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Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

Well, Hamptons34, I do not think that DA Spota walked over to the jail and let these felons out without anyone knowing. One would think that there is a procedure in place for people that were convicted of crimes based evidence or testimony of corrupt cops "questionable integrity" I know that if my family member may have been falsely imprisoned I would want them out right away and I am sure you would feel the same way. Fortunately, our justice system is designed to protect the innocent even if it means a few "guilty" people get away with their crimes because imprisoning an innocent person is unacceptable, period. Releasing people like this is a mechanism to discourage cops from overreaching their authority or manufacturing evidence, knowing that if caught the entire case goes down the toilet.
“The decision to release convicted drug dealers back into the community under these circumstances is not undertaken lightly and is made free from political consideration or favor, contrary to recent assertions made by former town and police officials,” D.A. spokesman Robert Clifford wrote in the statement. “Rather, we are duty bound under the law to take this action,”
"Mr. Proctor had filed a $50 million lawsuit against the town in 2010 challenging the circumstances of his arrest."
"Those charges remain confidential, but Lt. Kiernan is accused of, among other things, giving tacit approval to Officer Sickles to continue to carry a sidearm, drive police cars, interact with the public and make arrests, despite having been aware that Officer Sickles had developed an addiction to prescription drugs. Lt. Kiernan also is accused of trying to cover up Officer Sickles’s dependency. In addition, at times, confiscated drugs in the Street Crime Unit office at police headquarters in Hampton Bays reportedly were left unsecured. "
I am all for looking at the whole story, but this one looks pretty clear. Lt Kiernan let the bad guys get away and we will have to foot the bill. (wether they were guilty or not)" Mar 2, 13 6:51 PM

Suskind Eyes Return To Town Board

Are the committee votes weighted or does everyone have equal vote?" Mar 2, 13 10:54 PM

GOP and Throne-Holst Talk, But Cross-Endorsement Is Not On The Table

I do not know the inner workings of the parties but would not be surprised about how similar they are. This cross endorsement baloney does nothing except help keep patronage alive and well. Deals are made and people behind the scenes decide who will be elected since are candidates are on every line." Mar 2, 13 11:01 PM

Kabot Asks Supporters If She Should Run For Southampton Supervisor

Haven't we seen this movie before?" Mar 2, 13 11:02 PM

Well, this just brings up the old
"Ms. Throne-Holst’s call came soon after former Town Supervisor Linda Kabot had visited headquarters that day to discuss a police matter, the captain said. Ms. Kabot arrived and left with a file of her own, wishing for documentation of a private matter, but did not end up filing an incident report that day because she lives outside the Town Police jurisdiction, the captain said. Former Chief Overton had also stopped in that day to say hello and have a cup of coffee, the captain said. He had left the building by the time the supervisor called. Neither Ms. Kabot nor Chief Overton returned requests for comment this week."
"Captain Tenaglia confirmed the supervisor had called him that day. He recalled saying that documents are shredded at headquarters on a daily basis, but that he would check to see what was going on. He said he walked to a back room and found a maintenance man shredding papers for a secretary. “At the time [Ms. Throne-Holst] called, that’s what I saw,” the captain said. “Now, if something happened an hour before that, or a half hour, and it took that long a period of time, I don’t know. I just know that at that time, that’s what was happening.” The captain said he unplugged the shredder and put it away."
In the words of the great C+C Music Factory, "Things that make you go, hmmm"" Mar 3, 13 8:37 AM

How could I forget...
"former Town Police Captain Anthony Tenaglia has spoken out—to say there was no wrongdoing. “There were no records destroyed. There were no records missing,” the former captain, now retired, who was in charge of police headquarters at the time of the incident, said in a phone interview on Monday. “This was some concocted conspiracy theory that never occurred.”" BUT
"The supervisor said she next called Captain Tenaglia to get confirmation. She recalled that he told her he was going through many years of accumulated files, discarding what was personal, such as birthday cards, or no longer relevant, in an effort to clean up before the new chief arrived."

Nothing destroyed, nothing missing. Oh, just a little housekeeping and oh yeah some files left.

Just some wonderful happenstance. The ex-chief, with the ex-town supervisor and the soon to be ex-captain reminiscing and sharing stories as the shredder buzzes away in the background. Ah, good times...
"Sgt. Joyce, the department’s records retention officer in the Overton administration, said this week he has no comment on the issue before hanging up on a reporter."

"Meanwhile, Ms. Schermeyer and Mr. Kratoville said that they preferred to answer questions on the issue this week via email" of course you would

"Captain Tenaglia said. “There’s nothing to hide. There’s nothing going on. Southampton Town is a good police department. It’s an honest police department. It was then and it is now.”"
There is nothing to see here, move along says the cop with the bullhorn as Overton and Kabot exit stage left

Where is that facebook page that we can vote a simple yes or no on?
" Mar 3, 13 12:57 PM

Suskind Eyes Return To Town Board

ty" Mar 3, 13 2:48 PM

"Accused Cop Opts To Retire - Supervisor says claim wasn’t an isolated one" 10/20/05

"A fellow detective accused Lt. Armstrong of perjury after Ms. Jennemann was convicted in May 2004, and a subsequent Suffolk County Police Bureau of Internal Affairs report found that he likely lied when he said, under oath, that he was at the scene of the Bridgehampton accident, in which farm worker Henry Anthony Yarrell was killed. Colleagues, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was never observed at the scene."

"The result could have repercussions in the Jennemann case, and the DA’s office says it also will be reviewing other criminal cases in which Lt. Armstrong was involved to see if a closer review is warranted." Armstrong Case to DA - 12/8/04

"His hearing was set to vet the 13 separate charges of “conduct unbecoming a police officer,” and “conduct which brings discredit upon the police department,” according to a copy of the charges provided to The Press. The charges all addressed in some way four separate instances: Lt. Armstrong’s filing of a false written report of Ms. Jennemann’s accident both before and after the trial, the accusation of two counts of perjury for his testimony in the trial, and his alleged falsestatement given to Internal Affairs officers during their investigation."

