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Sep 23, 2009 11:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Kabot, attorney give first interview on DWI arrest

Editor's Note: Pick up a copy of the September 24 edition of The Southampton Press to read the interview in its entirety. The complete interview will not appear online until Monday, September 28.
Sep 23, 2009 11:59 AM

In the first full interview since her arrest on a DWI charge on September 7, Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and her attorney said Tuesday that she is “innocent” of the charge and will be vindicated in court.

“After viewing the [video] tapes, I can say, with full confidence, that, after reviewing all the other evidence, there is not the slightest indication that she spoke with slurred speech, no evidence of bloodshot eyes, no staggering,” said attorney William Keahon, the third lawyer to represent Ms. Kabot in her DWI case.

The published interview also includes information about:

*Whether Ms. Kabot was drinking on the night of her arrest.

* An alleged anonymous letter that raises questions about how quickly the news of Ms. Kabot’s arrest spread in the local political community—reaching her opponent in the fall election, Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst.

* A photo of Ms. Kabot purportedly taken at the birthday party she attended just hours before her traffic stop.

* Why video of her arrest offers an incomplete record of the traffic stop, according to her attorney.

* Ms. Kabot’s first public comments about the fallout from the arrest and its impact on her family and her political career.

* Where the case will be tried—or, at least, where it will not be tried—and when.

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What do you expect her attorney to say? If, as Ms. Kabot alleges, she is innocent, then one can assume she is asserting that her arrest is political. If so, then this accusation would cast doubt on all drunk driving arrests by these officers and that means that all of their past DWI arrests must be investigated.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 12:06 PM
My intuition tells me that Linda was set-up. It’s unfortunate that the Southampton Town Democrats would stoop so low but I guess that is what it takes in small town politics when you are feeling inadequate to get elected on your own merits.
By Woohampton (35), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 12:37 PM
I too think Linda may have been set up but what makes you think it was done by he Democrats? Considering what has been going on recently on the Republican side I would look there.
By bird (689), Southampton on Oct 1, 09 2:55 PM
oh please then why refuse breathalizer test?and blood test.this is your attempt to beat the system and you probably will since you know it all to well.i think that the arresting officer is more than compentent as to lose a record of the traffic stop.then you could look at it this way an attempt to ruin your re election as supervisor and were set up?hmmmm.whos b-day party?who was there?was the booze flowing all to much?no matter how you look at it its costing the supervisor plenty.
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Sep 23, 09 12:42 PM
Do you people really think that a Police Officer would put his career and family on the line to falsy arrest a person ? Some of you people need to get out more. A Police Officer makes the same paycheck if he makes 10 arrests a month or 0 arrests. And, some of the traffic stop is not on tape because, the camera does not roll until the overhead red lights are turned on. Listen, she was at a party, she drank too much. Most of us have all been there. Instead of pointing fingers,,,,,Ask for forgivness....... ...more
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Sep 23, 09 12:50 PM
Kabot, like anyone one else arrested IS "Innocent until proven guilty."

I am aware this article goes back to Sept 23, I am doing some catch up. I just had to reply to this comment, "YES! I am proof that an officer will make a false arrest." They have nothing to lose, they are protected against lawsuits. Our police continue to arrest people, falsely and get away with it. They do have a quota to make, along with others they were facing pay cuts, lay offs. They have to write those tickets ...more
By mystcstar (51), Quogue on Dec 14, 09 3:55 PM
the easiest way to have cleared herself was to take the breathalizer - If I am pulled over and have nothing to hide I would take the test. Why hold out and try to fight it this way?
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 12:53 PM
Blame blame blame blame blame. Now her political opponents are in on it too.

ALL SHE HAD TO DO WAS BLOW INTO THE TUBE.

Honestly, this is even worse than a simple DWI bust.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 23, 09 1:04 PM
woohampton, please enlighten us as to how a "set-up" would have taken place.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 1:16 PM
She didnt need to blow in the tube. They had already made up their minds that they were going to arrest her. The current accusations are slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and failed sobriety tests. They were gonna arrest her anyway.
So the tube is mute point in my opinion. I guess she knew her rights and she used them.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 1:17 PM
Sam, how do you know what was in the mind of the arresting officer ? That my friend is a childish remark. If in fact, her eyes were glassy, speech was slurred, she was unsteady afoot and her breath smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. Along with her failing the field sobriety tests, THATS ENOUGH. What more do you need.???
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Sep 23, 09 1:39 PM
a "set-up" ? Give me a break. You think the Westhampton police infiltrated her sister's party and spiked her non-alcoholic wine with vodka while no one was looking?

Perhaps the cops used ninja gear and grappling hooks to avoid detection?

And then, i suppose, they adjusted her tire alignment so that she could no longer drive straight? so they'd have an excuse to pull her over?
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 23, 09 1:40 PM
It's a vast left-wing conspiracy.I've never taken steroids. Some perfect people can't admit to being wrong or could have possibly made a mistake. Posturing by her lawyer is transparently laughable. If I was accused of DWI, I would want to blow in the tube as hard as I could. [IF I WAS INNOCENT]
By Mets fan (1152), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 1:41 PM
This whole thing is a complete joke. Everyone knows the cops have NOTHING to do all day, except wait till midnight when they might make a dwi bust or two. Why didnt Kabot know this?

Every LOCAL with half a brain knows that the cops are EXTRA VIGILANT on weekends & holidays late at night-- so unless you drive extra carefully (not crossing yellow lines, making sure to make complete stops, etc.), you are pretty much GUARANTEED to get pulled over, whether youre drunk or not.

and ...more
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 23, 09 1:50 PM
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nicole - lol - simply put she had to much to drink and for your info Sam - not blowing is a hugh mistake - the isurance companys dont like to see that and its as damaging insurance wise as a dwi and simply put it makes her look guilty to most people -
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 1:52 PM
Sam, the tube ISN'T a moot point - if she were sober she could have blown into it, as thousands of people have done, and resolved everything right there.

