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Jan 3, 2018 3:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Member Won't Attend Work Sessions Until School Ends

Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni during Wednesday's organizational meeting. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jan 9, 2018 2:01 PM

The newest member of the Southampton Town Board announced last week that he will not be attending Thursday morning work sessions through the end of the school year in June.

Tommy John Schiavoni, a 54-year-old Sag Harbor resident, said during the January 3 organizational meeting that he won’t be able to attend the weekly work sessions every Thursday at 10 a.m. because of his job as a social studies teacher at Center Moriches High School.

“I’m a teacher and I’m certainly going to finish the school year,” said Mr. Schiavoni, noting that he plans to file for retirement this year.

Mr. Schiavoni said he was clear about his prior obligations to his students during each debate during the campaign. “During the campaign I had stated that in every debate—that I was a teacher nearing retirement,” he said.

Mr. Schiavoni said he plans to submit questions to be asked at work sessions to help him make educated votes, and will watch all of the meetings online. All Town Board work sessions and meetings are recorded by SEA-TV and can be found in the Town Clerk Portal on the town’s website, southamptontownny.gov.

Councilman John Bouvier stood up for his colleague, noting that some work sessions might be held at later times to accommodate his schedule. “Nothing is set in stone that we need to have work sessions at 10 on Thursdays,” he said.

Mr. Bouvier noted that, in the past, work sessions have been held at different times and places—including in Hampton Bays and Flanders—to encourage more people to participate in government. Some varying times for work sessions, especially for larger issues, may happen during Mr. Schiavoni’s first six months in office, he said.

During the organizational meeting last week, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman took note of Mr. Schiavoni’s schedule—the Center Moriches High School school day ends at 2:30 p.m.—and also pointed out that all work sessions don’t have to be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m., though that is the time officially set in the town calendar.

Mr. Schneiderman was out of town this week and not available to answer additional questions about the logistics of the work session scheduling.

“I think there’s an extenuating circumstance,” Mr. Bouvier said. “If we can do it, we’ll do it. And if we can’t, we can’t … I don’t see how that’s a problem.”

He added, “We’re just trying to accommodate someone who works hard for the community.”

Mr. Schiavoni is still expected to make it to most regular Town Board meetings and was in attendance at Tuesday’s 1 p.m. regular meeting.

Mr. Schiavoni, a Democrat, was voted onto the Town Board in November, booting former Councilman Stan Glinka out of his seat at the dais. Mr. Glinka, a Republican, served one four-year term.

The historic election left Councilwoman Christine Scalera as the lone Republican on the Town Board.

While Ms. Scalera said she was happy to welcome Mr. Schiavoni to the Town Board, she was quick to note that his scheduling issues could be “problematic”—especially since the Town Board often schedules other special meetings during the day.

“It’s certainly something that’s going to be a challenge for him,” Ms. Scalera said. “I don’t know what that means in terms for the board’s functioning.”

The councilwoman added that she found out about Mr. Schiavoni’s scheduling issues only last week at the organizational meeting.

Acknowledging that the position is considered a part-time job—each member of the board makes $65,795 plus benefits annually—Ms. Scalera said the rest of the board, all of whom also hold other jobs, find a way to make it to Town Hall when they are needed whenever necessary.

“This is definitely a first impression,” she added.

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WTF? Things just keep getting crazier.
By HamptonDad (182), Hampton Bays on Jan 3, 18 3:58 PM
The Suffolk County Board of Elections and NYS Board of Elections need to be notified to determine if there are any infractions and to prevent any further problems down the road with his inability to attend meetings.

TJS is less than honest if he is not going to make the work sessions.
By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 6, 18 8:34 PM
What exactly do you think the boards of election do?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 6, 18 11:05 PM
Over Site. Same as Town Attorney. Jay and the Board need to be sure by TJS refusing to attend work sessions will have no impact on Board, due process along with future issues as this is now allowable.

It could be said the deck was stacked if this was known he could not be engaged in the elected responsibility before the vote.

Seems many people think its wrong. Legally the Town Board and Town Attorney need to approve his refusal to show for work sessions.

Is it fraud ...more
By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 7, 18 12:44 PM
The board of elections is responsible for the administration of elections, nothing more.

