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Jan 13, 2010 10:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Southampton Supervisor Linda Kabot writes to state comptroller about maladministration

Jan 13, 2010 10:42 AM

Linda Kabot left her position as supervisor at Town Hall two weeks ago, but the stresses and duties of the job are still on her mind. In fact, she drafted a letter and compiled a more than 100-page document for the New York State comptroller detailing the town’s fiscal crisis.

In the document, Ms. Kabot calls out former Supervisor Patrick Heaney and his administration, accusing it of financial mismanagement and maladministration. Currently, Ms. Kabot noted in her letter, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is only auditing the town’s books from 2008 and 2009; she urged him to include the years 2003 to 2007, when Mr. Heaney was supervisor.

The document was given to the Town Board, the town attorney, the town comptroller and the Suffolk County district attorney.

Approximately $13 million that should have been transferred to the town’s capital fund for various projects between 2003 and 2008 was not, causing confusion over exactly how much money was left in the town’s general fund and how much was available for approved capital projects. The reasons why $13 million was never transferred to the appropriate fund are still vague, but Ms. Kabot, in a footnote to the document she wrote, said she believes “Southampton Town’s true financial condition was not accurately reported, and this failure may have been done willfully and knowingly.”

When reached Tuesday, Mr. Heaney declined to respond to Ms. Kabot’s allegations. “For the last two years, you printed whatever she wanted you to print,” Mr. Heaney said about The Press. “This is not something I’m going to respond to. It’s just not something I’m going to engage in.”

Ms. Kabot wrote that that bonds were authorized from 2004 until 2007, when she was a Town Board member, but were not issued until 2009 in order to defer principal payments. This allowed taxes to stay artificially low, she said. She also said that could be a violation of New York State finance law.

Town Comptroller Tamara Wright, whom Ms. Kabot lauds in the document, said that she does not believe there is evidence that suggests there was intentional malfeasance on the part of either Mr. Heaney or former Town Comptroller Charlene Kagel. “It’s hard to go back and understand why certain things were done or not done,” she said.

Ms. Wright said that Ms. Kagel described the actions leading to the financial crisis as an “oversight.”

“I think that oversights can happen,” Ms. Wright said, adding that she hadn’t closely reviewed Ms. Kabot’s document yet. “These unfortunately were in successive years.”

Jessica DiNapoli

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sour grapes- just drop it and move on Never forget that Linda was on the board all those years and did nothing but approve Skip's actions
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 13, 10 12:55 PM
I don't think it is all "sour grapes." Skip Heaney left the Town in a fiscal mess, which is one reason why he wasn't able to respond substantively to The Press' inquiry -- speaking of "sour grapes," I'd say that Heaney's "For the last two years, you printed whatever she wanted you to print" snivel is a much better example of "sour grapes!"

Not that Linda Kabot is blameless in the fiscal situation -- she isn't!. But fair is fair, and as the Town's Chief Financial Officer, it's on the Supervisor's ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 13, 10 2:10 PM
And whom did the new SH Town board vote to oust (by not re-appointing) as one of their first actions? Why it's SH Town Comptroller Tamara Wright who was key in uncovering the "misapplication" of the capital funds. Smart move? I don't think so. The new SH Town Supervisor doesn't think so. And I'll bet most of the voters in SH town won't think so either. It sounds like the same old gang trying to do the same old political cover-up in spite of the facts laying all around them. Remember that Skip Heaney ...more
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Jan 13, 10 2:06 PM
There never is anything "statesman-like" or graceful about Kabot. Now she wants to exact her pound of flesh and true to form pass the buck. Kabot never had the courage nor the conviction to open up all the books to the State Comptroller when she was Supervisor and now she wants to re-write history -- including her culpability in the financial mess as a then-sitting board member. She is so young to be so bitter. A sad, very sad legacy she leaves.
By JimmyKBond (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 10 2:09 PM
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JimmyK - by your logic everyone who served on the Board during those years is just as responsible as Linda - I think she did a great job trying to clean up the mess regardless of who created it and the mess certainly contributed to her defeat. She is not "passing the buck" as you say - she contronted the mess. S
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Jan 13, 10 2:29 PM
Kabot was nothing more than Heaney's henchwoman and now she is attempting to vindicate herself and improve her legacy. She reminds me of Sarah Palin.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jan 13, 10 3:19 PM
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Everything is "spin" for you and your claque, isn't it?

P1st: "Kabot was nothing more than Heaney's henchwoman"

That's the stupiest, most ill-informed statement of the new year.
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 13, 10 8:31 PM
Read some of the other posts here, Frank, and you will find many in agreement. Once again, you resort to name calling, will it never end with you? Seriously. You don't have to agree with me and, if you did, I would probably be forced to reevaluate my statement.

Linda Kabot is a vindictive loser and, yes, she absolutely reminds me of Sarah Palin - blame everyone else and exit without dignity.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 10:26 AM
Mr. Wheeler, temper tantrums are uncalled for. Can you at lest take your own advice and comment on the story itself?
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 12:27 PM
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P1st: :Once again, you resort to name calling,"

What "name" was "called?" I characterized your statement as "stupiest (sic), most ill-informed," and carefully refrained from applying that to you.

You, on the other hand, have no coompunctions about writing "Kabot was nothing more than Heaney's henchwoman" and "Linda Kabot is a vindictive loser," and that IS "name-calling."