Oh, I forgot - the democrats spiked her drink at the party... and paid the cops to follow her... Cause cops love the democrats so much.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 23, 09 2:04 PM
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y'all must be some innocent. It wasn't the Democrats it was the Republlicans bosses who don't want her to talk any more. I hate to admit it but I sure do know the politics out there. Shut Linda up before she spills any more dirt.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Sep 23, 09 2:22 PM
MIDDLEMAN: I think you confirmed my point. Yes 'thats enough. what more doyou need" as you put it. EXACTLY. They were going to arrest her anyway.
You agreed with me whether you know it or not.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 2:36 PM
I hope they throw the book at this woman. The sight of her makes me nauseous.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Sep 23, 09 2:37 PM
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and to Jacks of Hampton Bays: I wouldnt exactly call it a "mistake" she didnt blow in the tube. I would call it her "right."
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 2:38 PM
Summertime - Exactly my point.... My vote is going to Linda!! And I don't even like Republicans.
By Woohampton (35), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 2:41 PM
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Linda did really well in this passed election, I am sorry she didn't win. She did a great job for our town while in office!
By mystcstar (51), Quogue on Dec 14, 09 4:00 PM
She definitely should have taken the Breathalyzer or blood test. If she has nothing to hide, then why not. My stepmom has vertigo and they pulled her out of her car in North Carolina, saying she was drunk. She had a Breathalyzer and blood test and proved them wrong.
By LovedHerTown (123), southampton on Sep 23, 09 2:45 PM
A breathalyzer result would have shown nothing other than there was alcohol in her bloodstream. It would NOT have shown that she was driving drunk, despite that assumption by other posters. Breathalyzer results are commonly used by the East End police departments to validate a drunk driving stop when there was NO PROBABLE CAUSE to make the stop.

The relevant evidence in this case is Ms. Kabot's performance on the field sobriety tests. If she failed those, and if the results are on the ...more
By highhatsize (3564), East Quogue on Sep 23, 09 2:46 PM
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highhatsize, your pomposity is matched only by your arrogance. Breathalyzers measure the blood alcohol content. If you are over the legal limit, then, by law, you are driving drunk. Period. That is the only standard needed. You weren't interested in the supervisor's race until one of the candidates was arrested for and now you are supporting that candidate for that very reason? Sound judgment.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:10 PM
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slamminsammy----- I guess you don't want anyone to un cover the mess left by previous administrations too bad, but that's a lot of cash by anyones accounting methods.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Sep 23, 09 2:48 PM
highhatsize, not you again, get your facts befor posting. Alcohol has no smell, what you are smelling is the alcoholic beverage. A breathalyzer shows BLOOD ALCHOL LEVEL. How can you say, that's nothing. Do your homework.
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Sep 23, 09 3:09 PM
sam - it was a mistake
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 3:31 PM
She's innocent and I'm voting for her !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Sep 23, 09 3:40 PM
Matt your post is interesting. "She's Innocent" were you there ? Were you with her at the birthday party ? Do you know her Blood Alcohol Level?
"I'm voting for her" Based on what? her record or that she wasn't drunk ? GOD BLESS AMERICA
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Sep 23, 09 3:48 PM
Highhat,

The cops in Westampton are indeed obsessed: with coffee and donuts. Even if we believe in your "oppressive cop" theory, the fact remains that if Kabot REALLY was sober, she could have put this entire matter to rest by taking the test. That so-called "inane test" would have proved conclusively that there was no alcohol in her system.

Or wait. Maybe she was secretly injected with rubbing alcohol at her little party... or maybe she used Anbesol on a toothache, like that ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 23, 09 4:00 PM
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If the tapes proves she was not tipsy than her very very very expensive attorney would release them. PLEASE PEOPLE, she had my vote up until this
incident. She cannot own up to her personal mistakes how can she do it professionally.
By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 23, 09 4:01 PM
littleplains - very well said
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 4:06 PM
can she sue for being overserved?
By hamptons surfer (79), southampton on Sep 23, 09 5:26 PM
To Middleman,

It is astounding that in the computer age, with reference sources at one's fingertips, that anyone could post a critical response online that exposes his ignorance and incomprehension so clearly.

You did not read the original newspaper article with care. It was the arresting officer who said that Ms. Kabot's breath, "smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage".

Your are incorrect when you state that alcohol has no odor. "Alcohols have an odor that is often ...more
By highhatsize (3564), East Quogue on Sep 23, 09 5:56 PM
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Drunk driving kills over 40,000 people a year in this country. The breathalyzer is a life saving tool. Ask anyone who has seen a friend or family member die at the hands of a driver under the influence. Your hat size is not as high as you might like to believe.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:23 PM
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To Sam & anyone else who supports Kabot
Don't waste you time on these naysayers, they were never going to vote for Kabot anyway. They don't even know what's on the video, and could care less if she is innocent. Living in a small town for too long shows in some of your blogs, small town, small minds feeding off someone else's problem.

When I moved here to retire I never thought such hatred existed here.


By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 7:56 PM
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HAH! You're talking about hatred and small minds! That's a riot. These boards are littered with your neocon nonsense.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:16 PM
hatred? What is hateful about asking why a public official - a supposed role model - is out driving drunk? And what is so evil about questioning why that public official who claims total innocence refused to take a simple test to clear her name right there on the spot.

wake up. Drunk driving is serious. it's not about politics it's about a leader possibly endangering the very community she is supposed to protect.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 24, 09 9:48 AM
To Joe Shaw,
Have you not read enough, how can anyone get a fair trial in this town?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 8:03 PM
She is an elected official and is being held accountable. Public scrutiny comes with the office and most politicians accept that, but Linda only defers blame.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:24 PM
According to other articles here, she failed field sobriety tests refused the breath test and the chemical test.

Logically, she failed the field sobriety tests first. A field sobriety test is not "glassy eyes" and "breath smelling of an alcoholic beverage" It's failing a divided attention test. It's failing the nystagmus test. THere are any number of tests that could have been done. Has there been any report of what the specific tests are?

Having failed those, you may submit ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:38 PM
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yearrounder
O yes you must hold her accountable and scrutinize. Do you even know her?
neocon, very good you learned a new word.
You have some serious issues that need to be addressed. Try to seek some help for anger management. Maybe with the new health care coming down the pike no cost will be involved.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 9:53 PM
I think highhatsize is either her lawyer or he's just plain lost his mind. It's simple, she probably drove drunk and now she has to be responsible for her actions. She's just lucky she didn't kill anyone.
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Sep 23, 09 9:54 PM
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This is just the partial news article, I just read the entire article by signing in with my acct number. It is very interesting as her lawyer pointed out certain things that were edited out of the video.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 10:36 PM
of course! Thats it! The cops had it in for her and are editing the video as we speak! Why stop there? Maybe cops followed her to her party and slipped her drugs! And maybe they painted those yellow lines improperly so Linda would swerve over them?

