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Nov 18, 2009 1:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town code enforcement again raids Westhampton home owned by Kabot's aunt

Nov 18, 2009 1:37 PM

For the second time in two years, Southampton Town code enforcement officers raided the Westhampton home belonging to the aunt of Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, this time charging that the landowner had illegally converted several structures on the property.

Acting on a search warrant shortly after 6 a.m. on November 5, code officers said they discovered a total of 27 people living in a single-family home, garage, pool house and two sheds that were illegally converted into apartments on the 1.7-acre property on Old Country Road.

According to Town Investigator David Betts, the apartments had no certificates of occupancy and were built without proper permits. Also found were “excessive” unregistered vehicles, litter on the property and combustible material near a fireplace, according to Mr. Betts.

Marie Wilkins, the property owner, could not be immediately reached for comment. She is the aunt of Ms. Kabot, the outgoing town supervisor who lost her reelection bid on November 3—two days before the raid.

Ms. Kabot, who has not spoken to her aunt for several months, said she was aware Ms. Wilkins hired an attorney and land use consultant, possibly to seek exemption from town zoning codes because the buildings may predate some codes.

Nonetheless, Ms. Kabot supported town code enforcement. “The town enforces its laws,” Ms. Kabot said. “We all need to come into compliance.”

On Friday, children’s toys, including a playhouse and tricycle, were observed in the front and backyard of the Westhampton home, and seven cars were parked in the driveway. A person who walked inside the single-family home as a reporter approached the property did not respond to requests for comment.

This is not the first time that Ms. Wilkins was found in violation of the town code. In 2007, Ms. Wilkins was issued violations for similar housing offenses at the Westhampton property. Those charges were settled in Southampton Town Justice Court on October 15, 2008, and the court gave Ms. Wilkins a conditional discharge on the condition that she bring the property into compliance with the building and zone code by June 3, 2009.

As a result of last week’s search, code officers filed new charges against Ms. Wilkins for building two new illegal apartments. The officers discovered two basement apartments were built since officers initially searched the property in 2007.

Safety violations carry fines up to $1,000 per offense, and violations of the town’s rental law carry fines of up to $1,500 per offense, according to Ryan Horn, an aide to Ms. Kabot.

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Wow! The "hits" just keep on coming!

The person charged is the outgoing Supervisor's aunt -- by blood or marriage isn't specified -- and not the Supervisor, but there's an old expression about Caesar's wife that apparently Ms. Wilkins is unfamiliar with.
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 13, 09 6:14 PM
She's guilty and she is Kabot's Aunt, who gives a _______ if it is by marriage or not.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 14, 09 11:08 AM
Greedy landlord!!!
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Nov 13, 09 7:11 PM
At least the enforcers waited till after the election before raiding. It is sad to see anyone who is going thru tuff times having more pile on ... such is the public life !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 13, 09 11:21 PM
"You haven't seen the last of Linda Kabot yet."
(SH Press, Nov. 5, 2009, 'Nuzzi and Malone give GOP three seats')

Apparently not.

By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Nov 14, 09 12:00 AM
27 people???!!?
By wondering (63), Southampton on Nov 14, 09 5:31 AM
27 people - everyone who voted for her.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 14, 09 7:53 AM
spoken like a true mis-informed individual who likes the sound of his own voice.
By North of Highway (278), Westhampton Beach on Nov 14, 09 9:54 PM
Now that's calling the kettle black north.
By Bayman3142 (63), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 6:28 AM
they could not vote as they are here as tourists on a six month visa and paying cash for rent.
By asurest (117), easthampton on Nov 14, 09 8:07 AM
thanks for contributing to the illegal alies problem!!! The y couldn't do it without the likes of you.
By bigfresh (3103), north sea on Nov 14, 09 9:20 AM
FYI Linda's Grandmother was murdered by a disgruntled Latino tenant.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 14, 09 11:13 AM
And this means?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 14, 09 2:04 PM
Aha ! Another stupid reply to boost your total comments ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 14, 09 7:31 PM
It was a question, you marroon {sic}, and one to which you have yet to respond.

