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Stinchi steps aside, Wruck takes reins of town GOP

It seems that whenever a Republican like Nancy Graboski or Linda Kabot asserts some independence and seeks to do something for the public instead of the special interests, the core good-old-boy establishment of the local Party shoots them down, or tries to. Actually, in Ms. Kabot's case, the perceived offense to the powers that be may have been ambition rather than any real independence, but either way, it is this reactionary organizational mindset that so handicaps the Republicans in the eyes of many people. If Mr. Wruck can change that, he will have accomplished a lot. The Republicans will still have significant problems, but it would be a big and uncharacteristic step forward. As things are, I'm not optimistic that he can bring it off. " Sep 23, 09 4:49 PM

Southampton Town officials ready proposed budget for next year

There's a lot of misinformation going around about the Town's pinched finances. So far this week , the Chief Distortionist is Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who engaged in some stunningly blatant deception on Monday at a Meet the Candidates Night held by the Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association.

First, claiming he was actually doing something about the money mess, Nuzzi tried to cast his two proposals to alter the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board as cost-cutting measures. In fact, both were naked political power grabs that would save very little. One was a reduction in the number of members designed to eliminate two Board members who don't go along with the special interests Mr. Nuzzi befriends. The other was a transparent Republican effort to diminish the effect of the expected Democratic victory in November by shortening the terms of the Democrats' appointees to the Boards.

The Big Con Prize, however, goes to Nuzzi's other whopper of the evening. When Councilwoman Sally Pope had the courage and honesty to tell the audience that the chronic mismanagement of their money (by the Republicans) would likely result in increased taxes, Chris Nuzzi had the incredible gall to cite this and call the Democrats the party of taxation. Aside from the fact that the Kabot Republican budget, as reported here, calls for higher taxes to plug the hole, these are the guys who created the problem! Nuzzi's phoney charge is like the arsonist complaining that the fire department is using up too much water. " Sep 30, 09 2:56 PM

FRNCA announces its first holiday toy, food and clothing drives

FRNCA is to be commended for launching this new enterprise of a holiday toy drive, and it deserves all the support we can give it. It is surprising, however, that 27east doesn't give a little more coverage to the Meet the Candidates aspect of this community meeting, given that this was the first such general forum in this election season in which the Town faces an historic financial crisis.

All the candidates made their cases effectively in the face of community unrest over several issues. The most noteworthy occurence of the evening was an astounding distortion attempt by Republican Chris Nuzzi, running for re-election to the Town Board. When Democrat Sally Pope, also seeking re-election after nine months on the Town Board, had the courage and honesty to tell the audience that the chronic mishandling of taxpayer money by the Republicans over the years would likely necessitate tax increases, Mr. Nuzzi had the incredible gall to cite this and call the Democrats the party of higher taxes. Considering that Nuzzi sat on the Town Board for four long years, approving all the shenanigans that caused the money mess, and never asking a question or raising an objection, this is like the arsonist complaining that the fire department is using up too much water. Chris Nuzzi apparently has no shame if he can say these things with a straight face. " Sep 30, 09 3:58 PM

What you are forgetting, Terry, is that neither Susskind nor Zenk nor Kenny is running in November, but Chris Nuzzi is. As another commenter said, I probably wouldn't vote for S, Z or K if they were running now, Democrats or not, but they aren't on the ballot. Nuzzi, on the other hand, who went along with all this mismanagement, is running, and anyone who votes for him is just asking for more of the same." Oct 1, 09 10:05 AM

Any time a politician talks about raising taxes, it's courageous, because they risk being savaged by the opposition for it, and guess what? Right on cue, Chris Nuzzi jumped in and savaged Sally Pope with his ludicrous charge that she's a taxer when she's talking about fixing the mess that he and his crowd created. By the way, if you want to see clueless, take a look at your notes on Jim Malone. " Oct 1, 09 10:11 AM

