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Jan 10, 2012 1:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Contractor Claims Southampton Councilman Locked Him In Office After Worker Broke Into Home

Editor's Note: Click the link below to listen to the recorded conversation from December 15--Ed.
Jan 12, 2012 10:12 AM

A local contractor has accused Southampton Town Councilman Jim Malone of locking him in Mr. Malone’s Suffolk County office and yelling at him during a confrontation over unpaid work at Mr. Malone’s Hampton Bays home.

Contractor Anthony Prosano, 23, of Hampton Bays said Mr. Malone locked him in the office and attempted to call police because Mr. Prosano broke into the councilman’s home to retrieve his tools.

Mr. Prosano, who also has a home in Mastic and business based out of East Quogue, claimed that Mr. Malone failed to pay him thousands of dollars for work he was contracted to do on Mr. Malone’s home in November. He confronted Mr. Malone at the Suffolk County Center in Riverside—Mr. Malone is also a deputy county clerk—on December 15, and he said he recorded on an iPhone the councilman, with a friend whom he declined to identify, ranting at him and using his county position to detain him there.

Copies of the recordings were provided to The Press. On the recording, a voice the contractor claims is Mr. Malone can be heard berating Mr. Prosano, calling him an “idiot.” Mr. Malone is heard calling the police, seeking to have Mr. Prosano charged with breaking into his home through a basement window.

Mr. Prosano admitted to breaking into Mr. Malone’s home through a window to get his tools after the councilman failed to meet him there days before the confrontation.

On the recording, Mr. Prosano claims Mr. Malone can’t hold him in the office. Mr. Malone replies, “Yes, I can. I’m deputy county clerk. I’m holding you.”

At one point, Mr. Malone says, “You are f-----g playing in a pool you don’t belong in.”

Although Mr. Malone continually asks Mr. Prosano to show him his contractor’s license, implying that he doesn’t have one, town officials said this week that the contractor was, in fact, licensed to work in Southampton Town.

Mr. Prosano filed a report with Southampton Town Police on December 15 after the confrontation and also filed a mechanic’s lien against Mr. Malone—which was what brought him to the Suffolk County Center in the first place. In the lien, Mr. Prosano claims Mr. Malone owed him about $8,000 for interior work, including insulation, drywall installation, painting, and work in the bathroom and kitchen.

When reached on Monday, Mr. Malone said the accusations against him were false and that he didn’t lock Mr. Prosano into his office. “It’s a patently false accusation,” he said. He declined to comment further on the matter.

According to Mr. Prosano, he and Mr. Malone signed a contract to perform about $52,000 of extensive interior renovations to Mr. Malone’s Anderson Street home in November. The home had been damaged in a fire. Currently, the repairs to the home are still ongoing, according to Mr. Malone.

“I put him on my high priority list because I knew who he was—he was a big name in Southampton Town,” Mr. Prosano said. “I wanted a job for myself.”

On Wednesday, Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said the police are investigating the case. “There’s been an accusation,” he said. “We have an obligation to investigate and review the matter. And that’s what we’re doing.”

In filing the mechanic’s lien, Mr. Prosano is seeking to prevent Mr. Malone from withdrawing money from a bank loan earmarked for the repairs to continue renovating the home until he is paid for the work he performed.

According to Mr. Malone, the mechanic’s lien is an “initial step” to litigation, which could be pursued by either party—by Mr. Prosano pursuing it or Mr. Malone seeking to have the lien removed. “I’m letting my lawyers decide,” Mr. Malone said when asked what he was going to do next.

Mr. Prosano said he was excited to take a job working for Mr. Malone because of what it could mean for his career as a young contractor. He said before taking the job, he had researched Mr. Malone and was heartened by a quote from him that speaks to standing up for the youth of Southampton Town.

“James Malone was definitely using his political power in the wrong way,” Mr. Prosano said. “If he’s going to abuse his political power for something like this, what is he going to do for the town?”

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Gee let me think, who do I believe here. A politician willing to pose intently staring at a plastic shopping bag or a seemingly innocent guy who stands nothing to gain by making these accusations. funny thing is, dishonest politicians who abuse their power and folks who try to weasel out of paying what they agreed to pay are a dime a dozen in these parts. think i'll go with the kid.
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 10, 12 1:18 PM
An innocent guy who broke into a house?
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 10:05 PM
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By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 6:05 AM
he can't work if he doesn't have his tools
By sirpoochala (78), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 11:41 AM
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and the plot thickens......Honest Jim Malone no more
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Jan 10, 12 1:20 PM
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He's been double dipping ever since he got into office by collecting salaries for two government positions - one of which he said he'd resign if elected when he first ran. He's rarely at town hall, something voters don't know. No loss if he leaves.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 10, 12 2:02 PM
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Why is this allowed??? Is his county job full time? This is ridiculous!
By Mom of 2 (12), flanders on Jan 10, 12 2:48 PM
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Yes it is. Why hasn't anyone asked to see his timesheets to compare the two jobs? Is he collecting pension time for both jobs?
By sirpoochala (78), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 11:42 AM
I love this guy!!!!! Good for him for standing up for himself...
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Jan 10, 12 2:08 PM
27east is woefully late on this story considering the possible outcomes if these allegatons are true - but I'm sure they just wanted to verify as much as possible.

