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Dec 9, 2009 11:33 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Source: Bernard will be tapped as budget officer in East Hampton Town

Dec 9, 2009 11:33 AM

Sag Harbor School District Business Administrator Len Bernard apparently will be tapped as the budget officer for East Hampton Town when Supervisor-elect Bill Wilkinson’s administration takes over in January.

Mr. Bernard served as the budget officer in East Hampton Town from 2000 through 2004 in 
former Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s administration. He then ran for supervisor himself, but lost to Bill McGintee.

The town has not had a budget officer since June when Ted Hults resigned after being indicted for his alleged role in the financial scandal that has rocked the town over the past 18 months.

Mr. Bernard declined to comment on the East Hampton budget officer job after a Sag Harbor School Board meeting on Monday night, during which it was revealed that the district had overspent its budget in the 2008-09 fiscal year by some $362,000.

Mr. Wilkinson said Tuesday he would not comment on pending appointments.

Sag Harbor School Board President Walter Wilcoxen said he could not discuss Mr. Bernard’s plans because of legal restrictions on discussing personnel issues, but he acknowledged that the school district’s superintendent, Dr. John Gratto, will be advertising for candidates this week to possibly fill the business administrator’s position should it become available.

An East Hampton Town official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the Town Board has been told that Mr. Bernard will be the senior financial administrator under Mr. Wilkinson, and that the salary allotted for the town’s current financial manager, Comptroller Janet Verneuille, will be cut substantially to cover his salary. Ms. Verneuille makes $130,000.

School district officials revealed Monday that a budget surplus shrunk to just $65,000 at the end of the last fiscal year. Mr. Wilcoxen said much of the surplus had been used to keep district taxes down. The district’s auditors then used $362,000 to make up budget shortfalls

Michael Wright

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Not Good if true...Town needed some professional people to wright the ship...
By voter (33), Amagansett on Dec 8, 09 7:56 PM
This is disappointing news if true. Ms. Verneuille has already been working for the town at approximately half the salary she was earning in the private sector. Her knowledge of Town finances, and her qualifications as a Certified Public Accountant, are essential if we want to complete the job of unraveling the Town's finances, bonding our debt, and developing a workable and professional financial record-keeping system for the Town.
Mr. Bernard might make a fine budget officer, but his position ...more
By P.A.B. (23), East Hampton on Dec 9, 09 8:11 AM
Overspent by $362,000? How much of that was for a raise for the new superintendent? $25,000? How much of that was a raise for other executive positions? ???? How much of that was lawyers fees for "negotiations" with the teachers union? $90,000?

I dont think much of that can be put on Bernard. He only advises and writes the checks. Put it on the school board and supt.

It will be nice to see Bernard back at town hall, but lets hope he gets some help and does not go it alone. Things ...more
By BonacBub (3), East Hampton on Dec 9, 09 11:14 AM
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Bringing it home within 1% on a $30,000,000 budget. Article in another paper says the auditor said financial operations in Sag Harbor School have never been better -- internal controls in place, checks and balances, etc. Sounds like what we need in East Hampton Town. The type of tight fisted budgeting we need back in East Hamptomn. No padding, no frills. other article said the district dealt with $200,000 in unexpected mandated special education costs and almost $400,0000 set aside for a 6% ...more
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Dec 9, 09 5:54 PM
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To P.A.B

Who ever said you can't have both? Vernuille and Bernard? Vernuille had no municipal finance experience when hired by the town. Bernard has 10 years federal finance experience, 10 years municipal finance experience and I believe he was on the town board for 4 years. That's 24 years of experience. Just because Wilkinson wants some quality municipal finance experience in town hall is a good thing. He also seems to want structure in management salaries and we should be happy. ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Dec 9, 09 7:04 PM
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Is PAB saying Mrs. Vernneuille was making $260,000 in the private sector? If she was why in the world did she leave that job? Why doesn't she go back to her old job if $95,000 is not enogh for her? I'll take $95,000 or even $90,000.

