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Jul 9, 2010 1:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot DWI hearing kicks off, will resume Tuesday

Jul 9, 2010 1:26 PM

The tape also captures an irate Ms. Kabot repeatedly telling officers that she won’t take the Breathalyzer test at the scene. She also stated that she only had two drinks, did not feel intoxicated and did not think that she swerved when she was driving. She later asked the police officers if she could leave her car parked on Main Street and insisted on having her husband pick her up.

She was arrested at 12:25 a.m. on Monday, September 7, 2009.

Lt. Gonce testified that Westhampton Beach Police Detectives Ed Hamor and Stephen Cunneen approached him with an affidavit in October and he first signed one stating that he did not speak to anyone that day. He called them back a short time later, on the same day, explaining that he made a mistake, and then signed a second affidavit stating that he had been contacted by Officer McManus and Mr. Aube.

After Thursday’s hearing, Mr. Keahon said that the first affidavit signed by Lt. Gonce was never turned over to the court. He added that he expects Lt. Gonce to continue his testimony on Tuesday, and that Officer McManus will also take the stand.

Mr. Keahon said he plans to subpoena Chief Dean, Det. Cunneen and Det. Hamor, and will also call Westhampton Beach Village Police Sergeants Nicholas Fusco and Thomas Hubbard, who were also on duty the night of Ms. Kabot’s arrest, to the stand. “I believe they will give truthful testimony,” Mr. Keahon said.

Mr. Keahon said he wasn’t sure how much longer the pre-trial hearing would take, and that a jury selection still has to be held. He said that if the pre-trial hearing concludes Tuesday, it will most likely be several more weeks before the trial can start.

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Honestly, I've never seen her even mildly intoxicated and I've been to many gatherings and events where she was also. This charge has never made sense to me.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 8, 10 12:49 PM
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I'll tell you what doesn't make sense to me... If she is innocent and wasn't driving under the influence that night, why didn't she just blow the breathalyzer? Common sense would tell you that with one simple blow, this whole mess could have been avoided, no?

I think that it's an insult to people's intelligence to think that she didn't have something to hide that night. Refusing the breathalyzer is like pleading nolo--you are admitting guilt without mouthing the words.
By Pedro Salazar (22), Center Moriches on Jul 8, 10 1:20 PM
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By CC Barbie (7), Westhampton Beach on Jul 9, 10 9:35 AM
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I think she's innocent. She'd been to a family party. Of course there was liquor on her breath. But why should she submit to a breathalyzer test. If you receive communion your breath smells of alcohol. Does anyone suggest breathalyzer tests after morning Mass? Come on, give the woman a break. I hope she gets off. The police were definitely being overzealous to bust the Town Supervisor and keep her in jail overnight. Outrageous on all counts.
By Fabiola (11), Southampton on Jul 8, 10 1:37 PM
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I don't know where you go to church, but I've never taken enough wine to give off an odor of an alcoholic beverage.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 8, 10 1:52 PM
Wha? "Smelling of alchohol" after communion is not going to register .08 on a breath test. That would take at least 2 full (recent) glasses of wine.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jul 8, 10 4:37 PM
How can someone compair church to a stop at midnight??? All LAST CALL LINDA needed to do was take the test and she could have walked away. But she did not and she should pay the price if she is found guity.But you also need to look at a court that lets a woman off with 6 months after killing a 15 year old boy while she was drunk.TIME FOR THINGS TO CHANGE
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jul 8, 10 9:38 PM
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By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:26 AM
ITS ILLEAGAL TO REFUSE A BREATHALIZER TEST THATS WHY SHE, JUST AS EVERY OTHER PERSON HAS TO SUBMIT TO IT IF ASKED TO DO SO BY A COP...... MORON
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jul 11, 10 6:28 AM
Your reasoning is sound, Señor Salazar, and will hold great weight in the court of public opinion -- where Mrs. Kabot is no longer being tried. (She already came up short on that verdict last November.)

But she is now being tried in a Court of Law, and there are stricter standards there.

