WELCOME GUEST  |  LOG IN
east hampton indoor tennis, lessons, club, training
27east.com

Story - News

Oct 27, 2009 4:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Oct 27, 2009 4:11 PM

Anna Throne-Holst, the Democratic nominee for Southampton Town supervisor, missed filing her campaign financial disclosure information on October 2, the deadline for the 32-day pre-general election filing.

Ms. Throne-Holst said the treasurer for her campaign, Eric Cohen, failed to meet the deadline.

“It’s not an excuse, but an explanation,” she said. “I’m not happy about it.”

She said she will file today, Thursday, October 22, to meet the deadline for the 11-day pre-general election filing, due Friday, October 23.

According to New York State election law, “Any person who fails to file a statement required to be filed ... shall be subject to a civil penalty, not in excess of [$500].”

Ms. Throne-Holst raised $17,330 and spent $14,591 as of the July 2009 periodic deadline, the last time her campaign fund, Anna Throne-Holst for Supervisor, filed a financial disclosure.

You've read 1 of 7 free articles this month.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

"Ms. Throne-Holst said the treasurer for her campaign, Eric Cohen, failed to meet the deadline."

Gosh, sounds like tjhe incumbent Supervisor's blame-shifting, doesn't it?
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Oct 22, 09 3:15 PM
2 members liked this comment
Can't even keep her own finances in order. Thats good!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 22, 09 3:26 PM
2 members liked this comment
Anyone who knows the Byzantine requirements of New York State Election Law knows there are multiple filings that have to be done, so many that it's very easy to miss one. It's a safe bet that every candidate in every Town race this year has at some time missed, or will some day miss, one of these prescribed filings. That's why the law provides for a relatively light civil penalty of not more than $500, because it's no big deal.

One of those Town candidates this year is Chris Nuzzi, running ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 22, 09 3:58 PM
To Turkey Bridge:

Do you know if up-to-date campaign financial disclosure statements are accessible on the web?

I had wondered why the penalty for failure to meet the deadline was notional. Rather than it being unimportant, I concluded that it was in the candidate's own interest to meet the deadline since failure implies that he doesn't want the public to see the benefactors to whom he is beholden. So a penalty isn't necessary.

However, if the disclosure statement isn't ...more
By highhatsize (3734), East Quogue on Oct 22, 09 5:40 PM
I'd think these statements would be available online through the Board of Elections, but I don't know that for a fact. Your theory is clearly plausible, but it may be imputing a little too much tactical nous to the candidates, many of whom are either too upright or too dim to work this out.
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 23, 09 1:32 PM
“It’s not an excuse, but an explanation,” she said. “I’m not happy about it.”

That's not blame shifting, it's the truth...this is the campaign treasure's job....that's why you have one and he obviously made an a mistake, this was a simple oversight that, like Turkey Bridge said, happens in just about every campaign and it's no big deal...that's why the state allows for a second deadline with a small penalty.... Notice the state has a 32 day pre-election filing deadline and an 11 day pre-election ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 09 4:30 PM
Wow joel your support truly shows through in your post. Bet you have one of those lifesize campain posters of Anna in your yard like the Southampton PBA and the corner restaurant in WHB.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Oct 23, 09 2:13 PM
2 members liked this comment
Tina Fey should play Thorne-Holst. But who would play Kabot?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 22, 09 4:45 PM
So what. It's not like she was caught drunk driving or something.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 22, 09 4:45 PM
shortly after midnight on October 2, Linda Kabot received a phone call from someone inside the Board of Elections saying "we got her." Linda Kabot should release all of her phone records ASAP....
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 09 4:54 PM
3 members liked this comment
Brilliant, man! Absolutely brilliant!
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 23, 09 1:22 PM
On election day I sure hope there is a line for "None of the Above"-there really is no one qualified to run this town
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 22, 09 5:43 PM
Joelhassoul
Hey how have you been? The campaign going well?
I agree it is the treasure's job to file reports on time. If it was Kabot's treasure who didn't file timely reports would you be saying the same thing?
Now that we have determined that it was the treasure's job, the same should apply to the past comptroller. As stated in an article in this paper (Audit of Town's Accounting Reveals Blunders and Errors) the current town comptroller Ms. Wright said she was stunned by the audit ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 22, 09 9:19 PM
3 members liked this comment
Nice try.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 23, 09 8:17 AM
I have no respect for Linda Kabot.
I have much respect for Anna who has my vote.
By local (106), north sea on Oct 22, 09 9:43 PM
yes, golfbuddy...I would say the same thing if it was Kabot's finances.....if her treasurer made a simple oversight.....no big deal....
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 09 10:16 PM
As someone highly supportive of a huge change on Election Day in management at Town Hall -- admittedly singing in the The Anybody But Kabot Choir -- Anna better get her own act together.

