that the suspension was unanimous 4-0. Nuzzi was absent. Whatever the issue, it was enough to cause the entire Town Board to vote for suspension. Kiernan will have the opportunity to have his side heard at a hearing. The Board could have suspended him without pay, thus he was able to maintain his medical benefits. My question is, why was Nuzzi absent for this very important issue in Southampton Town? The residents provide a handsome salary and benefit package to ...more
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 5, 12 9:17 AM
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And what YOU have failed to note, Crusader, is that the Town Board knows only what Chief Wilson has told them.

The Lieutenant has yet to be heard from, but as a matter of law, WILL have his day.

But if you think back to who lined the walls of the meeting room when Wilson was appointed Chief, it wouldn't surprise me if this entire thing was as a result of the Town PBA having "their guy" prefer charges of some sort again Superior Officer Kiernan.

Nothing like this could ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 5, 12 9:57 AM
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Mr. Wheeler,

Tony Tenaglia would have been chief for only a very, very, very short time. The poor man is suffering from a 26 yr. old injury that put him out to pasture way too soon. Basically, right after he did not make chief.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 5, 12 12:57 PM
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This wouldn't happen if tenaglia was in?! Are u kidding me? Lucky he didn't get in and that's good for the township. Also what YOU fail to mention is that of course they've only heard the chiefs side, he is the top law enforcer in the town and brought his findings to them. The good Lt will have his day to speak his case but I hope it's a good case ESP with the 4-0 vote to suspend.
And Tennyson, uve posted that ur a retired county sgt. You of all people should know what a laughing stock the ...more
By mrobin (119), North Sea on May 5, 12 12:14 PM
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Unfortunately, politics has already played it's ugly part in the shenanigans of our local town and P.D. You don't know my opinion about the officers, either patrol or supervisory.
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on May 5, 12 12:56 PM
Actually Chiefs, once they become Chief, are more politician than Law Enforcement officers. Whether by choice or necessity is another matter.
By Funbeer (253), Southampton on May 7, 12 1:37 PM
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By carson (79), southampton on May 5, 12 6:22 PM
Geppeto, don't you wonder why more people don't bring this up. I think it's crazy. Tenaglia lobbied so hard for chief, didn't get it, then abruptly retired on disabilty and no one said boo.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 5, 12 8:08 PM
Bubby,

I think that people feel more secure not making waves......boo.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 6, 12 8:30 AM
No one wants to say boo about anyone or anything at this point because it can result in losing your job or having your reputation trashed in The Press!
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on May 7, 12 6:50 PM
Not if it's true. The only people that will lose their jobs or get their reputations trashed in the press are those that have skeletons in the closet and continue to abuse their position.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 7, 12 8:57 PM
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By your theory the Press is always truthful, AND the Judge and Jury. So much for the presumption of innocence.
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on May 8, 12 8:16 AM
You must be new to The Press and town politics, Gepetto.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on May 8, 12 9:43 PM
Your attempt to discredit my information based on tenure exposes your bias. We are clearly worlds apart.
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 9, 12 1:53 PM
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Newsy items like this shouldnt be in the press unitl they do their investigation and know that there is an issue. Then it should come out along with why it happended. There shouldnt be any confidentiality with public servants as we need to know what is going on with our tax dollars wheather its a person or a project.
By North Sea Citizen (516), North Sea on May 7, 12 6:09 AM
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in response to crusader, Councilman Nuzzi was seen at an event for his children at teh WHB high school, which can probably be confirmed by the 200+ additional people who were there.

not everything in this world, or this town for that matter, is a conspiracy
By southfork11960 (14), Southampton on May 8, 12 6:28 PM
Just most of it...
By em (49), east hampton on May 9, 12 1:05 PM
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One would think that the filing of 32 charges against a Southampton Police lieutenant is very important in Southampton. Now the Suffolk DA has seized records and both Federal and State law enforcement have not advised the Southampton Police on any investigations. Just what is going on here?

"not everything in this world, or this town for that matter, is a conspiracy"

Perhaps not, southfork...............but obviously something is going on here, one hopes the Federal and State ...more
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 9, 12 11:56 AM
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Please note, this article was updated today at 12:38 PM, adding considerable detail about the mess in Town Hall and the SHTPD.

Well done Mr. Wright and Ms. Reynolds.

Go get 'em, 27east and Southampton Press!