Wait for it.....

"“Even if he was found guilty of the charge, I still don’t think it would be fair,” Mr. Suskind said this week. “This is a guy who worked for more than 28 years, has an exemplary record. He may have done something stupid and self-serving, and there’s not even any agreement of guilt. But he wasn’t beating people up, or putting lives in general in danger, or taking bribes.” Both Mr. Suskind and Town Councilwoman Linda Kabot said this week that the lieutenant’s work in a vehicle and traffic capacity had been extremely well done, and Ms. Kabot proposed this week to keep him on as a part- time civilian vehicle and traffic consultant."

Really?! Another Southampton cop with "credibility issues" lies on the stand and jeopardizes a hit & run case where someone dies and "it wasn't like he was beating people up" cricket, cricket.
Help us, someone! " Mar 3, 13 2:59 PM

Kabot Asks Supporters If She Should Run For Southampton Supervisor

"Accused Cop Opts To Retire - Supervisor says claim wasn’t an isolated one" 10/20/05

"A fellow detective accused Lt. Armstrong of perjury after Ms. Jennemann was convicted in May 2004, and a subsequent Suffolk County Police Bureau of Internal Affairs report found that he likely lied when he said, under oath, that he was at the scene of the Bridgehampton accident, in which farm worker Henry Anthony Yarrell was killed. Colleagues, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was never observed at the scene."

"The result could have repercussions in the Jennemann case, and the DA’s office says it also will be reviewing other criminal cases in which Lt. Armstrong was involved to see if a closer review is warranted." Armstrong Case to DA - 12/8/04

"His hearing was set to vet the 13 separate charges of “conduct unbecoming a police officer,” and “conduct which brings discredit upon the police department,” according to a copy of the charges provided to The Press. The charges all addressed in some way four separate instances: Lt. Armstrong’s filing of a false written report of Ms. Jennemann’s accident both before and after the trial, the accusation of two counts of perjury for his testimony in the trial, and his alleged falsestatement given to Internal Affairs officers during their investigation."

Wait for it.....

"“Even if he was found guilty of the charge, I still don’t think it would be fair,” Mr. Suskind said this week. “This is a guy who worked for more than 28 years, has an exemplary record. He may have done something stupid and self-serving, and there’s not even any agreement of guilt. But he wasn’t beating people up, or putting lives in general in danger, or taking bribes.” Both Mr. Suskind and Town Councilwoman Linda Kabot said this week that the lieutenant’s work in a vehicle and traffic capacity had been extremely well done, and Ms. Kabot proposed this week to keep him on as a part- time civilian vehicle and traffic consultant."

Really?! Another Southampton cop with "credibility issues" lies on the stand and jeopardizes a hit & run case where someone dies and "it wasn't like he was beating people up" cricket, cricket.

Great idea Linda Kabot, lets keep him on.
Help us, someone!" Mar 3, 13 3:02 PM

old school pryor" Mar 4, 13 9:57 AM

Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

Chief1, I do not think that all cops are dishonest and I would like to believe that most all of the men and women patrolling our town are hard working people with good intentions. There is without a doubt a culture of corruption that is entrenched in southampton police that goes all the way to town hall. I have touched on in in other posts and everything is from published articles - I will go into further detail in a upcoming post.
Onto Zarro, He is the president of a union (an organization that's sole purpose is for the protection of it's members from employer abuses, which include violations of contractual issues as well as violations of laws & negotiating compensation)

The previous SOA president, now Chief Robert Pearce, helped himself to a promotion in an unprecedented manner and called “political patronage.”- see Board Bucks Chief, Adds A Captain 5/15/12

2 female sergeants, who are represented by the SOA, file sex discrimination complaints one of them citing issues with promotional practices - Two female sergeants claim sexual discrimination 2/21/13

Zarro, now president of the SOA, knows (at the very least has knowledge by the headline news) Costa was apparently recommended for lieutenant by Chief Wilson two times and was performing the job as “acting lieutenant” and "Shortly after Chief Wilson resigned in December, Sgt. Costa was stripped of her acting lieutenant title by his successor, Chief Robert Pearce." (did they really say stripped in a sex case) - also in above article

While all of this controversy is going on there is no comment on the record from the SOA, yet he still accepts a promotion from the previous SOA president Chief Pearce. You say, "One of those cops is Michael Zarro who is an honest,and good person" I would expect that if he was an honest and good person and a good union president he would have at the very least tried to avoid the appearance of impropriety and asked the town to hold off on the promotion until the complaints by members that he represents are investigated. Instead is appears that he helped himself up the ladder as Chief Pearce did.(that is the best view since so many unethical things are coming to light involving the board and the administration)

Your comments are very reminiscent of those made by so many neighbors of people who are found to be murderers or pedophiles... He was always a good neighbor, he used to help shovel my snow... I had no idea!" Mar 4, 13 10:44 AM

Since 27east has buried another article that was most read and most commented her is link to other article.
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/454136/Female-Officers-Allege-Descrimination-In-Town-Force" Mar 4, 13 10:53 AM

Kabot Asks Supporters If She Should Run For Southampton Supervisor

Hopefully that day will be coming soon, but not holding my breath. Chief Wilson started to clean up the problems and the first thing they do is try to buy him out. Why, because it starts getting close to home?

"Who Sought To Oust Police Chief?" 3/29/12

"At least two attempts were made in late 2011 to oust Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr. from his post"

"Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said this week, an intermediary delivered a message in December from “GOP leadership,” offering a deal in which Town Board members would agree to swap votes: the Republican board members would support the supervisor’s reappointment of then-Town Comptroller Tamara Wright, in exchange for Ms. Throne- Holst agreeing to oust the chief."