Prediction: attorney Keahon, aware that he will now be harder-pressed to put the Westhampton Beach PD on trial in this case, will shuffle some papers, make some motions, and Mrs. Kabot will make ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 8, 10 1:41 PM
that morning mass idea is something "WRONG-WAY KEAHON" would have come up with. probably while in a stupor of his own. party on! wrong way!
By uncleronk (136), southold on Jul 8, 10 2:24 PM
Only Frank Wheeler would promote the A*$$ kissing culture that seems to thrive like roaches in Southampton with such an opinion. It is a travesty to think that the Judge would deny the People of Southampton Justice, by finding Linda Kabot anything other than guilty, because he was once a former Supervisor! If anything he should be equally disgusted, that a person of such power and influence, like Ms. Kabot, would throw her weight around, just because he too was once in a similar position.

I ...more
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Jul 8, 10 3:04 PM
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You need to learn to read a little better, "xatiannorthsea."
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 8, 10 6:13 PM
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By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:27 AM
it's almost 5PM... Time for a drink Linda!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jul 8, 10 4:36 PM
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I don't recall any mention of mcmanus and auberge anywhere? Where are u getting ur info Billy?, Billy Keahon maybe??
By Clarity (65), Whb on Jul 8, 10 9:35 PM
"He later called them back, explaining that he made a mistake, and then signed a second affidavit stating that he had been contacted by Officer McManus and Southampton Town Police Benevolent Association President Pat Aube, the latter of whom Lt. Gonce said was already aware of Ms. Kabot’s arrest. "

Right there at the end of the article.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 8, 10 10:16 PM
Given the recent accidents and deaths in the area due to drunk driving, I would think everyone would look at this case with sober eyes. Pun intended. If you choose, and the key word is "choose," to become a public official, you should be held to a higher standard. OK, let's not hold public officials to a higher standard, let's hold them to the standard that we all face. Drinking and driving is illegal, not to mention dangerous, and the law states what the penalty is for doing it. Depending on what ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Jul 8, 10 9:47 PM
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of course public servants should be held to higher standards. you're too sane to post on these boards!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jul 8, 10 11:27 PM
In reading all these past articles, the truth of the matter is the prosecution so far has only this: A) a cop's claim that her "eyes were red and glassy and smelled strongly...blah, blah, boilerplate from the cop school cheat sheet." B) A video tape with missing footage that may or may not show the woman drunk. No BAC, no other charges of weaving over the line, reckless driving, etc.

On the defense side, tons of plausible explanations: A) driving through a tiny village with a do-nothing ...more
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Jul 8, 10 9:53 PM
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WRONG! THE "TRUTH OF THE MATTER" IS SHE REFUSED THE BREATHALYZER-REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST (BREATH, BLOOD OR URINE) IS A CRIME IN AND OF ITSELF, EVEN IF SHE IS ACQUITTED OF DWI SHE IS STILL GUILTY OF REFUSAL. YOU'RE A COP HATER- THATS FINE- BUT NEXT TIME YOU NEED HELP DON'T CALL 911- CALL ONE OF YOUR LIBERAL FRIENDS. I GUESS YOU FEEL THAT SINCE SHE WAS THE SUPV THE COP SHOULD HAVE LET HER GO-YEAH THAT SOUNDS LEGIT
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 8, 10 10:18 PM
I think, he's just tired of all the crap, laddie...
By Mr. Z (11667), North Sea on Jul 8, 10 11:36 PM
Sounds like Judge Smith is in Kabot's corner (he a former town supervisor) . . . ordering the police to sign affidavits as to who they spoke to after the arrest. I've never heard of such a thing. I'm sure it was Keahon's idea . . . and Smith went along with it. What a joke.
By HB90 (163), southampton on Jul 9, 10 12:45 AM
How awful to put the accusers under oath. The truth might come out, even if only some who take the oath don't lie. Sounds like this is a Judge who isn't going to let the trial be a turd throwing contest, and is going to flush out the turds before trial.
By StopCorruption (19), Southampton on Jul 11, 10 7:17 AM
they will be under oath at the hearing and the trial.
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 9:29 PM
A lawyer that has a client with some staying power, that can stand the pressure and rigors of a DD stop, mainly the intimidation and has the finances to get a real defense, will never take a test by an officer that has an interest in the outcome of that test because that roadside examination is known to be tamper prone.
Remember at that time Ms Kabot was putting the screws on the PBA's Contract negotiations with the town.