If you're seeking recourse against the sitting board member for non-criminal conduct you'll need the support of the remaining board members, or to wait until next election.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 8, 18 6:26 AM
This is absolutely disgusting. Some may say that it's a part time job and people need to earn a living otherwise. But I say, you sign up for a job, DO IT. This is completely unacceptable.
By getalife (58), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 3:59 PM
This was never approved by the Town of Southampton. This is more of a " political hack job" than anything. This is proof a special situation is given based on politics. This will bring harm to Southampton Town.

If Jay says nothing, he is part of the problem.
By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 12, 18 7:34 PM
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Seriously? I voted for this guy and now you're telling me that he didn't even take a couple of minutes to check the meeting schedule before running? This is completely unacceptable. Get it together Dems!
By reddistrictliberal (3), Westhampton Beach on Jan 3, 18 4:24 PM
LOL...Reminds me of Jeff Sessions..."If he was going to recuse himself, he should not have taken the job!"...

Can't they just simply reschedule the work sessions to a more mutually acceptable time?Most of these board members have other careers after all.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 4:42 PM
get what you vote for
By xtiego (670), bridgehampton on Jan 3, 18 5:03 PM
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stan never had a problem getting to meetings even as a high ranking member of the BNB team.. thought TJ was resigning to take his new position. guess not. can he vote by phone or internet? disappointed to say the least.
By xtiego (670), bridgehampton on Jan 3, 18 5:10 PM
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Despite the quote in the article, TJ never said he would be unable to attend work sessions for the first six months of his tenure as a board member if elected during the debates. That should have been disclosed. What it does illustrate, however, is just how difficult it if for a normal working class Southampton Town resident to participate in the government process. Hopefully, the Supervisor and Town Board will recognize this and reschedule as many meetings as possible so the public can participate.
By roverton (47), Westhampton on Jan 3, 18 5:34 PM
Really? Sorry that your commitment to governance conflicts with your day job! Guess you will be taking a reduced salary to compensate for your reduced responsibility?
By Just Sayin’ (1), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 6:08 PM
How many days off has he accumulated? Can't he use any of those?
By April1 (149), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 6:13 PM
Tommy John is an Educator whose actions are a credit to the highest Professional standards of an Educator. One does not abandon their students midterm to serve their own needs. What Tommy John will be doing is viewing the Town Board's WORK SESSIONS on Sea-TV and studying the problems so that he can vote at a PUBLIC HEARING. I, for one, think that all meetings of the Town Board should be after dinner, so that the working public can be present..
By SpeedRacer (125), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 7:22 PM
Then he should have stayed just an "Educator", why become a "Politician" if you can't serve. This is nonsense, I know nothing about this man, but what he is doing is non-sense and he should never have run for the position. Someone should see if there is some type of impeachment process, he must go. Viewing on TV is not participating, doesn't he have any points of view that should be expressed? Throw him out!!!
By HamptonDad (182), Hampton Bays on Jan 3, 18 7:30 PM
Don't kid yourself. The typical PS teacher abandoned their students years ago when they stood by and said nothing to the parents and community about the dumbing down/indoctrination of the students through common core. These teachers are totally self serving, their jobs come before the students. Sag Harbor residents know this well since the president of the Sag Harbor teachers union said so himself.
When did Mr. Schiavoni speak out against the curriculum?
By April1 (149), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 10:42 AM
Isn't it weird that everyone's supposed to be a rational economic actor except teachers?

Of course a teacher's job is more important to them than the students, isn't your job more important to you than your customers?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 4, 18 10:48 AM
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Good luck seeing or hearing anything clearly on SEA-TV! The production qualities are, and have been, an insult to the community for long time. Who's in charge there? Just sayin'...
By mickeyf (7), southampton on Jan 6, 18 8:13 AM
No one asked him to abandon his students. He chose to run for office and is now saying he can't really show up all that much. Yet.