Southampton Town officials ready proposed budget for next year

INS of Hampton Bays, please note that it was Sally Pope, and Sally Pope alone, who voted against a premature lifting of the CR 39 building moratorium. The community there shares your concern, and it was only Ms. Pope who listened." Oct 1, 09 10:17 AM

As noted elsewhere, Kenny, Zenk & Susskind may share some blame in all this, but they're gone, they're not running for office this November. The only surviving guilty party running for re-election is Chris Nuzzi, who had four long years on the Town Board to ask a question or raise an objection or look critically at a balance sheet, but never did. If we give Nuzzi another term, we can only expect "business as usual", the sloppy-chummy Republican way that got us into this terrific financial hole in the first place. " Oct 1, 09 10:39 AM

Eastport resident says McGann campaign illegally stuffed mailbox

Strike Two, Mr. McGann! It was cynical and deceitful of John McGann to write to the editor in the Sept. 24 edition of the Press, purporting to address the mailbox stuffing charge (which he basically admitted), and then turn his letter into a frontal attack on the record and credentials of his opponent, Alex Gregor.

This is on a par with Strike One, the barbecue fiasco, involving the Highway Department employee and daughter of the Conservative Party Vice Chairman and McGann campaign manager, in which father and daughter distributed, to Hwy. Dept. employees at Hwy. Dept. premises, on Hwy. Dept. time, invitations to a barbecue being given by the father for McGann. This is the same John McGann who served for a long time on the Town's Ethics Board -- that's right, the Ethics Board.

Rising to the challenge, Alex Gregor has responded with his own letter in the Oct. 1 edition of the Press, pointing out that, unlike McGann, he has actual hands-on experience with highway work like paving and drainage; unlike McGann, he has spent most of his working life in the private sector, relying on the income he generates himself rather than government revenue; and unlike McGann, he hasn't been able to turn for help to "the frustrated public, who have bankrolled the comfortable lifestyle of my opponent for so long." says Gregor, "I am a lousy golfer, and I'm not in anyone's pocket." Good for you, Alex!

John McGann tries to come on as a stand-up guy, but his actions prove otherwise. This personal insincerity, plus McGann's lack of any qualifications for the Highway job, make it a clear choice for Alex Gregor on Election Day. " Oct 1, 09 2:03 PM

Proposed Southampton Town budget seeks tax hike and layoffs

Surprise, surprise! A tax hike and layoffs, and cuts in service. No news here, the Town Board has been talking about all this for months, because they have to do something to plug the hole that the Cannuscio, Heaney and Kabot administrations have left us in.

This piece by Bryan Finlayson is good, straight reporting, unlike what we heard on Monday night at a Meet the Candidates Night held by the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association. There, Republican Chris Nuzzi, running for re-election to the Town Board, did all he could to twist things around in a desperate attempt to survive at the polls despite the historic financial mess that he and his crowd have caused.

You have to give this guy points for big-time nerve. First, Nuzzi tried to take credit for two naked power plays on his part, calling them economizing measures. In one, he sought to reduce the number of members on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board, a transparent move to eliminate two courageous members who actually represent the public interest rather than the Republican developer special interests. The other, a proposal to reduce the terms of Board members, is a defensive maneuver in anticipation of a Democratic victory in November, the idea being to shorten the terms of the Dems' appointees. Mr. Nuzzi tried to come on as a cost-cutter when it's all about politics, and indeed, the term-reduction thing doesn't even cut any costs.