Jim "I can lock you in my office" Malone is a disgrace to the Town of Southampton, Suffolk County and government. He first and foremost owes an apology (and a big check) to this contractor as well as anyone who has ever voted for him or supported him. A resignation (from BOTH posts) is also in order... let's see how the GOP ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 10, 12 2:16 PM
Mr. Malone is a Conservative.
By dairyqueen@aol.com (3), Southampton on Jan 10, 12 3:54 PM
So is your "run of the mill" Republican...
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 10, 12 8:50 PM
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A conservative is someone who believes in limited government as detailed in our Constitution. If by "run of the mill" you mean the mainstream of the Republican party, you would be wrong, very few republicans are actually conservatives. And even if he were endorsed by the Conservative party, that does not make him truly conservative.
If he indeed abused his authority, that would put him to the left end of the spectrum within the Republican party, and right in line with all the self serving big ...more
By smacw (239), New York on Jan 12, 12 11:28 AM
Oops.

Conservatism is ordinarily associated with right wingers. Also known as the Republican party. By downright "nitty gritty" definition, you have a valid point. In the real world however, it's moot.
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 12, 12 8:39 PM
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By smacw (239), New York on Jan 13, 12 10:13 AM
Sorry I missed that comment, but if you truly believe that the Founding Fathers believed in "limited government", you really need to research the "Charter System". What they specifically believed in was a limited FEDERAL government. It was expected that the states should have the right to govern themselves for the most part. State governments were supposed to handle themselves, with the Federal as something like guidelines.
Jan 17, 12 12:09 AM appended by Mr. Z
"When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English corporations that extracted their wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation, our country's founders retained a healthy fear of corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a business role. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to influence elections, public policy, and other realms of civic society." ~ POCLAD
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 17, 12 12:09 AM
True but state constitutions based, with variations, on the Federal have been tossed aside as well, and no administration has been more corporatist that the Lefts darling Obama
By smacw (239), New York on Feb 11, 12 10:10 AM
Curious why contractor wouldn't provide the tape - if it is so damning why not let the press hear it? Something is strange about that.
By Wagoneer (28), Southampton on Jan 10, 12 2:49 PM
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the contractor played the tape for the reporter from the Southampton Patch
By LongShot (2), Sound Beach on Jan 11, 12 10:21 AM
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The issue here should not be about the reaction of a politition falling victim to shoddy workmanship, but rather, what can be done about the continuing growth of unqualified contractors on the East End. If you perform shoddy work, you should be prepared to fight for undeseved pay IN COURT. This common practice is not only a waste of hardearned money, but is keeping
legitimate, qualified contractors unemployed.
By malonewj (2), eastport on Jan 10, 12 3:26 PM
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The issue is not the quality of workmanship. The issue is a senior county employee threatening a contractor with the "power" of his office. An office that he said he would resign from if he was elected to the Town Board.
The County Clerk should refer Mr Malone to the County Ethics Board.
BTW, any relation?

By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 10, 12 5:20 PM
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Jim Malone evidently has two full time govt jobs. How can this be ?Is this the only guy they could find for for deputy clerk? It's a shame political patronage jobs are still going strong. If this story is true he needs to be thrown out of office, and lose his comfy county job. This guy is never in his town office, and never returns phone calls. Maybe Mr Malone should get out there and see what its like in the real world.
By chief1 (2657), southampton on Jan 10, 12 7:36 PM
It could be true that maybe this guy is not qualified. So why didn't Mr Malone check references? Or maybe he figured a young guy could be easy pickings to not pay. It's amazing Malone has such pure judgement on every aspect of this situation. I hope he pays this guy I'm sure he deserves it.
By chief1 (2657), southampton on Jan 10, 12 7:39 PM
"Jim Malone evidently has two full time govt jobs."

No, Jim Malone has 1 full time government job (suffolk county) and 1 part time government job (southampton town).

"Is this the only guy they could find for for deputy clerk?" He was Deputy Clerk prior to becoming a councilperson. Daniel Panico (Brookhaven Town Councilperson) was also a Deputy Town Clerk but rightly resigned once appointed to the Town Board. (Crookhaven what?)