It's all a conspiracy! Sure, that's it!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 24, 09 9:52 AM
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As ALWAYS Linda blames everyone else.She blamed Skip when she was sitting next to him.Now she blames the cops WHY NOT JUST TAKE THE TEST when she was pulled over?? Now weeks has gone by before she says ANYTHING. Did it take that long to make up a cover storie??
Just more games that she and her family play
Remember when her husband called the local radio station
when she was running for office and got caught!!!!!
I just wish for once she would tell the TRUTH
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 10:42 PM
Lets all so not forget her over problem with to many people living in apartmants on property she owned
Linda can break the law but does not respect it
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 10:45 PM
If she was going home to Quogue from Moriches WHY go down main street in Westhampton???
Stopping for another drink???
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 23, 09 10:50 PM
sjd
your comment above, regarding a property she owned. It was not her property and you know it. I remember reading about that. It was the property of I believe an aunt. If her aunt did something what does that have to do with her.
BTW I can see that you are not a fan of the WHB police, you think they are a waste and that they should be done away with. What axe do you have to grind?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 23, 09 11:08 PM
to SJD: I drive through main st all the time on weekend evenings. I dont live there but its cool to see whats going on. FYI, thats why people do it. I dont go there to have drink.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 24, 09 7:35 AM
highhatsize is either 1.) a drunk driver who is bitter at having lost his license for having to do the "inane" breathalyzer test, or 2.) Kabot's attorney, or 3.) both
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 09 8:44 AM
to quote highhatsize: "Breathalyzer results are commonly used by the East End police departments to validate a drunk driving stop when there was NO PROBABLE CAUSE"

isnt the prob cause the fact that she was driving at 1:00am? and wobbling over the line? Doesnt that fit the profile of a drunk driver?

And even if the cop pulls them over and it turns out to be only a tired driver, or distracted cell-phone-using driver, it would still be a public service for a cop to pull them over ...more
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 09 8:52 AM
They can edit an arrest video? I have a problem with that..................a video like that should be shown in its entirety.............does the phrase 'tampering with evidence' come to mind for anyone else? I'm not a supporter of Kabot, but that video should NOT be edited with respect to EITHER side of this case.......
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 24, 09 9:21 AM
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to highhatsize
I would like to say you are the only one that speaks the truth.if these people would know the facts before they comment the world would be a better place.As for the rest of you The breathalyzer is a box of junk , it gives high readings,great for the cops.It can be fooled into high readings by a number of things, it does not measure the blood alcohol content. hear that yearrounder, it measures mouth alcohol. to go to trial can be costly.and take years,all the time you cant drive.before ...more
By banjack (45), port jeff on Sep 24, 09 9:37 AM
ah yes... now it's the breathalyzer's fault! a test that has been given millions of times around the country... proven valid in thousands of cases... but no, we all have it wrong and you know more about the test than the entire world.

Definitely another drunk driver who got caught.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 24, 09 9:57 AM
Please..........nothing was "edited" It is a ploy by the defense attorney to place doubt in peoples minds. Think it through before you believe the written word.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 9:37 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 9:54 AM
Linda is a crying shame. Linda's Uncle Nicky Czaplick was killed by a drunk driver when he was just 16 walking down the street in Westhampton. Linda should say I'm sorry and take her medicine. She has a chance do something here and educate everyone on the consequences of drinking and driving. Instead Linda is being absolutely arrogant and fighting a lost battle. Be a woman Linda. Be a leader! All you're doing is giving other drunk drivers a chance at getting away with it. Think about your ...more
By hamptoniteforlife (15), WHB on Sep 24, 09 10:09 AM
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Haven't we had enough of Linda Kabot??
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 11:14 AM
Wow. If it's true - that Linda Kabot actually had a family member killed by a drunk driver - then this takes her arrogance to incredible levels.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 24, 09 11:36 AM
It's absolutely true. Nicky was her father's brother. My father always warned us of drunk drivers and he used Nicky as his reason.
By hamptoniteforlife (15), WHB on Sep 24, 09 5:05 PM
WIKIPEDIA:
Breathalyzer: is a device for estimating blood alcohol content The electrical current produced is measured, processed, and displayed as an approximation of overall blood alcohol content by the breathalyzer. Breath analyzers do not directly measure blood alcohol content or concentration, which requires the analysis of a blood sample. Instead, they estimate BAC indirectly by measuring the amount of alcohol in one's breath.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 24, 09 11:43 AM
When are the good folks of the East End of Long Island going to wake up and realize that interlopers like Anna Throne-Holst have no place here. She doesn't have any understanding of the problems that the local born population deals with in these hard times. Its pretty easy when you have rich old men paying your bills, isn't it! Just admit it, Anna, your're a socialist, parlor pink liberal with communistic feelings. That was a great set up job on Linda, by the way. That you do well Anna. No matter, ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 11:53 AM
Terry,
'think it through'? pious jerk. guess i should believe YOUR written word? I was simply stating that the integrity of the tape should be preserved in its entirety..........relax.
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 24, 09 12:18 PM
In my professional experience in law enforcemnat the a pre-screen breath device, a.k.a. " the breathalyzer" in extremly accurate in obtaining a person blood alcohol concentration, (BAC). Most motorists when stopped under the suspicion of DWI will consent to field sobriety tests, however fear the breath test, the fact of the matter is that people are under the assumption that they can control the outcome of the field tests given, however the breath test, they have no control of the outcome. Lets ...more
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Sep 24, 09 12:40 PM
Linda's Grandmother was murdered by an illegal latino alien .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Sep 24, 09 1:13 PM
@ PrivateerMatt:

Just to set the record straight: Linda Kabot's grandmother was indeed murdered in 2001, but having searched our archives and other papers' to review the stories covering the crime and subsequent trial, I just want to point out that I found no suggestion that the man convicted of the crime was in the country illegally.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (201), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 09 2:01 PM
First, I find it most interesting that the bile-spewing ranting by "foxnfowl", above hasn't been deleted by Joe Shaw as inappropriate. Not only are his bizarre accusations 100% irrelevant to the story, but he is nothing but a hate- monger; scary to think he lives among us. Oh, and those of you who wonder why some of us want to comment anonymously, this freak and his delusional diatribe is the answer! He's a blank himself, but not relating to politics.
Let's see if Joe Shaw deletes my comment...
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Sep 24, 09 1:40 PM
@ EQme:

Ms. Throne-Holst is a candidate for public office. In such an instance, we give much wider lattitude to comments.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (201), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 09 1:30 PM
That's good to know.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 9:43 PM
MaryMac, there was nothing "pious" in my statement.
Your statement "they can edit the video?" and "didnt they hear of evidence tampering" infers that both were done to the tape. I merely attempted to point out how naive such an allegation is.
The tape WILL be preserved in its original form. Any tampering would probably result in both a dismissal of the charges against a defendant, and charges against who ever tampered with the tape.
Blue Streak is correct, the Intoxilyzer measures ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 1:42 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with SHNative...haven't we had enough of Linda Kabot and her endless 'blame game'???
I mean, seriously, a plot by the police? I am the mom of a teen driver and I am personally grateful to the police for their diligence in their effort to get drunks off the road. Even my teen knows that the only time you wouldn't "blow" is when you are so wasted you'd never be able to fight it. Now blowing smoke is another story for her....
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Sep 24, 09 1:59 PM
Just one question for me. How come she is on her THIRD lawyer?
By tenn tom (194), remsenburg on Sep 24, 09 2:41 PM
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Do the research. Keahon has quite the record of representing the innocent including:

Daniel Pelosi's brother-in-law, a SH cop who coerced women into giving him sex while on duty. Keahon blamed it on Pelosi acting in revenge.

A federal jail guard convicted in the videotaped beatdown of a handcuffed inmate and then trying to cover up the attack. "This was a tragedy," said Cummings' lawyer, William Keahon. "These 10 seconds of his actions, which he thought were necessary, resulted ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 9:57 PM
How is she getting to work?
By 1640sWhaler (70), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Sep 24, 09 4:41 PM
So basically, if any normal human gets a DWI, theyre screwed, but if you can afford a bigshot DWI attorney, then youre "innocent"... American justice is classic
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 09 5:33 PM
I am very concerned that the trial is being moved to Riverhead where all of the other issues have been shoved under the rug. Does she have friends there?
By Legal Immigrant (11), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 6:07 PM
A breathalyzer will return a false, high reading when it has not been calibrated properly, (a maintenance that must be performed about every three months), or if the test subject has had any alcohol in his mouth, no matter how little or how briefly, just before taking the test. This is why field breathalyzer tests are inadmissible as evidence at trial. After the arrest, the subject is taken back to police headquarters where subsequent breathalyzer tests are administered after a forty minute hiatus.

If ...more
By highhatsize (3564), East Quogue on Sep 24, 09 6:44 PM
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I do value my rights, but I believe certain crimes are given some leeway and I'm alright with that. I'm sure you probably know the latin/legal term for describing it.

DWI and crimes against children are examples of where I would be willing to grant authorities some leeway to infringe upon my rights for a greater good.

I understand your point, but I do think it's a small price to pay, so we can agree to disagree.

Have you looked at Town Code 270-14? Southampton Town didn't ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Sep 25, 09 1:48 PM
Hihatsize, You are Sooooooooooooooo right on, this comment page. I can't think of anything to say, except, thanks for all you do.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Sep 24, 09 7:57 PM
Blue Sky I agree with you 100%
This is the first interview given by her attorney. Could you imagine these people are blogging without even reading the entire store. This is just the partial story, as stated right below the headline if you want to read the story buy the paper or wait till Monday for the on-line version.
Kabot was not even drunk, but some of these people are painting a picture of her as a drunk. What clowns some of these people are, some not believing that the video was ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 24, 09 8:11 PM
Im not sticking up for anybody when I say that the other day I went over the yellow line (by accident) , caught myself and quickly got back where I should be. I WASNT DRUNK. But Im sure glad I didnt do it in Westhampton! Cmon, none of YOU ever drove over the white line, yellow line, whatever line by accident when you were completely sober?? Bet youre glad there wasnt a cop around arrogant enough to accuse you of dwi.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 24, 09 9:04 PM
golfbuddy,
kabot is not a drunk but she could have been drunk. A person she is paying big dollars to(her atty) says she was not drunk, what a suprise!!!!. The police officer who arrested her was doing his civic duty without anything to gain but
knowing he may have prevented a worse situation. I don't believe people are attacking Linda for drinking. It is her childish behavior by deniying her condition and blaming others. A conspiracy theory is totally absurd. The thought of her ...more
By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 24, 09 9:09 PM
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kpjc
First Question did you read the entire article?
Of course people are attacking her for drinking read some of these blogs, of course it's elections time so some would like to see the person they are supporting win. How could you assume that her lawyer is not telling the truth because she is paying him big dollars. Do you even know how much his fees will be?You said she's being childish for denying her condition (what condition). What you are saying is that she is guilty. Do you know ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 24, 09 10:09 PM
There is a reason she hired a high profile atty.(If the glove doesn't fit acquit) If the tape was so convincing any atty could handle it. Anything she said in the interview was advised by her new atty. As the police are trained to spot drunk drivers the atty is trained to get an acquital and handle public relations.

By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 25, 09 6:42 AM
I have been following this story and reading all the posts for a few weeks. I never thought I would join in the fracas, but here I go. Picture yourself driving after midnight on a deserted street, in a small town; you signal to turn left ( Linda must have put on her turn signal, or she would have also been charged with failing to signal). You start your turn a little early which would put your car over the yellow line. Police are following you because it is a holiday weekend and no one else is ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 6:58 AM
"You know you are not drunk and you tell the police this; unfortunately for you, you are the Town Supervisor and the police are not your greatest fans due to budget issues,(whoever caused the budget problems is not an issue in this case)." THIS MIGHT HAVE BEEN A VALID POINT , EXCEPT THE WHB POLICE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SHT BUDGET , WE ARE OUR OWN VILLAGE!
By T.J. (29), WHB on Sep 25, 09 8:33 PM
kpjc
Just as I thought, you think she is guilty no matter what the evidence shows.

