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Female Southampton Town Police Officers File Sexual Discrimination Claims

Publication: The Southampton Press
BY MICHAEL WRIGHT
AND COLLEEN REYNOLDS   Feb 20, 2013 10:49 AM
Feb 20, 2013 2:05 PM

Two Southampton Town Police sergeants have filed civil rights claims against the town and the department, alleging a pattern of sexual discrimination by their superiors.

Sergeant Lisa Costa and Sergeant Susan Ralph each have filed discrimination claims with the New York State Division of Human Rights in the last two weeks, citing what Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato characterized as “a course of conduct” regarding their treatment by the department’s top brass with regard to promotions and duty assignments throughout most of their careers with the town.

The complaints will be investigated by the Human Rights Division, and the town will be given a chance to respond to the allegations. The state investigators will then make a determination as to whether there is probable cause for the claims. If probable cause is found, the commission will convene hearings before an administrative law judge, a process that could take more than a year.

Sgt. Costa has been a Town Police officer for more than 13 years and a sergeant for six. She served with the Suffolk County Park Police for four years prior to joining the town. In July 2011, she was assigned by then Police Chief William Wilson to head the department’s Detectives Division. On at least two occasions, Chief Wilson officially requested that the Town Board promote Sgt. Costa to the rank of lieutenant. In January 2012, Chief Wilson requested three promotions from the board: that Sgt. Costa be promoted to lieutenant, and that officers Steve Miller and Michael Burns be promoted to sergeant. The Town Board granted the promotions of the two men but not that of Sgt. Costa.

In April 2012, the chief wrote a letter to the Town Board again requesting that Sgt. Costa be promoted to lieutenant, saying that she had done “a superlative job in reconstructing and modernizing our investigative unit,” and that “she clearly possess the organizational and analytical skills necessary to excel in any administrative assignment.” He also noted that were she promoted she would be the first female police lieutenant in eastern Suffolk County.

When the board did not respond to his request, he promoted her internally to “acting lieutenant” and assigned her to the duties typically associated with that rank. Shortly after Chief Wilson resigned in December, Sgt. Costa was stripped of her acting lieutenant title by his successor, Chief Robert Pearce. She remains the head of the Detectives Division as a sergeant.

Sgt. Ralph has been with the Town Police for 11 years. She was promoted to sergeant in 2010. She also serves on the town’s Ethics Board. Specific details about the nature of her claim were not available this week.

Neither Sgt. Costa nor Sgt. Ralph would comment on their claims. The attorney representing both women, Leonard Leeds, was unavailable for comment.

Chief Pearce said this week that he has not yet had a chance to review the complaints in detail. He said he plans to meet with Ms. Scarlato sometime in the next few weeks. The chief, who has been with department for 32 years, rejected the idea that there has been a pattern of sexual discrimination within the department during his tenure. “I’m sure this will go its normal course,” the chief said of the complaints.

Ms. Scarlato said that the actual complaints filed by the officers and issued to the town are not a matter of public record until the state investigators make a determination on the probable cause of the claims. She would not say whether the claims name specific members of the police force or the Town Board as having perpetrated the discrimination

While civil rights claims against the town are not uncommon, Ms. Scarlato said the vast majority are found to not have merit by state investigators. The last claim that reached the hearing stage was that of Darlene Troge, a former town employee who charged she was wrongfully terminated in 2011 and discriminated against by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst’s administration. The supervisor and the town were absolved of wrongdoing by the administrative law judge that heard the case.

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Welcome to the new America. If you don't get your way pull the race card or pull the gender card. Ironically alot of woman, and minorities get hired to meet the quota set by political correctness. Whoo did I say that? It's time they stop their whining and be happy they have a job making 200k with benefits. There are many who would that job and are qualified. Grow up!!!!!
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 20, 13 1:54 PM
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So chief, are you saying there has never been gender discrimination in any police department? And never in the Southampton Town PD?

PS -- And we are also talking about discrimination behind The Blue Wall of Silence.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 2:12 PM
Note that Chief Pearce "rejected the idea that there has been a pattern of sexual discrimination within the department during his tenure. “I’m sure this will go its normal course,” the chief said of the complaints."