I'll make it easy for you: multiple choice --

1.- Were you intending an ironic observation since the convicted killer of Mrs. Kabot's grandmother was Hispanic as are those to who her aunt was allegedly renting illegally?

2.- You were just trotting out an irrelevant factoid to demonstrate your encyclopedic knowledge of Southampton Town.

Think carefully before you answer.
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 14, 09 11:24 PM
1. If you lay down with dogs expect to get fleas. No inferences intended .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 15, 09 9:52 AM
I do not often agree with Frank Wheeler, especially when it comes to Kabot, but your insinuations are pointless and out of line, PrviateerMatt
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 11:12 AM
No insinuations. Just the cold hard facts Hunnee . By the way , that's the way I
spell honey , Hunnee.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 15, 09 2:20 PM
FYI the investigator is the partner of the former comptroller.
By heath (18), southampton on Nov 14, 09 12:22 PM
And this means?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 14, 09 2:05 PM
It would be libelous to spell out.
By heath (18), southampton on Nov 15, 09 7:56 AM
"Libelous?" Then you probably shouldn't have said anything!

BTW, one of the absolute defenses against a charge of libel, is the truth of the statement -- so it would appear that what you are afraid "to spell out" is not only NOT true, but that you know it to be untrue.
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 15, 09 9:31 AM
Just something that should be checked, thats all, and those "checking" will know what I mean. All that matters in my book is that guilty people should own up to their actions and innocent people who are wrongly hurt should be cleared.
You garner way too much from my statement, obviously you don't know what I'm talking about, and it doesn't matter, hun..
By heath (18), southampton on Nov 15, 09 7:32 PM
ah yes... another conspiracy! of course! I bet the cops transported all the people who were living there and planted them all on the property. Now you're onto something!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 15, 09 9:30 PM
a person gets a DWI and you guys are all over that like stink on s**t
By Coxie (14), southampton on Nov 14, 09 5:04 PM
I dont think Linda should be faulted for the actions of Ms Wilkins,,,,,,give her a break,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
By Etians rd (415), Southampton on Nov 14, 09 6:20 PM
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Seriously who cares if the lady is Linda aunt, we cant all be held responsible for all our family members, get a grip people there is bigger problems in the world. Linda is responsible for her own actions only.
By ICARE (23), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 14, 09 6:53 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 11:14 AM
The easy solution is to move all the immigrants to the illegal house next to the Synagogue.
By Hambone (483), New York on Nov 14, 09 6:54 PM
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Come on - the skeletons in my family's closet will rattle a lot of bones. I'm not responsible for their actions and LK is not responsible for her aunts. Knock it off. The Press should be embarrassed for even mentioning the relationship.
By North of Highway (278), Westhampton Beach on Nov 14, 09 9:52 PM
Come on, indeed! What makes you think that The Press has any shame?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 14, 09 11:26 PM
The point is that if you report this story (which I believe would and should happen regardless of those involved) and you neglect to mention the connection between the perp and Linda Kabot, then you are not being honest in your reporting. It is a significant fact, but should not be used to disparage Linda.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 11:15 AM
Of the 20 comments posted I think the only two people posting here are I care and north of the highway, with any brains in their heads (and etians rd). The rest of you need to get a life. Try some commity service if you don't have any hobbies besides bashing people.
By J. Totta (89), Sag Harbor on Nov 14, 09 10:45 PM
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You are a perfect match to I care and north of the highway. Hilarious how you tell folks to get a life and a hobby instead of bashing people and then you come on board, write some childish posting, and bash everyone else! You're a treat, really.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 16, 09 9:12 AM
why so angry
By ICARE (23), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 16, 09 5:51 PM
Lets now hear Linda's reply
" I KNOW NOTHING"
This is not the first time it happened
Does anyone remember the LAST TIME???
Did'nt Linda show up and open her BIG MOUTH???
One is a slum lord and one is a drunk
I hope they both get the book thrown at them
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 09 1:26 AM
A couple of glasses of wine doesn't make you a drunk. I think Linda is cute !
ATH isn't hard to look at either.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 15, 09 2:17 PM