Absolutely, all Board meetings should be after diner when no one works. Seriously? I know scores of people who don't work during the day! Although, it's nice to know that you are there for all the evening meetings.
By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 3:16 PM
He disclosed it and won. That’s it. To the extent you loudmouths don't like it, vote for the winner next time.
By SlimeAlive (1021), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 7:48 PM
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He disclosed this before? When was that?
By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 3:17 PM
HamptonDad, I agree with you... YOU KNOW NOTHING about Tommy John. At the end of the school year, he will be able to devote full time to the Town Board. All members of the Southampton Town Board have other outside interests. The Town Board has agreed to this arrangement and the voters will not loose anything, but rather gain from the experiences (Legislative) he has had.
By SpeedRacer (125), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 7:52 PM
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Will he offer to take half of his salary until the school year is out? If you're only going to do half of the job then you should only receive half of the pay. It appears to me that he is double dipping with paychecks from tax payers and doing half of the job at one of them. I would be ok with it if he agreed to that
By reddistrictliberal (3), Westhampton Beach on Jan 4, 18 10:48 AM
SpeedRacer, please advise or document how the Town Board approved or agreed to TJS not showing up for work sessions? This is a problematic situation not to have board members available. We all like to see how this is documented as you said it was agreed to arrangement by the Town Board.

By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 5, 18 9:26 PM
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I've come to the conclusion you have to have a set of balls and not care about anybody to be a politician. Where we scrape up these individuals to represent us is beyond me. Town councilman is a full-time job
By chief1 (2563), southampton on Jan 3, 18 7:59 PM
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Do you seriously believe anyone could afford to live in this area and rely solely upon the $60,000 salary paid to town board members?
By Arnold Timer (308), Sag Harbor on Jan 3, 18 9:46 PM
"Live"? Sure. Prosper? Doubtfully.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 4, 18 6:03 AM
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By chief1 (2563), southampton on Jan 3, 18 7:59 PM
HamptonDad.

" I know nothing about this man, but what he is doing is non-sense and he should never have run for the position.Someone should see if there is some type of impeachment process,he must go."

Sounds like you're talking about Trump.

I couldn't agree more.

IMPEACH TRUMP, NOW !!!!!

By HamptonClassic (77), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 8:03 PM
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You democrats are so tortured. Your defeated spirit infiltrates every interaction you endure with each other. How satisfying.
By SlimeAlive (1021), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 5:42 AM
How do you go from TJ not participating in 1/2 of his job description to impeaching Trump?
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 5:50 AM
It is not considered a full time job and it doesn't pay like a full time job and most TB members have another occupation. However as we know our Pleasantville is a full time job with all its issues. Perhaps the new TB can change that as well as increase the pay commensurate to the obligation and responsibility. The TB and Supervisor are running an 80 plus million dollar business with over 450 plus employees and would be paid double this salary in the private sector. Its time for this change and ...more
By North Sea Citizen (508), North Sea on Jan 4, 18 6:26 AM
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In the private sector they would have to be good at their jobs and have experience...
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 8:02 AM
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Whether he said he was near retirement or not doesn't matter. It's basic expectation by those that gave him their vote that just the same as others who came before him he would fulfill the expectations of his office. Attendance at work sessions would be the most basic expectation of that office. And while everyone is focused on the work sessions, lets not lose sight of the fact that if he is not available Thursdays because of school, Im quite certain that holds true for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays ...more
By Roughrider28 (74), southampton on Jan 4, 18 10:40 AM
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There's no requirement that he be at the Thursday meetings, it's just a reason to vote against him next time around.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 4, 18 10:58 AM
Have you even noticed that the board often attends evening and weekend events which include town board meetings. This is not a 40 hour, 9-5 job, 5 days a week. Maybe some of the critics above should consider running for the board in the next election considering they think it's such a good deal. This is a job most would never consider, with the intrusion on one's personal life.
By Taz (510), East Quogue on Jan 4, 18 11:02 AM
Taz, I am one of those people that do not want an elected position, but you know what you are getting into when you sign up for it. i have worked in corporate jobs for more than 30 years and had to attend functions at night and weekend and was required to respond to clients and leadership no matter what day it was or what time it was, I did not get paid extra for that. People that own there own business often work 24/7. People with minimum wage jobs are working 3 jobs to pay the bills. You ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Jan 4, 18 11:36 AM
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I'm sure that you, as I, while working in corporate America or those running their own business for decades, were rewarded with a lot more than $60,000 a year for the time put in. Full time efforts demand full time pay.
By Taz (510), East Quogue on Jan 4, 18 11:56 AM
Not everyone in corporate america makes "the big bucks". I made less that $100,000 and was required to have 2,000 "billable" hours so lunch, paid time off, training, attending events etc. was not included. While there were medical benefits, there are very few pensions in corporate america anymore.
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Jan 4, 18 12:06 PM
If they don't like the pay or hours then don't run for an elected position. People choose to run for office. If they don't like the parameters, don't run.
By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 3:22 PM
Doesn't matter. And if I were to run I'd first make sure I could commit the time and effort expected. All that photo op stuff is added to what they are expected to do at Town Hall and is usually more self serving than public serving. Attendance at work sessions and availability during the day for Town Board meetings is rightfully expected period. The harm is done but he should still show up and do his job or step down and let someone who is serious about the commitment do it.
By Roughrider28 (74), southampton on Jan 4, 18 11:43 AM
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Or neither of those things will happen and you get to decide whether to vote for him next election despite his Thursday meeting absences.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 4, 18 12:09 PM
I might add that an extremely important vote on the Hills PDD was postponed last fall because a board member could not attend. Where was the outcry then?
By Taz (510), East Quogue on Jan 4, 18 12:00 PM
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Helluva week at Town Hall. Swearing in on Tuesday, one newly elected Board member announces he won't attend work sessions until June and the Supervisor is out of town for a blizzard on Thursday.
By roverton (47), Westhampton on Jan 4, 18 1:04 PM
Point 1: It's a part-time job with a part-time salary, and most members have paid outside responsibilities. So what's the beef?

