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Dec 9, 2009 9:49 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two meetings of the Southampton Town Board had no quorum

Dec 9, 2009 9:49 AM

Supervisor Linda Kabot canceled an executive session on Friday due to lack of a quorum, the minimum number of board members needed to conduct town business. A meeting earlier in the week, on Tuesday, had been canceled for the same reason.

While Ms. Kabot said no pressing business needed to be addressed at either meeting, she noted that, generally, board members are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings and work sessions.

“It becomes frustrating when there is no quorum, but things happen,” Ms. Kabot said. “Normally, everybody is supposed to be here on a Friday and a Tuesday ... You really need to be here on a Friday and a Tuesday, because town business needs to go forward.”

Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, the supervisor-elect, Councilman Christopher Nuzzi and Councilwoman Sally Pope, who lost her reelection bid in November, were out on Tuesday and Friday for various personal reasons, according to notification memos forwarded to Ms. Kabot. Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, who also was out on Tuesday, was testifying at a meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature.

On Friday, only Ms. Kabot and Ms. Graboski were on hand to discuss the resolution agenda for the board’s upcoming meeting on December 8. The pair also discussed the extension of a moratorium on new building in Hampton Bays, and new grave site protection legislation.

“At the end of the day, all the business was able to be handled,” Ms. Kabot said.

Nonetheless, Ms. Pope did not warn the board she would miss Tuesday’s meeting, and Ms. Throne-Holst sent “last-minute” notification on Friday morning that she would be unable to attend that day’s meeting, Ms. Kabot said.

Ms. Pope later sent a memo on Thursday stating that she would be out of the office on Friday for a “personal commitment regarding my family,” according to the memo.

“There was notice. This is not an ambush or anything,” Ms. Kabot said. “This is really a non-issue in my book.”

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By highhatsize (3363), East Quogue on Dec 5, 09 2:17 PM
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
By highhatsize (3363), East Quogue on Dec 5, 09 2:17 PM
French, meaning approximately: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
By BOReilly (131), 27east Web Editor on Dec 7, 09 11:18 AM
As is said on the third level of the United Nations, "we waive consecutive translation."
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Dec 7, 09 12:27 PM
I think you may have the wrong site highhatsize this is 27 east not vingt-sept l'est.
By Bayman1 (295), Sag Harbor on Dec 15, 09 3:51 PM
Couid this be a "sick-out" by the Supervisor-elect and her lame-duck cohort?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Dec 5, 09 8:27 PM
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We should be patient when making judgements!!!!!
By Bridgehampton (36), Bridgehampton on Dec 7, 09 9:33 PM
The next couple of weeks will speak volumes of what we might expect from our new Supervisor. She has been effective holding others accountable. Time will tell how she handles her own accountability. Hopefully she learned something from Ms. Kabot. ( In my opinion here constant finger pointing cost her her bid for re-election).
I don't think her personal matter made a difference. It just widened the margin of victory.
By double-D (96), southampton on Dec 6, 09 8:06 AM
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good to see they are working hard for their 60k a year salary! Thank you sally and anna
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Dec 6, 09 9:04 AM
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Let us not for get the nuz
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 6, 09 9:31 AM
This article, as short as it is, focuses on Holst and Pope - what about Nuzzi?
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Dec 6, 09 11:13 AM
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He was a no show too.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 6, 09 12:26 PM

peoplefirst
the article is about a lack of quorum -- 4 missing on tuesday -- 3 missing on friday -- the nuz was not there for both -- I do not care who did or did not have a note from their mother -- the town is sinking and they should at least pretend they care -- the last time the guard was changing it was the skippy who skipped out -- we are blessed with nuz for 4 more -- so be careful not to get him mad cause he is not beyond walking out of a meeting & saying I ...more
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 13, 09 4:10 PM
I heard on the grape vine that ATH SALLY AND CHRIS were having a meeting on Friday last at the Big Duck ,,,,,,,,,
By Etians rd (414), Southampton on Dec 6, 09 5:43 PM
Petty . And these people are in charge .
By AndersEn (138), Southampton on Dec 6, 09 11:50 PM
It should be a full board for tomorrow's meeting --- they should receive a sarcastically and embarrassing long round of applause before the pledge to the flag to start the meeting.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 7, 09 10:16 PM
This piece doesn't report any notification by Chris Nuzzi, partial, last minute or otherwise, that he wouldn't show. Apparently, he just stayed in the sack and didn't even try to let people know he wouldn't be there to do his job.
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Dec 8, 09 1:09 PM
Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, the supervisor-elect, Councilman Christopher Nuzzi and Councilwoman Sally Pope, who lost her reelection bid in November, were out on Tuesday and Friday for various personal reasons, according to notification memos forwarded to Ms. Kabot.


You must have missd this. Unless you want to think that a Board member can never take a Tuesday and Friday off.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Dec 8, 09 2:15 PM
I didn't miss that part, but I disagree with your interpretation, if you think that the reference to "notification memos" applies to all three named Council members. I don't believe it does. If you read the whole piece, it makes specific references to notifications by Ms. Throne-Holst ("last-minute") and Ms. Pope (for Friday but not Tuesday), but it says nothing about any notification by Mr. Nuzzi. I say again, if you go by what's reported here, the only conclusion is that Chris Nuzzi just stayed ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Dec 8, 09 4:16 PM
Hopefully you are joking with your "only conclusion". Councilman Nuzzi went out of town for a few days and the Board was provided plenty of advanced notice.
By sunnyside (4), Southampton on Dec 8, 09 11:07 PM
Another newspaper is reposrting the Mr. Nuzzi notified the board on Nov 30 , that he would be out of town for these two meetings.
Now reread the line that says all 3 were absent:

Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, the supervisor-elect, Councilman Christopher Nuzzi and Councilwoman Sally Pope, who lost her reelection bid in November, were out on Tuesday and Friday for various personal reasons, according to notification memos forwarded to Ms. Kabot.

How much clearer do you need ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Dec 12, 09 2:36 PM
Sunnyside, you don't give a source for your assertion. Terry, you refer to "another newspaper". What I think you're both missing is that we're on 27east here, commenting on this piece above. It's not incumbent on me to know or acknowledge what an unnamed source or "another newspaper" reports. What you're both also missing is that each time you respond, you give me yet another platform to repeat my accusation, which I do now: If you go by what's reported here, the only conclusion is that Chris ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Dec 15, 09 1:01 PM
From the horse's mouth, I hear that there is already great infighting between the leaders of Southy, and even greater political influence from the Civil Service Union, and the fact that Linda Kabot is sitting nearly alone hints at things to come. Though Anna T-H's absence can be said to be disappointing, what troubles me more is that Chris Nuzzi is absent too.

The only person on the whole board with any gumption is Nancy. Its a shame we cant have people like her in the real leadership ...more
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Dec 15, 09 3:38 PM
Is this another conspiracy by the Southampton Town PBA? I think someone should call Billy Keahon.
By Bayman1 (295), Sag Harbor on Dec 15, 09 3:47 PM
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