"Chief Wilson this week confirmed reports that he had been offered a financial incentive—he declined to say how much—by Town Management Services Administrator Russell Kratoville to leave the post he had just been appointed to last spring."

"“I declined because I still have the desire to serve the community and I am dedicated to my law enforcement career,” Chief Wilson said."
"Mr. Kratoville on Monday declined to comment on the issue, stating that it is a personnel issue. “It’s really not appropriate for me to speak about a conversation I may or may not have had with an employee,” he said."

"Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, a Democrat, said she did not know anything about the offer, but added, “I know that my colleagues have made it very difficult for Chief Wilson to do his job, so I’m not entirely surprised that that might have been offered. But I don’t have specific information on it.”"

"“This is the reason why some people on the Town Board don’t like him: because he’s a policeman,” Officer Gwinn said. “He’s not a politician, and he will not play politics ... He’s the best man for this job, and if they let him do his job, the Southampton Town residents will see exactly what this gentleman can do.”"

"Ms. Fleming said. “The disservice that this kind of political handling of this important position does to the town is real,” she said, adding that Chief Wilson is “doing a great job, given the obstacles.”"


" Mar 4, 13 4:41 PM

HHS -
Food for thought, but I hope it does not give you food poisoning.
what do Lt James Kiernan & Code Enforcement Officer Alfred Tumbarello have in common?
Just Republican Committeeman that sit on the screening committee. Sound familiar?

"Town Employee Faces Charges" 4/26/12
"A Southampton Town code enforcement officer was arrested by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End Drug Task Force last week after authorities said he sold cocaine and prescription drugs on multiple occasions over several months. "

"Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Mr. Spota, declined to comment on whether Mr. Tumbarello was on duty with the town when he was accused of selling the drugs."

So, the DA's East End Drug task force conducted the investigation and made the arrest. Good work, but why did the Southampton Police Street Crime Unit headed by fellow committeeman not uncover this and it involved prescritpion drugs? Coincidence, perhaps...

"Those charges remain confidential, but Lt. Kiernan is accused of, among other things, giving tacit approval to Officer Sickles to continue to carry a sidearm, drive police cars, interact with the public and make arrests, despite having been aware that Officer Sickles had developed an addiction to prescription drugs. Lt. Kiernan also is accused of trying to cover up Officer Sickles’s dependency. In addition, at times, confiscated drugs in the Street Crime Unit office at police headquarters in Hampton Bays reportedly were left unsecured." - Two Are Released From Prison 5/31/12

"The town appointed Southampton attorney Linda Riley to serve as the hearing officer for Mr. Tumbarello’s disciplinary proceeding, which will deal with charges filed against him by the town. It remains to be seen whether those charges relate directly to the circumstances of his arrest." - Hearing Officer Appointed 7/12/12 -

whatever happened to this?
" Mar 4, 13 4:43 PM

HHS - It appears that Kabot is involved in this police corruption scandal too as you can see from my prior posts.
"Accused Cop Opts To Retire - Supervisor says claim wasn’t an isolated one" 10/20/05
"Ms. Kabot proposed this week to keep him on as a part- time civilian vehicle and traffic consultant."" speaking of LT Armstrong who, "... likely lied when he said, under oath,..." perjured himself. Why would you keep a corrupt officer on as a consultant.

Better yet she was on the Board when it helped the LT Armstrong change retirement systems which one can only guess was so he could retire and avoid prosecution?

"Bill Clears the Way For Key Retirements" - 7/21/05

"A bill that would allow Southampton Town Police Chief James P. Overton and Lieutenant William Armstrong to retire earlier than expected is awaiting approval from the governor’s office, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.’s office confirmed this week."

"If approved by the governor, the legislation would allow Chief Overton and Lt. Armstrong—both of whom opted out of a 20-year retirement plan and secure a 25-year retirement plan prior to 2003—to switch back to the original plan. If both agree to the switch, the move would cost the town about $7,000 next year, and an additional $123,000 that must be paid into the state retirement fund over the next five years."

"Both Chief Overton and Lt. Armstrong have come under fire in recent months. Chief Overton has not faced any disciplinary action, but town officials have said they are conducting an inquiry into allegations of misconduct by the chief. Lt. Armstrong, meanwhile, is still awaiting the resolution of disciplinary charges against him after Chief Overton said he made false reports and statements in connection with a hit-and-run fatality"

Once again the Southampton residents checkbook is opened up to the tune of $130,000 to cover up corruption that runs from the police department to Town Hall..
When will this end?" Mar 4, 13 4:57 PM

HHS, I was slow on the uptake but realize you mention " investigations of Town embezzlement and drug use"

This is all I could find - is there more? It would not be surprising.

"‘Troubling’ Practices Subject Of D.A.’s Probe" - 11/29/12

"The D.A.’s division chief of investigations, Chris McPartland, said this week that his office’s now months-­long investigation of the town department has turned its focus to the oversight, recording and tracking of days worked by police officers and time off accrued under the union contracts."

"“Our investigation into troubling administrative practices in the Southampton Town Police Department is ongoing,” Mr. McPartland said. “Our review of procedures for maintaining evidence and recording time and accruals to police supervisors goes on.”"

"Reached by telephone, Chief Wilson, who resigned earlier this month and will officially retire from the department on December 1, said that the concerns with oversight of the time records was something he had tried to resolve throughout his 18-­month tenure with the town: “I expressed my concern regarding time off multiple times to the Town Board. Whether it’s mistakes or intentional manipulation of records, you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensated absence time that people are entitled to. God forbid anybody shine a light on it ... you become an albatross very quickly.”"

"The auditors noted that Chief Wilson had implemented a slight change to the system that required that any superior officer who was entering and approving his own time records notify the chief via email to verify the entry."