According to SeeThruNY.net, Mr. Malone ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 10, 12 8:21 PM
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yeah right ~Pay up!
By lursagirl (203), southampton on Jan 10, 12 8:45 PM
Where are you getting an accusation of "shoddy "work?
By louise (13), East Hampton on Jan 11, 12 11:06 AM
From the other news story.
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 9:15 PM
What can be done about shoddy workmanship by unqualified contractors? Hire local... a man or woman who lives and pays taxes to SH town and or village.... a person who has a family and sends his/her children to the local public school... look around, ask questions who builds the best substantial buildings, who does the repair job correctly and is availble to correct whatever you the owner has a complaint about and does it willingly with a smile. In other words a local whose family roots go way ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 13, 12 8:04 AM
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He was probably advised by his legal counsel not to release the tape.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on Jan 10, 12 3:47 PM
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Mr. Prosano has offered the recordings to The Press, but has been unable to do so because he was unable to transfer them from a mobile device. He hopes to do so later today. Sorry if there was some confusion as to his intent.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (114), Westhampton Beach on Jan 10, 12 3:53 PM
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The NY Post ran the story yesterday and Malone's quotes from the recording (as stated in the Post article) are off-the-wall crazy.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jan 10, 12 4:00 PM
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Man this is a funny story. " Locked me in the closet and yelled at me" ROTF
By HarborDad (37), Sag Harbor on Jan 10, 12 4:31 PM
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Whats funny is that you are actually "rolling on the floor" and you're a dad.
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 6:06 AM
I s Mr. Malone guilty of unlawful imprisonment if the accusation is true?
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on Jan 10, 12 4:53 PM
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Let's slow down, folks. We haven't even heard Jim Malone's side beyond a one-sentence denial. Mr. Malone and I are on opposite sides of the poltical fence, but I don't like piling on.
By Turkey Bridge (1933), Quiogue on Jan 10, 12 5:32 PM
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Doesn't the DA call this "influence peddling"..."the illegal practice of using one's influence in government to obtain favors or preferential treatment, usually in return for payment."? Malone allegedly used his government position to obtain "preferential treatment" for himself from the contractor. He's accused of pocketing the money owed to the contractor (that's his motivation). There also appears to be an implied threat in the tone, words and in locking the contractor in his office, as noted ...more
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Jan 10, 12 5:46 PM
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The recording was played to a reporter from another news website dealing with Southampton. Malone is heard asserting that he CAN prevent the contractor from leaving his home because he is "deputy county clerk". He then telephones "Bill" (who could that POSSIBLY be?) to send someone over to arrest the guy. The contractor then tells Malone that he is being recorded and Malone releases him. No charges or police involvement ensues.

I'm sure that the Press will get to the bottom of this. ...more
By highhatsize (3957), East Quogue on Jan 10, 12 9:01 PM
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SH patch has heard the tape and it completely substantiates the contractor's story. Malone has blatantly abused his office and should resign immediately. It is time these anti- big government republicans be held accountable for their big government bullying.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jan 10, 12 9:06 PM
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Once he knew he was taped Jim should have been smart enough to pay up and make this go away. He's really not very smart-stupid and arrogant is not a good combination.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 10, 12 10:30 PM
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Can we just be clear on what political party Malone's is associated with. He is a conservative and still the Conservative Party Leader for the Southampton Town. He has a history of not being truthful,I'm not surprised to learn of this kind of behavior.
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 10, 12 11:07 PM
Ms11932, can we just be even more clear on the pathetic post you came up with at 11:07 last night thinking you were on to something? While this may come as a bolt of lightening to you, abuse of power, ignorance, lack of ethics and truthfulness and abuse of office is not selective and permeates all parties and aspects of the political playing field. What we have here is a politician who is BUSTED, who lied when he denied and a media outlet that is willing to give him a pass. Now what?
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 11, 12 6:23 AM
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tmarie
Take a deep breath and calm down. We are all on the same page Malone is liar!
Some referred to Malone as a republican and wondered how the GOP would spin this. He is not part of the GOP (republican party).
I hope by now they realize they need to cut him loose and not cross endorse him a 2nd time.
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 13, 12 12:09 PM
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Malone is a small-government, conservative republican who holds two public offices and practices big government. His party affiliation is MORE than relevant because it only heightens his hypocrisy.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 12 12:58 PM
According to Patch, sounds like Malone should have been pushing his weight around with the building department and not belatedly with " Bill". Does "Bill" come to the phone for all Southampton residents or just his buds on the Town Board?
By V.Tomanoku (703), southampton on Jan 11, 12 6:24 AM
Sorry about what happen to you. I have a litigation hell from the county why because they can. I also am fighting a 6 1/4 years for justice and I also will continue. I have 34 adjournments tell me what that about???? Hey find me; we must get together for justice. Welcome to Suffolk County . We will prevail!!
By Laura Serrano (1), Bayshore on Jan 11, 12 6:26 AM
When it comes to re-election remember all of this at the polls. First the TB is a part time job and while the salary sounds good $67k its still not enough to survive in the Hamptons unless everything is paid off. As such some of the TB hold other jobs. But how can holding a full time job alllow enough time to properly hold a senoir government PT job? It is widely known that Mr Malone is never in town hall, so the question lies. Is he doing Town work on the county pay check, or county work on the ...more
By North Sea Citizen (527), North Sea on Jan 11, 12 6:48 AM
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We need to fight to have the 67K part time salary cut in half for all board members. Absolutely ludicrous sum of money for five hours a week. Maddening.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 9:47 AM
The guy ripped me off for almost $4000 for a set of construction drawings I did for him. I wrote it off. The guy is a lier and should not hold public office.
By LongShot (2), Sound Beach on Jan 11, 12 10:19 AM
A copy of the recording is posted above. Click on the box marked Posano-Malone Exchange.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (114), Westhampton Beach on Jan 11, 12 10:27 AM
Just listened to the tape - MALONE MUST RESIGN NOW! All you libertarian conservatives who supported this guy need to demand his resignation for what is an extreme abuse of power
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 10:49 AM
A Suffolk County Clerk believing he has the right to hold someone against his will and acting on that has committed a crime. Ludicrous but actionable. The contractor is right to go public with this and I hope he stands his ground. If it revives interest in Malone's double-dipping it is doubly good. Note the comment above from another contractor who says he was stiffed. There is too much free lance fascism all over this place.
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Jan 11, 12 10:51 AM
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I just listened to the tape too. Malone was right. No story here, patently false. Jim Malone is a civil servant whose unethical bullying, abuse of power and theft of services not only from this contractor but from those taxpayers that he represents is on full display. Ms. Malone better think about baking a cake with a saw in it.
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 11, 12 11:11 AM
huh? Malone was right? there is no Ms Malone...which was my first thought when I heard Jim-with never a hair out of place, does this tie make me look important?-locked the poor guy in his office...

