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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

Southampton Town Settles Discrimination Charges With Officer

Sig,
Maybe your "locker room nut busting found on any job" is in reality inappropriate behavior. "Way to play the system bud!", what did he play? The article states that "The settlement does not reward the officer any money, other than reimbursing him for legal fees" How choice can that assignment be if you do not get more money?

"The State Human Rights Division found that there was probable cause to consider Officer Deluca’s complaint" & The town appears to think there was enough merit to settle.
Is his stating that he does not want to work for a supervisor that discriminated against him wrong too? IMO, if he were playing the system why wouldn't he get paid to play?

On the bright side, it does seem like you have higher powers that feel the same way you do.
“I’m sure this will go its normal course,” the chief (Pearce)said of the complaints." & "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

Food for thought - maybe the attitude of dismissing peoples complaints without investigating them has helped to breed this culture of corruption in the town and it's police.

Good sound bite ATH - just follow through, "Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said of the agreement involving Officer DeLuca. “I think what it does—any of these kind of complaints—is shine a light on staff issues and our responsibility for addressing them. We should be looking further and digging deeper to make sure our patrolmen are working in an appropriate environment.”"
" Mar 9, 13 9:36 AM

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

Well, looks what is back on the agenda... Did whatever scared them off from the promotion before disappear? As I said before, I do not want to condemn someone for the sins of their brother BUT based on the towns reactions to the last attempt to promote him I must say I am more than a little concerned that it might rotten apples from the same barrel.

"Resolution 2013-309
Category: Personnel
Sponsors: Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst
Department: Personnel
Promote Police Officer William Kiernan to Rank of Sergeant in Southampton Town
Police Department RESOLVED, based on the recommendation of the Chief of Police, Police Officer William Kiernan be and hereby is promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Southampton Town Police Department from Suffolk County Department of Civil Service Promotional Certification of Eligibles No. 13EL046, at an annual salary of $128,898.83 effective March 16, 2013; and be it further" from town website for 3/12/13 meeting

Here we go again...." Mar 9, 13 12:41 PM

If any of those allegations are true then the grand jury should be from another jurisdiction. Just amazing...

It is simple people: work hard, don't lie and do what is right/proper for the residents that pay you (through taxes, not bribes - thought i should clarify that). That really is all we ask!" Mar 11, 13 1:22 PM

Board Members Say Female Officers Were Not Discriminated Against

What facts are you basing your statements on "Chief wislson was never qualified to be the Chief of the Southampton Town Department" & . "the Village dpartment, a force that is the laughing stock of ploice departments around the country."
Based on past 27east articles it appears that Chief Wilson was largely responsible for cleaning out corruption is the village police and was exposing corruption in the town police. There seems to have been a lot of resistance to the exposure in the town police. As PBR says, "Question authority, and then see who gripes the most?"" Mar 12, 13 11:28 AM

Again, where are the facts supporting your argument. According to this article the decision was made prior to Pearce becoming chief and carried on by him (if he had input into this decision prior we do not know).
No facts were laid out as to who was most qualified but as you see below the town erred in treating one sex differently than another which is discrimination. Also, based on facts published on this site Nuzzi, Scalera, Malone, Pearce and the SOA have very questionable credibility.

If you are aware of something we are not please speak.

"Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said that she and Councilwoman Bridget Fleming had supported promoting Sgt. Costa to lieutenant, as Chief Wilson had submitted official requests asking them to do on at least two occasions. Ms. Throne-Holst said that the majority of the board—Town Board members Chris Nuzzi, Christine Scalera and Jim Malone—were strident in their repeated refusals to grant the promotion.

At one point, when the three other board members pushed forward a resolution to promote then-Lieutenant Robert Pearce to captain against the recommendation of Chief Wilson, Ms. Throne-Holst said she asked that Sgt. Costa be promoted at the same time, but that the majority again refused. Board members said that Sgt. Costa would have to be interviewed by the Town Board first, a step that was not taken with other department candidates for promotion. The interview never happened."" Mar 12, 13 11:38 AM