And yes, she may have a treasurer who is charged with administration of, and filing for, her campaign funds and expenses and that person may have broken faith in not doing what was expected. However, Anna is under obligation to get it right where Kabot has so gotten it wrong:

Fiscal Integrity ...more
By JimmyKBond (155), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 09 11:14 PM
Jimmykbond
What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?
The reason you don't know of Anna's financial acumen or her management style is because she has none.
Read the article in this paper Audit of Town's Accounting Reveals Blunders and Errors and tell us who is really to blame for the financial mess.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 22, 09 11:34 PM
4 members liked this comment
Your attempts to rewrite history are amusing.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 23, 09 8:18 AM
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but Anna hasn't done is sit on the town board for the last decade overseeing the budgets, decisions and actions that put SH $20 million into a gaping hole that we are all going to pay to pay to fill in.

From the article:

“This is budget gimmickry at its worst,” Ms. Kabot said.

She said the past accounting errors “smacks of a Ponzi scheme” that has “happened all under our noses.”

Which begs the question: what exactly was Kabot ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 23, 09 1:01 PM
She claims to have seen these deficits two weeks in office and her whole campaign is based on the fact she PUBLICLY called for an audit. In the tow years in office she has made no cuts or offered any plans to reduce the deficit. She has had two years to do something, She has had an alliance with Nuzzi and Russo and now Nuzzi and Pope. There is no reason why nothing could be put foward. The only thing she cut is the Vet Tech.
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 25, 09 7:45 PM
1 member liked this comment
Yeah we know who to blame linda kabot ! ! and ATH might not have one golfbuddy but i know it will be better then your oops i ment linda kabots
By tookatz (82), westhampton beach on Oct 23, 09 2:35 AM
I agree with all those who say there is no candidate to vote for on election day. However, someone has to be in place to do the job and my vote is going to be Kabot due to the fact that she is far more knowledgable about the position and the the ins and outs of the problems, is under close scrutiny by the public now, and seems to really care about getting the town in order. Regarding the former comptroller, if anyone else knows her and is aware of her round about ways (to be kind) then you would ...more
By heath (18), southampton on Oct 23, 09 5:47 AM
2 members liked this comment
So let me get this straight: Linda Kabot sits on the board for what, fifteen years, and watches as the towns finances disappear through mismanagement and poor leadership then gets busted for DWI and Anna Throne-Holst is not fit because an aide forgot to file a paper that has nothing to do with anything beyond her own campaign? HAH!
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 09 8:23 AM
No, fcmcmann, you don't have it straight.

Suggest that you do a little research.
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Oct 24, 09 6:32 PM
Will ATH agree to the PBA demand that they reduce their appearances from 232 times a year to 155? (Change from 8 hour shifts to 12 hour shifts.)
The Union will say this will save on OT, and it just might - at first - but how about plugging all those holes in 24/7 coverage. That means more hiring and more expenditures.
The PBA endorsed ATH - does she have a position on this? Kabot clearly has opposed it.
By North of Highway (279), Westhampton Beach on Oct 23, 09 9:49 AM
1 member liked this comment
The Beach Blogger reported this morning that Southampton Town PBA has already contributed $1800 to the Throne-Holst campaign over the past three months.
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Oct 24, 09 6:35 PM
In doing the math from your numbers above, it seems like they are working more for the same money?