ISNT OBAMA'S AUNT IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY?? "Auntie ZeituniI", a Kenyan immigrant. (GOOGLE IT PEOPLE)
I also remember hearing rumors of her being put to the head of the line for her visa papers. (Now that part may or may not be tru)e. But it is a fact she is in this country illegal.
SEEMS ALL YOU DEMOCRATS HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT. Shouldnt you hold the same standard to Obama as you have spewn here to Linda. Matter of fact we should hold Obama to a higher standard.
My point is its ludacris ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 09 7:49 AM
I'm a Linda disliker but this case is not her issue........she would be wise to never comment on or acknowledge the matter. I am Democrat and you make a good point, yes, Obama should be held to a higher standard(I will be googling that article next).
BTW, Ludacris is a rap artist..........ludicrous is the correct spelling.......
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Nov 17, 09 8:20 AM
and what makes you so sure that ALL ATH'S family members are perfect citizens?? Hmmm???
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 09 7:52 AM
Ms. Wilkins should hire Jim Hulme, the attorney for the Westhampton Beach Synagogue. If he follows the script that the wrote for the latter in its attempt to portray a criminal violation as an oversight, he will ask the Town to permit the alterations that Ms. Wilkins innocently constructed.
By highhatsize (3366), East Quogue on Nov 15, 09 1:03 PM
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A little bias going on here. Granted what is happening at 54 Old Country rd is illegal and a safety hazard to those innocent people paying rent to live there. She should be fined, however, my point is if one person is fined for building code violations then everyone that commits these violations should be charged and this includes the WHB Synagogue. No one person, organization, or religious group is above the law.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 16, 09 11:33 AM
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I was having a couple of beers yesterday at my local watering hole in Sagaponic and one of my buddies had the bright idea that Ms Wilkins (Lindas Auntie)should be appointed Director of Affordable Housing in the new adminstration,,do any of you political savvy readers think I should go any further with this idea? your comments would be appreciated
By Etians rd (415), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 4:05 PM
what about Hollis Warner?? I must have missed that one.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 09 4:44 PM
You guys need to stop teasing Ms Kabot and get to real problems.
How about Southampton Code enforcement and building department be more concerned about raiding the large house on Brushyneck Lane and Montauk Highway in Westhampton, NO BUILDING PERMIT for a 6000 square foot house, NO C.O. but the owner continues to live there?
Can I get an answer to this??!!
By mousehouse1 (6), westhampton on Nov 15, 09 5:49 PM
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Sam , google " Hollis warner's duck farm " & you will get part of the story.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 15, 09 6:54 PM
What difference does it make if the investigator is a partner of the former comptroller? There were 27 people living there in terrible, unsafe conditions.

The reason to mention Kabot - or the question would be - did the aunt receive special treatment -- 2 years since previous raid, I remember a raid before that too, and no mention in any news source until now.

Was the disposition of the case handled the same way you or I would be treated or did Kabot intervene?

These ...more
By gordie howe (55), hockeytown usa on Nov 15, 09 9:19 PM
It doesn't make a difference that the investigator and former comptroller are partners, for the house raid that was understandably carried out in order to allow correction of bad unsafe conditions.
It does make a difference for SH Town and a hopeful end to its corrupt state. Or is that not related and therefore off topic and not appropriate (to you & Frank)? And it's ok for the town investigator and the former comptroller together to capitalize on her "mistakes" and continue to help to run ...more
By heath (18), southampton on Nov 18, 09 3:58 PM
Those being critical of the paper for noting the connection here--the fact that the landlord in question is Linda's aunt--should really question why the raid occurred two days after Election Day. Was code enforcement told to hold off until after the election? And did the town issue a press release announcing the raid? Doubt it. And I do recall reading about similar raids in Riverside and Flanders ... usually right after they happened. That's why you note the connection. Gordie's got it.
By Rusty T. Bone (6), Westhampton on Nov 15, 09 9:55 PM
and funny how the news of Obamas aunt being an illegal alien was held off until after HIS election. If it would have been put out there before the election it would have hurt him. You guys are just grasping at straws w/Linda here.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 16, 09 7:07 AM
You're joking, right?
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 16, 09 9:13 AM
Said the diehard Democrat to the rock-ribbed Republican!