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

"Kiernan, who was suspended between May and November, pleaded guilty in October to administrative charges of "incompetency or inefficiency" and "conduct which brings discredit upon the department" in a plea agreement with the town, according to the documents.
He admitted to four of 32 charges he had been facing, including failing to immediately report a prescription drug-addicted officer who was on the drug unit, and giving a false statement to internal affairs investigators, according to a Southampton administrative settlement agreement.
Kiernan lost 73 days of sick, vacation and personal time. He is back on the job as a lieutenant supervising the town's patrol officers.
Kiernan, who had overseen the Street Crime Unit since 2006, declined to comment, said his attorney Ray Perini, who noted Kiernan did not lose rank and said he was hoping to have those records expunged by the town board." - from another paper that rhymes with Tuesday (so I do not get removed)

He admitted to lying to internal affairs and covering up and his attorney "noted Kiernan did not lose rank and said he was hoping to have those records expunged by the town board" Really? Was Captain Tenaglia "expunging" when the shredders were going just days before Chief WIlson took over department? - "No Records Missing, Tenaglia Says" 5/17/12

Expunge - "to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion. 2. : to efface completely : destroy. 3. : to eliminate (as a memory) from one's consciousness" - merriam webster

I think too much has been "eliminated from one's consciousness" in this town and everyone should really start paying attention.
" Mar 13, 13 4:07 AM

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

look again" Mar 13, 13 7:31 AM

"Meanwhile, Lt. Kiernan, documents show, pleaded guilty in October 2012 following a nearly six-month suspension to four disciplinary charges Chief Wilson had filed against him, the most egregious of which involved lying to Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigators regarding his supervision of the unit. He also admitted to not acting right away upon receiving a complaint that an officer in his unit was addicted to painkillers. Pleading guilty to the four satisfied 28 remaining disciplinary charges, many of which dealt with the Street Crime Unit. He was forced to give up 73 days of sick, personal and vacation time as a penalty."

"Chief Pearce questioned what was claimed to have been found in the office. “I believe that the only thing that was found was some cocaine residue,” Chief Pearce said, adding that over-the-counter painkillers like Advil were found, too. The office, he said, was filled with prop drugs—used for teaching demonstrations.'

Chief Pearce and the Town Board reinstate LT Kiernan and put him in charge, unbelievable! He admitted to lying to internal affairs... he should not have a job! Chief Pearce was LT Kiernan's supervisor and was his SOA president, he had to have full knowledge of the facts (unless he is totally incompetent). The disgusting part is how many of our officials have there hands in this.

" Mar 13, 13 9:49 AM

Now, I understand why the SOA keeps a criminal attorney, Ray Perini, on retainer.
Once again, our police should ever be conducting themselves in a manner that they need a criminal attorney, not to mention have one on retainer for the whole union.

"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" Mar 13, 13 11:25 AM

"A document obtained from a source this week revealed that Lt. Kiernan, following a nearly six-month suspension, had pleaded guilty in October 2012 to four disciplinary charges that then-Chief Wilson had filed against him—the most egregious of which involved lying to Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigators regarding his supervision of the unit. He also admitted to failing to act immediately upon receiving a complaint that an officer in his unit was addicted to painkillers and, in fact, allowed the officer to continue on active duty"

So the defense attorney's argument is that Lt Kiernan plead guilty to 4 charges but only admits to one? huh? and the one he admits to is assigning a driver to the drug addicted cop... oh, that makes me feel better! Did he have his gun while he was being chauffeured?

"Lt. Kiernan’s attorney, Mr. Perini, said the agreement stipulated that while a guilty plea was entered to the four disciplinary charges, the lieutenant was only admitting to failing to adequately document his assigning another officer to serve as driver for the officer in question while he was on duty."" Mar 13, 13 6:10 PM

Wow, this instills faith.

"Chief Pearce said that, to the best of his knowledge, there were no loose drugs."

"Lt. Kiernan on Monday said all the drugs and evidence were handled properly and did not present a public safety concern."

The pictures speak a thousand words!

"Lt. Kiernan, meanwhile, and his attorney, Ray Perini, attacked Mr. Wilson for conducting a “smear campaign” against the lieutenant."

Smear campaign? How is it a smear campaign - because the Chief, Lieutenant and the Town board were not successful in completing the coverup? If it was simply a smear campaign I do not believe that 2 felons would have been released from prison and other had charges dropped." Mar 13, 13 6:14 PM

Great idea, let's make it the first priority to find the person who is telling the truth!

Wonder why more people do not come forward.... " Mar 13, 13 6:15 PM

"Despite Lt. Kiernan’s acceptance of the agreement settling his disciplinary charges, Mr. Perini is now seeking to have the Town Board expunge Lt. Kiernan’s record. He said he gave a “full presentation” to the board on the “absence of evidence.”"