In her old job did Ms Verneuille make more than her boss? If not why should she expect to make more than her new boss -- the supervisor? I believe she worked at a bank. Did she make more than the president of the bank? If not why would she expect to make ...more
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Dec 9, 09 7:50 PM
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Known Len for 20 plus years now. He has been an honest , pleasant man with an ambition to help the Town and its' citizens. No Empire building, no self serving, but an honest concern for the Town. A refreshing change to look forward rto.
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Dec 9, 09 8:29 PM
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Looks like Len is writing his own comments!! How many accounts with 27East do you have??
By cruiser (8), East Hampton on Dec 10, 09 12:20 PM
I presently work at Town Hall and I am shocked at the lack of professionalism displayed by the new members of the town board. Janet Vernueille is incredibly competent and we are grateful that she works here. Are the new town board members aware of this? Are the taxpayers? Residents of EH should be outraged that a competent comptroller who is a woman would get her salary slashed to benefit the salary of a man who has had more attempts to be an elected official than Carter has liver pills? I ...more
By really concerned in Bonac (1), East Hampton on Dec 10, 09 1:03 PM
really cocerned in bonac, you say you work in town hall? you tell a different story than the few people i know there. they are looking for people like bernard to come back. well i voted for my fellow gansetter bernard when he was elected to town board and i voted for him when he lost to mcgintee. if you measure someones ability by how many elections they won then mcgintee should be man of the year. you probably voted for mcgintee all three times to keep that do nothing job you probably have ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Dec 10, 09 5:27 PM
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Lennie, Lennie, Lennie: you are so self absorbed!! And, you are not a Bonac(er). Stop trying to defend yourself. A deficit in East Hampton, Brookhaven and now Sag Harbor!!!
By cruiser (8), East Hampton on Dec 11, 09 10:00 PM
Cruiser sounds like one of the McGintee gang...they still don't get it.
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Dec 11, 09 10:14 PM
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I JUST HAD TO JOIN THIS THREAD AFTER READING THIS CRUISER CHARACTER COMMENTS. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT WHEN JAY SCHNIIDERMAN LEFT OFFICE IN EAST HAMPTON (BERNARD WAS HIS BUDGET GUY) THE TOWN HAD A REAL BIG SURPLUS -- LIKE OVER $10 MILLION ACCORDING TO THE NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF WHAT THE STATE COMPTROLLER FOUND. CRUSIER YOU SHOULD CALL JAY AND ASK HIM. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT BROOKHAVEN WHEN BERNARD WAS THERE, BUT I KNOW NEWSDAY HAD AN ARTICLE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SAYING THAT THE CURRENT BROOKHAVEN SUPERVISOR ...more
By happynow (19), east hampton on Dec 11, 09 11:13 PM
SORRY FOR BEING A PEST HERE BUT I READ AGAIN WHAT "CONCERNED IN BONAC" WROTE THEN IT DAWNED ON ME THAT JANET MUST BE THE SOURCE IN THE ARTICLE. GUESS WERE I IHAVE WORKED FOR OVER 8 YEARS? TH. I HAVE TALKED TO JANET OF COURSE. FORGET ABOUT BERNARD COMING ANYONE KNOWS LYNN RYAN WAS GOING NO MATTER WHO WON BEN OR WILKINSON, AND BOTH SAID THE TOWN DID NOT NEED TWO ACCOUNTANTS IN ADDITION TO JANET THAT ARE IN BUDGET. I WOULD ASSUME WHETER ITS BERNARD OR ERIC BROWN OR CARILLO THE MONEY IS COMING FROM ...more
By happynow (19), east hampton on Dec 12, 09 10:07 AM
Happy, your right. And cruiser, you have got to be kidding. Cruiser, keep drinking the McGintee Kool Aid, it seems there are still many gallons floating around town.
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Dec 12, 09 7:02 PM
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Cruiser sure sounds a lot like a former councilwoman who was part of the McGintee mess.
By montaukman (98), easthampton on Dec 14, 09 1:45 PM
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