By "normal course" is he implying that this case will go away?

In 32 years, there has never been any gender discrimination in the SHT PD?
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 2:15 PM
Chief... Chief of what? By your first comment I think you must be way behind the times. Chief Neanderthal is what I think of you. Maybe even a Tea Party cheif.
By summertime (488), summerfield fl on Feb 21, 13 11:40 AM
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Here we go again everytime you mention the cops summertime comes on and protects her relatives. Nice try. The bottom line is 95% of this country is protected by county sherriffs or stae police officers. We can pay the state troopers a fraction to be better protected. I once had an accident in Bridgehampton and it took an hour for the SHTPD to show up. Do you know why? The officer told me that there are usually only one or two sector cars from the canal out to East Hampton. That is where the millions ...more
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 21, 13 12:52 PM
Maybe when your off the govt dole you will figure out how outrageous this force is. I guess if you question overspending you are in the tea party. This country is made of sheep being led to the slaughter. No one questions anything.
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 21, 13 12:56 PM
Tell us Chief, what are those "30" cops doing at the station? I've been there a few times, I see a lot of civilian clerks, a few detectives, never more than 1 or 2 uniformed cops.
Just keep making things up, it all adds to your integrity.
(btw: "your" is possessive, you meant "you're" as in "you are")
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 21, 13 1:16 PM
Another cave person appears to have joined Chief Neanderthal below. Must be the longer days drawing them out of hibernation!
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:20 PM
The old regime takes over and the womanizing returns. Female Police Officers have been subjected to a hostile work place there for years. Male supervisors sleeping with female jail guards and under age Traffic Controls officers on duty. Check the record Supervisors: Foster, Boden, Pearce, Overton, Sommers. Some disciplines and most pushed under the rug. An outside agency should and must investigate that department again like was done several years ago resulting in the Chief having to attend ...more
By carson (78), southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:51 PM
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By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 22, 13 10:19 AM
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By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 23, 13 9:46 AM
So is it 20-30 or is it 30? It was clearly your intent to infer that there are 30 cops at HQ. Wiggle all you want, you don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 23, 13 10:07 AM
Chief Pearce is either lying or has a horrible memory. I tend to think that prior as you would remember your boss being all over the newspaper for sexual harassment. What else does he know about and deny? Credibility is key Chief Pearce!
"Officer Drew confirmed this week that there were at least three sepa- rate female officers who had come to the PBA with complaints about the chief ’s conduct, and that she had personally witnessed one of the incidents.
She characterized the nature ...more
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Mar 2, 13 9:02 AM
How about welcome to a more fair America, dinosaur?
By NormaRae2 (1), Melville on Mar 26, 13 9:31 AM
Make a deal with the state police and put an end to this nonsense. The SHTPD is not worth it
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:09 PM
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Please answer the question above about any previous gender discrimination, if any. Thank you.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:44 PM
Chief doesn't need to read the story. He saw the headlines and now he is in a position to render an opinion.
"ironically, a lot of women and minorities get hired to meet pc quotas" Really? There has never been a quota, required by law, pc or otherwise. they got the job on their own merits.
Do you have a clue as to how many Lts or Sgts there are and how many of them are women? Of course not.
Yes Chief, we'll just lock the door, and the state will send a bunch of troopers down here ...more
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 13 4:44 PM
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Chief doesn't need to read the story. He saw the headlines and now he is in a position to render an opinion.
"ironically, a lot of women and minorities get hired to meet pc quotas" Really? There has never been a quota, required by law, pc or otherwise. they got the job on their own merits.
Do you have a clue as to how many Lts or Sgts there are and how many of them are women? Of course not.
Yes Chief, we'll just lock the door, and the state will send a bunch of troopers down here ...more