Do you consider this another "temper tantrum," yearrounder? People say something ill-informed and ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 14, 10 12:48 PM
Oh, I'm sorry, Frank. I did not realize that saying someone's post was the "stupiest of the new year" was not the same as acting like a spoiled child. I further did not realize that you are entitled to your opinions but others are not entitled to theirs. In the future I will not comment on a story unless I first get permission from you.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 2:49 PM
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Why would any elected official in their right mind just "take over" a county, town, village, etc. without having an audit done by an impartial party (ies) ...the blame game keeps going and going and going.......dint skip lose to linda kabot.....so she knowingly took over knowing that the twon was in a fiscal mess....hello wtf........
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Jan 13, 10 3:56 PM
Why didn't she do this when she was in office?
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Jan 13, 10 5:03 PM
Kabot never would have created this 100 page revenge document if she was re-elected. This is classic. Like any disgruntled former employee, Kabot needs to blame everyone else but herself for whatever problems existed. Kagel was a smart and intelligent comptroller. When the dust settles we will see who is to blame for any skrew ups, if there were any by town officials.
By happynow (19), east hampton on Jan 13, 10 5:07 PM
Add Skip Heaney to the conspiracy against Linda Kabot.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 13, 10 6:49 PM
Seems like the Suffolk DA will be investigating this disgraceful mess real soon..hopefully he takes a look at the other disgraceful mess unfolding in Westhampton Beach as well. What a winter!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 13, 10 11:35 PM
"nellie"
You have hit the nail right on the head. I all so hope the Suffolk DA looks into the mess in Westhampton Beach. It will keep him bussy for a long time between the board and the so-called police departmant
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 13, 10 11:45 PM
Just like "LAST CALL LINDA" she puts the blame on EVERYONE else.
Linda do you forget you sat right next to" Skip out Heaney"????
Stop placing the blame on everyone from Heaney to the Westhampton PD for pulling you over.
GROW UP FACE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND STOP PLACING THE BLAME ON EVERYONE ELSE.
Hopefully the nexty artical on LAST CALL LINDA will be her conviction and than maybe she will stay out of the papers.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 13, 10 11:49 PM
Why didnt she write the letter when she was the supervisor? Unbelievable sour grapes and failure to take responsability for ones own actions, or lack thereof. Change has come....finally
By North Sea Citizen (507), North Sea on Jan 14, 10 7:53 AM
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Whatever your personal thoughts about Linda Kabot or the timing of her letter, if you are interested in more than just "moving on" to the next round of mismanagement, waste and political corruption, WRITE A LETTER TO THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND SUPPORT THE REQUEST TO HAVE THEM EXAMINE THE BOOKS FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS INSTEAD OF JUST THE PAST TWO YEARS:
Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12236
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 10:00 AM
Split the town in two... right at the canal....
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Jan 14, 10 1:03 PM
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RTTW: "Split the town in two... right at the canal...."

That works for me! I don't even know East of the Canal any longer!

But what would the new political sub-division be named? "Westhampton," with the Town Hall... where?

Oh, of course, Westhampton Beach, which Village will be dissolving shortly after the Attorney General takes the lot of its officials out in chains!
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 17, 10 5:36 PM
Is there a email address which we could us to contact NYS Comptroller,I think the book should be audited for the last 6 years,,,,we cant just move on,,,,,after all Mr Heeney is still being paid a large salery by the Tax payers of Suffolk Co,,,if there is nothing to cover up,,,lets do the audit,,
By Etians rd (490), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 1:27 PM
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year rounder hear are a few more facts you may not want to hear

A year into his tenure, a majority of Americans would already vote against Pres. Obama if the '12 elections were held today, according to a new survey.

The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else. Fully 37% say they would definitely cast a ballot against Obama. Meanwhile, just 39% would vote to re-elect the pres. to a 2nd term, and only ...more
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Jan 14, 10 11:12 PM
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Keep up the GOOD WORK JOE
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 15, 10 1:03 AM
Who said I was an Obama supporter. Unlike the right wing ditto heads, I do not blindly support any candidate.

Besides, you quote the Allstate/National Journal poll? The Allstate/National Journal poll is conducted by Ed Reilly and Brent McGoldrick of FD, a business and financial communications company. The national journal is a conservative rag. What would you say if I quoted stats from the Huffington Post or The Nation Magazine? Please.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Jan 15, 10 10:22 AM
Oh really, Year Rounder....How about GALLUP! are they legit enough for you? Only 49% of Americans now approve of this Obamanation of a adminastration as of today. 45% strongly disapprove, That number up 11% in just the last 45 days. The Rassmussen numbers show him in even worse shape. The scam is over people finale see this for what it is (socilism) America was not founded on the re distabution of wealth.This healthcare bill is the worst idea or country as seen in 40 years. And the people now see ...more
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Jan 15, 10 4:50 PM
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KEEP IT UP JOE
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 15, 10 10:06 PM
Linda Kabot complaining to the Comptroller about "maladministration" is like Tiger Woods calling the Vice Squad.
By shadow captain (34), sag harbor on Jan 16, 10 6:26 PM
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Why not audit back 6 years? Clear the air and move forward.
By kpjc (159), east quogue on Jan 17, 10 8:04 AM
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Why have we NOT herd of "LAST CALL LINDA'S DWI " case????
I thought is was to be tried in Dec. or Jan.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 18, 10 11:50 AM
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GEE, Kinda how we have not heard the birth certificate case huh SJ
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Jan 18, 10 2:03 PM
I sincerely hope that the town can move forward and resolve all of these issues that ultimately affect the tax paying residents.
By Cindy5X5 (6), Sag Harbor on Jan 18, 10 2:11 PM
Please remove these two mugs from the top of the news page!
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 6:16 PM
To bad we can not remove them from New York all together
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 19, 10 10:03 PM
great Scott what an upset!
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Jan 20, 10 12:08 AM
gurney's, new year's eve, celebration, montauk