Expunge the record because of the absence of evidence? If there was no evidence and Lt Kiernan was innocent then why plead guilty and give up "73 days of sick, personal and vacation time as a penalty."
"Approximately $139,000 is budgeted for Lt. Kiernan’s base salary". - "Town Police Lieutenant Is Suspended" 5/3/12

that should equal about $40,000 - Seems like an admittance of guilt to me

This statement would make be believe that there was an agreement with the board that this would happen " Mar 13, 13 7:56 PM

I think it is safe to say that some resignations are in order
Chief Pearce
Lieutenant Kiernan
Chris Nuzzi
Christine Scalera
James Malone - "I have 3 words for you - Chief Robert Pearce" Looks like you will regret those 3 words

More needs to be revealed about ATH & Flemming, but resignations may be in order there. The board is complicit in this and even if the majority ruled I do not find enough on the record of them trying to protect the public interests.

Clean House!" Mar 13, 13 9:05 PM

"The Street Crime Unit was headed by the current police chief, Robert Pearce, when he was a lieutenant,"

Chief Pearce, you were the supervisor. Did you ever go into that office? Just looking at those pictures I see no appearance of professionalism. Again, you are either lying or incompetent.
" Mar 13, 13 9:20 PM

Top 10 quotes that don't instill faith in our officials

10. "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.” - No Records Missing, Tenaglia Says 5/17/12
Hmmm, something about hindsight being 20/20 but it seemed to be pretty clear then too

9. 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. - Who Sought To Oust Police Chief? 5/29/12
Just after the officer with a drug addiction came to light, what a quinky dink

8. 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.” The chief said he has found it difficult to run the department with “little to no support from a board majority.” -Who Sought To Oust Police Chief? 5/29/12
Glad he did a great job given the obstacles... ones next question would be, did you do anything to remedy the "disservice"?

7. "Last week, then-Lieutenant Robert Pearce—whom the Town Board promoted to captain on Monday— said that “everything” was turned over to Town Hall, and that he does not believe there were any missing documents. He could not explain exactly what was turned over, when or why". - PBA Wants Info On Police Records 3/15/12
What? Me? Who? Everything was turned over and nothing is missing, but I don't know what was turned over, when and by who. Stop asking me questions please!

6. “How is chasing down all of these rumors and innuendos and conspiracy theories productive to the morale of men and women who are putting their lives on the line on a daily basis?” Mr. Malone asked, stressing that he’s proud and grateful for the work of the officers. - -Who Sought To Oust Police Chief? 5/29/12
Yes, uncovering truth and corruption always brings down morale.

5. "Asked if there was any chance that sensitive police documents could have been changed, modified or sanitized in any way before they were moved to Town Hall, the captain (Tenaglia) replied, “No—not by me.” ... 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." - No Records Missing, Tenaglia Says 5/17/12
As Tenaglia chuckles quietly at the reporters question thinking... I am smart enough not to shred them personally. That is why I have minions

4. "Chief Pearce said that, to the best of his knowledge, there were no loose drugs. “I believe that the only thing that was found was some cocaine residue,” he said this week, adding that over-the-counter painkillers like Advil were found, too. The office, he said, was filled with prop drugs—used for teaching demonstrations." - above article
ooops, I did not know that there were pictures that showed otherwise!

3. "Lt. Kiernan, meanwhile, and his attorney, Ray Perini, attacked Mr. Wilson for conducting a “smear campaign” against the lieutenant." yet...
"Lt. Kiernan, following a nearly six-month suspension, had pleaded guilty in October 2012 to four disciplinary charges that then-Chief Wilson had filed against him—the most egregious of which involved lying to Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigators regarding his supervision of the unit. He also admitted to failing to act immediately upon receiving a complaint that an officer in his unit was addicted to painkillers and, in fact, allowed the officer to continue on active duty." - above article
Who is conducting the smear campaign? Harder to point the finger when the facts are against you.