If you have the resources to challenge the DWI stop, you should.
It's ...more
By fazool (22), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 1:54 AM
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It's not about having resources to challenge a DWI stop - the best way to challenge it is take a breathalyzer if you aren't drunk. The cops can't say "well you blew a .00 but we still think you're loaded (well, they could but it would be an easy case to fight). By not taking the test she forefeited her license for a year, regardless of if a blood test later on proved she was drunk or not. You don't give up your license AND spend all that $$ on an attorney if you are stone sober.

And ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 9:33 AM
I thought she lived in Quogue...how would she drive from WHB to Quogue and go through SHT?

Also, she'd had a drink, she never said she didn't. She said she wasn't DRUNK. The roadside test is not 100% and is prone to tamper. If she hadn't had a sip of anything alcoholic at all, then I'll bet she'd have taken it. Still doesn't prove she was drunk.

You say WHB has nothing to do w/SHT yet Pat Aube figures into this equation and I thought he was with SHT.

Why did the ...more
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 4:23 PM
If you bothered to read the article, it stated she came from East Moriches and was headed home. She had to pass through Eastport, Speonk-Remsenberg, and unincorporated Westhampton.

If your defense is you aren't drunk - then there is no explanation for not giving a Breathalyzer. She could have blown a .02 and been let go if she had only one drink.

Mr. Aube was told of the arrest but that doesn't mean he was responsible for it. My guess (just a guess, not based on any facts) ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 10, 10 8:14 PM
What on earth were they doing to poor Linda during those 4 minutes when the tape wasn't recording...oopsy...woopsy...
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Jul 9, 10 4:51 AM
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By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:31 AM
Since a memo had been circulated in the police department by Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean about three months prior to the incident, stating that officers are never to turn off the cameras and everybody had to sign it… why aren’t Officers Lucus and McManus facing disciplinary hearings and charges? Gonce lies on his first affidavit about his actions the night of the arrest and is permitted to take a mulligan because he made a “mistake”! Good luck if you think anyone is ever seeing the original ...more
By Resident (42), Westhampton Beach on Jul 9, 10 6:59 AM
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Memo followed or not, she was still drunk. Come on use your head. Excuses, excuses.
By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:24 AM
So the officers not following departmental procedures is ok? Is that just because it was Linda or are they allowed to do it all the time?

Whether or not she was drunk, the Officers were wrong in what they did also.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 4:24 PM
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By CC Barbie (7), Westhampton Beach on Jul 9, 10 9:39 AM
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By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 9, 10 10:01 AM
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By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 9, 10 10:29 AM
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You'll see....wait and watch!
By CC Barbie (7), Westhampton Beach on Jul 9, 10 10:42 AM
There is video from the Pub. Counsel has it I am sure. Wait, you'll see.
By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:22 AM
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By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 9, 10 10:56 AM
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By rocky (79), shampton on Jul 9, 10 11:21 AM
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By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 9, 10 11:31 AM
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By dagdavid (646), southampton on Jul 9, 10 11:38 AM
Hi Dag Dave. You're correct.

"US Citizens" perpetually moronic remarks NEVER have anything to do with the post.

On the internet, her manner of off-topic idiocy is called, "trolling".
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jul 9, 10 3:10 PM
We've removed a few comments containing unsubstantiated allegations. The comments violated 27east's commenting policy regarding libel.
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Jul 9, 10 12:49 PM
I think you need to be on your toes here -- you seem to have missed a couple.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 9, 10 1:22 PM
The tape will show and tell all...end of story...breath test or not...which clearly no drunk would give...
By LINYCGirl (7), New York on Jul 9, 10 1:23 PM
come on everyone...get a grip! If I refused a breathalizer...I'd get arrested and charged with driving under the influence. PERIOD....end of discussion. Stating her name just shows that she thinks because she is a public official she should be above the law...well she's not...She's guilty as hell!
By teachercares (5), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 1:33 PM
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who cares if they called the pope! If she wasn't drunk she wouldn't have been arressted! It doesn't matter who anyone called
By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 11:39 AM
If Kabot were drinking or not ..well that seems secondary to the other stuff surrounding this. Why the phone calls? Why would a WHB Lt. call the PBA fellow Aube to report an arrest? Is taht typical?
By hdhouse (8), westhampton on Jul 9, 10 1:33 PM
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Seconday to what...? The trial is whether or not she was driving under the influence.