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 13 4:45 PM
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By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 21, 13 1:13 PM
So chief are you saying that they were hired because they are women and that they are not qualified for their positions.
By pstevens (394), Wilmington on Feb 20, 13 3:16 PM
Has Chief Pearce been on the job long enough to know anything about this particular situation? Wilson was perhaps not interested in promoting women.
By localcitizen (50), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:24 PM
One assumes that the Chief's reference to "his tenure" includes the many years of other supervisory positions he has held, and permits to his entire 32-year stint in the PD. It would be interested to hear his clarification in a follow-up article.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:43 PM
permits = perhaps.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:45 PM
Did you even read the article? It clearly states that Chief Wilson attempted to promote at least one of these young ladies.
By blbandit (15), Southampton on Feb 20, 13 3:46 PM
The article does clearly state that Chief Wilson was attempting to get one of them promoted. Change if often resisted and the only change since 1990 was Chief Wilson. Then back to Chief Pearce with 32 years in the Dept. You know the saying, "If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem."
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 26, 13 11:13 AM
Chief Wilson wrote a letter to the town board requesting the promotions of 2 people to sergeant and 1 person to lieutenant. The Town Board is responsible for approving or denying of these promotions. The 2 sergeant positions were approved and the lieutenant position denied. If anyone is discriminating against the female officers its the Town Board. Chief Wilson made Sergeant Costa acting Lieutenant because he felt she was more than qualified to hold that position and perform the duties associated ...more
By lifesaver (93), speonk on Feb 20, 13 4:29 PM
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["sigh"] Another week, another allegation of misdeeds by the STPD.
By highhatsize (2073), East Quogue on Feb 20, 13 5:24 PM
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Two female Southampton Town Police Sergeants filing of a gender discrimination charge against the town and department is another blemish upon the department. In my opinion something serious must have been going on for two long term employees to go this route.
By crusader (243), East Quogue on Feb 20, 13 6:44 PM
Yeah it's called victimization. In this poor me society all they have to do is blame white men for making them feel less than perfect.
Remember Tawana Brawly? Same principles different aproach.
By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 21, 13 1:19 PM
Did Chief Neanderthal rouse you out of hibernation, or was it the fine sunlight of these longer days?
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:22 PM
PS -- Comment directly above was in reply to double-D.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:33 PM
Doesnt take much to get your attention. Just a little bit of realism and logic. Jimmy the greek never heard from again for a legitimate opinion. But there is Al Sharpton on CNBC. Just saying. Hypocrites!
By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 22, 13 7:01 PM
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By NormaRae2 (1), Melville on Mar 26, 13 9:41 AM
Two female sergeants? How many other departments on the east end have 2 females in supervisor positions? How many female officers does SHTPD have? Sounds like, percentage-wise, the females are doing just fine.....
By All About Me (1), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 13 10:31 PM
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By Mr. Z (6115), North Sea on Feb 21, 13 7:49 PM
Isn't this the same police department that had a lawsuit filed against it because the officers strip-searched a female who turned down a date with one of its cops?
By SouthforkJoe (5), Montauk on Feb 21, 13 6:55 AM
Wrong dept but, good job keeping up with old news.
By khan (34), hampton bays on Feb 21, 13 7:13 AM
Yea the two dept's are worlds apart. Norm Stampler "Breaking Rank" crack it now!
By bayarea (38), hampton bays on Feb 21, 13 7:30 AM
Southampton Town PD has like eight female cops. So two of the eight are sergeants. Lets see they have like 13 sergeants... so 2 are sergeants, the other eleven are male.. Of an 85 male department, 8 female department. 22% of the female officers have attained the rank of sergeant, where as 12% of male have. That doesn't seem too unreasonable. Don't they have to take a civil service exam to attain rank of sergeant? Sounds weak in my estimation, but hey my taxes will pay the fall out.
By 4Real2013 (2), Flanders on Feb 21, 13 10:02 AM
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Sgt Ralph: Spent minimal time on patrol; was assigned to street crime; promoted to detective and then promoted to sgt.