But that wasn't the worst of it. The worst was Nuzzi's distortion when Democrat Sally Pope, also running for re-election after nine months on the Town Board, suggested, just as the Kabot Republican budget suggests, that part of the fix may have to be increased taxes. Mr. Nuzzi jumped on this factual statement as a reason to call the Democrats the party of higher taxes. This is really stunning, given that Chris Nuzzi was there for four long years, through all the carelessness, incompetence and political manipulation of the books, without uttering a single word of question or challenge. I know I've said this elsewehere before, but it needs to be said again and again: This is like the arsonist complaining that the fire department is using up too much water. Chris Nuzzi carries a big share of the blame for the mess we're in, and he should be voted out of office in November. " Oct 2, 09 10:52 AM

FRNCA announces its first holiday toy, food and clothing drives

If you'd been listening, Terry, you'd have heard a great deal more from Ms. Pope, including monthly budget reports and other controls to prevent the financial disaster from recurring, real reform of the Planning Board to ensure public input before any environmental determination is made, uncovering of Highway Department favoritism, standing alone to limit runaway development on County Road 39, constant war against building over the Speonk plume and other environmental catastrophes, and better ways to respond to the people's concerns, among other things.

Sally Pope and all the Town Board members except grandstanding Chris Nuzzi voted for the Comptroller, Steve Brautigam, to be moved to a position as a management services administrator, at a reduced salary, that would utilize his abilities better than the Comptroller function. The move was budget neutral because the position and its compensation had already been provided for in the budget. It was a demotion rather than a termination, because four out of five Board members judged that Brautigam would do better in the other job than a stranger to Town government.

You're wrong about Rove, and you're wrong about my voting the straight Dem ticket this year or any year. They've endorsed Jay Schneiderman for County Legislator and Barbara Wilson for Town Judge, and neither one is a lock-in for me. On the other hand, if they endorsed you, well . . . . . . ." Oct 2, 09 3:49 PM

Terry, re Hwy. Dept. favoritism, and to save space here, please see my comment, "Masterson's Law of Contracts" on the 27east 7/1/09 piece "Candidate says invitations at work were a mistake", and also the Press 2/26/09 editorial, "The Wrong Reasons" for a fuller treatment, including the fact that Sally Pope's questioning of Bill Masterson revealed his favoritism to certain paving contractors.

Re CR 39, there's a limit to prudent commercial building. Exceed it, and you're in Queens. " Oct 3, 09 11:50 AM

Eastport resident says McGann campaign illegally stuffed mailbox

Let's take them one-two-three: [1] If you've never heard of family squabbles about money and business, you haven't been around very long. [2] True, and I believe it shows never-say-die perseverance, a good thing. [3] I never heard this. Do you have any evidence? If not, you do us all a disservice by suggesting it.

I note you don't have any defense of McGann's various campaign shenanigans or his total absence of qualifications to be Highway Superintendent. I guess that's because there is none." Oct 4, 09 10:08 AM

Kabot's proposed $78 million budget will eliminate 48 town jobs next year

This is what happens when one crowd stays in power for too long -- they get comfortable, they get cozy, they get careless with our money. In this case, the Southampton Republicans' carelessness was monumental, ignoring the most basic rules of prudent accounting and management. What's really unfortunate is that it's the little people who will pay the price -- low-level Town employees who are losing their jobs, and already-struggling taxpayers who will have to shoulder higher property taxes to fill the hole that the political fat cats have dug for us.

Of course, the Skip Heaney wing of the Republican Party is not unhappy about all this. Even though they bear much of the responsibility for the critical mismanagement, they know most of the blame will fall on Linda Kabot, whom they still haven't forgiven for pushing Skip out of the Supervisor's job two years ago. Now they have a chance to get even, watching Linda be defeated by Democratic candidate Anna Throne-Holst. Skip and his friends believe they can survive two years of Throne-Holst as Supervisor, as long as she is hobbled by a hostile Town Board.

The Republican plan is to get Chris Nuzzi re-elected to the Board, and Conservative Jim Malone also elected. That will be enough to keep Throne-Holst from accomplishing anything, rendering her administration a failure. Then, in two years, they run Nuzzi for Supervisor, he wins, and Business As Usual resumes, with sloppy accounting, chummy contractor deals, and the good old Town Hall Employment Agency for Republican Friends and Relatives.

