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Appeals court favors woman suing Southampton Village Police

Conducting strip searches for marihuana possession is both an outdated practice and a clear sign of misconduct and incompetence on the part of the people doing the strip searches. That would be recently rehired Southampton Village Seasonal Police Officer Marla Donovan. This story has this minor inaccuracy.

In New York State the Criminal Procedure Law governs how the police should act in these circumstances; section 150.75 to be specific. Ms. Hartline’s CAR and not Ms. Hartline was in possession of less than 25 grams of marihuana an thus not committing a violation or crime. If Ms. Hartline was verbally admitting that the marihuana in her car was hers then she would have only been committing a “violation” and not a “class B misdemeanor”. If for example the substance was a controlled substance, which marihuana is not, then there would be a presumption of possession. What this means is that the law was adopted by the New York State Legislature to include a possession presumption by the driver and the occupants of the vehicle. This same presumption IS NOT included in marihuana offenses. So unless the driver has the marihuana in his/her pocket or verbally admits to being the owner or possessor then the police should not arrest and the DA will decline prosecution. The Criminal Procedure Law specifically states that the police must “promptly issue” an appearance ticket in Ms. Hartline’s situation. This means just that. No handcuffs, No Fingerprints and No Photographs. It does not mean the defendant is taken back to the police station under the guise the joint or bowl is warm and thus a criminal possession “burning in public” marihuana arrest in the hopes of finding more or different contraband otherwise known as a fishing expedition.

Police Officer Marla Donovan, now re-hired Seasonal Police Officer Marla Donovan, was the person tasked with searching Ms. Hartline. You might think another female would have some empathy for Ms. Hartline and take a step back and ask; is this search justified? Officer Donovan was after all a DARE instructor and had some specialized training in dangers of drug use. Was Ms. Hartline under the influence of drugs while operating the pickup truck? If she was then the police would have taken a blood sample and had it tested. Sound familiar? No blood sample was taken no DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) was called in to do a formal evaluation of Ms. Hartline.

The case will most likely boil down to the motives of the police officers involved in the arrest and search. Gallo would probably have been happy issuing a field appearance ticket to Ms. Hartline that would most likely be converted into a DISAPPEARING Field Appearance ticket at a later date. Much like Mayor Mark Epley’s son’s violation Harassment charge. Ms. Hartline should have been released at the car stop location and avoided the embarrassment of arrest, detention and strip search. Instead somebody thought it would be a good idea to try an make a mountain out of a mole hill and turn a “violation” marihuana possession into a misdemeanor possession arrest or something more grandiose.

Now people is this small village community want to know if the video taped footage of Ms. Hartline’s strip search will be available on Utube. How pathetic!

" Oct 11, 08 3:24 PM

BOReilly,

If you look at the accusatory instruments filed with court you will see that sub section 1 was foolishly applied to the Hartline arrest. “1. marihuana in a public place, as defined in section 240.00 of this chapter, and such marihuana is burning or open to public view;” and not the aggregate weight.

This means the old “warm to the touch” scam to bump up a “violation” marihuana possession to a Class- B misdemeanor was employed here. The public might be mislead by your ploy but the attorneys are quite capable reading the statutes themselves and offering opinions that are matters of law.

In any event the press story states the charges were dismissed. Seasonal Police Officer Marla Donovan seems to have the MIDAS touch with the Glowczski and Hartline lawsuits. " Oct 14, 08 10:29 AM

John Q.,
Thank you for reading my comments and offering your perspective. The legal argument that the car and not the person is in possession of marihuana is to encourage the reader. The fact that you can't arrest a car and only a person is the legal basis NOT to arrest under the circumstances. A true law enforcement professional know when to walk away from a no arrest situation.

You will read more on this topic for sure. Police need probable cause to get a search warrant for a car, house or person. There is less of an expectation of privacy in a car but there is privacy there! There is also privacy of your person! If the facts don't support an arrest or a strip search then the police should not search or arrest.

There are two types of awards jury's can award and they are compensatory and punitive. The Village is responsible for the compensatory and the police officers are responsible for the punitive. The Village is permitted by law to pay for the punitive damages as well. So the police officers will unlikely have to pay any out of pocket. Even if they did the PBA Union would pick up the tab.