By voiceofreason (9), southampton on Jan 11, 12 5:59 PM
The story seemed a lot more salacious prior to hearing the recording. Apparantly this guy broke into his house and didn't have a license to do the work. And who is the other person on the audio (I think someone called him John). Doesn't seem likely he was being held hostage while there is another person with him. Whole thing sounds dumb.
By Donny22 (1), Shirley on Jan 11, 12 11:15 AM
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You need to listen again and pay closer attention to exactly what is going on.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 11, 12 1:27 PM
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contractor does have a license FYI, malone did lock him in his office whether or not he wants to come forward with that or not, it is obvious he did. whole thing may sound dumb to you, but im sure if you were in the same position as the contractor you may not think its dumb when you have a family to support and never got paid for the services you provided.
By amccuen22 (2), hampton bays on Jan 12, 12 1:07 PM
contractor does have a license FYI, malone did lock him in his office whether or not he wants to come forward with that or not, it is obvious he did. whole thing may sound dumb to you, but im sure if you were in the same position as the contractor you may not think its dumb when you have a family to support and never got paid for the services you provided.
By amccuen22 (2), hampton bays on Jan 12, 12 1:07 PM
Malone has to go. What an abuse of power. Now that both sides of the story are out, I would rule in favor of the young Contractor. He was clearly taken advantage of. He had no choice but to file the lien. And Malone held the guys tools hostage! That's a contractor's bread & butter, without those there is no work. Malone seems to have a track record of beating the locals, knowing that his position ensures that many will simply write the debt off. Good for the guy who stood up to this and exposed ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Jan 11, 12 11:49 AM
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Where's big freshness, capt'n unamerica, and all of the other "big-government" haters?! Come on, guys, Malone has violated everything you stand for - aren't you going to call him out? Yeah, that's what I thought! HAH!
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 11, 12 1:28 PM
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Permits?

Aren't you supposed to check if the contractor has a valid Town of Southampton license BEFORE being contracted?
By The Real World (358), southampton on Jan 11, 12 1:52 PM
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You Malone haters are nuts.
True, he does have his faults but to get up in arms over him having an argument with an unlicensed contractor is out of control.
Find a real position to take a stand on and leave this petty stuff alone.

By user.name (46), hampton bays on Jan 11, 12 2:50 PM
"Although Mr. Malone continually asks Mr. Prosano to show him his contractor’s license, implying that he doesn’t have one, town officials said this week that the contractor was, in fact, licensed to work in Southampton Town."

Malone Lover (aka user.name): As per the above quote from the article, the contractor was in fact licensed. If he wasn't, building permits would not have been secured and of course the Town wouldn't have had to come inspect insulation (and Malone isn't ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 3:10 PM
He tried to take the guy hostage and then misuse his position to have him arrested! "Faults"? Are you Mr. Malone's mother?
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jan 11, 12 3:59 PM
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By C Law (339), Water Mill on Jan 11, 12 3:22 PM
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Wow - listening to the tape really makes this guy Malone look like such a loser. He sounds like a hotheaded, power tripping, blabbering idiot. He would make a great politician...oh wait....