Point 2: Tommy John Schiavoni stated in every debate that he would retire from teaching if he became a Councilman, but we all know that's not like turning off a light switch, and those who complain that he doesn't stop teaching instantly are being grossly disingenuous.

Point 3: Anyone who's worked with Tommy John Schiavoni -- and I have, a lot -- knows ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1889), Quiogue on Jan 4, 18 1:30 PM
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Hmmmm. George, I wonder what you would say if a Republican Councilman decided they would do half the job.

I’m quite sure you would jump in and say how the member of the Democrat party would have worked harder.

And where is your boy Jay during this state of emergency?
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 8:16 PM
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I am tired of these awful republicans like Draggerman attacking an educator for staying committed to the children. Town board is a part time position and Tommy John Schiavoni is doing what needs to be done for a smooth transition. You Republican's have been cluttering the Town Halls with part timers for years. Like your Tax Receiver only works two months out of the year and golfs the rest of the time. Look at yourselves before attacking those who wish to serve.
By CleanWaters (78), Southampton on Jan 5, 18 3:38 PM
Are you really suggesting that because one Town official is potentially not doing their job it is ok that another does do his/hers? Wow - no wonder the government is in the shape it is in. I hope this is not what we are teaching our children. Just for the record, I am a politically unaffiliated and I believe Ms. Kiernan ran on both the democratic and republican line last time. I can't speak to whether Ms. Kiernan or Mr. Schiavonni are doing/going to do their jobs, but we should all be challenging ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 18 3:57 PM
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Funny. Every time I go to Town Hall I see Ms. Kiernan in the hall.

There are two sides of this. When I take on a position, whether part time or volunteer, I put into it everything expected of me. If it wasn't news that TJS wouldn't be at work sessions, I'm sure the Press Group wouldn't be reporting it. They have Bomb Cyclones to fill in the news this week...