From the second paragraph:

"A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed this week that his and other multi-jurisdictional agencies routinely kept the Southampton Town Police in the dark about their investigations within ...more
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 9, 12 1:34 PM
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You can if you are an anonymous source.
By jams (127), hampton bays on May 10, 12 8:12 PM
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By Zingo (2), Shirley on May 9, 12 1:45 PM
for years they were "the good ole boys club" always suspicious of them, guess this will have to play out, very interesting, but not surprising at all.
By just breath (82), yuck on May 9, 12 1:48 PM
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The entire county is corrupt. Including Spots. So now what?
By Zingo (2), Shirley on May 10, 12 9:29 PM
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By Zingo (2), Shirley on May 9, 12 1:48 PM
Mr. Editor,

Perhaps an update on this story is needed because this morning, the Suffolk DA, as a result of a supoena, descended on Town Hall and removed seven cardboard boxes containing Southampton Town Police personnel files.

I have a feeling there is a lot more to come on this story.
By itsamazing (220), Southampton on May 9, 12 1:51 PM
We are featuring a second story on the seizure. http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/423298/DAs-Government-Corruption-Bureau-Subpeonas-Police-Records-At-Southampton-Town-Hall
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (113), Westhampton Beach on May 9, 12 1:58 PM
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Well done 27east, Southampton Press, and reporters Wright and Reynolds for both updated articles.

Go get 'em.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 9, 12 2:18 PM
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Nuzzi wasnt aware of the meeting. I heard he stormed out and went to Scotto's for lunch (great food by the way) and was jumpimg around outside like a baby. This guy is a disaster. Cant do your job, then leave. Or stick with typing title search approvals or rubbing elbows with those sand and blacktop guys. Disgrace using your family as an excuse. Time for a change people - across the Board !
By carson (79), southampton on May 9, 12 2:20 PM
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Did you feel the earthquake?

Were you standing at the shore when the ocean receded?

Can you feel the tsunami building?

See other articles from today by Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Wright.

Well done!

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/423299/Wilson-Receives-Another-Inquiry-About-Leaving-Southampton-Town

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/423298/DAs-Government-Corruption-Bureau-Subpeonas-Police-Records-At-Southampton-Town-Hall
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 9, 12 5:02 PM
He still looks like Paul Sorvino
By Hambone (507), New York on May 9, 12 7:27 PM
I share with those of you who go back decades with the STPD.. A humble opinion:
"Bigger in this case, day and age,Bigger is Not always Better"...
Mid sixties through subsequent decades the township operated with local homegrown cops... Schooled here.. Raised here.. Worked home sectors.. Brought their families up here.. Had pride to have that car seen in their driveway and so too were their neighbors.
Had our hands full wit the separation of east and west precincts..
A terror filled ...more
By kahuna (67), Tampa on May 9, 12 7:51 PM
ooo
By shtsoa (1), Hampton bays on May 9, 12 9:47 PM
Well you're off base. There are cops on the Southampton Town Police force who are homegrown, who do take tremendous pride in the fact they get to serve the community, are very thankful that they get compensated as well as they do, and work as hard as they can to earn it. One of my best friends is a town cop, that guy gets people on his front porch, calling his home phone, approaching him at the 7-Eleven, with his kids. I saw the Hampton Bays air guitar playing dude stalking him across a parking ...more
By ILOVESOUTHAMPTON (3), Southampton on May 10, 12 6:58 AM
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What does Marco have to do with any of this?
By EQmom (13), East Quogue on May 10, 12 8:58 AM
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Marco.. that's the air guitar dude isn't it? I am just saying. People seem a little harsh. I saw my buddy, take the time to deal with this weirdo, with his young kid with him. I mean that guy was yelling his name and seriously like stalking him. So for Kahuna to put out a general opinion all cops are not genuine in there intent to do good. I say no way. I have seen first hand, I don't have kids, but I would have still been like, man... get away from me. So it takes a certain person ...more
By ILOVESOUTHAMPTON (3), Southampton on May 10, 12 12:43 PM
i love southampton, you, in a nutshell are what's wrong with people. unable to admit any fault, lampoons any criticism of his own side as blasphemy - this is why the town is in such trouble.
By milkdilk (46), Southampton on May 13, 12 8:58 AM
Sam Jenny might agree IMO.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 9, 12 7:58 PM
So you remember him too! smile
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on May 11, 12 8:34 AM
went to school here, and with Billy. Have to applaud him for getting dirty trying to right the wrongs. Hard times, but you have roots here, I'm proud of you!
By LI native (127), east moriches on May 9, 12 9:28 PM
Seems like the Street Crime Unit had a few "untouchable" drug dealers in Town that carried on business with not a care in the world. Hope that changes now that they're part of the East End Drug Task Force.
By bigfresh (4050), north sea on May 10, 12 6:50 AM
These are public employees and the public deserves immediate answers.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 10, 12 8:27 AM
S..lover