Det. sgt. Costa: spent minimal time on patrol; was assigned to CRU Unit; promoted to detective; further promoted to Sgt. And then made Det. Sgt.

Yeah, a real pattern of discrimination. Give me a break!
By The Truth Hurts (3), Hampton bays on Feb 21, 13 10:55 AM
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Gender-based discrimination can, and usually does, happen in very specific individual circumstances. Often the violation occurs within the context of apparent statistical parity providing "cover" of sorts for the employer.

The specific facts of each employee's beef will come to light here, but for two very experienced women to step forward, knowing that their careers may suffer, suggests IMO that they may have legitimate cases. At a minimum, they have likely vetted their cases with experienced ...more
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:32 PM
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By carson (78), southampton on Feb 21, 13 3:42 PM
So the old chief puts sgt costa up for promotion numerous times because she deserves it and now fast forward a few months later and (check the resolutions for this coming meeting) not only is mike zarro, the SOA president, slated for promotion but William kiernan to sgt??? Something smells extremely fishy, the politics have to stop. Whatever happened to Jim kiernans charges, now his loyal soldier brother gets promoted? Pearce is just continuing what he learned from Overton and tenaglia, womanizing ...more
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Feb 21, 13 4:20 PM
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The statistical data provided by 4real2013, who is obviously an opponent to the promotions for the women supervisors, as observed by his single post, only solidifies the argument/ lawsuit. Having a successful female officer involved in any undercover work is harder to find than filling the position with a male. In addition, having a female office representing the STPD in the community response unit holds more value as well. Although statistically, women appear to be above board on the supervisory ...more
By Geppetto (59), Southampton on Feb 21, 13 5:48 PM
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"While civil rights claims against the town are not uncommon, Ms. Scarlato said the vast majority are found to not have merit by state investigators."
Not uncommon? That is an unsettling statement. How common are they and how many have been found to have merit? Rather dismissive IMHO.
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 21, 13 7:34 PM
KGeppetto. I do not oppose their promotions. I oppose them trying to claim gender as a reason. As noted "The Truth Hurts," they have very good careers. I am sure deservedly so. But if they got all of that stuff, where was the sexual discrimination under Overton (Chief) and Pearce (Lt). Listen if they came out and said, "hey we are getting screwed because we backed Chief Wilson." I would say that's absolutely right. Which doesn't make it right. But lets not make it a gender based issue. ...more
By 4Real2013 (2), Flanders on Feb 21, 13 8:13 PM
What makes you say they "supported a chief" sounds like they worked hard and "supported" all the chiefs that they worked for. I believe the whole idea of civil service was to take the politics out of the job, but alas.... Southampton
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 21, 13 8:35 PM
What we are all forgetting is that Chief Pearce was the outgoing President of the SOA police union and when he got to be Chief he appointed Sergeant Zarro as new President of the SOA police union and is now trying to promote him to Lieutenant over more qualified applicants. Dirty corrupt moves continued by the uppers. If zarro was a true President of the union he would fight for those above him on the list and the more qualified, the same people he is supposed to protect. What a disgrace as a ...more
By carson (78), southampton on Feb 27, 13 12:26 AM
Did you really think it was going to be different? Wilson was trying to lead the police department and have it work for the taxpayers and look what the town board did to him. LEADERSHIP and INTEGRITY are two words that the Overton/Tenaglia admin NEVER had and Pearce learned it all from them. There's not one leader among the upper crust of the town pd, and everything they do seems to just be about them..... Where's the reporting on Kiernans charges? Is he in a managerial position still or just pulling ...more
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Feb 27, 13 8:02 AM
Schurek was a candidate for Chief, correct?
http://olive.pressnewsgroup.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Search&Key=SPW/2011/04/28/1/Ar00101.xml&CollName=SPW_APA3&DOCID=190290&PageLabelPrint=A1&skin=SouthamptonA&AppName=2&sPublication=SPE&sPublication=SPM&sPublication=SPW&sPublication=EHP&sQuery=schurek&sSorting=%2553%2563%256f%2572%2565%252c%2564%2565%2573%2563&sDateFrom=%2530%2539%252f%2530%2531%252f%2532%2530%2530%2537&sDateTo=%2530%2532%252f%2530%2531%252f%2532%2530%2531%2533&ViewMode=HTML
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 8:25 AM
If he was I'd love to have been a fly on the all there......dude. The old expression every a**hole can apply
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Feb 27, 13 6:30 PM
I am always amazed when people like Marietta Seamen, Nancy Graboski, etc touted Tenaglia because he had served so many years and he should be next in line for the Chief. You see it a lot in organizations (especially civil service) where people are promoted to their level of incompetency. Just because you stayed or overstayed a long time does not mean you are qualified for the next level. I am sure Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia had a long career too before he ran his ship aground.
I ...more
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 10:42 PM
What is with the immediate, reactionary denials of discrimination? If someone makes an allegation that has merit, it should be investigated. If there are discriminatory practices in hiring and promotion they should be remedied. If not, no harm done.
By dagdavid (645), southampton on Feb 22, 13 9:43 AM
Seems that if there is gender discrimination it is at the Town Board level. Both of the women were previously promoted to Sergeant based on their achievement, but not everybody can make it all the way up the hierarchical pyramid, there are less and less seats. That said, if Sgt Costa is performing the managerial and administrative tasks typically handled by a Lt., she should get the promotion.

