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Apr 25, 2013 11:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Elizabeth Lindtvit To Replace Rebecca Molinaro

Apr 29, 2013 11:50 AM

UPDATE, Friday, 2 p.m.
Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Conrad Teller announced that current Deputy Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit will take over as Village Clerk in May.

Ms. Lindtvit, a Westhampton Beach resident who has worked for the village for 13 years, will be replacing current clerk Rebecca Molinaro, who has accepted a position in East Hampton Village, effective May 1.

According to a press release issued on Friday afternoon, Ms. Lindtvit previously served in the Southampton Town Comptroller's Office and the Tax Assessor's office and has an extensive knowledge of municipal operations and governmental duties.

At the same time, Mr. Teller announced that Jeannine Conte will be replacing Ms. Lindtvit as Deputy Treasurer. Ms. Conte, who has bachelor’s and master's degrees in finance and management, is currently the deputy treasurer for the Westhampton Beach Fire District.

“I am pleased to officially name these appointments to the Village of Westhampton Beach,” said Mr. Teller in the release. “Both individuals have qualities and backgrounds that I feel will enable them to perform to the best of their capabilities in their new positions and serve the residents of the Village of Westhampton Beach with professionalism and integrity.”

Original Story
In a split decision on Wednesday, Westhampton Beach Village Board members voted in favor of rehiring retired Village Clerk Kathy McGinnis to train new a new and as yet unnamed village clerk/treasurer, who will begin the position next week.

Ms. McGinnis, who served as village clerk in the village for 16 years, was appointed as an independent contractor in a 3-2 vote at a special meeting on Wednesday night to train the new clerk.

The walk-on resolution was presented by Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker, with Patricia DiBenedetto and Charlie Palmer voting in favor of the resolution. Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Ralph Urban opposed the hiring.

During the meeting, Mr. Tucker said he thought it was a good idea to have someone with as much experience as Ms. McGinnis working for the village to train the still unnamed new clerk, who will be replacing former clerk Rebecca Molinaro, who accepted a new position in East Hampton Village beginning on May 1.

"We had worked on this resolution and discussed it two meetings ago and got some input from everybody," Mr. Tucker said. "I'd like to see this happen considering that in a couple of days we are going to be with someone new, and we have always had someone to come and train the new person—or assist the new person—and work with them. And that is why I feel it is necessary."

Ms. McGinnis has been hired at a rate of $60 per hour, not to exceed $7,500. She has been granted full access to all "financials, facilities and documents" for the village. She will report to the Village Board with updates on the training of the clerk, and will not work full time.

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Unbelievable. Still, if locals don't show up to stop this kind of abuse, its going to continue to happen. Since when is a CLERK worth $60 an hour?
By Alice (7), Westhampton on Apr 25, 13 12:11 PM
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When the current Clerk has to be replaced because she made multiples of that in errors which the Mayor approved and signed off on the mistakes-

The Mayor and Village Attorney should also be replaced!
By realistic (465), westhampton on Apr 25, 13 1:18 PM
Former Clerk Ms McGinnis made a similar payroll overpayment error in 2010 - 2011 fiscal year. According to the Clerk's own letter to the contractual employees, the error was discovered by the Village's auditors, not by the clerk or the trustees. The overpayment to all contractual employees was corrected by deducting from our 2011 paychecks.

How is it Mr Tucker has omitted mentioning the former clerk's error, which occurred while Mr Tucker was a trustee and further, the trustees allowed ...more
By realwhb (7), westhampton beach on Apr 25, 13 2:42 PM
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Interesting, Hank thought it was a good idea to hire the former Village Clerk because she had so much experience? What is her experience, after 14 years of on the job practice she makes the same mistake? That just shows me she is not capable of learning. They really should have stuck with Ms. Molinaro, I heard from many people she was very competent and a pleasure to work with! Have you ever heard anyone say that about the former Village Clerk?
By gusbeme (33), southampton on Apr 25, 13 6:57 PM
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SIXTY DOLLARS AN HOUR !!???!!!. A total of $7,500 at $60/hour-- thats 125 hours--or THREE WEEKS OF WORK! Are you kidding me?? They should all be FLOGGED!
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Apr 25, 13 9:11 PM
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Perhaps things like this happen here because it has become a sport to watch these messes unfold, and then complain about them. Go Village Board! I can't wait to see what you do next to infuriate the people you (supposedly) serve.
By Alice (7), Westhampton on Apr 26, 13 6:53 AM
Village Hall is like the O.K. Corral.

I guess that can be expected when some elected officials who believe they have a birthright entitlement to dispense patronage and emoluments at village taxpayer expense are challenged by those who contest those beliefs.

Too bad, it doesn't seem like anyone is shooting straight and this will take a long time to resolve. In the meantime it is the taxpayers who get bled.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Apr 26, 13 8:42 AM
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Does this mean the deputy clerk's position is open, because I believe she eloquently stated that she was not going to work for/with Mrs. McGinnis, and if so, where can one send a resume?
By Eliza (29), Westhampton Beach on Apr 26, 13 9:12 AM
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If in fact the deputy clerk does take the position of Village Clerk Treasurer, will she also be entitled to an additional $60.00 an hour to train her replacement? How does that work? Cathy McGinnis couldn't perform the job of the deputy clerk, even if she was dared to...... STOP THE NONSENSE!!!!!
By terk1928 (11), Westhampton Beach on Apr 26, 13 7:32 PM
With your logic terk. I hope you not an employee of the Village also. By reading your prior postings you appear to be part of the hate or old guard in this Village that needs to be replaced. As a tax payer In this Village I just want the truth and the Mayor and the Village Attorney can't seem to get to that place. Is a shame his tenure has been riddled with one disaster after another.
By realistic (465), westhampton on Apr 27, 13 1:03 PM
Realistic, I too, as a tax payer, and non-village employee have just been able to clearly see the light. I have no hate of the "OLD" guard, I just don't appreciate the nonsense that seems to be being heeped upon our village witch is making us look the the fools of the Hamptons. And yes, I did mean WITCH! I out and out challenge you to attend the next board meeting and make yourself known... I will be there to respond to you if you have the GUTS!
By terk1928 (11), Westhampton Beach on Apr 28, 13 5:06 PM
By terk1928 (11), Westhampton Beach on Apr 28, 13 5:07 PM
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Congratulations Liz!!!! from Diane C.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Apr 29, 13 8:21 PM
Liz Lindtvit will do a highly professional job in her new position provided she will not be bossed, bullied and intimated by the powers that be in Village Hall. Why do you think Rebecca Molinaro left for East Hampton? A better job with much more professional people to work with. Westhampton Beach Village government has become Theatre of the Absurd.
By wizzs (5), westhampton on May 1, 13 2:06 PM
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That's the main kicker, though, Steve. For example, what in the world is going on with the beach? That story left more questions unanswered than answered.
By MainSt978 (9), Westhampton Beach on May 6, 13 6:47 PM
I guess Teller was afraid not to promote her. What a disgrace. Her performance at the Board meeting was despicable. Again. Another are of the inmates running the asylum.
By realistic (465), westhampton on May 2, 13 9:50 PM
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If this story was written on may 2nd why are all this old comments attached to it. New story should have its own comments. Like congratulations Liz you will do a great job for the village as you have done for the last 13 years. Long before the present Mayor and board of trustees were ever around. Maybe if they put their ego's in check and start working together, the village of westhampton would be better served. Just a idea.
By busdoc88 (1), Hampton Bays on May 3, 13 12:37 PM
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