Seriously now... You take the time to respond after much forethought and apparently very strong convictions and you conclude that a "Chuck Berry" wanna be is your point of reference... Even your friend must be chagrined with that illustration...
Would have welcomed a better Argument...
Guess you'd have to wear the uniform during both eras to form factual opinions...
Would tip my hat and bend at the waist to hear from those who did...
By kahuna (67), Tampa on May 10, 12 9:38 AM
Really?

now why exactly would a policeman protect a drug dealer? Family? Money? Paul Sorvino would punch you for such an unfounded allegation.
By Hambone (507), New York on May 10, 12 10:12 AM
"I've known Chris for a long time and it makes me sick to see him getting ripped apart for...actually, I don't even know why people are criticizing him to tell you the truth. Maybe this is all a ploy to knock him down so he can't run for Supervisor? Something seems fishy..."
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 10, 12 11:08 AM
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So let me get this straight readers, the new Chief Wilson had asked for Chris Nuzzi to recuse himself from the hearing b/c of party affiliation. Nuzzi had asked for the hearing to be scheduled on the day of the board meeting b/c he could not attend the last min hearing due to a family obligation, and yet they still went ahead with the hearing? I think i have this correct. So why are any of you speculating on Nuzz's where about's when its printed in the press, and it appears that Chief Wilson got ...more
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 10, 12 11:34 AM
Yeah when he hired Kratosville to his 150k position without interviewing anyone else that was phenomenal. He is a republican puppet
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 10, 12 10:14 PM
hamptons 34 wake up and consider that Federal and State law enforcement have had issues with Southampton Town Police. So many that SP were not informed of ongoing investigations. This is fact.
It is also fact that Nuzzi was a member of Lavalle's Brookhaven Town administration when corruption charges were leveled by Spota which resulted in prosecution. Lavalle chose not to run for reelection. Nuzzi then returned to Southampton politics. His mentor, LaValle is now Suffolk GOP Leader. The ...more
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 10, 12 1:24 PM
S lover...
Re read..where is the word "All"? That's your assumption.. Era is not synonymous with ALL !!!
Town P D would still be the first number I would dial ..
By kahuna (67), Tampa on May 10, 12 2:36 PM
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Terminate the police unions and form a county wide internal affairs unit. Loyal and honest policeman will have nothing to fear. Self governance should not exist.
By kpjc (159), east quogue on May 10, 12 6:52 PM
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I've met councilman Nuzzi several times and i have to say the bashing on here about him is totally unmerited. He is down to earth and puts the interest of the residents as his primary concern. Whether you agree with him or not he has always tried to do right for the people of southampton. The p.d. has definately gotten themselves in a bit of a sticky situation, but it has nothing to do with Mr. Nuzzi.
By Methastapholes (2), Sag Harbor on May 10, 12 8:15 PM
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You are so right, Nuzzi is a peach. Care to place a bet on your last statement?
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on May 10, 12 10:44 PM
Obviously, since no other law enforcement agency in New York respects the STPD it is time to disband. Turn it all over to Suffolk County as it is handled in most Suffolk Towns. Only the east end still has these little police departments - which are a breeding ground for corruption, nepotism and wasteful spending.
By amaj (1), hampton bays on May 10, 12 8:37 PM
Wrong the entire county is infested with corruption.
By Zingo (2), Shirley on May 10, 12 9:31 PM
The whole Island Nassau is a cesspool
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 10, 12 10:27 PM
no, it's not diana bob.
By milkdilk (46), Southampton on May 13, 12 8:59 AM
why all the "not spoken" allegations? Aren't they "public paid officials" ? We do deserve to know what is going on, we pay taxes, and a lot of them.
By LI native (127), east moriches on May 10, 12 10:21 PM
There is one thing to lbe said about local control in local police dept. as opposed to bring in the Cty. police. Sountampton's DNA has included the summer influx of (in the past) the ultra wealthy. They presented different situations which the county police did not have to live with day in and day out.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on May 11, 12 8:44 AM
Chris Nuzzi is an honest, dedicated board member. Shame on the people trying to frame him. It's outrageous. And to crusader, i believe you meant to say Steve Levy was under investigation by Spota. I am not sure who your problem is with, the SH Police, the SH Town Council, Brookhavan, LaValla, Nuzzi, or is it just the GOP in general?
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 11, 12 12:38 PM
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Hamptons -