I'm doing this in my head, so I may be missing something that you're seeing. If you have enough officers for 3 shifts, and the schedule is reduced to 2 shifts, exactly why do you need to hire more?

I heard (haven't seen) there is data to support the fact that the amount of sick time claimed drops dramatically on a 12hr shift vs a 8hr rotating shift. Less sick time means less overtime ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Oct 25, 09 8:30 AM
NOAH WAY.........Chris Farley????
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Oct 23, 09 12:10 PM
ATH has already done one thing Kabot has yet to do in 15 years on the job: apologize and own up to a mistake - even though it's a miniscule one compared to things like DWI and gross fiscal mismanagement.

But hey - Kabot "is under public scrutinty now" - as one genius posted - so you know she'll do a great job!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 23, 09 12:20 PM
Hello,
I am Eric Cohen, treasurer of Anna Throne-Holst's political committee, Anna Throne-Holst for Supervisor. It was my responsibility to file the campaign finance disclosure report in question, and my mistake that it was not filed on time. In fact, it was a judgment call. Unfortunately, it looks like I made the wrong call. The reason I held off filing the report was that we were missing some donor addresses, and I did not want to file an incomplete report. In retrospect, I realize I could ...more
By saltbox (5), Sag Harbor on Oct 23, 09 4:09 PM
To Eric Cohen:

Please provide a link to the statement that is available online.

Thanks.
By highhatsize (3734), East Quogue on Oct 23, 09 10:00 PM
I have and spoken with Anna a couple of times and I dont have any doubts about her integrity. It really doesnt matter if a form was filed late. I also appreciate Eric stating that he made the mistake. It takes a big oerson to admit they are wrong.

Ann has my vote, its time for a change.
By North Sea Citizen (501), North Sea on Oct 23, 09 4:57 PM
Now that we've worked every possible aspect of the ATH late filing and pretty well squeezed what little there is to squeeeze out of it, let's take a look at some of the other candidates and their sins. Starting with Linda Kabot (and ignoring the DWI charge, which is unproven and irrelevant in any event), there are those thirteen years she spent at or near the top of Town government, especially those years from 2001 to 2007 when Ms. Kabot was on the Town Board and responsible along with the then-Supervisor ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 23, 09 6:09 PM
Malone has made clear, if elected, he will not take on the Council position, with a part time approach. In his interview with the editors of the SH Press, he was asked the question, and confimed he has no intention of giving the voters anything less than his full time commitment, and his role in County gov would yield.


This is the opitomy of a man dedicated to serving his town. His willingness to step away from our county, and take a substaintial pay cut, is the mark of a man who ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1278), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 09 3:55 PM
For the spinmaster TB:

Malone has made clear, if elected, he will not take on the Council position, with a part time approach. In his interview with the editors of the SH Press, he was asked the question, and confimed he has no intention of giving the voters anything less than his full time commitment, and his role in County gov would yield.