Treewoman
Welcome to the soap opera.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 8:04 AM
Im posting this again b/c Im waiting for an answer. Does anyone have the guts to respond honestly:
Im not sticking up for anybody when I say that the other day I went over the yellow line (by accident) , caught myself and quickly got back where I should be. I WASNT DRUNK. But Im sure glad I didnt do it in Westhampton! Cmon, none of YOU ever drove over the white line, yellow line, whatever line by accident when you were completely sober?? Bet youre glad there wasnt a cop around arrogant enough ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 25, 09 8:20 AM
Sam: If your poor driving occurred after MIDNIGHT, in an area where bars are nearby, it would be very reasonable for a cop to pull you over, and check if you were drinking. (there would be adequate probable cause)

(now, if it was 12 noon, and a cop pulls you over for "not making a complete stop", and youre in front of an elementary school, and then accuses you of being drunk, well, yes, that would be unreasonable.)

I dont think ive ever wobbled over any line into oncoming traffic. ...more
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 09 10:02 AM
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By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 25, 09 10:38 AM
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By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 25, 09 10:42 AM
NICOLE: although I wasnt expecting to be INSULTED and I in know way would describe my crossover as even close to "heading into oncoming traffic", nor do I think I am stupid, I do however appreciate your responding to my comment.
I was driving during the daytime, and yes I suppose there were bars in the area. It was a main town.
Funny how sooo many people on here are quick to attack each other instead of just sticking to the story on hand. (maybe why some posts get deleted)
I was merely ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 25, 09 10:45 AM
Sam: no one is put thru a sobriety test unless they fit the profile of a drunk driver (driving after midnight; smelling like booze; driving poorly).

If you have any examples of people NOT fitting this profile being forced to take a sobriety test, then please explain.

But Kabot fit the profile exactly.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 09 12:15 PM
Thanks to the Editor- dont know why that post posted 3X ! Thanks for removing the dups.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 25, 09 11:04 AM
Sunday night/Monday morning on Labor Day weekend and the street was "deserted" in Main St ? I think not.
So following some of the comments here, a cop stops her because she crossed the double yellow, realizes who she is, then for the hell of it locks her up?
Please.
A request for a motorist to take the Intoxilyzer comes AFTER he or she fails the filed sobriety tests, added to the cops observation. You folks are making opinions based on what her attorney(s) and the media is saying. Have ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 25, 09 12:08 PM
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Did i not say, "Who cares if she is guilty or not." To bring up a conspiracy plot is the amusing part of this. For a town supervison to even mention a police plot is reason enough to can her.
By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 25, 09 2:43 PM
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who calibrated the breathalyzer could it be the ones that made it? unlikely, try s.c.p.d. yes the ones who are giving the test to the driver.
By banjack (45), port jeff on Sep 25, 09 3:15 PM
To yearrounder,

You are mistaken. A breathalyzer result of .08 or higher establishes a rebuttable presumption, by statute, of drunkenness. Thus, it is construed, by statute, to be a test of a condition that it really is not. Drunkenness is idiosyncratic; many motorists can drive properly with a blood alcohol content far in excess of .08. The breathalyzer standard came into existence because legslators wanted an, "objective", measure of drunkenness. This supposedly objective measure ...more
By highhatsize (3564), East Quogue on Sep 25, 09 4:48 PM
To highhatsize:

Could you please stop trying to educate people on the law and make broad generalizations about all police officers and their state of mind during the performance of their job? First off, you constantly misquote and misinterpret the law constantly in your posts. You have no idea what you're talking about. There is no rebuttable presumption in DWI laws in this state. There are two types of driving while intoxicated statutes--one is common law driving while intoxicated, ...more
By dogcatcher (1), Brookhaven on Sep 25, 09 6:58 PM
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The way things have gone so far, I would not be at all surprised if Ms. Kabot were to introduce legislation for the "abandonment of the breathalyzer standard in Southampton Town".

At the same time she could introduce legislation revoking the police's "authority to interfere in our daily lives, lay hands on us, beat us, and kill us."

Thanks highhat. I haven't laughed this hard since Cannuscio's bribery case was thrown out when the jury couldn't decide whether he had been offered ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 10:12 PM
Just wondering, is it really possible that some of you believe that only guilty people are stopped and asked to take sobriety tests? Also is it really so unbelievable that the police officers mad a phone call or two when they realized who they had stopped and were advised on how to deal with Ms. Kabot? I don't know if she was drinking or not but I do know that police stop innocent people all the time. If she says she wasn't drunk or impaired and all she did was start her left turn a little early, ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 5:02 PM
Your headline in this issue of your paper tells it all Lawyer states superviser is NOT GUILTY,,,,,,well I gues if you change lawyers often enough one will make the statement you want,,,,,,,,well done Linda,,,you have my vote but NOT for supervisor,,,,,,it really is some one elses fault you were arreste for driving DRUNK,,
By Etians rd (468), Southampton on Sep 25, 09 5:31 PM
Gee, Etians rd, I may be wrong but I think any lawyer a person pays will plead not guilty if their client says that they are not guilty. I have never heard of an attorney refusing to plead not guilty, so I am pretty sure that is not why Ms. Kabot has changed her lawyer. I could be wrong, but isn't that her right? Oh, and also, isn't that her business? But more importantly I am just dismayed to hear that Ms. Kabot has lost your vote. You were voting for her before Labor Day, right?
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 7:26 PM
Etians rd
For you and others this is not about the DWI, this is about your wanting your democrat candidate to win the election in Nov. Let me tell you the silent majority in SHT will be voting for Kabot. They can see that ATH is playing to the special interest groups like the police for their endorsement. ATH does not have what is takes to solve any of the problems and has not made any of the hard decisions in running the town, she to busy making friends for votes. What has ATH done in the 21 ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 8:07 PM
treewoman: the police DO stop innocent people all the time. And in this and every DWI case, the accused had a chance to prove her innocence right there on the spot: she could have taken a breathalyzer. She chose not to - and now blames everyone and their mother for the mess she made for herself.