No politician is honest. And I'm not sure people are trying to "frame" him - they are just questioning why he wasn't there and what he may know. Nuzzi has been around for awhile and unfortunately for him he has been around some seriously bad (corrupt) situations - now is that a coincidence? maybe. . .
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 11, 12 12:55 PM
To hamptons34, I did not mean to say that Steve Levy was under investigation by Spota. Spota successfully prosecuted a number of Brookhaven employees for corruption during LaValle's tenure as Supervisor. Nuzzi was part of LaValle's administration in Brookhaven. LaValle decided not to seek reelection after this occurred. Make whatever you choose out of this.
I don't have a problem with the SH Police, apparently Federal and State Law Enforcement does. Not advising local law enforcement of
ongoing ...more
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 11, 12 9:09 PM
Honest and Chris Nuzzi do not belong in the same sentence when talking politics.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on May 11, 12 5:05 PM
Madam you are a disgrace to common sense and decency. Just because you are a left wing progressive hack... you feel you can slander the hardest working member of the board! If he was pro choice and Methodist you would have a different opinion of him. I could say a lot about ATH but I will not. I vote just like you.and elections have consequences.I suggest you live with it.
By joe hampton (3272), south hampton on May 16, 12 7:48 PM
Hey,Kahuna in tampa...I think you nailed it.. Back than we did a lot more with less. My first week on the job I asssisted with a child birth, a l6 year old mother and had no backup because I was the only cop on duty in western Southampton Town. That was from the Brookhaven Town line to the Shinnecock canal. Thats how it was done in the mid 60's. My salary was $4400 per year and no overtime. The only thing we had going for us was people had more respect for Police Officers (with the exception ...more
By unclemilt (55), southampton on May 11, 12 11:07 PM
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Everybody is so quick to believe the word/opinion/allegations of 1 anonymous agent as fact. He can't discuss the details of the lieutenant's case because his agency is not authorized to discuss it but he is authorized to publicly claim that his negative opinion of the police department, more specifically the department that the lieutenant happens to have been in charge of, is shared by his entire agency and also that of multiple agencies that he is not even employed by? No disrespect to the agent ...more
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on May 13, 12 3:04 PM
Isn't it great how these brand-new commenters like Methastapholes (2 posts so far) and hamptons34 (3 posts so far) just spring up out of the ground whenever some Republican like Chris Nuzzi needs defending?

Makes you wonder if they're [1] soldiers ordered into battle by the GOP high command, [2] regular commenters posing as new commenters to pad their side's numbers, [3] the same person, [4] Chris Nuzzi, [5] all of the above.

Whatever it is, this business of "I've met Chris Nuzzi ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 13, 12 5:18 PM
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quite the conspiracy theorist Turkey bridge, i can say i am none of the above and i am not even a republican, a registered democrat just so you know and perhaps one of the accusations you left off was that perhaps i have better things to do then post over 700 comments on 27 east. This happens to be an issue i feel strongly about and felt the need to address. The information i am addressing is printed in the article above and from that information i believe my first post was a correct analysis of ...more
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 14, 12 11:41 AM
Glad to hear you're none of the above, hamptons34 (& would be happy to hear the same from Methastapholes), but you're still wrong. You probably also have better things to do than attend almost all the Town Board meetings for the last four years as I have, and I respect that choice, just as I'm sure you respect my choice to go to those meetings, to post regularly on this site, and to be actively involved in several other ways.

Sure I'm partisan -- couldn't possibly deny it -- but I promise ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 14, 12 6:20 PM
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Ditto to Turkey Bridge from on Quiogue.

What a curious recent moniker for "Methastapholes."

Are the "Meth" parts and the "hole" parts intentional?