The way to thwart this cynical design is to deprive the Republicans of their Town Board majority by instead re-electing Democrat Sally Pope and also electing Dem challenger Bridget Fleming. If Anna Throne-Holst is to do what she must do as Supervisor, she needs a supportive team. This is more than just politics -- it only makes sense to elect people with common goals and an agreed plan to reach them.
" Oct 7, 09 10:04 PM

Kabot arrest leaves nagging doubts

Apart from sympathy for someone having personal difficulties, it's a shame this incident has come along to confuse the issue of who should be Southampton's next Supervisor. In fact, there are ample reasons, having nothing to do with this DWI charge, not to vote for Linda Kabot. She has made disastrous mistakes of both policy and administration, which have left the Town in a financial hole of historic proportions.

It may be that Southampton has never been in worse condition, and this is following 13 years that Linda Kabot has been in high office, first as Executive Assistant to a Supervisor, then as a Town Board member, and now as Supervisor herself. By contrast, her opponent, Anna Throne-Holst, began asking where the money went almost from Day One of her time on the Town Board, and Democratic Board member Sally Pope did the same.

It took almost two years for the Kabot administration to begin listening to these questions, and as the answers have started coming, the news has gone from bad to worse. Linda Kabot's fellow Republican on the Town Board, Chris Nuzzi, also running for re-election this year, has never in four years questioned or challenged a Republican budget or any significant Republican financial measure. He goes along to get along. It has been business as usual for these folks, and business as usual has run us into the ground.

The DWI issue is an irrelevant distraction. Entirely independent of that, the old, failed ways offered by Linda Kabot, Chris Nuzzi and Town Board hopeful Jim Malone will only lead us into more of the same troubles. The best way forward is being shown by Anna Throne-Holst, Sally Pope, and Town Board challenger Bridget Fleming." Oct 10, 09 10:00 AM

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

Apart from sympathy for someone having personal difficulties, it's a shame this incident has come along to confuse the issue of who should be Southampton's next Supervisor. In fact, there are ample reasons, having nothing to do with this DWI charge, not to vote for Linda Kabot. She has made disastrous mistakes of both policy and administration, which have left the Town in a financial hole of historic proportions.

It may be that Southampton has never been in worse condition, and this is following 13 years that Linda Kabot has been in high office, first as Executive Assistant to a Supervisor, then as a Town Board member, and now as Supervisor herself. By contrast, her opponent, Anna Throne-Holst, began asking where all the money went almost from Day One of her time on the Town Board, and Democratic Board member Sally Pope did the same.

It took almost two years for the Kabot administration to begin listening to these questions, and as the answers have started coming, the news has gone from bad to worse. Linda Kabot's fellow Republican on the Town Board, Chris Nuzzi, also running for re-election this year, has never in four years questioned or challenged a Republican budget or any significant Republican financial measure. He goes along to get along. It has been business as usual for these folks, and business as usual has run us into the ground.

The DWI issue is an irrelevant distraction. Entirely independent of that, the old, failed ways offered by Linda Kabot, Chris Nuzzi and Town Board hopeful Jim Malone will only lead us into more of the same quicksand. The best way forward is being shown by Anna Throne-Holst, Sally Pope, and Town Board challenger Bridget Fleming. " Oct 10, 09 10:31 AM

Campaign Diary: Gregor pushes plan for solar panels at town landfill

It seems to come down to whether we want for a Highway Superintendent, [1] a guy who has hands-on experience from laborer level to boss level, was involved in a personal labor dispute as to which there are conflicting versions, and has the perseverance to ignore setbacks and keep pursuing a goal, or [2] a guy who admits he has no hands-on experience, having spent his entire career in an unrelated field, admits that despite his time on the Ethics Board, his volunteers engaged in improper political solicitation, and admits that despite his law enforcement background, he engaged in illegal mailbox-stuffing. Not a hard choice, I'd say." Oct 11, 09 9:00 PM

Terry, re management experience, Alex Gregor has run his own business -- I call that management experience of the most basic kind. Re personal labor dispute, Alex Gregor had a job, there was some conflict, and he lost the job -- I call that a personal labor dispute.