"a draft version of the audit obtained by The Press, written by accountants
from Cullen & Danowski C.P.A., paints a picture of a loosely overseen system of attendance and accrual tracking that does not log who makes entries to time records—and, in some cases, allows supervisory officers to edit their own records. The lax controls on the accrual system apparently led to the town overpaying five retiring officers more than $44,000 in compensation for unused accrued time off last year."

Looks like the fox were watching the hen house until a new watchdog came into town. Unfortunately, the watchdog was sent away and the fox are back.

" Mar 5, 13 10:39 AM

Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

Food for thought, but I hope it does not give you food poisoning.
what do Lt James Kiernan & Code Enforcement Officer Alfred Tumbarello have in common?
Just Republican Committeeman that sit on the screening committee. Sound familiar?

"Town Employee Faces Charges" 4/26/12
"A Southampton Town code enforcement officer was arrested by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End Drug Task Force last week after authorities said he sold cocaine and prescription drugs on multiple occasions over several months. "

"Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Mr. Spota, declined to comment on whether Mr. Tumbarello was on duty with the town when he was accused of selling the drugs."

So, the DA's East End Drug task force conducted the investigation and made the arrest. Good work, but why did the Southampton Police Street Crime Unit headed by fellow committeeman not uncover this and it involved prescritpion drugs? Coincidence, perhaps...

"Those charges remain confidential, but Lt. Kiernan is accused of, among other things, giving tacit approval to Officer Sickles to continue to carry a sidearm, drive police cars, interact with the public and make arrests, despite having been aware that Officer Sickles had developed an addiction to prescription drugs. Lt. Kiernan also is accused of trying to cover up Officer Sickles’s dependency. In addition, at times, confiscated drugs in the Street Crime Unit office at police headquarters in Hampton Bays reportedly were left unsecured." - Two Are Released From Prison 5/31/12

"The town appointed Southampton attorney Linda Riley to serve as the hearing officer for Mr. Tumbarello’s disciplinary proceeding, which will deal with charges filed against him by the town. It remains to be seen whether those charges relate directly to the circumstances of his arrest." - Hearing Officer Appointed 7/12/12 -

whatever happened to this?" Mar 5, 13 10:42 AM

Corruption of Police & Town Board - changing laws to make it go away

"Accused Cop Opts To Retire - Supervisor says claim wasn’t an isolated one" 10/20/05

"A fellow detective accused Lt. Armstrong of perjury after Ms. Jennemann was convicted in May 2004, and a subsequent Suffolk County Police Bureau of Internal Affairs report found that he likely lied when he said, under oath, that he was at the scene of the Bridgehampton accident, in which farm worker Henry Anthony Yarrell was killed. Colleagues, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was never observed at the scene."

"The result could have repercussions in the Jennemann case, and the DA’s office says it also will be reviewing other criminal cases in which Lt. Armstrong was involved to see if a closer review is warranted." Armstrong Case to DA - 12/8/04

"His hearing was set to vet the 13 separate charges of “conduct unbecoming a police officer,” and “conduct which brings discredit upon the police department,” according to a copy of the charges provided to The Press. The charges all addressed in some way four separate instances: Lt. Armstrong’s filing of a false written report of Ms. Jennemann’s accident both before and after the trial, the accusation of two counts of perjury for his testimony in the trial, and his alleged falsestatement given to Internal Affairs officers during their investigation."

Wait for it.....

"“Even if he was found guilty of the charge, I still don’t think it would be fair,” Mr. Suskind said this week. “This is a guy who worked for more than 28 years, has an exemplary record. He may have done something stupid and self-serving, and there’s not even any agreement of guilt. But he wasn’t beating people up, or putting lives in general in danger, or taking bribes.” Both Mr. Suskind and Town Councilwoman Linda Kabot said this week that the lieutenant’s work in a vehicle and traffic capacity had been extremely well done, and Ms. Kabot proposed this week to keep him on as a part- time civilian vehicle and traffic consultant."

Really?! Another Southampton cop with "credibility issues" lies on the stand and jeopardizes a hit & run case where someone dies and "it wasn't like he was beating people up" cricket, cricket.

"Ms. Kabot proposed this week to keep him on as a part- time civilian vehicle and traffic consultant."" speaking of LT Armstrong who, "... likely lied when he said, under oath,..." perjured himself. Why would you keep a corrupt officer on as a consultant.

Better the Board helps LT Armstrong change retirement systems which one can only guess was so he could retire and avoid prosecution?

"Bill Clears the Way For Key Retirements" - 7/21/05

"A bill that would allow Southampton Town Police Chief James P. Overton and Lieutenant William Armstrong to retire earlier than expected is awaiting approval from the governor’s office, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.’s office confirmed this week."

"If approved by the governor, the legislation would allow Chief Overton and Lt. Armstrong—both of whom opted out of a 20-year retirement plan and secure a 25-year retirement plan prior to 2003—to switch back to the original plan. If both agree to the switch, the move would cost the town about $7,000 next year, and an additional $123,000 that must be paid into the state retirement fund over the next five years."

"Both Chief Overton and Lt. Armstrong have come under fire in recent months. Chief Overton has not faced any disciplinary action, but town officials have said they are conducting an inquiry into allegations of misconduct by the chief. Lt. Armstrong, meanwhile, is still awaiting the resolution of disciplinary charges against him after Chief Overton said he made false reports and statements in connection with a hit-and-run fatality"

Once again the Southampton residents checkbook is opened up to the tune of $130,000 to cover up corruption that runs from the police department to Town Hall..
When will this end?" Mar 5, 13 10:49 AM

Little known fact - The SOA keeps a criminal attorney on retainer. Why would the Superior Officers of Southampton Police feel the need to have a criminal attorney if they were not doing anything illegal... wouldn't you want a labor attorney?