It was a silly post, but no more so than many of your own partisan comments.
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 16, 09 10:40 AM
How many of us have control of what our family members choose to do? The fact that Ms. Kabot was town supervisor has no bearing on what her aunt did. I'm sure if we all shake our family trees hard enough, a bad apple or two will fall down. The real issue here is why people like Ms. Wilkens think its Okay to violate the law. Probably because the money they are making makes the fines that they receive insignificant. As long as its profitable for people like her to create these mini housing projects, ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Nov 16, 09 9:53 AM
sjd-referring to Linda as a drunk is way out of line. She may or may not have had to much to drink on Labor Day to drive, but I doubt you could find anyone who ever saw her drunk.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 16, 09 12:00 PM
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Just the fact that this paper and some commentors her have turned this article around and made it all about Linda is a joke. Im sure if we dug deep enough we could find some dirt on ATH's relatives too. So whats your point?
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 16, 09 12:26 PM
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It seems like the real problem is that the first round of fines did not deter this slumlord from continuing to operate as business as usual, perhaps the fines should be increased to where they are more meaningful to the owner, something more than 1 month rent !!
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Nov 16, 09 1:09 PM
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Sam,

go dig for dirt on ATH. I welcome it. PUBLIC FIGURES - leaders in our community - should not be associated with stuff like this and DWI busts. It's an ongoing pattern with her.

And when it happens, all you have to do is apologize for it and take some meaningful action to put a stop to it - but Linda won't do it - another troubling pattern.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 16, 09 5:05 PM
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Sounds like a slum-lord! What's next LINDA??
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Nov 16, 09 7:52 PM
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By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 16, 09 11:19 PM
"Sam" Read "gordie's" comment. This is not the first time but the SECOND and do nto forget the first time Linda showed up. This is just like Linda A JOKE. You are the guy who does not even put down what town you are from and now you compair Linda to the president??? GEAT REAL
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 16, 09 11:19 PM
SJD: "You are the guy who does not even put down what town you are from."

Are you reading-disabled? Sam is your neighbor in Westhampton Beach! How could you miss that?

And so what?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 17, 09 8:42 AM
If one of the "residents" of the Kabot Motel sent an anonymous letter to the Press in Spanish... would they print it?
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 17, 09 11:17 AM
"Frank Wheeler" You are the on who is reading-disabled. If you look next to my name it shows Westhampton Beach and just so you know "Sam" is not my neighbor and he has admitted he does not live in Westhampton Beach so maybe you should be asking him were he lives since he will not post were he lives.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 17, 09 12:40 PM
SJD: did you also miss the "And so what?" part?
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 17, 09 2:15 PM
Hysterical. Curious to know why it is so important for SJD to know where i live. I could care less where HE lives or anybody else on this page. I find it hysterical. But, If I did not live within the Town of Southampton then I would not be so interested in this newspaper or what it prints or who runs for Town of Southampton Supervisor,or anything else that goes on in this town. Thats all you have to know. This is soooo off topic!!!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 17, 09 2:02 PM
"Sam" You seem to have so many comments about Westhampton Beach but you do not live in Westhampton Beach,just seems strange that you do not post were you live. All you do is post comments defending Linda and her actions. That is what I find so hysterical.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 17, 09 10:21 PM
"Frank Wheeler" I was not the one who missed anything, but by your comment's you are the one who is reading-disable. Maybe you should try reading what was said. As far as you "And so what" why would someone post threy live in Westhampton Beach and make so many comment's about the town they do not live in? You do not find that strange??
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 17, 09 10:26 PM
Look, SJD, anyone who hides behind his initials here has nothing to say about anyone else possibly misrepresenting their town of origin.