DJ, the flaw in your comment is that colleges don't in fact offer bachelor's degrees in Highway Superintendency. Why not? Because the job requires practical experience, not academic theory. Practical experience is completely lacking in John McGann's resume, while Alex Gregor's resume is all about it. It's an old used-car-salesman's trick the Republicans are attempting, trying to portray McGann's ignorance of the Highway function and the workaday world as a strength, but in the end it doesn't overcome the reality that he's a zero in this department.

I note that neither of you addresses the admitted improprieties and outright illegalities I mentioned, so ironic in the campaign of John McGann, a man who trumpets his background as a Sheriff's Deputy and a member of the Ethics Board. Actually, I'm not surprised that you avoid those subjects." Oct 12, 09 11:14 AM

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

With respect, Golfbuddy, your comment demonstrates ignorance of at least three things:

[1] The process of government -- A mere suggestion by a former officeholder, Dennis Suskind, that an audit should take place, does nothing to make it happen. It takes a resolution, not a suggestion, by a current officeholder, in this case Anna Throne-Holst, to make the audit a reality, and this is what happened and why Ms. Throne-Holst deserves the credit.

[2] The different audit functions involved in Southampton's case -- First, there was the necessity of changing the outside accounting firm that regularly audited the Town's books, a change that Anna Throne-Holst supported because the old firm had not done the job adequately. Next, there was the forensic audit, a far more searching, investigative-type examination done by a different firm that Ms. Throne-Holst advocated to address the mounting crisis. Finally, there was the separate audit by the State Comptroller, for which Sally Pope introduced the resolution that passed the Town Board unanimously. Town Hall is full of outside auditors right now, because the Town is in that much trouble after so many years of Republican misrule.

[3] Who does an audit -- Here and elsewhere, you have faulted Ms. Throne-Holst and Ms. Pope for merely demanding audits and not "doing the work", as you put it, but the very nature of an audit is that someone outside the normal operation comes in and takes a look at the finances. No one who works for the Town, as an elected official or otherwise, can do any more than call for an audit, and then it's done by whoever is brought in.

The point is that no one, not Innocent Linda Kabot, not Silent Chris Nuzzi, not Detached Nancy Graboski, nobody except Anna Throne-Holst and Sally Pope, looked at the problem, openly called it a problem, and said let's fix the problem. You're right that "it's all about the votes" for Throne-Holst and Pope, in the good sense that they should get the votes in November for being the only ones who did their job." Oct 12, 09 1:30 PM

Campaign Diary: Gregor pushes plan for solar panels at town landfill

DJ, if the point of your questions is that Alex Gregor has never run a Fortune 500 company, I'll concede that. Further, I'll concede that his business ventures have been, to my knowledge, relatively modest enterprises. What's troubling is the implication of your questions and insinuations. They insult every small business person and every ordinary worker in Southampton Town, by suggesting that these people are somehow less qualified for public office because of who they are.

Where is it written that "top level management" skills, as you put it, trump direct, hands-on experience? Where is it written that a lifetime spent in the Sheriff's Office qualifies someone to be Highway Superintendent? Where is it written that someone who has done the job, on the ground, every day, can't aspire to run the show because they have never sat in the corner office? Sounds like a Catch-22 -- you can't go there because you've never been there.