Once this is settled she could sue the police for harassement or some other reason, but try not to let Mr. Keahon's pathetic defense sway you
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 2:23 PM
who cares if they called the pope! If she wasn't drunk she wouldn't have been arressted! It doesn't matter who anyone called
By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 11:41 AM
I agree-this trail is about whether Linda was driving under the influence, not about who called who, etc. I think Justice Smith knows this and was not going to let the trail lose focus.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 9, 10 4:19 PM
If we have Police Officers who don't follow procedures, we have more problems than whether or not Linda was drunk.

There are TWO issues here...was Linda drunk, does the WHB Police misuse their authority and follow policies.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 4:27 PM
You are NEVER going to get a definitive answer on the first because she refused to submit to a test.

The "legal" answer is of course she was, by definition, BECAUSE she refused the test.

As for the procedures of the WHB PD, that will come out at trial.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 9, 10 4:56 PM
Lets all assume that Linda Kabot is guilty of DWI

Lets all assume that Officer Gonce is guilty of perjury.

Who needs any check on the power of government ?
Who needs a trial ?
By StopCorruption (19), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 5:34 PM
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OFFICER GONCE IS A COOL GUY, IM SURE IT WAS AN INNOCENT, UNINTENTIONAL MISTAKE.... DEF NOT PERJURY....
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jul 11, 10 6:36 AM
Police procedures are not on trial-Linda's DWI is on trial. No one has brought charges against the police dept procedures. Procedures or not-Linda was drinking and refused the test to prove her innocences
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 9, 10 5:39 PM
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Why bother with a trial, presume Kabot is guilty. Gonce, said he gave two conflicting sworn statements, why have a trial for him.

Let's throw out the constitution, lets just give all authority to the police. Of course ALL police officers are terrific and can be trusted, right ?
By StopCorruption (19), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 5:58 PM
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If this wasn't Linda, would it be ok for the Police to go again police dept. procedures?
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 6:38 PM
Exactly, why does he have anything to do with WHB?
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 9, 10 7:08 PM
Now again, I don't know what happened that night and neither does anyone else on this page. But the thing Rocky, CaptainSig, EastEnd68, and LINYCGirl are missing is the connection between the possible police misconduct and the possible drunk driving by Linda Kabot.

IF, and I mean IF, a lieutenant lied in an affidavit; If the police violated protocol and removed four minutes of tape; if (if like maybe McManus) they lied and/or were involved in a previous department scandal, and IF they lied ...more
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Jul 9, 10 8:03 PM
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It doesn't go to credibility at all - refusing to take the test is itself a violation. The rest doesn't matter.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jul 11, 10 8:59 PM
what you say is all too true- its called the OJ Simpson defense- when you are guilty ,deflect as much attention as you can away from the pertinent facts of the case. play the race card, the corupt cops card, whatever. its a classic defense strategy for the guilty- and it usually works because most jurors are idiots.
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 9:44 PM
Credibility.

That WILL be the key word...
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By reg rep (408), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 8:31 PM
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By Uncle Jesse (3), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 8:38 PM
you would have a red face too if you were set up
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jul 12, 10 7:57 AM
Red-Face? Thats really a stretch. Its called makeup, you know blush that most women wear. Unbelievable!
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 8:50 PM
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By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jul 9, 10 8:56 PM
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Once again sjd, did you just make this up? Please post something , other than from you, that substantiates this completly unfounded claim.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 10, 10 1:15 PM
"TERRY"
I know the person that was involved with SKIP. So I make up NOTHING. Maybe you should check with SKIP when you see him.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jul 10, 10 3:48 PM
You have no credibility. Show us something.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 10, 10 6:39 PM
SJD gets up in the morning, Terry, has has a big bowl of Hearsay, Rumor and Innuendo -- and then spend the rest of the day spreading it around here.

When challenged, he weasels and cannot provide a cite, demanding that the challenger come up with the fictitious source.