Or does this screen name refer to Mephistopheles, "a demon featured in German folklore?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephistopheles

PS -- Perhaps Meth's post above (5/10 @ 8:15 PM) about Mr. Nuzzi's postive qualities was intended to be sarcastic and ironic? If so, well done! Good head fake.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 14, 12 6:59 PM
Lets make sure everyone knows who Turkey Bridge really is
Turkey Bridge, also known as George Lynch, loyal member of the Southampton Town Democrat Committee and loyal supporter of ATH and Bridget.
So who is the real soldier ordered into this battle??
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 14, 12 10:51 PM
Not exactly breaking news, reg rep. Everyone knows this, but it's still good to hear from you even if you're a couple of years behind.

BTW, it's the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, not "Southampton Town Democrat Committee" as you put it. That "Democrat" adjective is a gratuitous slur used by rednecks and retards, which categories hopefully don't include you. It tempts me to start referring to your outfit as the "Southampton Town Republic Committee."

For the record, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 15, 12 11:29 AM
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"Retards" ?!?! I don't think your liberal democratIC friends would approve of that word (unless you are in second grade maybe?)
By CaptainSig (700), Dutch Harbor on May 15, 12 9:05 PM
As a liberal, I fully approve of Turkey's spot on description of the right wing morons who cluck around here like a pack of brain-dead mother hens. Especially reg rep, the top clucker
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on May 15, 12 9:13 PM
Nonetheless, there is a problem in Southampton Town. Too many unanswered questions which I hope the Southampton Press keeps investigating. Partisan politics aside, whoever is found to have committed violation(s) of statutes should be prosecuted. If they happen to be an elected official, all the more reason to expose any wrongdoing.
By crusader (390), East Quogue on May 15, 12 6:36 AM
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HaHaHaHa, as you said George, most people know who you are.

Democrat Party" is a political epithet used in the United States instead of "Democratic Party" when talking about the Democratic Party.[1] The term has been used in negative or hostile fashion by conservative commentators and members of the Republican Party in party platforms, partisan speeches and press releases since 1940.

Thanks for the laugh.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 15, 12 7:09 PM
Hey look who's back....how was the ride up marrieta? Enjoy your winter in sunny Florida? Glad to see your back and as angry as ever.....too bad the ignorance came back with you.

Bama-Slama
By Bama-Slama (41), Hampton bays on May 16, 12 8:44 AM
Speaking of clowns,your the King!!! you should know. Beep Beep
By They call me (2591), southampton on May 16, 12 7:32 PM
Bama-Slama says what I have suspected about your real identity for a while, reg rep (I'm a little slow). The difference is that I respect screen names, even if everyone does know who we are -- it's the culture of the site.

Anyway, I guess that makes us both soldiers, right? Of course, you rank a lot higher on your side than I do on mine, since you run the show over there. Makes you responsible for a lot of bad stuff, come to think of it.

Your definition of the connotation of ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 16, 12 10:04 AM
Can't we all just get along?
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 16, 12 12:42 PM
Not likely
By joe hampton (3272), south hampton on May 16, 12 7:28 PM
Every time I bring your real identity into the picture you and your buddies get offended.

I must say I haven't laughed this hard in a while after reading your comments. Turkey, you and your buddy Bama-Slama are so off base. I really do find your comments very funny and entertaining I can hardly wait to sign on.
I really enjoy breaking your chops and from your comments I see I'm doing a good job.

BTW George as you stated above no one listens to you. Let me tell you why, ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 16, 12 10:56 PM
Relax marietta.....you may need to go on meds if you keep up with the anger issues, but I can see why. I am a registered conservative, leaving the republicans because of fools like you. Now because of fools like you I am stuck with Malone.....thanks for that. Your public behavior is pathetic casting a shadow on all republicans as ill tempered and ignorant. For the republicans to survive in Southampton you need to stay in Boca. And please dont try to say I am off base. Before your return from Florida ...more
By Bama-Slama (41), Hampton bays on May 17, 12 9:18 AM
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By clam pie (161), Westhampton on May 17, 12 10:29 AM
OK, reg rep, now we all know what a horrible person you think I am, which is beside the point. Getting to the point, do you have anything to say about the substance of what I wrote, or are you only capable of empty vitriol?
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 17, 12 10:56 AM
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By They call me (2591), southampton on May 17, 12 1:57 PM
Turkey, speaking of empty vitriol, re-read some of what you wrote in some of your 722 comments.

I should not even bother to answer Bama but here it goes. Don't you think they have computers in Florida? You don't have to be sitting in SH to sign on to this blog. Duh!
BTW my family and I are still laughing about who you think I am. OMG so funny.
The only thing I agree with is that the Republican Party here in SH is a joke.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 17, 12 9:48 PM