Apparently they were using an attorney that the PBA had been using when they started their new association - Police Union Balks at Suspension 6/2/05

"Allen Kranz, an attorney representing the organization, noted that police departments in Riverhead Town and Suffolk and Nassau counties all have separate bargaining units for police brass and rank-and-file officers. “The supervisors feel it’s more appropriate that they be in one bargaining unit apart from the rank-and-file,” Mr. Kranz said. “The decision speaks for itself.” " -"Superior Officers Want Own Union" - 11/5/09

"The town has hired the Westbury law firm Sokoloff Stern to represent the police chief and Town Board at the hearings. Lt. Kiernan is represented by Superior Officers Association attorney Ray Perini". - Kiernan Asks For Help 9/6/12

"Ray Perini, who is also the lawyer for the Southampton Town Police Superior Officers Association, the union for department brass." - Hearing Begins For Lieutenant 10/4/12

"An attorney for Lt. Kiernan, Ray Perini, said the lieutenant would fight the charges and will not resign from the department." - Police Lieutenant Suspended 5/10/12

Interestingly enough, he was the criminal attorney that Lt William Armstrong turned to when he was charged with perjury
"Lt. Armstrong would not comment this week, referring all questions to his attorney, Maureen Hoerger of Perini and Hoerger in Hauppauge. Ms. Hoerger, reached by telephone Wednesday morning, said she had not yet seen a copy of the report and also declined to comment. "- Armstrong Case to DA 9-9-04

Our police should never be conducting themselves in a manner that they need a criminal attorney let alone one on retainer!" Mar 5, 13 6:07 PM

" Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce will continue to receive a benefits package that parallels the one negotiated for the town’s upper-level officers. The package is somewhat more generous than the one offered to his predecessor, William Wilson Jr., in October.
Former Chief Wilson, who sought a package equal to the one offered to SOA members, cited the benefits package offered by the Town Board as a “last straw” that drove him to resign last month. " - AROUND TOWN HALL 12/13/12" Mar 5, 13 6:15 PM

"He anticipates a captain, who will serve as his executive officer, will be promoted sometime next year. He said there are only two eligible candidates who have taken the captain’s test: Lieutenant Lawrence Schurek and Lt. Kiernan, who recently returned to duty following a settlement of 32 disciplinary charges. Test results are expected in March, Chief Pearce said." - "Change At The Top" 12/6/12" Mar 5, 13 6:53 PM

Hey Southampton Press... do you not report on corruption? If I can connect all these dots together your articles, why can't you? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? A free press is what keeps a free society. Do your job and start asking some questions!" Mar 5, 13 9:26 PM

Are you so sure Kranz did not rep the soa, just go to the archives...
"“It’s easier and simpler to have a single voice representing the desires of the PBA,” said Mr. Aubé, who joined the department in 1992 and became PBA president in 2007. “One union, one voice.” The Superior Officers Association was formed in 2002 and includes 21 Southampton sergeants, detective sergeants, lieutenants and captains. Allen Kranz, an attorney representing the organization, noted that police departments in Riverhead Town and Suffolk and Nassau counties all have separate bargaining units for police brass and rank-and-file officers.
“The supervisors feel it’s more appropriate that they be in one bargaining unit apart from the rank-and-file,” Mr. Kranz said. “The decision speaks for itself.”" from article Superior Officers Want Own Union 11/5/09 " Mar 5, 13 9:44 PM

Suskind Eyes Return To Town Board

ATH and Flemming sat there as impudent little mice and let the 3 amigos run the town. They have a voice, everyone on that board has the voice of the people if they wish to shout. The 3 amigos chose to protect there friends and the others looked away." Mar 5, 13 10:29 PM

Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

vaquero, The question is what put the town board into that 90 min meeting and scared them off? Seems like the Zarro promotion was transparently political and to get him before the civil service list expired... even with discrimination lawsuits pending. What could be so bad that they held off on those promotions?" Mar 5, 13 11:03 PM

check your facts..." Mar 5, 13 11:17 PM

Remember, when gov't relies on "state secrets" they are relying on case law in which the gov't lied to the court. When the gov't does not want you to know something you should always wonder why!

"Supreme Court recognition in United States v. Reynolds
The privilege was first officially recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1 (1953). A military airplane, a B-29 Superfortress bomber, crashed. The widows of three civilian crew members sought accident reports on the crash but were told that to release such details would threaten national security by revealing the bomber's top-secret mission.[1][2][3][4][5][6][10][11] The court held that only the government can claim or waive the privilege, but that it “is not to be lightly invoked” and that there “must be a formal claim of privilege, lodged by the head of the department which has control over the matter, after actual personal consideration by that officer.”[1] The court stressed that the decision to withhold evidence is to be made by the presiding judge and not the executive.[1]
In 2000, the accident reports were declassified and released, and it was found that the assertion that they contained secret information was fraudulent. The reports did, however, contain information about the poor condition of the aircraft itself, which would have been very compromising to the Air Force's case. Many commentators have alleged government misuse of secrecy in this landmark case.[12]"" Mar 5, 13 11:33 PM

Don't need to check you facts? Think again... PBA switched attorneys and SOA got Kranz. Knowledge is power... just look in the right places.
"But Seth Greenberg, the attorney for the PBA, contends that forcing officers into retirement without due process and good cause is contrary to the New York State Constitution and the 1990 collective bargaining agreement between the town and the PBA. " - Board Still Pondering Responses to Deficit 9/18/08

"The next step, according to PBA counsel Seth Greenberg, is mediation.
Mr. Greenberg said PERB has already selected a mediator, Karen Kenney, out of the Brooklyn office. Ms. Kenney is in the process of setting up a mediation schedule with both sides, Mr. Greenberg said." - Town and PBA Agree They’re at an Impasse 5/7/09

"The town and the PBA are currently in the midst of binding arbitration, which began on March 12, according to PBA attorney Seth Greenberg. Ms. Throne-Holst said, however, that she is optimistic that the town and the union will reach an agreement before the next meeting, which is set to take place on April 22." - Town, Police Talk About Steady Shifts 4/8/10 " Mar 5, 13 11:41 PM