2. "Lt. Kiernan’s attorney, Mr. Perini, said the agreement stipulated that while a guilty plea was entered to the four disciplinary charges, the lieutenant was only admitting to failing to adequately document his assigning another officer to serve as driver for the officer in question while he was on duty." - above article
Oh, OK. That makes perfect sense. What else would you do when you find out one of your cops is so badly addicted to drugs that he can't drive.

and the #1 quote instilling faith in our town

1. “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. - above article
LMFAO - if this was in any other town it would be so much funnier.
" Mar 14, 13 11:03 AM

Wow Sig, that is an interesting way to look at it. Try thanking LT Kiernan for getting the addicted cop a chauffeur instead of sending him to rehab. Thank Lt Pearce for helping him cover it up and Thank Nuzzi, Scalera & Malone for continuing the saga by protecting their committeeman instead of fixing the problems of corruption.

The way you are looking at it a violent husband should sue a wife because her face broke his hand.

" Mar 14, 13 5:42 PM

Sig,
I would argue the contrary. The defense attorneys making these claims is what made the procedures necessary. Organizations, public or private, usually do not put procedures or policies in place until they have to. They do so in order to avoid liability and the liability usually comes out of case law.
Just remember that Nassau County's lab was shuttered for poor evidence handling procedures, criminals were released and charges on others were dropped.
The lawsuits are going to be abundant not solely because there was a cop that had a drug problem - the lack of supervision, cover up with a supervisor lying to internal affairs and all the way to the town board where little effort was made to remedy the situation.
When you see big money payouts in lawsuits it is generally in the punitive damages which are obviously meant to punish wrongdoing. That is were we as residents will get hurt and that blame is on the people that let the problem go.
If the problem was adressed when it first presented itself the story would be done with very little damage. Hiding it, even now does nothing but make it worse... Our government and it's officials should never conduct themselves in a manner in which they have to lie to anyone." Mar 15, 13 6:24 PM

It has been 11 days since the original article and 5 days since the update when our officials were caught in lies/denials.

I am with PBR - Chief Pearce and the Town Board should be speaking up and addressing these issues. Are they are not speaking because they can not answer the questions honestly without incriminating themselves?

The only way to regain the publics trust is for an outside agency to step in and the facts must be publicly aired - anything short of that and you are asking for people to place faith were is was lost." Mar 18, 13 10:44 AM

I agree that those responsible should be held accountable, no more no less." Mar 19, 13 8:50 PM

Hey JM, glad I have a fan but why would I have gone to Atlanta?" Mar 19, 13 10:12 PM

Drugs, Money May Be Missing From Southampton Town Police Headquarters

Should we really be surprised that chickens go missing when the fox is watching the hen house?
“With concern to my officer, the problem that I have is that other people have access to that room,” Officer O’Flaherty said, adding that the chief and any of the department’s lieutenants could access the property room at any time on their own. “That one officer has been down there for four years, handled thousands of pieces of evidence—and the one thing that is missing is this? That seems suspicious.”

"Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce said this week that he has launched an internal investigation into how his predecessor, former Police Chief William Wilson Jr., shuttered the now defunct Street Crime Unit." ... “We’re looking into how that office was mothballed,” Chief Pearce said."

That is too funny - now he wants to investigate something. Not when a cop was addicted to drugs, suspects dying in custody, his people lying to internal affairs. Hey Chief Pearce, maybe if you did your job as a supervisor before the unit would not be mothballed and the town might not be open to millions of dollars in liability.

If a Federal or State agency does not come in to investigate Southampton Police and Town Board, then I do not see how it can be saved. This is way too much.

“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 - enough said, sigh" Mar 20, 13 2:07 PM

"Following Mr. Bradway’s arrest, Police Officer Eric Sickles told then-Sergeant James Kiernan, the supervisor of the Town Police’s now-defunct Street Crime Unit, that he believed Mr. Bradway may have swallowed some cocaine. Sgt. Kiernan ordered Mr. Bradway to be brought to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, the lawsuit states. Sgt. Kiernan processed the arrest and recalled that Mr. Bradway, after initially acting normal, began to provide inconsistent answers, prompting Sgt. Kiernan to transport him to the hospital, it notes. He testified that it took Officer Sickles “less than 20 minutes” to return to headquarters to take Mr. Bradway to the hospital. Sgt. Kiernan said Mr. Bradway initially refused to go to the hospital. Mr. Bradway was admitted to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead shortly after noon that day and was pronounced dead there about seven hours later. He had told hospital staffers said he swallowed between 4 and 5 grams of cocaine, according to the lawsuit." from "Town Settles For $70,000" published 5/17/12" Mar 20, 13 4:15 PM

Suicide is what you interpret? Interesting perspective to say the least.

