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May 27, 2008 4:10 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach mayoral candidate wants Suffolk County DA to investigate business

May 27, 2008 4:10 PM

After learning that the deputy mayor of Westhampton Beach has been linked to what appears to be an illegal bed-and-breakfast operated in his home, a mayoral candidate in next month’s village election has requested that Mayor Conrad Teller ask that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office investigate the matter.

In his letter to Mayor Teller, Tim Laube asks that the mayor, whom he is challenging in the June 20 election, request that the county step in and examine the allegations that have been raised against Deputy Mayor Jim Kametler. The Press reported in an article last week that Mr. Kametler and his wife, Carol Meyer, have advertised their Oak Street home on at least three different bed-and-breakfast websites, though they lack the proper permits to run the business and have not been paying the taxes on it.

Neither Mr. Kametler nor Ms. Meyer, the latter of whom is the listed owner of the Oak Street property, has returned numerous calls seeking comment.

“In light of these charges, the only correct action by Mayor Teller is to ask the top law enforcement official in this county to look into these allegations,” Mr. Laube said in a prepared statement that was released on Friday, referring to District Attorney Thomas Spota. Mr. Laube submitted his request to the mayor in a letter on Friday.

Mayor Teller said this week that while he would take Mr. Laube’s suggestion “under advisement,” he noted that allegations raised against his running mate have “no basis of fact at the current time.” Mr. Kametler is also seeking reelection next month.

Mayor Teller said that “law is law, and someone has to prove [that] someone stayed at the house, that they did pay, and that they did get breakfast,” for Mr. Kametler to have broken the law.

Bob Clifford, a spokesperson Mr. Spota, said that he could neither confirm nor deny if his office has begun a investigation of the business. Last year, Mr. Spota’s office investigated Mr. Kametler, a former Westhampton Beach Village Police officer, after he discharged his .38-caliber handgun while trying to kill an opossum in his backyard. The DA’s office, which delayed the release of the police report involving Mr. Kametler for several months, did not file any charges against the deputy mayor after investigating the incident.

Jessica DiNapoli

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