She didn't lose my vote because of DWI, she lost it because she has a pathological problem with EVER admitting even the slightest mistake or error... as in our budget mess, which she was a part ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 25, 09 9:57 PM
Actually littleplains, in this country you don't have to prove that you're innocent. And i thought you would agree with me, considering your post last spring when you were lamenting over where your tax dollars go "Bloated police department with all kinds of shady characters". All I'm saying is perhaps some of those "shady characters" were on duty the night Ms. Kabot was detained.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 25, 09 10:51 PM
Anna-put an end to all this speculation of plots etc. by producing your phone records. If you were called while Ms. Kabot was being field tested by someone in law enforcement, I think that gives enough credence for a full blown investigation as to WHY YOU WERE CALLED AT THAT TIME instead of waiting for the morning. That smells like some kind of setup to me and Anna, you should resign. The phone records will tell the story of the time and who called and we have a right to know if any "backroom deals" ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 25, 09 11:14 PM
To dogcatcher:

You make the following points:

1) It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. It is not a presumption of guilt.

2) Driving is a privilege, not a right. You submit to the rules in effect when you apply for a license, those rules including not driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

3) There are hundreds of circumstances that justify a cop pulling you over.

4) The breath test has been proven to be accurate.

5) ...more
By highhatsize (3564), East Quogue on Sep 25, 09 11:57 PM
you "dont like the drunken driving regulations" ? Why? You want to be able to drive drunk?

you can argue that the enforcement may be excessive, sometimes... but not in this particular (Kabot) case. Kabot was driving after midnight, in an area with many bars, and went over the yellow line.... She fit the classic profile of a drunk driver
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:56 AM
Talk about verbose! Listen, if you have a problem with the law go out and lobby lawmakers to change it. In the meantime, the existing laws apply to EVERYONE, including you and Kabot
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 11:32 AM
Not mentioned is the fact that she was also given a summons for failure to stop for the stop sign on Library Avenue while turning onto main Street.
By T.J. (29), WHB on Sep 26, 09 4:39 PM
Where's the IGNORE button?!
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 10:13 PM
my bad ..... it was sunset avenue , not library ave.
By T.J. (29), WHB on Oct 6, 09 9:44 PM
nicole, is that really the classic profile of a drunk driver? Where, may I ask, did you obtain that information? Here is a quote from a study done on the accuracy of Field Sobriety Testing: in 1991, Dr. Spurgeon Cole of Clemson University led a study on the accuracy of FSTs. His staff videotaped individuals performing six common field sobriety tests, then showed the tapes to 14 police officers and asked them to decide whether the suspects had "had too much to drink and drive". The blood-alcohol ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 6:45 AM
You are giving her the benefit of the doubt but assuming the cops are lying.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 11:33 AM
so... field sobriety tests are innacurate? ok, fine. I wont argue against that.

But breathalyzers are accurate, and objective. and thats the part that Kabot refused!
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:32 PM
tree woman, of course no one has an obligation prove their innocence. But in DWI cases there's a rare opportunity to do so quickly and easily - the breathalyzer - which she chose not to take.

Reasonable people who haven't been drinking would take this test in a heartbeat. I've done it once and never felt like my rights were violated. In fact I was grateful for the chance to save time and money fighting a DWI charge when I knew I wasn't drinking.

Instead of a reasonable explanation ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 26, 09 7:03 AM
I like the comment someone made that we dont have to prove ourselves innocent in this country. Thats true. It is the process of the system to prove someone GUILTY. Innocent until proven guilty. So again, I think Kabot exercised her right knowledgably & legitamely by NOT blowing into the tube. And Nicole, thanks for apologizing..... ugh
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 7:09 AM
typo: legitamately
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 7:10 AM
little plains, Are you then assuming she is guilty because she did act the same way that you did in a similar situation? Part of what makes this country a great place to live is that we are all different. She had a perfect right not to take a breath test and she exercised her right. Who knows why. As far as the police having ATH's phone number on speed dial, I don't believe that was my suggestion. I do think that the patrol officers called their superior officer to see how to handle the situation. ...more
Sep 26, 09 7:26 AM appended by treewoman
What I meant was you assume she is guilty because she did not act as you did in a similar situation. I apologize for the error.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 7:26 AM
The man at the scene of the arrest of our leader for driving DRUNK gave her very bad advice,Dont blow Linda,,if you have nothing to hid just a small glass of wine 3 to 4 hours before the arrest the advice should be Blow Linda Blow..that would teach the cops no to pick on our Supervisor as she looked around the streets of Westhampton to see if there was an improvement in the economy after a wet Summer
By Etians rd (468), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 7:43 AM
Well Etians rd, I guess it's too bad you weren't there to give Ms. Kabot advice. I'm sure the outcome would have been different. Irregardless, she said she wasn't drunk. I have seen nothing in her history to suggest that she would be drinking too much and the driving her car. Why is it so difficult for you to allow someone their right to be innocent until proven guilty. She is certainly, thankfully, not on trial here. If she wanted to drive the streets of Westhampton, for whatever reason, that ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 8:19 AM
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EVERYONE driving at that time of the night and driving over the line would have been pulled over and checked for drunk driving! Kabot is not special.

The issue is not the merits of drunk driving laws, the issue is that Kabot is not above the law!
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:37 PM
Golfbuddy-the correct term would be "silent minority" representing 20% of the total vote. Linda will get less than 1/3 of the total vote come November. She's a loser.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 26, 09 8:59 AM
EastEnd68
I am correct I am talking about the silent majority, the bulk of the population in SH.
Your person is the loser.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 10:05 AM
Good Morning Golfbuddy I think you are right. When all the votes are counted, reasonable people will vote for Ms. Kabot because she is trying to do the right thing for the town. Some people always think that new blood is the answer to all problems, but I think an incumbent has a better chance of fixing what's wrong if they have more experience. All this drunk driving nonsense will not sway an informed voter. So everyone support your candidate of choice and the voters will decide.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 10:23 AM
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Anna Thorne-Holst has HUGE life-size, full-body poster boards of herself all over the place. Im wondering if she is either using the DWI thing to her advantage ORRR perhaps getting a little nervous.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 11:21 AM
Ms. Holst has not commented on the drunk driving issue so how is she trying to use it to her advantage? Kabot needs to go and no one need be nervous about her imminent, and much deserved, defeat.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 11:30 AM
Politically, i'm pro-Kabot. But Kabot has made a huge error by allowing this DWI thing to occur. She should not have driven drunk 2 months before an election. It shows huge irresponsiblity.