The person who is going to pay is the insurance company that underwrites the Villages insurance. The PBA members have a $300,000.00 indemnification clause in their contract with the Village. It may not cover events outside false arrest but the Village and the Insurance Company will foot the bill. " Oct 16, 08 4:54 PM

For an unbridled version see:
www.southamptonpolice.blogspot.com" Oct 16, 08 9:39 PM

Former Southampton Village Police officer's lawsuit against village dismissed

If you watch the banter on CNN AC360 you will hear "we are all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. Here are some facts you will probably not read about in the Southampton Independent or the Southampton Press printed addition. On July 23rd 2009 Christopher A. Broich won his decision against the Village in Federal Court. Page 21 and 22 of the decision reads as follows;

CV-08-0553 (SJF) (ARL)

III Conclusion

For the reasons stated herein: (1) the branch of defendants’ motion seeking dismissal of the second amended complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and/or Colorado River abstention is denied; (2) the branch of defendants’ motion seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s Title VII claims is denied, with leave to renew with respect to plaintiff’s claim relating to the December 27, 2005 charge, as amended by the January 23, 2006 charge; (3) the branches of defendants’ motion seeking dismissal or plaintiff’s Section 1985 claims and claims against the Village Board trustees are granted, and those claims are dismissed with prejudice; and (4) all official capacity claims against the remaining individual defendants are sua sponte dismissed with prejudice. The parties are directed to appear in my courtroom at 1010 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York on July 28, 2009 at 11:30 a.m., with authority or persons with authority to resolve this action, for a settlement and/or scheduling conference. Further, all parties are directed to engage in good faith settlement negotiations prior to the conference.

Feel free to contact me for your copy of the entire decision. " Sep 29, 09 9:19 PM

Frank,
The Southampton Press called me yesterday and asked me to comment. I asked the same question you did. What does this have to do with me? The Press wanted me to comment on Chief Wilson's crystal ball prediction. Essentially I told them what I thought and asked why there was no ink on my success in Federal Court. Thats why you see what I posted. I actually emailed a copy of my decision to the press and asked them to make it available for you the readers to download and view. They emailed me toady they will cover the story next week." Sep 30, 09 12:38 PM

"Nothing has come of the complaint"

pstevens

Plenty has come of this complaint. The Federal Court decision was made public July 23 2009. There has been no press coverage of the decision, that much is correct. If you go to pacer online you can download your copy and read it. The number assigned is CV-08-0553.

Simply put Broich won a good decision! In terms of a timeline October 8th discover demands are due. Broich is ready.

christopherbroich@gmail.com" Sep 30, 09 5:15 PM

Linda Kabot's DWI case expected to be moved to Riverhead Town Court

Because Linda Kabot did not take a chemical test she was only charged under section 1192-3 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. The prosecution of this section of law requires the people prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kabot was intoxicated and the person making this determination is trained and has experience in detecting alcohol intoxication or drug impairment in persons he/she is observing

The defense will most likely subpoena all the police officers prior DWI arrests to see if he used boiler plate language in the DWI accusatory instrument or the language was consistent with the video tape and the recorded minutes from the DMV refusal hearing. The defense will almost certainly review the instructions for the field sobriety tests and determine if the tests used were consistent with the officer’s training from standard field sobriety testing school. Not every police officer attends the SFT school and those that do don’t always re-certify when they should. Generally from cuts in the training budget. This is another place to look. How much of the Westhampton Village Police Budget is allocated to training? The defense can also closely view the mug photo of Kabot to see if her eyes were actually bloodshot. If the police officer used the SDII pre-screen device or attempted to was the device calibrated every 60 days? If the police officer offered the pre-screen test he will have to articulate why? Here’s why! If Kabot was obviously intoxicated based solely on the observations of the police officer then why give a SDII pre-screen test? Why? He had his doubts. At that is reasonable doubt in a nutshell. Another answer that will be sought by the defense is how many persons arrested by the Westhampton Village Police for Driving While Intoxicated that took the chemical test were below the legal limit of .08 and impaired or un-arrested below .06?

The other political way win the case is for Kabot to waive a jury trial, which she can, and just have the Judge decide if she is guilty. The City Cops do this in officer involved shootings. The NYPD cops have a saying “better to know the judge then the law”.