This is the opitomy of a man dedicated to serving his town. His willingness to step away from our county, and take a substaintial ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1278), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 09 4:06 PM
Sorry, but I'd rather hear it from the candidate himself than from someone who's so clueless as to praise an office seeker just for meeting the baseline requirement of the job he wants, and so graceless as to refer to "carpetbagger democrats". I don't know about you, Mister, but my family was farming on Scuttlehole Road three generations ago.
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 25, 09 3:56 PM
You're Scuttlehole farming family doesn't qualify you for comment on anything. All you do is bash Nuzzi and praise Pope who has done not a thing except look clueless. She doesn't even come to Town Hall or stay in a work session. What are her plans to fix the deficit and police spending. Give the people some concrete plans not ideas!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 27, 09 11:18 AM
1 member liked this comment
shes hot
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Oct 23, 09 10:36 PM
Highhatsize,
Here you go:
http://www.elections.state.ny.us:8080/plsql_browser/getfiler2?filerid_in=C33532
By saltbox (5), Sag Harbor on Oct 23, 09 11:29 PM
There are only three required filings between July and election day. It really isn't brain surgery. Ultimately, the candidate is responsible -- they can file and sign there own filings if there is a problem with the treasurer. I can understand missing the deadline by a couple of days, or even a week, but three weeks and only after you are reminded? ATH presents herself well, but is there anything there of substance? Blaming others for something so fundamental as a campaign filing is worrisome.
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 24, 09 11:09 AM
2 members liked this comment
Whether or not the filing is of paramount is, in my opinion, unimportant. There is a requirement that it is filed. There is, hopefully, a reason for the filing. It wasn't filed. Rules and regulations, whether good or bad, are made to be followed or changed. Until it is changed, it should be followed. For someone who is asking to lead the Town to say sorry not my fault, doesn't inspire me with their administrative skills.
By bb (803), Hampton Bays on Oct 26, 09 9:49 AM
1 member liked this comment
Thankfully ATH removed her attractive, mega campaign sign which was strategically placed within a few feet of the heavily trafficked Sag Harbor Post Office for the past two weeks. It was behind a chain link fence on the Keyspan-owned remediated toxic waste site currently leased to Sag Harbor Villlage. I can't imagine Key Span or Sag village officials so blatantly endorsing a political candidate.
By Whaler Harpoon (6), East Hampton on Oct 24, 09 12:45 PM
1 member liked this comment
What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?
All Throne-Holst keeps doing is pointing finger and casting blame, she has criticized the 2010 budget as presented but has offered nothing of her own in balancing the budget. This shows she lacks leadership, knowledge and has no real plan.
This is irresponsible for a supervisor candidate.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 24, 09 8:34 PM
3 members liked this comment
To which one can only reply, what are Kabot's qualifications for office?

Linda has been in town hall for the best part of the last 15 years and the financial mess we are in occurred on her watch. She has utterly failed in her responsibility to manage town government. As Truman said, the buck stops here. For Linda, it always seems to stop somewhere else, where it be for the financial mess or her DWI. And what experience does she have in the private sector?

Anna may not have demonstrated ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 24, 09 11:26 PM
This is a headline that Kabot and her cronies would love to be able to ride until Election Day. But it hardly compares to the financial crisis that Linda and her buddies brought upon our Town. Listen folks, these same people who want to break the 5% maximum by which they can raise our taxes. If you want your taxes increased by 10% then vote for Malone; he'll give you a whopping tax increase. Vote for Nuzzi; he can't wait to get this mess behind him, even if it costs you and me more than we can ...more
By Dodger (144), Southampton Village on Oct 25, 09 10:54 AM
Dodger: "As for Linda, she would be the first to tell you that Skip taught her 'everything she knows.'"

Are you serious? If you sat Linda Kabot on a hill of fire ants for eight hours, she would never admit to anything like that! Her mentor from the start was the late Vince Cannuscio, and he and Skip Heaney were like oil and water! Their battles were legendary, and Linda was always loyal to Vince!

You have no idea what you're talking about if you're trying to sell something like ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Oct 25, 09 11:13 AM
2 members liked this comment
Cannuscio, that's the guy whose belated bribery charge against some cell tower guy was dismissed when the jury listening to the tapes couldn't decide if the guy was offering a bribe or if Vinnie was asking for one. Talk about crooks, Vinnie practically demanded a payoff from me to get legislation through town hall.

Funny thing was that after Vinnie got booted out of town hall, he went to work for - you guessed it - a company putting up cell towers.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 25, 09 11:55 AM
And this is relevant to ???

Now, I may be a little soft on my political history here, but I don't recall that Cannuscio was "booted out." Didn't he just step down after three terms?