Though Bradway was most likely ingesting the drugs to prevent more evidence being used against him the police have a legal AND moral obligation to safeguard the people in their custody (no matter how bad they think the people are) I am sure there are procedures in place that cover this type of incident, which likely to be like anything else in this litigious society - Get medical treatment. Bradway may have died even if he was brought straight to the hospital, but at least there is one less thing that could be singled out as potential wrongdoing.

The statements above are those of Officer Sickles & Lt Kiernan, a drug addicted cop and admitted liar. One could speculate that this may be a sanitized version to save themselves. Maybe or maybe not, but the problem is now their integrity will forever be in question.
" Mar 20, 13 5:42 PM

They are in denial and hoping this blows over by November." Mar 20, 13 11:20 PM

"Chief Pearce could not be reached for comment on the allegation of the missing evidence on Wednesday morning. But in an interview on Tuesday—before the source had provided information about the missing evidence—he had noted that the evidence “could be in a number of spots,” but did not offer specifics. Asked if it was in the property room, he declined to comment, citing his investigation."

Let's hit the replay for similar responses,
"Last week, then-Lieutenant Robert Pearce—whom the Town Board promoted to captain on Monday— said that “everything” was turned over to Town Hall, and that he does not believe there were any missing documents. He could not explain exactly what was turned over, when or why". - PBA Wants Info On Police Records 3/15/12

"Chief Pearce said that, to the best of his knowledge, there were no loose drugs. “I believe that the only thing that was found was some cocaine residue,” he said this week, adding that over-the-counter painkillers like Advil were found, too. The office, he said, was filled with prop drugs—used for teaching demonstrations." - "UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs" 3/13/13

Chief Pearce "rejected the idea that there has been a pattern of sexual discrimination within the department during his tenure. “I’m sure this will go its normal course,” the chief said of the complaints."" - "Female Southampton Town Police Officers File Sexual Discrimination Claims" 2/20/13
- yet his prior boss got sensitivity training -
"Officer Drew confirmed this week that there were at least three sepa- rate female officers who had come to the PBA with complaints about the chief ’s conduct, and that she had personally witnessed one of the incidents.
She characterized the nature of the complaints as primarily intimidation and “stalking,” saying the chief was driving by and checking up on female police officers several times in one night during a midnight shift, following female officers on patrol, and showing up at the officers’ calls unannounced." - "Chief Gets Sensitivity Class" 4/27/06

Hmmm, everything is always ok but he can never offer specifics. Is that because he is making up answers?

“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”
― George W. Bush
" Mar 20, 13 11:39 PM

The only apparent change in decades was Chief Wilson. Once he started cleaning up the house they ran him out of dodge" Mar 20, 13 11:43 PM

Kabot Says She Wants To Run For Southampton Town Supervisor Again

"Armstrong, a veteran Southampton Town cop who was accused of giving false testimony in court last year and faced 13 separate charges of misconduct from the police chief, will retire on November 1, halting the disciplinary action against him and leaving unanswered the question of whether or not he lied on the stand."
"“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.
But the supervisor said this week that he would in no way support such an arrangement.
“I think that sends the wrong message to the public, especially in light of our commitment to uphold the highest ethical standard in government,” Mr. Heaney said. “[Lt. Armstrong] would be wise to go off and enjoy his retirement, and we would not be wise to recast his role given his decision.”" - Accused Cop Opts To Retire 10/20/05

The culture of corruption in Southampton Police continues to this day and she wanted to keep a perjuring cop on. DWI aside, this speaks volumes on her judgement." Mar 21, 13 1:02 AM

UPDATE: Sickles Returns To Duty; PBA Blasts Board Members, GOP For Making Him A 'Scapegoat'

"Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst congratulated Officer Sickles in the hallway after the vote. “This is how it should be,” she said to him. “This shouldn’t have happened the way it did.”" - Then how should it have happened and why did it happen this way?

"Other members of the Town Board were not available for comment following the vote." - The 3 amigos again

"Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming said she though the settlement was a fair one. “I’m happy to be putting this chapter behind us,” she added."