Kudos to the contractor for stepping up and standing up for what is right. Hopefully justice will prevail.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jan 11, 12 3:36 PM
Okay, so now his alleged victims are a contractor AND the guy who did his construction drawings (see LongShot above). Anybody else think they got ripped off by Malone? This guy has an established pattern of bad behavior and it stinks. Listen to the tape and you can understand why Mr. Big Shot does it...he's got a bad case or arrogance. Enjoy your time in Town Hall...you're a one-term councilman.
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Jan 11, 12 3:48 PM
Let's keep it up, let's have tapes running in every politicians office and have their entire day stream live on close captioned television or some website. Its time for the people to take the power back and rage against the machine. Stay tuned, we are going to get Village and Town Hall stacked to the gills with video cameras...time to aim the hot white light of the ever present video monitors on those that need it most. The ethically and morally bankrupt elitests that have dedicated their life ...more
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 11, 12 3:57 PM
And let's play a little Jefferson Airplane while we're at it. Glad to see you're so up to the minute there, tmarie. What are you, a reject from Occupy Kansas City?
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jan 12, 12 3:06 PM
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I agree with an earlier poster - it is an absolute crime that these part-time, do-nothing, arrogant board members are being paid 67K a year.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jan 11, 12 4:01 PM
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I'm curious whether the reporter asked Captain Wilson if he was the so called "Bill" contacted by Malone or whether it was another policeman who was called "Bill" as well. I find the tape difficult to understand entirely. Some comments are clearer than others. Malone is angry and yelling at the contractor yes, but that could be the case with anyone who is in a dispute with another person. This would be even worse if the person shows up at your office uninvited to your office and brings along a friend. ...more
By V.Tomanoku (703), southampton on Jan 11, 12 4:17 PM
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How did user.name know the contractor had no license? Maybe he believes everything Jim Malone tells him. Seems the contractor is licensed.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 11, 12 4:20 PM
The main point here to remember is that Jim Malone insisted- on the record- that he would leave his (very well paid) position in the County if eleceted to the town council seat. He, of course, did not....had no intentions of doing so. Which makes him a liar in the first place. However, the hard working residents are busy making (a heck of a lot less than $67k/yr-part time) can't waste time hounding him and the powers that be to get him to follow through. I have seen mention of it, but who can spend ...more
By voiceofreason (9), southampton on Jan 11, 12 6:11 PM
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... Malone wasn't talking to anyone on the phone except the dial tone. He was trying to bully the kid. "you might have to pull him over" (If he escapes from my office). Gimme a break.
By William Rodney (538), southampton on Jan 11, 12 6:20 PM
Hmm. Unlawful imprisonment... Step down Malone
By guest (65), Bridgehampton on Jan 11, 12 6:24 PM
You just can't make this stuff up. It seems that if Malone resigned his position with Suffolk County as he said he would this never could have happened. However, there seems to be a larger issue for the Town taxpayers. $67K for a part time job? I think this salary for all our "part time" Town Board members is ridiculous.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 11, 12 6:33 PM
The Riverhead Supervisor earns 115,000.00 a year to run the whole town.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 15, 12 12:35 PM
What we need to do, is draft a bonafide "recall law'. As it stands, the persons elected to office need only "fear" the public once every six, four, two years, or annually depending on the office held.

They have no fear, which allows them in far too many cases to operate in their lives with impunity. As stated above, the abuses need to stop.

I'll put this simply: We have the right to vote, and hire you; hence, we should have the right to vote, and FIRE you.
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 11, 12 6:45 PM
His arrogance is catching up to him. He sits on the board like he is omnipotent . Step down and do the taxpayers a favor!!
By bayview (156), Southampton on Jan 11, 12 7:47 PM
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The guy admits to breaking into Malone's house and then confronts him in a workplace situation? Nobody sees anything wrong with that? Maybe Malone was on a power trip but it seems there's two sides to this story.
By hb guy (17), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 9:17 PM
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I keep wondering the same thing. There is a lot missing to this story. Mr. Malone has not said why he didn't pay.

Having had trouble with a "licensed" contractor, I know that getting work done can be a nightmare.

Why would a carpenter leave his tools behind to begin with?
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 11, 12 10:17 PM
So you're the person I've always heard about that buys a donut and focuses on the hole. In your mind, its completely fine for a civil servant to treat his superiors so aggressively. Someday I hope you realize that you pay these hacks bills and that they operate solely for you. At least that's the way it is supposed to operate.
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 6:03 AM
So you are the person who sees a newspaper article and knows that it is the whole truth nothing and but the truth. One side to the story and they just printed it.

I did not say one word of support of Mr. Malone. I questioned what the other side of the story is.

Should anyone be interested in the other side, and yes there appears to be one, you can find it in the Newsday article.
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 7:04 AM
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nope, there is just no way I would ever doubt that a politician became corrupt with power even in our small confines. you see a victim dealing with a "nightmare", I see the citizenry as the victim in this event that reflects much greater issues with much broader implications. Macro vs. Micro.
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 11:13 AM
Are you clairvoyant? You seem to believe you know what exactly what I think. LOL.