Maybe so, but that does not change the facts" Mar 5, 13 11:48 PM

Chief Pearce was the commanding officer of the Street Crimes Unit and had no knowledge of the corruption? How big can this unit be? I can only see three logical options
1) He was involved in the cover up
2) He had knowledge of the problems and looked the other way
3) He was such a careless supervisor that he did not know
None of the above are acceptable

"Remsenburg resident, Lt.Pearce, 54, who has worked for the department for three decades, said if he were appointed chief, he would try to open up the lines of communication, both between outside agencies like the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, and within the police department. He said he’s been involved in basically every special unit, including serving as the commanding officer of the Juvenile Aid Bureau and the Street Crimes Unit." - "Town Chief Selection Still Not Decided" 4/28/11" Mar 6, 13 5:00 PM

Suskind Eyes Return To Town Board

Yes, it definitely is a math issue and they could not get anything through without republican support, but does that mean you do not put anything up for a vote without knowing that you have their support. I would argue that they should put up the issues that they feel strongly for even if they will get voted down by the amigos... then the public can see what is happening." Mar 6, 13 5:17 PM

Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

Hey 27east, I would not have to ref another news organization, leading you to remove my comment if you would just DO YOUR JOB! Very quick to take down my comment but you are not so quick to report on the news that it referenced" Mar 7, 13 8:52 AM

Top survey says #1 - and it looks like the town board is in on the cover up too.
Nuzzi, Malone & Scalera jam the promotion of the Commanding Officer of the disgraced Street Crimes Unit through despite objections that it was "premature" and that "privileged personnel information.. might have impact on the appointment." 16 days later dangerous criminals are released from prison

IMO Nuzzi, Malone & Scalera are co-conspirators.

"Also, Ms. Fleming added that the board members were advised by their labor counsel that the promotion was “premature.” She alluded to privileged personnel information that was not made public and which might have had an impact on the appointment. “We can’t discuss this information,” she said. “This is bringing it forward without the public knowing what we’re talking about.”" -Board Bucks Chief, Adds A Captain 5/15/12

"Two Are Released From Prison D.A. drops drug cases" 5/31/12" Mar 7, 13 9:00 AM

UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs

It looks like 27east asked some questions and uncovered some bad things. Good work 27east and thank you for stepping forward Chief Wilson. Keep the light shining on this.

Chief Pearce was commanding officer of the Street Crimes Unit but had no knowledge or it didn't matter because "the unit was winding down"? Really, Chief Pearce... we should not look at you too? How much did you know or ignore?

"In a phone interview on Thursday, Chief Pearce confirmed that he held that position then, but he stressed that the unit was winding down that fall and claimed that the detectives had moved into the Street Crime Unit’s office prior to the room’s lockdown by then-Chief Wilson. Mr. Wilson said, however, that just the detective sergeant and a secretary had moved into the office, and that was in September 2012."
“I wasn’t hiding anything.” He also photographed the office and included them with the information provided. “We handled it like a homicide scene,” Chief Wilson said.

Chief Wilson's and Chief Pearce's statements sound conflicting... I think that Chief Wilson has the credibility here.

"Chief Pearce said some crack residue had been found in the office, as well as over-the-counter painkillers, like Advil, and that the office was filled with prop drugs—used for teaching demonstration. He said that to the best of his knowledge there were no loose drugs within the office."

Sounds like Chief Pearce is trying to minimize this and deflect away from him. "to the best of my knowledge" You are the supervisor, you should have the best knowledge. Where there is smoke, there is fire and I think we have a wildfire on our hands.

Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi said on Thursday, “Chief Wilson seems to have shared more details with you than he ever did with us. We’re obviously concerned, and we’ll treat all of this seriously.”

I highly doubt that Chief WIlson held back details Mr Nuzzi. When fellow Board members are making public comments that promotions are "premature" and "alluded to privileged personnel information that was not made public and which might have had an impact on the appointment." It shows that you had knowledge! When the DA's office releases felons, you as a caretaker of the town should be sitting up and taking notice!

“As to what we needed to do to address whatever issues there were that have led to this, I’ve got three words for you: Chief Robert Pearce,” Mr. Malone said.

Thank you Mr Malone... I will leave you with 3 words, "You Screwed Southampton"" Mar 8, 13 12:13 AM

Sour grapes is what we will have when our taxes go up for paying 100 lawsuits of people that get released from prison.
It is unconscionable what the town board, Chief Pearce & Lt Kiernan appeared to have done. They should be open to personal liability and not covered by the town's insurance." Mar 8, 13 12:16 AM

Lawsuit Reveals That Drug Charges Against Third Accused Felon Were Dropped In Wake Of Probe

Another local news outlet states that Southampton Town received notification that the charges were dropped and this person was suing the town on 10/10/12.

The town settle with LT Kiernan afterwards as documented in "Lieutenant Is Headed Back To Work" dated 10/25/12 . He goes back to work... no demotion, not fired and becomes the "head of the patrol division" (documented in "Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against" 2/27/13)

There were no apparent consequences for LT Kiernan - The board knows now that the DA has dropped charges on 3 people and they are suing the town. The board is now complicit!" Mar 8, 13 12:26 AM

UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs

ATH - Right & Wrong, Truth or Lies - these issues are not complicated as you state.
"“When we were deliberating on who to appoint chief after Chief [James] Overton retired, there were some of us who felt strongly about bringing in an agent for change, and I think we did that,” she said, referring to the April 2011 retirement of Chief Overton and subsequent Town Board selection of Chief Wilson, who took office in early May of that year. “The history between then and now has been complicated. But I trust that we continue to work toward change, and it is our responsibility as commissioners to make sure that happens.”"" Mar 8, 13 11:15 AM

Let us look at the timeline and see if it passes the smell test - Hint - it does if you are looking for something rancid!