And, as for you labeling me an "Awful Republican", I accept that, kind of like someone made up "Nasty Woman" T Shirts. And ...more
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Jan 5, 18 4:13 PM
"awful republicans"? Really?! I am an Independent and I find the Newly elected Councilman's unavailability to perform the functions of his job Monday through Friday for the next six months as offensive as anyone who may or may not be Republican commenting here. More offensive is those of you quickly to defend this absurdity find it ok for him but if the others were to engage in the same conduct halting the ability to perform town functions particularly if they were Awful Republicans, then I bet ...more
By Roughrider28 (74), southampton on Jan 5, 18 4:27 PM
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Will he really Retire???
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 2:22 PM
As a candidate, Mr Schiavone's responses seem to have been purposely ambiguous. Additionally, he had 2 months since the election to reveal he was going to be unavailable for work sessions (and presumably other emergency meetings in the mornings) until the end of the school year. It's too bad he couldn't be candid and let the voters make a truly informed decision.
By prrecovery (2), Hampton Bays on Jan 4, 18 2:24 PM
I am shocked at the number of sad sacks who complain of Mr. Schiavone's honesty. He did tell of his intentions to honor his responsibilities to his job as a teacher. He is a local man ready to help his community. He sounds like a good caring person. To which so many of those responding do not impress me. Did any of you nay sayers go to the meetings prior to the vote? Tom did say he was a teacher first.
Do you all know just what you were writing about? But then, maybe you folks have no idea, ...more
By summertimegal (90), southampton on Jan 4, 18 3:55 PM
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You are missing the point. If he didn't have the time to do the job now he shouldn't have run for office. What was the rush?

No, I never heard him say that he wouldn't be able to attend part of the meetings he is supposed to attend. Plenty of other Board members have jobs and still show up. Why didn't he retired, then run for the Board? Sounds more like he didn't think he'd get elected and now is back peddling.

By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 3:30 PM
I think the old adage is: "Don't quit your job before you've got a new one"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 9, 18 3:37 PM
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Tommy John Schiavoni this is disappointing. It is not truthful of you and you know it.

I was present at one debate and viewed the others. At no time did you say you could not attend work sessions. We can go back to the video, you never said it. Period.

Since you not fully engaging in your elected responsibility you have single handedly put the actions of the Southampton Town Board at risk and at best, delayed due process. If Jay and other board members have nothing to say ...more
By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 4, 18 8:25 PM
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I have the answer for you ZGerry.... man up and run for Town Board instead of posting on 27 East. Tommy John, with all his experience and knowledge will do a great job for the citizens of Southampton Town.

Draggerman, thanks to Alex Gregor and his great crew our town will fine and safe.

By SpeedRacer (125), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 8:57 PM
Imagine how good it would have been if the SHT GOP hadn’t let Lance down and actually promoted him.
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Jan 5, 18 6:56 AM
Seepdracer/Summertimegal, I believe we should challenge ourselves and those around us to do better each day - that is one of the reasons our Country is falling behind in so many areas and have allowed mediocrity to take over. We need to challenge our elected officials to do better each day. We are allowed to also voice our displeasure with their performance and actions since we are their bosses in a way. When someone challenges the actions of an elected officials, we should evaluate how they ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 18 7:42 AM
It is called accountability SpeedRacer. You know it, so stop your attacks as you look foolish.

Mr. Schiavoni needs to show up for most of work sessions or step down. Simple.

The Suffolk County Board of Elections and NYS Board of Elections need to be notified to determine if there are any infractions and to prevent any further problems down the road with his inability to attend meetings.