Because I asked for the rest of the story I see a victim? LOL amazing
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 4:39 PM
Both of these guys are at fault. However Jimbo should be tossed out on his ear. There will be openings for arrogant bullies at the Boardy Barn this Summer.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 12, 12 7:37 AM
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No. There won't.
By VOS (1173), WHB on Jan 12, 12 6:02 PM
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By mrtog (6), wading river on Jan 12, 12 8:09 AM
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By mrtog (6), wading river on Jan 12, 12 8:14 AM
In today's economy and with people so desperate to find and hold on to their jobs, there is much abuse by employors/supervisors/politicians who make it very clear to employees they are lucky to have a job at all. Many work in fear that one little mistake or one opinion voiced will lead to their being replaced by the bosses nephew or a friend of a local politician. Jobs are being filled on the basis of who you know not what you know. Because of many cutbacks, so many employees have been let ...more
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on Jan 12, 12 10:09 AM
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Malone needs to pay this guy and hope this goes away.
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on Jan 12, 12 1:34 PM
Is Billy going to make a statement now? Must be a tight fit in Malone's pocket ;)
By just breath (82), yuck on Jan 12, 12 1:40 PM
I couldn't understand the tape. Is there a transcript somewhere?
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 3:08 PM
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I do not know either party involved here and hold the same amount of respect/contempt for both politicans and contractors.

1.Personal disputes regarding unpaid bills with private funds at private residences are none of our business.

2.If someone broke into my home and then had the nerve to come to my place of employment, invade my office and confront me, I can't say my reaction would have been much different. I probably would have locked the door to my office and called the police ...more
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 3:23 PM
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If it is indeed Mr. Prosano and Mr. Malone on the tape, then the fiddle section of the EastEndDysfunctional Governmental Orchestra ("EGO") has just gained one new member, not including "Billy" and "John" who have yet to be identified. If they are also SH Town employees, then EGO can add two more seats to the fiddle section.

Anna Throne-Holst is the Supervisor..

If she does not get to the bottom of this, and kick butt here if necessary, then she may have be be nominated to become ...more
By Nero (276), Sag Harbor on Jan 12, 12 3:30 PM
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By allenfein (66), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 3:40 PM
The reports are quite unsympathetic to Jim. For a contractor to just show up at someone's workplace, unexpected, and accompanied by a second person, is really not appropriate. Such behavior is intended to intimidate people, and Jim's mental state at the time he was being recorded without his permission, seems to me to be consistent with him feeling very uncomfortable with being cornered by two men, one of them a total stranger. This tape is really not a fair way to judge people. When my buttons ...more
By allenfein (66), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 3:43 PM
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I see so "Super Deputy County Clerk" is responsible for the budget surplus and his boy buddy "Billy Jack" 's crew spends it...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jan 12, 12 9:45 PM
Let's see if I have this right - guy hires contractor, contractor does crappy work, guy decides not to pay him, contractor does damage to house claiming he was only retrieving tools he stupidly left behind, contractor has nerve to harass guy at work, guy gets annoyed, contractor puts lien on house, we all head to court. Typical day in the Hamptons, if you ask me.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 4:19 PM
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Ms. Jane - you somehow got it all wrong.

1. There is no claim that the contractor did "crappy work". Mr. Malone stated he didn't like how the drywall looked but the contractor informed him it wasn't completed yet.

2. There's no claim that the contractor damaged the home when he retrieved his tools from his work place. The contractor said he broke in through a window - he didn't say he broke THE window. He also didn't stupidly leave them behind. It was his belief that he was ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 8:11 PM
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Ms. Jane, what do you have to gain by a blatant misrepresentation of the facts?
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 12 1:00 PM
I hope security @ the Co Center is beefed up and special workshops given to the staff on dealing with out of control count clerk office workers,Ms Carpenter and Mr Bellone the ball is in your court to get the facts out to the tax payers of Suffolk Co,We have a right to know.A county worker in any other Department with the same allegations claimed against them would be placed on leave until this incident in a County office is resolved,I expect no less for DEPUTY JIM.
By Etians rd (517), Southampton on Jan 12, 12 7:58 PM
Fact remains, the house in question is NOT Malone's "home". It's an income property, paid for with his taxpayer dollar salary. He not only witheld payment, he locked away a working man's tools from him. I really don't see B & E, whereas the contractor was authorized to be on the premesis. It's TOTALLY illegal for Malone to lock away this guy's tools, even if he files a lien.

Despicable, on ALL counts.
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 12, 12 8:28 PM
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My understanding is he left his tools behind while he went to work on another job out of state. Surely he didn't expect for the house to be left open?

I agree it is despicable on All counts. No one here has seen the work so we can't judge if there was a problem.

Two versions of the truth.
By bb (862), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 12 9:14 PM
Oh its much more out of hand than originally thought. The guy used 201k funds meant for low income families and neighborhood revitalization projects for a personal investment property. To support James Malone is support someone who would eat his own if it served him. He is taking YOUR money to build HIS personal wealth via an investment property that he bought on the cheap after a fire. And when it comes time to fork over his own loot, he has a fit. Your money GOOD to spend, his money BAD to ...more
By tmarie (30), Southampton on Jan 13, 12 6:23 AM
tmarie,

There are plenty of things to get on Malone for - but let's not throw out accusations that are baseless.