5/5/11 "Board Appoints Wilson" 5/5/11 start date of 5/16/11

5/12/11 Police records are shredded for "housekeeping" by Capt Tenaglia. Ex-Chief James Overton & Ex-Town Supervisor Linda Kabot just happen to stop in and leave with files - 5/12/11
5/13/11 Capt Tenaglia orders "extremely sensitive records" that "represent every confidential personnel police investigation from the police department from the years 1990-2009,” nearly the entire span of the Overton-Tenaglia administration." to be transferred to Town Hall. In the end Chief Wilson never has access to the records. "he memo was signed by Captain Tenaglia, as well as Sergeant Michael Joyce, who escorted the records;; Town Management Services Administrator Russell Kratoville, who received them;; and Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, who transported them." - "No Records Missing, Tenaglia Says" 5/17/12

Dec '11 - Chief Wilson "was made aware that Officer Sickles had developed a “chemical dependency issue.”" - cited in above article

Dec'11 Attempts are made by Town Board to oust Chief Wilson
"Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said this week, an intermediary delivered a message in December from “GOP leadership,” offering a deal in which Town Board members would agree to swap votes: the Republican board members would support the supervisor’s reappointment of then-Town Comptroller Tamara Wright, in exchange for Ms. Throne- Holst agreeing to oust the chief"
"Chief Wilson this week confirmed reports that he had been offered a financial incentive—he declined to say how much—by Town Management Services Administrator Russell Kratoville to leave the post he had just been appointed to last spring. He said the figure was purely an incentive and did not represent earned or accrued time." - "Who Sought To Oust Police Chief?" 3/29/12

2/7/12 - Town Settles wrongful death lawsuit of Tony Bradway who died in the custody of the Street Crimes Unit - LT Kiernan & Officer Sickles - "Town Settles For $70,000" 5/17/12

3/8/12 - DA's Office starts official Probe in the the shredded and transferred "extremely sensitive records"
"Many officials have been unwilling to comment so far, and those who have offered little insight into the investigation."
"Captain Tenaglia, whose retirement took effect on February 29, said last month he did not know about an investigation. He did not return requests for comment on Tuesday."
"Lt. Pearce said this week that he had no knowledge of the investigation, although he did say, regarding police records from the transition, “I believe that everything was referred over to the town clerk’s office, and as far as I know there are no missing documents.”"
"Councilman Chris Nuzzi said he was not sure what he could divulge regarding the investigation;; he said he would consult with his fellow board members to see if there was an official statement, but he did not return subsequent requests for comment" - "Probe Of Police, Sources Say" 3/8/12
uh,oh

3/15/12 - Then LT Pearce receives his promotion to Captain at hands of Nuzzi, Malone & Scalera.
"“That sounds like some kind of political deal to me,” the chief said following Tuesday’s vote. “I didn’t recommend it.”"
Flemming & ATH ask to hold off sating it was “premature.” She alluded to privileged personnel information that was not made public - "Board Bucks Chief" 3/15/12

3/22/12 Officer Kevin Gwinn states he received a threatening anonymous letter, "“Kevin, just wanted to remind you about the retirement law that requires town board approval for police officers to stay past 20 years of service. Isn’t it true that you have more than 20 years of service? In these uncertain times shouldn’t you be careful about ‘going after’ people like Nuzzi, Malone, Kiernan or any one else for that matter? Just food for thought. Sleep well," "Officer Reports Threat" 4/12/12

5/3/12 - Chief WIlson is denied access to those sensitive personnel files which may or may not reveal prior problems with the Street Crimes Unit and LT Kiernan. - "Chief Tries, Fails To Get Documents" 5/3/12

5/3/12 - "Town Police Lieutenant James Kiernan, the former supervisor of the Street Crime Unit, was suspended by the Town Board, pending the outcome of 32 disciplinary charges the chief filed against him." - "Town Cops Probe Old Arrests" 5/24/12

5/10/12 - "D.A. SEIZES RECORDS"

5/31/12 - DA releases to felons from prison because of "Credibility Issues" with the Street Crimes Unit that was supervised by Robert Pearce, James Kiernan and had a drug addicted Officer Sickles. - "Two Are Released From Prison" 5/31/12

7/12/12 - Another lawsuit filed against town citing corruption in the Street Crimes Unit - "Lawsuit Targets Town Police" 7/12/12

7/12/12 - Officer Sickles is suspended and town hire firm Bracewell & Guiliani to represent them against the DA's office - "Town Suspends Another Drug Cop"
7/12/12

10/10/12 - Town retains firm Devitt & Spellman to represent town for lawsuit filed by 3 felon who had charges droppped because of Street Crimes Unit. - " Charges Dropped Against Third Felon In Wake Of Investigation Of Southampton Town Police Officers Mar 7, 2013"

10/25/12 - The town "settles" the 32 disciplinary charges against LT Kiernan and allows him to return to work as head of the Patrol Division - not fired, no demotion and put in charge - "Lieutenant Is Headed Back To Work"

11/8/12 - Chief Wilson resigns - "Embattled Chief Abruptly Steps Down" 11/8/12

11/29/12 - Town names the supervisor of LT Kiernan Chief of Police -"It’s Official: Pearce Named Chief" 11/29/12




" Mar 8, 13 11:58 AM

I would have to argue that in this case the Superior Officers Association (Anthony Tenaglia, Robert Pearce, James Kiernan, Michael Zarro, Michael Joyce... all who have been linked in this scandal) as well as the republican committeemen are the 800lb gorilla in the room." Mar 8, 13 12:01 PM

All dates and quotes are from prior articles posted on 27east and researched from their archives. That is why I posted the Title and date published so anyone could verify - only thing added is my Rancid commentary" Mar 8, 13 12:46 PM

All dates and quotes are from prior articles posted on 27east and researched from their archives. That is why I posted the Title and date published so anyone could verify - only thing added is my Rancid commentary" Mar 8, 13 12:47 PM