By the way, while we're playing question-and-answer, please tell me whether the various units Mr. McGann administered in the Sheriff's Office alway stayed within budget and if not, by how much they exceeded their budgets, and also whether costs increased or decreased on his watch, and by how much. Even though the public sector is spared the bottom-line pressures of the private sector in which Mr. Gregor has operated, there are at least these few criteria to judge what kind of a job Mr. McGann did for the taxpayers during his long career on their payroll. " Oct 12, 09 2:18 PM

Fair enough, DJ. I appreciate your balanced view and your desire for a level playing field, both regrettably rare qualities among the commenters on this site. You're quite right that both candidates should be discussing the questions that you and I have raised.

In the final analysis, however, what we're talking about is two types of experience, the hands-on type and the management type. Gregor offers an abundance of hands-on experience and some management experience, which may or may not rise to the level of management that a Highway Superintendent exercises. McGann offers an abundance of management experience and no hands-on experience at all. I'm not comfortable with that. The Highway Superintendent needs to have both types of experience, and only Gregor fills that bill. " Oct 12, 09 8:47 PM

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

You're right, Golfbuddy, a Town Board resolution needs three or more votes to pass, but someone has to introduce it in the first place, and even before that, someone has to ask the questions that cause the resolution to be introduced. In the case of these audits, that was Anna Throne-Holst and Sally Pope. We'll never know how long the people who created the problem, Ms. Kabot, Mr. Nuzzi and Ms. Graboski, would have sat there doing nothing if Throne-Holst and Pope hadn't spoken up. Regarding what cuts Ms. Throne-Holst and Ms. Pope have made, it's just as you say -- it takes three votes to pass anything, and they're only two votes." Oct 13, 09 10:32 AM

Wrong, Golfbuddy, I answered it by saying that Throne-Holst and Pope can't do anything without a third vote, and none of the Republicans seems willing to join with them to cast that third vote. Until that happens (or until we elect some new blood in November -- that would be Bridget Fleming), no one will accomplish anyhting." Oct 14, 09 2:48 PM

Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant

People talk about setting up a hiring hall in Southampton, but we already have one -- for the Republicans and their friends and relatives -- it's called Town Hall!

SHNative has it right. There's no question that Linda Kabot, as Supervisor, bears the main responsibility for this mess, but she wasn't alone, and it didn't begin with her. This crisis is the legacy of too many years of Republican power. This isn't as political as it sounds -- it's a bad thing if any one group runs things for too long -- in this case, it just happens to have been the Republicans.

Most of the people who made the mess have departed the scene, but two of them are left, running for re-election this November, Linda Kabot and Chris Nuzzi. The case against Linda Kabot has been made, but one should remember that Chris Nuzzi, in all his four long years on the Town Board, has never questioned or challenged a Republican budget or a Republican financial resolution of any significance. Business As Usual, Go Along To Get Along -- all these bromides apply to Silent Chris Nuzzi.

Again, SHNative is so right. In a cynical bid to stay on the public payroll for another four years,Chris Nuzzi, who has said little and contributed nothing up to now, suddenly launches a flurry of comment to demonstrate that he has a pulse. What's stunningly hypocritical is that much of this comment is criticism of Democratic spending, when it's the Republicans who have done all the disastrous spending in Southampton. Look at your new tax bill next month if you don't believe it.

The scary part is that the Skip Heaney Republicans are grooming Mr. Nuzzi to be the next Supervisor. They see Linda Kabot losing the election this year (over which Skip and friends will shed no tears), and Anna Throne-Holst serving an ineffective two-year term as Supervisor, blocked by a Republican majority on the Town Board if Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone are elected to that body. Then they run Nuzzi for Supervisor in 2011.