And now she has to waste time on this DWI stuff instead of running the town.

very disappointing.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:43 PM
Life-size signs, what an ego..
Anna has nothing to do but run her campaign. This council job is at best part-time for her, she has done nothing significant for the people.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 1:04 PM
illegal turn
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 26, 09 1:11 PM
Anna Throne-Holst relentlessly pursued the financial problems here in the town! That is significant....and for the people. I just wish that Kabot had the intelligence to have do that when she was councilwoman.
She will still loose and the town will be better for it. I just hope that she takes Nuzzi with her, he is a "do-nothing" hardly a pulse....untill it is election time.
This town needs a new course!
Haven’t we all had enough of Linda Kabot?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 1:25 PM
Nicole I cannot think of a good time to drive drunk and didn't Ms. Kabot say that she was not drunk? I hope we are not back to assuming someone is guilty just because the police pulled them over. I'm glad that politically you are pro-Ms. Kabot.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 1:32 PM
I'm not saying she was guilty. I am saying she behaved very stupidly by not taking a brethalyzer to prove her innocense. As a a result of her actions, most people will ASSUME she was drunk. This will not help her election prospects, and this annoys me, because now the opposition might win.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 2:19 PM
Hey Golfbuddy, I agree about the size of the ATH ego. If she wants the green vote i hope she recycled Dan Russo's poster boards.

Hey Sam, flip one of those over and check to see if Dan is smiling on the other side.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 1:35 PM
Thanks for answering little plains, I'm glad everything worked out for you on that traffic stop.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 1:38 PM
Thats true... it is kinda arrogant (ego), isnt it? I have to say Im a Linda-Chris supporter but if one of them displayed these huge life-size poster boards of themselves all over town I would have to call Linda out on it, and also tell her sorry- Im not puttin that on my lawn.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 1:47 PM
and yes! Dan Russo would eat 'egotistical' for breakfast & lunch!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 1:48 PM
I get pulled over all the time for no reason, just because I'm African-American. I wouldnt put anything past these cops. I wouldnt be surprised if this whole thing was a set-up.
By Malik from Captree (6), Sag Harbor on Sep 26, 09 3:17 PM
Now that the (third) lawyer representing Supervisor Linda Kabot has declared her innocent of DWI, the charges should be dropped. Really. Logic is clearly on the side of innocence. If Ms. Kabot had been drinking she most certainly would have taken the breathalyzer test.

Then there’s that anonymous letter revealing that Supervisor candidate Anne Thorne-Holst was behind Kabot’s arrest. Talk about your smoking gun! To even imagine that this was planted to bolster the Supervisor’s claims of ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 4:11 PM
Or perhaps during the missing minutes, Anna Throne Holst is visible in the background, mailing off the anonymous letter at a street post office box... and then hi-fiving the cops, saying "we got her!"
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 27, 09 10:25 PM
Noah Way, It is difficult to determine if you are a supporter of Ms. Kabot or not, due to your attempt at facetiousness.
I don't recall anyone suggesting that the the charges should bre dropped, just that Ms. Kabot is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not on this blog. We have discussed, ad nauseum, the fact that Ms. Kabot chose not to take a breathalyzer test. You know, America, rights and all that. I didn't see any post that said ATH was behind Ms. Kabot's arrest. Just ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 4:46 PM
treewoman
great response, I can't tell if Noah Way is for or against Kabot either.
But anyway Noah, it was really just 3 chainsaws, it goes to show your just how sober she was.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 5:19 PM
In the late 80's I (in my car) was hit by a drunk woman driver at the corner of Lewis Rd. and Montauk Hwy. in East Quogue. I walked to the nearest pay phone and called the police. The woman driver was obviously drunk but I had to take a breathalyzer too (SOP considering the late hour) , which I did without hesitation. I passed. I hadn't been drinking.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Sep 26, 09 6:25 PM
Is is just fate that Linda was not accepted as an INTEGRITY party candidate or is it because noboby could find her INTEGRITY. Linda may have more qualifications than ATH, but the town needs people who they believe have INTEGRITY. For Linda, Acorn is looking for replacements.
By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 26, 09 7:25 PM
kpjc When did Ms. Kabot lose her integrity? You liked her in July, I hope you didn't change your mind because she was pulled over for crossing the yellow line while turning left? I won't even attempt to top what you said on July 22, 2009 "Please do not let Throne-Holst get in".
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 7:51 PM
I think everyone is missing the point, maybe she is not guilty or maybe she is. IInitially she did the blame game instead of sucking it up to a mistake. The police were targeting her, PLEASE!!!! We all do something we are not proud of in life. The people who own up to their mistakes instead of passing the buck, is who we need. I was for Linda but have changed. I thought that Anna's energy plan this year was very dumb, But you know what? She didn't waiver on it as Linda and Nancy did. I ...more
By kpjc (158), east quogue on Sep 26, 09 8:14 PM
kpjc
Kabot WAS accepted by the INTEGRITY party as their candidate, the democrats challenged the more than 800-900 signatures she obtained by voters in sh town. It would have been costly for her to fight that fight in court so she decided not to go forward. The integrity party is still endorsing Kabot and believes whole heartily that she is the only supervisor candidate with any integrity. If you can find the article that was in this very paper you will see the leader of that party speak very ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 10:08 PM
Didn't Linda Kabot turn in about two hundred signatures of people who were not even registered to vote making those Integrity petitions not valid?
This from the Republican election commissioner. Kabot did not fight it because she would loose!
Some integrity.