Blank - "Chief Pearce deserves his time to reorganize and lead the department which has been "leaderless" since 1989."
He was part of what you are calling a leaderless administration. He was the head of the Street Crimes Unit while these events took root as well as while they unfolded, where was his leadership in bringing this to light?
"If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." He apparently has been part of the problem for a long time." Mar 8, 13 1:34 PM

Tell them what to do? No. He did and does have a ethical and moral obligation to report misconduct and/or criminal behavior. Do you disagree?" Mar 8, 13 3:05 PM

Hey HHS, was waiting for you to weigh in. The stable need to be cleaned and sanitized - if they can't be then they should be burned down.
I am not naive enough to believe that there are not behind the scenes politics involving the unions. That said, I must say that when you scour the 27east archives you will find that the PBA has been asking for someone to look into the department going back to 2000. There may have been requests prior, but from what I can see there is a 13 year history the PBA looking to expose improprieties." Mar 8, 13 4:36 PM

Southampton Town Settles Discrimination Charges With Officer

"The State Human Rights Division found that there was probable cause to consider Officer Deluca’s complaint, which was filed in 2009."

Yet a mere 2 week earlier our town attorney Tiffany Scarlato says the following in reference to 2 Female Sergeants filing discrimination complaints. Ms Scarlato, did not not have knowledge of this finding or are you misleading the public while trying to dismiss & minimize accusations of discrimination?

"While civil rights claims against the town are not uncommon, Ms. Scarlato said the vast majority are found to not have merit by state investigators." - "Female Southampton Town Police Officers File Sexual Discrimination Claims" 2/20/13" Mar 8, 13 4:48 PM

PS - Ms. Scarlato, civil rights complaints against the town SHOULD be uncommon. Maybe the practices of the town should be examined." Mar 8, 13 4:50 PM

UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs

Some more unseemly news involving Southampton Police and Quotes of the Week by our officials. This seemed to been lost in all the bigger news but is important to reveal the character of our township

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/455485/Town-Settles-Discrimination-Charges-With-Officer?message=posted" Mar 8, 13 4:52 PM

Southampton Town Settles Discrimination Charges With Officer

I think is should be noted, at least by outward appearances of the article this officer was not out for a money grab. "The State Human Rights Division found that there was probable cause to consider Officer Deluca’s complaint" and all he did was seek reimbursement of his legal fees and be allowed to work free of discrimination.

More than fair and the town got off easy IMO." Mar 8, 13 5:00 PM

UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs

"Meanwhile, the offices were regularly accessed by civilian and custodial staff."

That statement that should be cause for concern. Unless, you read this article...
"Cops: Town Police Clerk Stole Cash From Coworker - posted 8/22/12

A clerk at Southampton Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays was arrested at her workplace on Friday after police said she stole money from a colleague.
A fellow employee realized on Wednesday, August 15, that $150 was missing from her pocketbook shortly after she cashed her paycheck. She noticed the theft while working at headquarters and reported the theft to detectives, according to Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa."

Ok, maybe drugs and money should be properly secured.



" Mar 8, 13 5:18 PM

I am not placing trust and financial negotiations are a completely different argument. All I am saying is the PBA seems to have been acknowledging that problems existed within the department for a long time and nobody listened." Mar 8, 13 5:30 PM

Was Chief Pearce in the same department or is it "always sunny in philadelphia"?
Chief WIlson's statements seem pretty specific about number of items found and confirmed to be drugs. Chief Pearce thinks it is some residue and Advil? Again come the "Best of my knowledge" incompetent or lying, you make the call.

"Former Police Chief William Wilson Jr., speaking for the first time since his retirement late last year, this week discussed his discovery, in early 2012, of the overall condition of the room. A subsequent search uncovered 37 items that were then turned over to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, and many of them were later confirmed by testing to be controlled substances."

"Current Police Chief Robert Pearce was the division head in charge of investigations, a position that directly oversaw the Street Crime Unit, when Chief Wilson disbanded it in 2011.... Chief Pearce said some crack residue had been found in the office, as well as over-the-counter painkillers, like Advil, and that the office was filled with prop drugs—used for teaching demonstration. He said that to the best of his knowledge there were no loose drugs within the office."" Mar 8, 13 5:48 PM

When we get the tax bill for this we will need something on the rocks" Mar 8, 13 5:50 PM

I would but my wifi does not go far enough :(" Mar 8, 13 5:57 PM

Hmmm, it appears that the Suffolk DA is investigating, this is the media and what do I do at the US Attorney... bring in a stack of Southampton Press issues?

" Mar 8, 13 6:01 PM

HHS - We are definitely at a fork in the road. All of this post seems to be a possible reality with the exception of "Board members who take their safeguarding and fiduciary duties seriously"

Their lack of respect for the positions they hold and the people (no guys, not your committeemen) they represent is unbelievable. The house needs to be swept out from Hampton Road to Hampton Bays.

***Note to Bill Wright, Marietta Seamen, Ed Walsh & Gordon Herr -
Get your dogs on a leash! If they are on one and pulling you down the road I suggest you cut them free. They and your parties will become unelectable***" Mar 8, 13 7:26 PM

Based on documented facts in 27east archives, Wilson has the credibility. He was not involved in paper shredding, did not hide files, cover up incompetence and corruption, make patronage promotions or try to buy people off to retire.
The DA's office actions corroborate Wilson's statements and if you have facts that prove otherwise I for one am for the truth getting flushed out.
I wished the actions of the Town Board, Chief Pearce, LT Kiernan and the rest of the parties involved instilled any morsel of confidence in them so I could be skeptical of these revelations. " Mar 8, 13 8:42 PM

I must confess that I had to google "Nepalese Gendarmes". The uniform would be very stylish in the Hamptons!" Mar 8, 13 8:46 PM

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