It's hard, but best to ignore him.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 11, 10 1:23 PM
To "Terry" and "Frank Wheeler"
How can you put someone down for something that did happen."sjd' is correct and I also know the person involved.So maybe it is best just to ignore the both of you.
By oldguy (60), hamptons on Jul 11, 10 1:53 PM
It's simple, Oldguy -- SJD's track record here is one of repetitive accusations which he cannot substantiate.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 11, 10 2:36 PM
"Frank"
You are no one to say anything about trck records!!! You can never admitt when you are wrong.So just keep writing and the more you do the more FOOLISH you look.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jul 11, 10 4:44 PM
sjd,
How ignorant do you think other people here are? Anyone can look at oldguy's posts, compare the mispelling, poor grammar and puncuation and they would know you are one in the same.
You're a sad individual.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 12, 10 9:34 AM
"Terry"
As I told Frank.... The more you write the more foolish you look.
How do you dream this stuff up???
I am not the sad individual you and LAST CALL LINDA ARE.
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By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 9, 10 9:31 PM
To many mistakes here,bottom line they were out to get her to do favors for some one else
By john o (34), southampton on Jul 9, 10 10:34 PM
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Suspend Gonce without pay pending a disciplinary hearing on his affidavit problems, then it will be three out. Next...
By StopCorruption (19), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 10:39 PM
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OFFICER GONCE IS PROB THE NICEST COP IN THE HAMPTONS, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.......
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jul 11, 10 6:40 AM
Whatever church communion has to do with breathalyzers, I'll say this: LInda Kabot presided over many evil doings in the town. The lady should not be permitted to drive into the village of quogue, or out of for that matter, let alone run for another New York political office.
By kuali (32), southampton on Jul 9, 10 10:54 PM
I think I remember a Viewpoint article in the Press about a year ago, written by a local attorney, who advised that anyone stopped for DWI should not take a breathalyzer test. He had a number of reasons why, which surprised me at the time. It would be interesting to go back and read it, in view of this case.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 10, 10 11:55 AM
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It was an unpaid advertisement. The attorney gets paid to represent the defendant at the refusal hearing ( where the defendant never wins ) as well as during criminal prroceedings.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 10, 10 1:14 PM
Westhampton Beach and Southampton are the only police jurisdictions who REQUIRE cops to retire after twenty years. Officer Aube was one of the mob of Southampton cops who intimidated the Southampton Town Council from considering Linda Kabot's proposal,when she was Supervisor, that six of them, on the advice of the Chief of Police, do just that.

This is payback sends a message to that Southampton Town Council members of just what can happen to them if they threaten cop perks.

Linda ...more
By highhatsize (4177), East Quogue on Jul 10, 10 1:03 PM
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After 20 years they are retained by the "pleasure" of the town board. They are "required" to retire upon reaching 55 years of age, Abe.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jul 10, 10 1:12 PM
threaten cop perks? so you consider not being fired a perk? you sir are an a**

how do you know the content of the call?? you don't

you also know nothing about breathalyzer machines- they can NOT be manipulated by the administering officer- they have been proven reliable- thats why the results are admissible in court

sounds like you got a speeding ticket
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 9:54 PM
The East End is a corrupt police state. This was a setup. Sure she was drinking but this was not a random police stop. Someone called and tipped off police that she is leaving a party and has been drinking. The question is who did it and why? What motive would police have to stop the camera and erase audio. Who were they calling during the arrest? The police departments on the East End are run by and for political reasons. Nepotism, cronyism is the law of the land. They should be arresting illegal ...more
By jim (48), hampton bays on Jul 10, 10 1:33 PM
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By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 11:49 AM
you say the east end is a corrupt police state- then you say the police should be arresting immigrants for loitering. since loitering is not a crime what should the police charge them with? oh thats right its a police state- they can arrest u for no reason. i see your logic now. i can actually feel the BRAIN CELLS DYING when i read your idiotic comments
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 9:59 PM
Jim-you forget that the illegals were not driving drunk on Main Street. We can not arrest them for doing nothing.
By eastquogueguy (22), East Quogue on Jul 10, 10 3:41 PM
how about because they are illegals.not paying taxes.maybe you like footing the bill for them to live here but not all of us do.
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jul 12, 10 8:21 AM
I hope those of you with personal and or political vendettas against Kabot never serve on her jury or any jury for that matter. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Goldenrod is correct that the advice given by the lawyer who wrote the article was...Do Not take the breathalyzer test. For those wanna be lawyers with the mean & hateful comments may I suggest you study DUI law before you post. If you actually saw Kabot at a bar and want to be a witness, contact the prosecution lawyers. ...more
By auntof9 (157), Southampton on Jul 10, 10 9:03 PM
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I certainly do not know how much Linda Kabot drank that night, but I truly believe this whole incident was a setup. I have witnessed many of our politicians and policemen with one too many under their belt. Their poor behavior is overlooked and excused, and even when stopped for speeding, etc., these privileged few are excused over and over. I do not support anyone that drinks and drives--but this was a witch hunt!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jul 11, 10 10:13 AM
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again..if she was drinking and driving which she was...why does it matter who called who...if i saw someone drinking at a bar or party or anywere iand then get in a car i would call the police too! What if she killed someone? What if they let her go because she was "linda Kabot town supervisor" and then she killed someone...you would blame the cops for that too!