Chief does have a point though, if a Caucasian male was feeling similarly aggrieved, he would ...more
By smacw (147), New York on Feb 22, 13 9:51 AM
Jeez, where does this stuff bubble up from?

All employees have equal recourse under the law.

The SHT PD has plenty of cars on the East End year-round. I see them all the time; there is a precinct sub-station in BH.

All one has to do is leave the cave and take the blinders off . . . in "the present."

Tourism costing a bundle? Lord!
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 22, 13 10:20 AM
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By smacw (147), New York on Feb 22, 13 11:45 AM
They might have a place they park traffic cop cars, but actual cops (not kids on traffic patrol) on the East end is usually one. In fact I met a cop in Bridgehampton who was worried if there was a out of control group how long it would take him to get backup. No not all employees have equal recourse under the law. Ever hear of affirmative action? Go back to your strange weather forecasting
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 22, 13 10:41 AM
chief1, actually now that you have made this personal -- you never answered the questions way above about gender-based discrimination in the SHT PD. Are you saying it has never existed?

The actual "one" LEO in a marked Town PD car must drive like crazy all over the East End! mrobin below says 3 cars? Who are we to believe?

White males have prevailed in plenty of cases alleging "reverse discrimination" IMO. Here, the facts of actual discrimination, or not, will prevail.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 22, 13 11:13 AM
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By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 22, 13 7:11 PM
Ha ha, double-D, maybe you should read the ENTIRE post right above yours, where I replied to chief1's point about affirmative action. See the last point, in its own separate mini-paragraph, immediately above your post?

By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 22, 13 8:35 PM
Your opinion is that you can prevail in a reverse discrimination lawsuit? Really? Based on what? According to a law journal I read you have less than a 3% chance of winning a suit like that. The bottom line is Southampton Town will be spending hundreds of thousands this year defending the Drug Task forces alledged arrests. Now they will defend these suits not to mention other litigation. It is time the town board does a study of how much can be saved by disbanding the SHTPD.
By chief1 (1267), southampton on Feb 23, 13 9:54 AM
"ha ha"- grow up. I admit i rarely get beyond a few sentences of your opinionated garbage because i tend to loose focus.(have you counted your posts on this thread alone?) You never have a constructive opinion unless it involves propaganda you support. I dont make comments to win or lose. I attempt to bring truth and common sense to my posts. You should try it sometime. Maybe people other than yourself may then enjoy your posts as well.
By double-D (96), southampton on Feb 26, 13 1:11 PM
The substation is not and has never been manned. There are only 3 police cars east of the canal year round, that's it no extras at all. Now take into account a bad call or arrest and you might be down to 1or 2. The cars you see, I'd presume are the same ones running from job to job. The town board and pd supervisors don't want the public to know this because instead of running the pd thinking about public safety and staffing it the way it should, it's all about the Benjamin's. Bring in the sheriffs ...more
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Feb 22, 13 10:43 AM
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Ditto to taking politics out of the Town Board's handling of the PD in general.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Feb 22, 13 11:15 AM
Take the politics out? You live in a special world, don't you? Politics like the Lt at the Sheriffs department who runs the County Conservative Party who told Malone to side with the Dems and appoint Wilson as Chief? Is that the politics you refer to?
Highhat, care to comment on the Bratton report?
Feb 23, 13 10:13 AM appended by But I'm a blank!
The above comments are in response to Chief1.
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 23, 13 10:13 AM
to But I'm a blank!:

If the STPD is understaffed as some posters claim, the reason is obvious. We can't afford to put more cops on the street at $$150K apiece. Were the STPD paid at the same rate as NYPD cops and we kept the present budget, we would have all the coverage anyone could wish for. However, that is an impossibility under the current system.

It will get worse. As STPD salaries rise at a compound rate, the force will surpass $$200K/yr. in average compensation and ...more
Feb 24, 13 1:05 AM appended by highhatsize
to but I'm a Blank!: Having reached my 2-a-day posting limit, I must resort to an appendage. Regarding your posted response, I believe that I have mistaken the "Bratton Report" to which you referred. I took you to mean the 2009 report (the most recent) which deals with p.d. accounting. You may have meant the 2003 report which I cannot find online. If so, and if you can provide a link to the 2003 document (I don't THINK that the avaricious censors of the Press will delete THAT), I would appreciate it. If you did indeed mean the 2009 report, perhaps you could reference a page or paragraph therein. Thanks.
By highhatsize (2073), East Quogue on Feb 24, 13 1:05 AM
Oh come now HHS, I'm sure you have a copy at your disposal. If not, head on down to town hall and FOIL one.
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 26, 13 12:18 PM
to But I'm a blank!:

I COULD do that, or I could walk into STPD headquarters and announce my name followed by, "You may know me as 'highhatsize' on 27east.com."

A word of warning to those who consider FOILing documents relating to the STPD at town hall. Unless your are a known sycophant, your life could become unpleasant.
By highhatsize (2073), East Quogue on Feb 26, 13 2:04 PM
For all your rants you have accomplished nothing. Not one cop with over 20 years service has been forcibly retired. There are no gendarmes from Nepal driving patrol cars in Hampton Bays.
The sad thing is HHS, you believe in your paranoid mind that you have some sort of effect on the running of the PD or that amy of the Police Officers in town could gives two shakes about you.
Grow up.
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 26, 13 3:49 PM
That may or may not be true. One thing is for sure when you serve "at the discretion" of someone that is an awful useful way to keep someone "in line"
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest/410609/Southampton-Town-Senior-Police-Officers-May-Not-Be-Forced-To-Retire
Those officers serve at the discretion of the town board after 20yrs and the threat of termination (forced retirement) has been brought up on more than one occasion... with politicians making that call. A lot ...more
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 26, 13 7:17 PM
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The portion of the Bratton Report I was refering to was on manning and staffing, as I would have assumed someone of your comrehension skill should have known.
However, as usual, you chose to respond as you desired, to assail the PD once again, neglecting to state that the high salaries that bother you so much are common throughout Long Island.
You also avoide answering questions posed to you about what you really pay for police services. Not once have I seen you make a staement about teachers ...more
By But I'm a blank! (792), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 13 12:50 PM
Nice blank, these people pay more for cable tv in one month than they do for police in a year, and still choose to complain about salaries and benefits they themselves could have earned had they chosen to stand up for their community
By Clarity (65), Whb on Feb 24, 13 5:37 PM
Wow , a lot of issues and drama within this dept . Maybe time to look at county police to take over .
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 26, 13 7:00 AM
The county PD would greatly increase our tax bills. Someone was finally cleaning up the problems/corruption, but Nuzzi, Scalera & Malone forced him out while ATH & Flemming sat impudently on the sidelines. The only way things will change is if a bright light shines on the administration & town board and someone finally holds them accountable for their actions.
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 26, 13 10:23 AM
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to But I'm a blank!:

Thanks for your reassurance but I will continue to preserve my anonymity "just in case."