I DO remember that when Skip Heaney -- the other member of the Town Board implicated in the Ferrara brothers bribery charges -- challenged Cannuscio for the top slot, Cannuscio beat him like the family mule.
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Oct 26, 09 9:19 AM
1 member liked this comment
Vince was not re-elected again...and note Linda Kabot when supervisor had him back in town hall working until he could no longer work due to illness. (Note: the people voted him out of office and Linda brought him back ...with out anyone really knowing...)
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 26, 09 9:52 AM
To ATH -- you had another filing due this past Friday (Monday--tomorrow--would be OK). Thought you could use the help. May the good Lord help the Town of Southampton. Chris Nuzzi...why aren't you going to be the next supervisor...you're the only competent person on that board.
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 25, 09 7:26 PM
Nancy Grabowski is the only one that has done anything that everyone is happy with and has improved the quality of life here and maintained the very reason why people love to vacation here and live here...Malone will do the same.
The rest of the council are self serving and have political agendas...It does not come as a surprise that Anna's filing was not given on time...it needed ...how is the new political jargon??...tweeking....same old politics...
I will be pushing only one lever down ...more
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 26, 09 10:21 AM
Noah Way
You answered my question with a question. Pretty low to pick on a dead man who can defend himself.
First Ms. Kabot has 6 years at the legislative level, 6 years as Councilwoman and 2 years as Supervisor. Her command of the facts, issues and policies are second to none. The 2010 budget as presented is an honest budget, she has made the hard decisions for this town. We can argue all day long why the town has these financial problems. Putting blame on Ms. Kabot is not at all true. ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 25, 09 8:41 PM
You knock Thorne-Holst for lacking experience in the private sector but can't cite any for Kabot. Just how much of a hypocrite are you?

Cannuscio's history is a matter of public record and my experience of him is related honestly whether you believe it or not. I'd say the same thing if he were alive, and I'd say it to his face.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 26, 09 1:14 PM
1 member liked this comment
Noah Way
My question was, what was Throne-Holst experience prior to being a town councilwoman? Running a town with an $80 million budget is not like running a playground for children.
Who cares what you would tell Cannuscio, this is not about him.
What do you think about the $2,300 the PBA donated to Throne-Holst.
How's that for a payoff.









By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 26, 09 7:15 PM
1 member liked this comment
Actually, your questions were::

"What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?"

Asking for an audit was more than t your supervisor did. Anna was executive director of a non-profit corporation- the BH Child Care Center.

You still haven't answered my questions. What private sector experience does Kabot have (none), and ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 27, 09 1:06 PM
You have to be wary of any union proposal that is claimed to save money - they are not in the business of offerering concessions - they are in the business of "more". So lets see, if it will now take 2 officers to cover a 24 hour period rather than 3, does that mean I can reduce the workfoce by one third? Think this will happen?

By North of Highway (279), Westhampton Beach on Oct 27, 09 12:02 PM
Don't get to upset at her, if she gets elected she might pull a Joe Leiberman on us. Now he's a real loser!
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Oct 28, 09 6:15 PM
Running the BH childcare center with its few employees and small budget is a far cry from running Town Hall with over 500 employees and huge budget.

The problems that have been uncovered were brought about by Skip Heaney's machinations, and allowed to go without questioning by Denis Suskind and Steve Kenny who also ought to bear some blame as they were on the board with him. Steve taught economics at a community college and Denis had worked for Goldman Sachs, yet neither noticed anything ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Oct 29, 09 12:07 AM
Chris Nuzzi's Sign Dogs are back again, pulling out opposition signs and throwing them in the woods. Even if he didn't start it, Chris Nuzzi can make it stop, and he needs to do that, or we'll all think he's OK with this infantile cheating.
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Oct 29, 09 3:24 PM
Turkey Bridge is Calling all Sign Dogs STOP!
Your still whining about those sign. This happens every election season on both sides.

Just think less signs for you to remove after the election or just put them up after the election. No body wants them then.

Smile :)
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 29, 09 9:36 PM
Not both sides, Golfbuddy, only from your side. I'm sure we have oafs on my side, too, but they must act out in some other way. Understand, I'm only speaking for this year, because that's all I know about, but I do know it for this year.
By Turkey Bridge (1868), Quiogue on Nov 2, 09 1:00 PM
Can someone help me? I went online to Suffolk County BOE to look at ATH and LK contributions. I couldn't find anything for any of the Republicans including the various committees (ie Republican women of Southampton).
I found ATH, Brigid Fleming, Sally Pope and SH Dems.
Where are GOP figures? I presume I must be doing something wrong. Advise and thanks.
By baywoman (162), southampton on Oct 30, 09 6:25 PM