By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 11:51 AM
But would you call your friends, politicians and PBA representatives? It was after midnight, why call them?

I don't know if Linda was drunk and she surely should be prosecuted if she was. BUT, that doesn't mean the cops can do whatever they want. There are 2 stories here, not one.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 10 9:15 AM
I FEEL SORRY FOR HER.....BUT SHES NOT ABOVE THE LAW
By uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu (3), on Jul 11, 10 11:57 AM
And police officers should not be above the law either.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Jul 11, 10 8:45 PM
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Please, let's get one thing straight.
It is not against the law to refuse the breath test.
Simply, it's an "administrative" penalty for doing so, and not an admittance of guilt. Far from it. It is similar to taking the Fifth Amendment, which is also not an admittance of guilt.
Left and Right, Middle and Sideways thinkers should understand that. Scratch that last statement. Freedom loving Americans must understand that.

The reason that one can refuse a breath test is because ...more
By fazool (22), Southampton on Jul 12, 10 12:40 PM
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you are wrong refusal to take a chemical test is NOT an "administrative penalty" IT IS A MISDEMEANOR- YOU COULD BE SENTENCED TO UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL! People dont listen to this fool he could get you in trouble.

self incrimination is not the issue- when you get a license and get behind the wheel you give up the right to "take the fifth" and refuse a chemical test.

it is all spelled out in the NYS vehicle and traffic law
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 15, 10 10:06 PM
THE SET UP is so obvious here , THE CAMERA, A VIDEO !!! since when cops get camera to videotape an arrest ! since when the do have the right to do this???it's a law ? it's legal ? or it's only for special people ? as a town surpervisor?
It's disgusting to see what people can do for money, greed & power .
what a prank !
By dlb (21), sag harbor on Jul 12, 10 12:52 PM
You're new at this, aren't you?

Police vehicle-mounted video cameras have been around for years! It's not only legal, but it's a very effective tool in this and other common law enforcement situations.

You need to calm down at think about this a little more rationally.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 12, 10 3:57 PM
woooow.... I guess you don't watch "cops" huh?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 10 6:11 PM
Set up? Did they force her to drink and drive so the can catch her...you are all missing the fact that she was drunk...why refuse the breath test...there was no SET UP
By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 11:45 AM
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The indications are that she was at the very least impaired -- there can never be any "proof" that she was "drunk" because she declined to submit, as is her (and anyone's) right to a definitive test.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 13, 10 1:38 PM
karmasabitch--you keep repeating the same thing over and over. Were you there--do you know something factual the rest of us don't?
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jul 13, 10 6:04 PM
I am stating the facts from the case she didn't take a breath test...and my opinion is who cares who anyone called if she didnt have anything to hid then she should have all the tests...what am i stating that is not already known?
By karmasabitch (15), whb on Jul 13, 10 7:10 PM
Where's todays story? Did anything happen?
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 13, 10 5:40 PM
I Once Heard kabot Say Not To Long Ago, Public Officials Must Hold Themselves To a Higher Standard. Thumbs Up To WHBPD. You Break The Law Pay The Price.
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Jul 13, 10 10:02 PM
And of course, if she DIDN'T break the law, Mr. Whaler?

And what if Westhampton PD DID break the law?

We already know an arrest tape is missing four minutes of footage in direct violation of the dept. regs and a lieutenant admitted to not reporting the truth to the District Attorney in a sworn affidavit.

Still have those thumbs up?
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Jul 15, 10 12:55 AM
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