With the 5 Wise Monkeys as Board members, led by the PBA's aging calendar girl/patroness, there is no chance that anything that anyone says will change the behavior of the STPD, no matter how deplorable.

On the other hand, there IS the possibility that the ongoing investigations of STPD embezzlement and drug use will yield indictments allowing the state to come ...more
By highhatsize (2073), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 12:32 AM
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"Just because you are paranoid, does not mean someone is not after you." I think you are only slightly off on where the problem lies.
Why would one shred and/or remove records upon retiring unless something bad (possibly not acquired legally) was in them?
“I ordered those records,” Captain Tengalia stated, stressing the “I,” and saying he asked the town to take control of them during the transition between the two police administrations. “I didn’t know ...more
Feb 27, 13 6:18 AM appended by OU812
"Ms. Schermeyer said she was awaiting a return flight from Buffalo to New York City on May 4, when the supervisor called her to say she had a report from within the police department that records were being shredded, and also reporting that Chief Overton had left the building with his personnel file, and that Ms. Kabot had been in headquarters two days in a row and left with files. Ms. Schermeyer said the captain called her the same day, noting the supervisor’s concerns. The clerk said that she and the captain made an appointment to meet at headquarters the next day to assess the situation. She said it was determined that Chief Overton’s file was properly released to him, as were records that were disposed of." I tend not to believe in coincidences and there seem to be a lot of them. Do employees normally take their personnel files with them? Isn't the department required to maintain them for a certain amount of time?
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 6:18 AM
Very intuitive Highhat - One only knows, but it feels like something is in the air. The D.A.'s Office Investigators have been seen back at Town Hall recently and I have found out that they had surquestered many Police Uinion Officials from our little town to Hauppague offices just last week. ???????????????????
By carson (78), southampton on Feb 28, 13 9:41 AM
There seems to be a lot to look into - "former Town Police Captain Anthony Tenaglia has spoken out—to say there was no wrongdoing. “There were no records destroyed. There were no records missing,” the former captain, now retired, who was in charge of police headquarters at the time of the incident, said in a phone interview on Monday. “This was some concocted conspiracy theory that never occurred.”" BUT Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer says, "it was determined that Chief ...more
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Feb 28, 13 10:09 AM
Yes, but if they do come in and clean house, wouldn't it be nice if Overton and Tenaglia could also be charged?
By Bouttime (2), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 13 9:10 AM
A well behaved female has never made history...Good for them ...stay the course...
By sag runner (19), Easthampton on Mar 1, 13 5:34 PM
What Laurel Thatcher Ulrich actually was “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History,” the title of her 2007 book.
By Frank Wheeler (1260), Northampton on Mar 1, 13 8:00 PM
SInce 27east seems to be bending to town hall and burying news articles in archives here are the newer articles
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/454801/Board-Members-Say-Female-Officers-Were-Not-Discriminated-Against?message=posted

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/454800/Town-Promotes-Zarro-But-Skips-Others-Pays-Sandy-Bills
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Mar 1, 13 11:11 PM
PBR in ref to your "Note that Chief Pearce "rejected the idea that there has been a pattern of sexual discrimination within the department during his tenure. “I’m sure this will go its normal course,” the chief said of the complaints.""

Chief Pearce is either lying or has a horrible memory. I tend to think that prior as you would remember your boss being all over the newspaper for sexual harassment. What else does he know about and deny? Credibility is key Chief Pearce!
"Officer ...more
By OU812 (160), East Quogue on Mar 2, 13 9:59 AM
Pearce must have amnesia. He apparently forgot about his peer, Sharon Ibel, who was discriminated against and had to sue to break the glass ceiling to become the first female sgt. I guess he does not remember when he got the promotion to lieutenant over her and used to taunt her by tapping his LT bars when he would give her orders. He must also forget when Tony Tenaglia changed the Emergency Service Team policy that all Street Crime Unit members could become members without a tryout, but then changed ...more
By sunnydays (43), Hampton Bays on Mar 2, 13 4:21 PM
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