Stick with the topic of this thread -- Marie Wilkins' arrest.
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 18, 09 12:32 AM
good point frank about hiding behind initials! and ive worked in WHB for so long that yes, I do feel knowledged enough to comment about it. Maybe SJD wants to come over my house LOL
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 18, 09 7:05 AM
and for the record (but who cares really) I never said I DONT live in WHB I said I work in WHB. I may or may not live there however. Thats my business. Can we get back on point now? But Im flattered youve taken such an interest in me, my friend.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 18, 09 9:05 AM
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By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 12:16 AM
"Sam" If you look back at your other comments you said " I do not live in Westhampton Beach and never have"
So lets get back to the point.
Since you so close to the Kabot Clan maybe you can tell us what fines the aunt paid the first time and what she will be paying this time. Is she now going to stop being a SLUM LORD ??
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 12:16 AM
I do not know anything about Linda's family. (and p.s. did you ever think maybe I was trying to throw you off the scent of where I live since you are a little TOOOO anamoured and inquistive about my life & my location?? I do have 2 teenage daughters and dont need stalkers like you in my area.)
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 7:39 AM
I mean seriously, you went back and searched thru my 187 POSTS! to find where I had said I dont live in WHB??? so that you could copy & paste it??
Wow. Like I said before you are little too anamoured with me.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 8:08 AM
Editor, please can't you give these babblers their own chat room so that they can add to their comment count (which seems so important to them) and point fingers at each other as much as they want? Then the rest of us who prefer to stay on topic wouldn't have to wade through all their dreck to see and share real opinions.
By SusieD (109), Southampton on Nov 19, 09 9:26 AM
Gee, Sam, maybe you and SJD could rent out the Flanders Men's Club, sell tickets, and have a mud-wrestling match, and let this get back to being about Marie Wilkins code violation problems.

You know, like "on topic."
By Frank Wheeler (1742), Northampton on Nov 19, 09 9:32 AM
"SAM" I did not go tru your posts. I just rememnered what you told me once before. You all so stated that you wereat Linda's office,were involved with her fund raisers and your children went to school together. I am not as you say "anamoured" with you. I just can not stand people who LIE and change their stories like you do so often.Like always you do not reply to the question of what were fines paid the 1st time and what fines were issued this time and if she still plans on being a
SLUM LORD
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 1:04 PM
REPEAT: I do not know Linda's aunt or any of her extended family. And I do not know anything about her aunt's troubles except when I read about it in this newspaper. How the heck would I know what fines her aunt paid?? Hilarious
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 19, 09 4:14 PM
She put in an illegal apartment after she'd been cited for disobeying residential laws. She needs more than a fine. She needs to cool her heels in a jail cell for a substantial period of time until she learns the laws apply to her as well as to everyone else. Fines will do nothing to curb this brazen woman who, after being admonished for breaking the law, goes ahead and breaks it even further.
By btdt (412), water mill on Nov 19, 09 9:43 PM
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"btdt" Well Said
The fines should all so go up EVERY DAY she does not comply with code along with jail time
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 20, 09 12:24 AM
There has to be higher penalties for this behavior that has an impact on the whole community.
(and last, but not least....being on the town board for as many years and supervisor...Linda Kabot should have some accountability with the actions of her family...it seems that maybe the houses would not have continued for so many years if she was not working in town hall...but, than again..$$$ in this town seems to get what it wants.)
One last note...David Betts has been one of the few that have ...more
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 21, 09 5:38 AM
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I would agree with this whole post 100%.

You're right, I would think that it would be the case that the former comptroller does have a problem with Mr. Betts now.
By heath (18), southampton on Nov 22, 09 8:21 AM
I am shocked that no one has alluded to this as another conspiracy contrived by the Southampton Town PBA against our courageous Town Supervisor. Is William Keahon representing her aunt as well ?
By Bayman1 (296), Sag Harbor on Nov 21, 09 11:48 AM
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