The way to beat this is to elect Anna Throne-Holst as Supervisor, and to support her by putting Dems Sally Pope and Bridget Fleming on the Town Board. After all, why have a deadlocked government, especially in these hard times? It will be far better to elect three people with common goals and an agreed means of reaching them. " Oct 16, 09 10:22 AM

He's not being all that silly, given how very little Chris Nuzzi has said or done in his four somnolent years on the Town Board. On the other hand, you may have a point, saying HEANEY = KABOT = NUZZI isn't a perfect equation, but if in fact Linda Kabot isn't fully a part of the Heaney-Nuzzi continuum, then we have to conclude that she made her own independent contribution to the financial mess, because what you call the "Kabot-bashing" has a firm basis in fact, the fact that Ms. Kabot was Supervisor Vince Cannuscio's Executive Assistant and right hand for five years, a Town Board member for another six years, and Supervisor herself for the last two years. That's thirteen years in high office, a record which by itself makes her directly responsible for the crisis." Oct 19, 09 1:15 PM

Maybe I'm wrong about that. It could be that I'm getting distracted by the Heaney-Kabot intraparty battle of two years ago, the wounds of which still haven't healed, but if the voting records match up like that, then it's the old tweedledum-tweedledee thing. Either way, they're both to blame for the mess we're in, along with Chris Nuzzi.

By the way, while we're talking about that gentleman, I hereby formally and publicly ask Chris Nuzzi to call off his Sign Dogs, the infantile louts who repeatedly pull out the Democrats' signs along Montauk Highway and elsewhere. On a stretch of the road between Westhampton and the Shinnecock Canal, signs removed by these hooligans have to replaced almost every day. The Democrats have the signs and the determination to keep replacing them as often and as long as it takes, but it would be a welcome mark of maturity on the Republicans' part if they stopped the practice.

I do not attribute direct responsibility for this nonsense to Chris Nuzzi, but I believe that he commands wide respect among the Republicans, such that a word from him would be sufficient to stop the shenanigans. If he does not say that word, then I will surmise that he condones the practice of trashing the opposition's legitimate signs, and others may form the same opinion, leading to a wide consensus that Mr. Nuzzi does not believe in or practice fair play.

Anyone who doubts the Sign Dogs' allegiance to Chris Nuzzi should have witnessed events at the intersection of Mill Road and Montauk Highway in Westhampton last week. First there was a Sally Pope sign. Then it was joined by two Bridget Fleming signs. Then a Chris Nuzzi sign appeared. Next morning, only the Nuzzi sign remained, and the Pope and Fleming signs were in the trees. When the Pope and Fleming signs were replaced, they were again tossed into the trees, and once more Chris Nuzzi's sign stood alone on the grass. That was this morning. The Pope and Fleming signs have once more been planted alongside Nuzzi's sign, and we shall see if they survive this time. I'm sure the Nuzzi sign will.

If this is the way Chris Nuzzi wants to wage his campaign for the people's trust, the people should know about it. We'll see if he says that word to make the thievery stop. " Oct 20, 09 7:17 PM

Chris Nuzzi, Chris Nuzzi, where are you, Chris Nuzzi? Your Sign Dogs are still out there, 24 hours after I posted the above comment about rampant sign-stealing. Today, five Democratic signs on Montauk Highway between Quogue and the Shinnecock Canal were trashed and had to be replaced. This wasn't done by property owners or road workers, because they don't throw signs in the bushes, which is what happened here.

As stated above (Oct. 20, 09 comment, 7:17 PM), I don't say that you, Chris Nuzzi, started this rogue tactic, or that you encourage it, but now you know it's happening, and you can stop it if you want to, with just a word to the Sign Dogs. This is because you are respected by the Republicans, and because the Sign Dogs have shown their loyalty to you by leaving your signs untouched when they trash others at the same site. (See incident described in my above comment.)

Of course, if you don't act to stop this thuggery, then it won't stop, and we will all know that you're willing to have the vandalism continue. I honestly believe you will do the right thing. Don't prove me wrong, Chris Nuzzi.

" Oct 21, 09 10:51 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates say little about proposed 2010 budget

Damned if you do and damned if you don't. If Sally Pope and Bridget Fleming had criticized specific parts of the budget when it was announced, they would have been accused (once again) of Kabot-bashing without being ready to let the process work by sitting down with the Supervisor to hammer out the details of the budget. When they instead express a willingness to do just that, they are charged with being afraid to take a stand.