Lets sum it up:
• He ran for office knowingly he could not physically ...more
Jan 5, 18 8:21 PM appended by ZGerry
If America is going to be great again....
By ZGerry (34), Hamptons on Jan 5, 18 8:21 PM
Speedracer, apparently the point of his also being unavailable Monday, Tuesday (I can assume the reason for adding 3 Tuesday night meetings) Wednesday and Friday is lost on you. He can't perform his responsibilities.
To the rest defending him what if all the Board members decided to do the same or even two more. You wouldn't have a quorum and no Town business could be done. Would you be defending that as well? This is absurd. The unavailability of a counsel person for the first six months of ...more
By Roughrider28 (74), southampton on Jan 5, 18 7:28 AM
If all the board members decided to do the same we'd vote the bums out.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4798), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 5, 18 1:08 PM
President Trump is doing a great job. Putting money in my pocket in so many ways. Build the wall and save Hampton Bays if it is not too late. Can't wait for Kennedy and Ginsburg to retire. Two more conservatives on the Supreme Court. I can hear the libs howling now. Planned Parenthood sells baby parts. God help us.
By P. Revere (102), hampton Bays on Jan 5, 18 6:16 PM
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By chief1 (2563), southampton on Jan 5, 18 6:48 PM
Like a true Democrat TJ lied to the taxpayers. If he feels he can attend work sessions online, he is delusional. ! Board member do have other positions, yet they do their jobs in both areas. Shame on you TJ, you propagated a hoax on the students you teach and the taxpayers of Southampton. If everyone felt the way you did we would not have a functioning board ! Stan Glinka attended all board meetings. He was available to listen to your concerns and returned all telephone calls promptly. He ...more
By bayview (155), Southampton on Jan 6, 18 9:26 AM
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Why can't work session meetings take place later in the afternoons or sporadically scheduled over the weekends? Imagine the talents that would be eligible to participate in our local government. It's a win-win for everyone.
By ANTI.bs (13), Southampton on Jan 6, 18 2:36 PM
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Stop trying to detract from the issue. Your a day late and a dollar short. The harm has already been done his colors shown. As said in prior post THURSDAYS are not the only day of the week his teaching would be in conflict with his elected responsibilities. He also presumably has a problem MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Should they change the time that Town Hall is open to the public too in order to accommodate this individual? Would also like to know which Town Board members agreed to ...more
By Roughrider28 (74), southampton on Jan 6, 18 8:02 PM
The bottom line is if he couldn't do the job he shouldn't have run till next term. He's another selfish politician who has a job for the government where mediocrity is the norm.
By chief1 (2563), southampton on Jan 7, 18 10:09 PM
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Please dont make a big deal out of this.,he can watch it on TV and send in any .question or comments to the appropriate people,it’s only for a short period of time.relax anonymous men and women and cross gender.Attend Townboard meetings and show us your face.or do you prefer the cover of darkness to spew out your hate sincerely. Donal J PMURT
By watchdog1 (491), Southampton on Jan 8, 18 3:23 AM
Wait, you are saying the public (who also have jobs) need to attend the Town Board meetings yet the Board members can watch it on TV and send in comments? HUH?

The man ran for office and knew then that he couldn't attend meetings. Why didn't he wait to run for office when he could actual do the entire job? He obviously knew this ahead of time even if the voters didn't.
By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 3:15 PM
Is it kinda like when Mr. Trump won the election, but then decided to use his apartment at Trump Tower, and home in Florida, etc., instead of just 'living at the White House'?
By deepchanel (63), Southampton on Jan 8, 18 12:41 PM
What? What is wrong with our society that when we compare one potential bad behavior with another. Oh, he only robbed the store - he did't kill anyone! Seriously, everyone needs to hold everyone accountable for their own actions. We need to help each other and challenge each other to do what we are supposed. I seriously hope this is not what we are teaching our children.
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 7:18 AM
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Meanwhile over on the HB Library Board news article:

"...members appointed Barbara Skelly, a part-time marketing professor at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, to fill the seat vacated late last month by Anne Wilding, who was forced to step down after she missed several meetings due to personal reasons."

A volunteer board member was "forced to step down" yet an elected official gets a pass when they can't attend (quite a few!) meetings as part of their job.

Doesn't ...more
By bb (837), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 18 5:51 PM
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"I'm sure that you, as I, while working in corporate America or those running their own business for decades, were rewarded with a lot more than $60,000 a year for the time put in. Full time efforts demand full time pay."

You cannot compare the salaries being paid in NYC and Wall Street to the salaries paid on the east end or in Sag Harbor. I don't see why TomJohn thinks he's worth a Manhattan salary for being a teacher. He sounds like a bum.
By pigroast (72), East Quogue on Jan 10, 18 12:49 PM
I did not compare NYC salaries with the east end,you did. Corporate America or running one's own business is not limited to NYC. There are PLENTY of financially successful corporations and businesses out here.
By Taz (510), East Quogue on Jan 11, 18 1:01 PM
Will his questions and corresponding answers be entered in the public record and included in the minutes? If not I believe that's a violation of Open Meetings Law.
By cmac (162), East Quogue on Jan 11, 18 12:43 PM
I agree. if he was honest with the voters and said he could only work part time I never would have voted for him. Everyone is so energetic and has such big plans until they get the job.
By hamptonsnrcit (46), sag harbor on Jan 17, 18 4:10 PM
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