This chapter might be put to an end but it better be just the opening of the book. Everything needs to be aired out if the public is ever expected to trust this town again.

as PBR says, "Get them all under oath!"
" Mar 21, 13 6:08 PM

I say again that the town board members and police that were involved in any cover up should personally be open to civil liability and share the burden that the taxpayers will have. That may discourage this type of behavior in the future." Mar 21, 13 10:11 PM

From all of the articles I read, Sickles addiction seemed to be a factor in a considerable string of problems that lead to the invalidating of the arrests. It was said that evidence handling and credibility issues were a problem too. So there was missing evidence, Kiernan admitted to lying to Internal Affairs as well as covering up Sickles addiction. I think reasonable doubt can add up in that place - and now all of those drugs disappear. I guess it is not a problem though, because Chief Pearce says that it was just residue and advil...

"The handling of the drugs and paraphernalia that was discovered violates both department policies and criminal law, Mr. Wilson said. All evidence in criminal cases must be logged and stored in locked locations designated for that use.

Mr. Wilson noted the two men released from prison last year after the D.A.’s office said issues had arisen related to the credibility of the Street Crime Unit officers involved in the case. While he stopped short of a direct connection, Mr. Wilson noted that “evidence procedural issues that came up during the internal investigation related to Street Crime” could have played a role in those cases, or the more than 100 under review by the D.A.’s office." - 'UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs' 3/13/13

" Mar 23, 13 1:11 PM

"A document obtained from a source this week revealed that Lt. Kiernan, following a nearly six-month suspension, had pleaded guilty in October 2012 to four disciplinary charges that then-Chief Wilson had filed against him—the most egregious of which involved lying to Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigators regarding his supervision of the unit. He also admitted to failing to act immediately upon receiving a complaint that an officer in his unit was addicted to painkillers and, in fact, allowed the officer to continue on active duty" - 'UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs' 3/13/13

There are fail safes and they worked. Lt. Kiernan admitted he is a liar and covered things up. " Mar 24, 13 8:17 AM

Maybe Kabot and Suskind will come back so we can get some more of the same when they were in kahoots with the other lying Southampton Police Lieutenant Armstrong.
"A three-month investigation has concluded that it is likely that Southampton Town Police Lieutenant William Armstrong lied during testimony in the trial of convicted Bridgehampton hit-and-run driver Leslie W. Jennemann, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office confirmed this week." - 'Armstrong Case to DA' 9/9/04

what is old is new again... cover up.

"“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." - 'Accused Cop Opts To Retire' 10/20/05" Mar 24, 13 8:23 AM

Items Missing From Southampton Town Police Property Room Resurface

"Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce on Tuesday acknowledged that evidence" ... "He would not, however, provide any details." - No answers, how unusual for Chief Pearce

"Det. Gwinn said his union was displeased an outside agency did not conduct the audit, because many administrators accused of “mishandling” the Street Crime Unit and the supervision of Police Officer Eric Sickles, a former member of the unit who became addicted to prescription drugs, were the same ones conducting the investigation."

Many of my fellow posters have been saying that an outside agency should investigate Southampton Police. Even the PBA is saying that an outside agency should be involved... Hello, red flag!!! Will someone do something?!

" Mar 27, 13 7:52 PM

PBR - get my back on this,

Get them all under oath!" Mar 27, 13 7:53 PM

Drugs, Money May Be Missing From Southampton Town Police Headquarters

The town board is having public hearings on septic systems but there is only deafening silence about police corruption.

SOS - Save Our Southampton!" Mar 27, 13 8:09 PM

Items Missing From Southampton Town Police Property Room Resurface

"Chief Pearce, who had been the division head overseeing the drug unit, Ray Perini, an attorney representing the union for department brass, and Lieutenant James Kiernan, the former unit’s commanding officer, all criticized the publishing of the photos last week."

Of course, because that is always a normal reaction to have when factual evidence id made public and you have nothing to hide.

As PBR says - ask questions and see who complains the most." Mar 27, 13 8:22 PM

That is also making the assumption that this is his first offense... maybe just the first one he was prosecuted for." Mar 27, 13 9:10 PM

Apparently it is just a "smear campaign" by Wilson. It seems like the facts are supporting Wilson and as long as the truth comes out I do not care what kind of campaign you call it. Let's call it a clean up the Cr@p in Southampton Campaign - Vote None of the Above (PBR)

" He accused Mr. Wilson of conducting a “smear campaign” targeting his client." - 'UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs' 3/13/13" Mar 27, 13 9:45 PM

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