Linda Kabot has uttered a lot of "pap", as highhatsize puts it, about this budget, but one thing she's said that does make sense is that it's just a starting point, and between now and the final budget vote on November 20, the Town Board can be expected to go through several debate phases before arriving at a final version. Whence Sally Pope's very pertinent comment quoted above, "There is a lot of work to do, and it is early to sit and be critical. I don't think we need to do it in the press at this point." That is responsible leadership, not grandstanding, and it shows especially commendable restraint in the late stages of a vigorous election campaign.

Chris Nuzzi, on the other hand, chose to sound off, and his comment is not only unhelpful because it prematurely airs budget controversy in the press, but it is wrong on the merits. Mr. Nuzzi is living on another planet if he believes Southampton can extricate itself from the 20 million-dollar hole the Republicans have left the Town in without increased taxes and staff cuts, yet that's what he said.

Highhatsize, don't be swayed by Bryan Finlayson's inept reporting here. All over the world, at all levels of government, the early stages of budget negotiations are confidential. That's where we are now, and that's why you may wish to reconsider.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, check out what's happening with Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments, beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant." " Oct 21, 09 11:31 PM

Southampton Town had difficulty with head count of workers

Not only did the crowd so long in power fail to transfer moneys that had to be transferred, not only did they neglect to fund capital projects properly, not only did they ignore the most basic accounting rules, not only did they let the payroll balloon to an outlandish size, now we learn that they can't even tell how many souls are on that payroll. Unbelievable.

Most of the crowd so long in power have left elective office, wisely opting for appointed sinecures in the obscure gears and cogs of the Great Republican Machine. Two are left, however, and those two are seeking re-election in November: Linda Kabot and Chris Nuzzi. Both should be turned out, Ms. Kabot for presiding over Southampton's decline through thirteen years in high Town office, and Mr. Nuzzi for doing absolutely nothing about the decline through four years on the Town Board.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, learn the latest about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant." " Oct 21, 09 11:48 PM

Kabot's proposed $78 million budget will eliminate 48 town jobs next year

Come on, golfbuddy, I answered those tired old arguments of yours under the article "Kabot DWI case moves to Riverhead Town Justice Court", with my comments of Oct. 13, 09, 10:32 AM and Oct. 14, 09, 2:48 PM. I can't be bothered typing it all out again, but please read it and spare us this recycled material.

Two officials seeking re-election are responsible for the horrendous money mess we're in -- Linda Kabot for overseeing Southampton's decline through thirteen years in high Town office, and Chris Nuzzi for doing zero to reverse or even recognize that decline through four years on the Town Board. They should both be voted out.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, find out the latest about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 12:07 AM

Proposed Southampton Town budget seeks tax hike and layoffs

There goes my friend golfbuddy again, casting blind aspersions that have zero basis in fact. He calls Sally Pope "clueless", but if he were actually to attend Town Board meetings, or watch them on TV, or read the minutes online, he'd find it's just the opposite. If you want clueless, vote for Jim Malone -- that's real clueless.

He says Anna Throne-Holst has "no experience", but if he'd read her resume, again available online, he again find it's just the opposite. Now her opponent, Linda Kabot, she's got experience -- five years as Executive Assistant to Supervisor Vince Cannuscio, six years on the Town Board, and two as Supervisor -- thirteen years of experience in high office, and where did all that experience lead us? Right into the 20 million-dollar hole that we're in.

Golfbuddy probably favors Chris Nuzzi for re-election this November, but that's a bad bet. In four long years on the Town Board, Chris Nuzzi has never questioned or challenged a Republican budget or any significant Republican financial measure, which means he has done nothing to reverse or even recognize the Town's steep decline. If you want more of the same, go with Nuzzi.

While we're talking about Chris Nuzzi, check out the latest on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 12:25 AM

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