203k (not 201k) loans are available to everyone - regardless of income. Mr. Malone bought a property that qualified for a 203k property as it was fire damaged and is using the loan to rehab the house. What he does with that home (lives in it/sells it/rents it) is his business. The reason a 203k was needed is because a standard mortgage can't be obtained due to damage ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 12 9:14 AM
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Jim Malone is a liar:
He said he would step down from his position as Deputy County Clerk if he won the election, he did not.
He also said he would step down as leader of the Southampton Town Conservative party if he won the election, he did not.
He thinks the people would forget the promise's he made. He just blows smoke up everyone's butt. He is a disgrace,how can anyone believe anything he has to say. Does anyone remember he wanted to run for supervisor 2009 and then deceided to run ...more
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 13, 12 11:59 AM
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Hey, tmarie, give me a straight answer -- are you an anarchist? You sure sound like one. What's really offensive is this thing that everybody involved in politics is dirty and it's just that some get busted and some don't. Great way to keep people in government, talking like that. Great way to encourage kids to enter public service, right? Of course an anarchist wouldn't care if the government withered away, I guess..
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jan 13, 12 12:01 PM
Hey Clam look around you. Our whole Congress is bought and sold. Look at their approval rating and the fact that they can all engage in insider trading.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 13, 12 7:50 PM
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Hey Bob, I don't buy that. Flat out as a fact, I just don't buy that. Maybe many but not all, & the low approval ratings aren't so much for dishonesty but for no action because the tea party crazies block everything.
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jan 14, 12 11:36 AM
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By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 14, 12 10:03 PM
Sorry to disappoint you, but Bob is quite correct.

These guys have managed to remove supply and demand as a factor in the spot price of a commodity in out "free market" too. It's worth what a speculator SANS position limits says it is. So much for the CEA of 1936 keeping futures trading in check. Speculators are supposed to be FACILITATORS, not PHYSICAL HEDGERS. Do some research...
By Mr. Z (11099), North Sea on Jan 15, 12 9:33 AM
I Phone justice...gotta love it!
At least it isn't illegal to record a councilperson in action.
Yet.
By loading... (553), quiogue on Jan 13, 12 1:20 PM
Jim is probably finding it difficult to compose just the right words to announce his resignation what with two jobs and all. Here's a suggestion for a preamble to that announcement based on that of another disgraced public figure. Hope it helps him pull the trigger.

"I have sinned against your precious trust, Southampton [sobbing & grimacing]. . . "
By highhatsize (3957), East Quogue on Jan 13, 12 1:35 PM
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How about: "I have used my position as Deputy County Clerk and Southampton Town Councilman to my personal gai and I have abused the powers vested in me by the State of New York, the County of Suffolk and the Town of Southampton. Effective immediately, I resign both posts." All you have to do is sign it, Jim. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Jan 13, 12 8:19 PM
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I just read on another blog that in 2008 Malone took out campaign ads in a small local paper that no longer is in business, adding up to $1,450 and never paid the bill. Now there are 3 people he has not paid.
What a low-life Jim Malone is, he has some serious issues. He is unfit to serve the people of Southampton.
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 13, 12 9:35 PM
It seems like this is one of the first news stories everyone can agree upon. how refreshing.
By ....Loading (3), Southampton on Jan 14, 12 10:38 AM
Has the press made any effort to get comments from the County Clerk Pascala or County Executive Ballone on the incident that took place in The County Center and the employment status of The Honerable J Malone,perhaps the DA and ethics committe should look and see if he is fit to hold his Two jobs county and town.
By Etians rd (517), Southampton on Jan 14, 12 11:20 AM
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I would like the county to look into this Mess and make a determination of over the top actions by a County employee that had nothing to do with County business and everything to do with Malone's personal business. Failure to do so will only create a bad working envionment in the County and Town offices and will also create a taxpayer backlash if this is brushed under the rug like usual.
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Jan 14, 12 5:43 PM
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By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Jan 14, 12 5:43 PM
P.S. and I admit I voted for this idiot!!!
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Jan 14, 12 5:44 PM
I didn't, I voted for Sally Pope. Entirely apart from these several alleged incidents, and going only by Jim Malone's performance on the Town Board, I promise you Sally Pope would have done a far better job than he's done. Read it and weep, xtiego, but kudos for your honesty.
By Turkey Bridge (1933), Quiogue on Jan 14, 12 6:37 PM
... Sally Pope didn't have a clue and you know it.
By William Rodney (538), southampton on Jan 14, 12 6:45 PM
No sir, I don't know that at all. I wouldn't have said what I said if that were true.
By Turkey Bridge (1933), Quiogue on Jan 16, 12 11:17 AM
Sally Pope is a lovely woman, but Mr. Rodney is correct the poor woman had no clue.
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 14, 12 7:56 PM
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So, after Jim resigns, will the Council appoint a temporary member?
Will there be a special election? Or will the Council simply continue to the next normally scheduled election with but four members. This is a pertinent question. Any temporary candidates are likely all to fail appointment by a 2-0 partisan vote. A special election would allow the candidates who came close in the last election to retest the waters. (A tactic that met with great success in the case of Ms. Fleming.) Since ...more
By highhatsize (3957), East Quogue on Jan 15, 12 1:44 AM
As I said, Malone will never resign, he would only leave if the ethics board found him guilty of something.
We could only dream that if he were to step down the TB would be in a dead lock, voting on controversial issues. Nuzzi & Scalera would vote together and ATH & Fleming would also. I don't think they would agree on who to appoint, that would be a dead lock too. As HH said above they would never agree on Bender so we are looking at a special election ASAP.
Again, Malone will never resign ...more
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 15, 12 6:57 PM
Or you could just research the law that covers vacancies on the board, rather than making up your own drivel, AGAIN.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 15, 12 8:55 AM
I will be attending the next Town Board Meeting to ask for comments from the Board on this issue.I will also contact the Co Clerk Ms Pascale on Tuesday for comment,hope others will join me in this effort to get some answers on the status of Mr Malon.is he still receiving salaries from Town and County,
By Etians rd (517), Southampton on Jan 15, 12 10:03 AM
to But I'm a blank!:

["meow"]
By highhatsize (3957), East Quogue on Jan 15, 12 10:54 AM
I do not understand why you are already counting hm gone, when there is nothing on record proving that he has failed to serve our Town of Southampton in a reasonable manner. You can't just kick someone off a Town Board because of alleged problems somewhere else. You'll sound like a lynch mob. On the other hand, it may be a good time for Jim Malone to take a week or two, personal time off, and reflect on all this and get his public image repaired. He got my vote last time, but he sure is testing ...more
By allenfein (66), Southampton on Jan 15, 12 12:41 PM
The citizens are very angry at government. It took the actions of Jim Malone to bring some of it to the surface. We are being taken for a ride. I don't know about you but I'm fed up. I'm going to join a group that wants to make real changes.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 15, 12 12:51 PM
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By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 15, 12 1:47 PM
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Jim Malone will never resign, thats just my opinion.
By Ms11932 (12), Bridgehampton on Jan 15, 12 6:40 PM
Who hires a 23 year old Contractor? Someone who knows he can easily manipulate and rip-off a kid. Hope his insurance company finds out what happens with the money he owes all the guys he decides not to pay,
By Bandguy (23), Sag Harbor on Jan 16, 12 10:59 AM
to allenfein:

I really don't expect Malone to resign; I just assumed it for the purpose of exploring what would happen if he DID. In fact, Malone won't resign unless the Conservative/Republicans offer him a sinecure at least equal in pay to his Town Council position. It would be almost impossible for them to find another such job since in order to accommodate Malone’s REAL job as deputy county clerk, there would have to be NO requirements of actual appearance. Additionally, there ...more
By highhatsize (3957), East Quogue on Jan 16, 12 1:31 PM
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I think that he should be reminded of his alleged dirty deeds. Go to a Town Board meeting and, one at a time, walk to the microphone and ask him to step down. Tell him that you feel he has disgraced his position, if you feel that way. That he has violated the Code of Ethics, if not specifically, then in the spirit of the same, if you feel that he has. The worse that taxpayers can do is do nothing at all. If you wondered why you would join the Occupy Movement, if you were looking for a cause, ...more
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Jan 16, 12 4:39 PM
Mr. Malone is a member of the conservative party. I once worked in an office of another conservative party member and he would call or stop by all the time. I have never met a more arrogant man in my life. He throws his power around all the time and thinks he is above everyone. He always threatens jobs, yells at people, and call them names. He feels he can act this way because of the position he holds and he will make sure you know it by screaming at you "Do you know who the F I am?" I am not one ...more
By Bettybop (1), Southampton on Jan 17, 12 2:35 AM
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Wow, bettybop has put it all out there regarding the councilman. And he and the contractor are "from away" as the saying goes.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 17, 12 10:17 AM
Bravo! Nothing like a little color on the person in the limelight or should I say hot seat. I think Mr Malone is now going to find out who "we the people" are when we return to the voting booth.
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Jan 17, 12 12:52 PM
Remember the old days when all we had were tar and feathers
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jan 18, 12 12:21 PM
Contractors by the boat load should and do loudly applaud Prosano for his actions and for standing up to this Bozo to be paid for completed work. To quote a close contractor friend of mine, if you don't slap a lien on them you do not get paid. It also shows the court that you have a case you can stand behind if you take that action. Money is tight for everyone. Those who do have it are loathe to part with it. Those who have fairly earned it do not get paid. This is an under current here. ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 19, 12 7:26 PM
So is this now dead? Is no government official or agency looking into this?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 26, 12 5:47 PM

You got it!
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Mar 3, 12 7:05 PM