By the way Golf buddy are you married to Linda Kabot?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 26, 09 10:35 PM
"Sam"
Not Stopping at Stop sign at Library Ave and Main and passing over yellow line and she was on her way home to Quogue from Moriches. Seems like she took the long way home.Think of were the stop sign was that again was not on the way home.
Maybe you go into Westhampton Beach to see whats just going on but do you go thru stop signs??
If there was no problem JUST TAKE THE TEST.
Maybe there was a problem !!!!!!
You state you do drive down main street all the time. Well thats ...more
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 26, 09 11:03 PM
SH Native
I'm afraid you have it wrong, the Rep. elections comm. never said she had 200 signatures of people who were not registered to vote. I believe that the democrats made that alligation. Also, as per an article in this paper the cost to take this to court was to expensive so Kabot decided not take it any further. Come on now SH Native, you know thats what happened.
As far a being married to Kabot. I've been happily marred for 34 years but not to Kabot. She's way to young for old person ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 11:42 PM
SJD: in answer to your question: no I do not live in Westhampton. Never have. But I frequent there often. Linda was on her way from E.M to Quogue. Passing thru WHB main st. is really not going out of her way. Perhaps you dont have occaion to check out main st. on summer weekends but many people do. I know alot of people who drive through only to check out whats going on. Sometimes we park and participate in the town activities and sometimes we just keep passing thru. Just for the record its not ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 8:11 AM
and let us not forget these are the same policemen who issue citations to the lovely musicians on Main St. These are the same bands that onlookers throw TIPS too and the same bands that if it were not for them, Main st. would only have HALF the business it has now. That may not mean anything to you if you hate crowds and are anti-social, but it means alot to the WHB economy. My brother is a cop, and so was my deceased father so please dont say I am a cop-hater or that I have no respect for them. ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 8:38 AM
The Musicians have NEVER been given citations, it is always the other storeowners that make the complaints about the music !
By T.J. (29), WHB on Sep 27, 09 4:52 PM
Actually 143 signatures were challenged. Here is a quote from Integrity Party Guy who helped collect some of those signatures " Linda can talk about very prominent and honest people who signed her Integrity Party petitions but I can speak about a few I know, too. Ed Mackiewicz of Hampton Bays was a parachute rigger for the Air National Guard for eons. He started at Floyd Bennett Fiield in Brooklyn and moved to the WHB with the 106th where he packed literally 10's of 1000's of parachutes for PJ's ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 9:28 AM
Amazing how many right-wingers are jumping to Kabot's defense. Can you imagine how these same people would have reacted if Throne-Holst had been arrested on the same charges? As far as the "integrity" party is concerned, maybe they should change their name.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 27, 09 9:58 AM
yearrounder: Being right-wing or left-wing has nothing to do with why I come to Ms. Kabot's defense. As far as the traffic stop is concerned I believe that all Americans are innocent until proven guilty and I do not blindly accept what I read in the newspapers. If Ms. Kabot says she is innocent, I will believe her, as I would ATH, until she has her day in court. I believe that small town police departments can be politically motivated, and I will give her the benefit of the doubt. People support ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 10:53 AM
whats this "innocent until proven guilty" b.s.? Her guilt/innocence could only have been proven while she was drunk or not drunk. We cant go back in time and do a blood alcohol test now, after the fact.

Driving is a privilige, not a right- and that privilage is automatically revoked for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer. End of story.

Kabot should have apologized, and moved on. instead, this election will be all about this stupid DWI and all these stupid conspiracy theories
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 27, 09 10:22 PM
yearrounder
I and others who defend Kabot are not closed minded people if it were ATH and the evidence showed she was in fact innocent the blog response would be the same innocent until proven guilty.
However as far as your concerned you are the one that is closed minded, if someone does not agree with you, you call them neocons, right-wingers, radicals, whockos, hate-mongers, racist, boorish etc.
So you tell me who's the one with the closed mind?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 11:03 AM
thats me. im a hate monger. i think its a discrace that the police can get away with draging a man into the station to beat him. hell, they killed glo! and now there making an example of a political figure, well that part helps me sleep.
By ratboy (17), sousd-hampton on Sep 27, 09 11:45 AM
really cool photo ratboy. Maybe I am getting away from the subject but who is glo?
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Sep 27, 09 12:16 PM
david glozinski, may he rest in peace
By ratboy (17), sousd-hampton on Sep 27, 09 1:33 PM
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Southampton Villabe Police .... Not WHB
By T.J. (29), WHB on Sep 27, 09 4:56 PM
TREEWOMAN: you sure gave alot of information about other people's familes. Are you sure it was ok with them to post their last names, places of work, etc.? Maybe editor should delete??
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 2:05 PM
"SAM'
If you do not live in Westhampton Beach that why do you say you do next to your name.If you made a left trun in front of the post office you crossed a doubble yellow line and you should have gotten a ticket.You seem to defend Linda.Maybe you can tell me why she did not just take the test and maybe you can start useing your real name and were you live
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 2:16 PM
Sam I was quoting the blogger Integrity Party Guy from his blog dated 08/31.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 2:59 PM
My real name is Sam and I work in WHB. Have worked ther since 2001. My ticket was not unfounded, just that my point is the WHB police dont know what its like to have REAL crime (fortunately for them & us) and it must be humiliating to just give directions to tourists all day (wheres this street? wheres that store?) so, understandably I guess, they will seek out and ticket for the pettiest of things. Whereas someplace like NYC they cant be bothered with every, single little infracton. I stand by ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 3:25 PM
And SJD: I must laugh that you think "ratboy" and "golfbuddy" are using THEIR real names?? And how about you? whats YOUR name and where do YOU live?
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 27, 09 3:28 PM
golf buddy....who says, 'like and old person like me?"
I do not believe you. Too much of a set-up...retired, old person, watching channel 22...yea right.
You are writing at the behest of Linda Kabot!

Haven't we had enough of Linda Kabot?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 27, 09 7:45 PM
sh native
If you want to make me younger I take it.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 10:14 PM
SHNative (correction)
I mean I'll take it.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 27, 09 10:17 PM
"Sam"
YES I live in WHB at least you admitt you do not live there than why do you not put up were you live??
You all so admitt you ticket was not unfounded and since you have worked in town since 2001 you all so know that parking on main is limited to 2 hrs.So why complain about it??
The point is she went thru a stop sign went over the yellow line and was pulled over. If she had notheing to hide TAKE THE TEST and you and everyone else know that.Stop the excusses and tell the truth and ...more
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 12:17 AM
This story and all of the posts is the best argument for speedy trials. There is no reason that a trial should not be held within just a couple of weeks.

There is no scientific evidence to examine and evaluate in preparation of this case. The case is the officers' testimony and the videotape, and Mrs. Kabot's testimony, as well as her family who might support her contentions, should she elect to present a case.

Rather than trying the case in the media, a jury should be selected ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 8:28 AM
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