In 2004 actor Rip Torn was acquitted for a DWI charge that was video taped at the precinct detention area. The judge did not think the actor was intoxicated after reviewing the tape. " Sep 30, 09 11:16 PM

Former police officer appeals court decision

I can give you a half a million reasons to stop and read this comment.

Work Rules in public sector employment fall under 3 categories within the jurisdiction of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and they are mandatory subjects of bargaining, non-mandatory subjects of bargaining and prohibited subjects of bargaining.

If an employer creates a new work rule that is a non-mandatory subject of bargaining under the PERB rules without first bargaining for it’s addition to the collective bargaining agreement there is no violation of the Taylor Law.

Conversely, if an employer creates a new work rule that is a mandatory subject of bargaining under the PERB rules without first bargaining for it’s addition to the collective bargaining agreement there is violation of the Taylor Law. The Union (PBA) should file an improper practice charge (IP) with PERB immediately to toll the 4 month statute of limitations under the Taylor Law.

General Order 83 is in fact a mandatory subject of bargaining.

Here both the PBA and the Village of Southampton have yet to resolve General Order 83. The PBA was asked to file an IP with PERB concerning General Order 83 and when they failed to do so a Duty of Fair Representation (IP) charge was filed with PERB. This DFR Improper Practice Charge filed against the PBA Union triggered an IP Charge by the PBA against the Village of Southampton. Confusing enough for you? Let me help. If you are eligible for promotion and want to be promoted you probably don’t want to file an IP charge with PERB and spoil your chances.

The end result is this nothing has been done about General Order 83 by the PBA or the Village of Southampton. General Order 83 is in effect and on the books along with a mountain of legal bill by both sides. From January 2006 to September 2009 the Village has paid the Law Office of Vincent Toomey close to a half of a million dollars on these types of issues. $456,928.85. This does not include any payments to the Insurance Company representing the Village in this and other Federal Court cases. " Oct 29, 09 3:12 PM

Southampton Town PBA to appeal ruling for police brass to separate from union

PBA Presidents are often manipulated and controlled by management. They are sometimes faced with disciplinary matters themselves and will bargain away the rights of other union members to preserve their status in the union and organization. PBA Presidents facing disciplinary suspension will sometimes be faced with a decision to bargain away contractual rights of the union to save their job or avoid suspension. This is nothing new or unique to PBA and Government relationships. It happens all over. The fear here is uncertainty. The PBA is uncertain how sergeants and above will view their conduct perched inside a SOA Union. The PBA does not want to compete against the SOA during annual fund raising season. There is a limited amount of money people will donate for a PBA or SOA card and vehicle sticker. In Southampton Town there is another good reason to have an SOA. Conflicts of interest or at least perceived conflicts of interest.

Records from the Southampton Town Office of the Comptroller show that Southampton Town Government paid East End Quartermaster $229,876.65 for police uniforms and other equipment from 2006 to 2008. Who owns or owned East End Quartermaster? The PBA President Patrick Aube.

Lets see if the SOA does a better job or at least give them a chance. They deserve it." Nov 5, 09 10:03 AM

Right now the PBA Presidents in both the Town and Village PBA get "PBA Days" to use instead of burning any vacation or holidays. If the Town PBA President wants a full release it will be up to the Town Board to allow it or stop it. It will be up to the public to show up to the Town Board meetings and support the notion or stand up and object it. Either way if it happens you can's say you didn't see it coming.

But understand this; the salary of the PBA President will be paid by the Town Taxpayer and NOT the PBA while on any release. " Nov 10, 09 5:38 PM

Southampton Village 911 system suffers failures

How can you have an antiquated radio communications system in a new state of the art police station that was built in 2003?

Why not take all the radio equipment out of the mobile command post and relocate it in police headquarters? This will save $250,000.00. The mobile command post is parked behind the police station and is never used.

Every Southampton Village police care has a computer with the ability to communicate to headquarters and other police cars over a network. This is a layered approach to critical communications. Consider the fact that other police departments on the east end don't have their own dispatchers and dispatch equipment. Those departments are directed or dispatched by Suffolk County Firematic, New York State Police and Southampton Town Police at a fraction of the cost of having your own dispatch division. Every Southampton Village Police officer or car has their own cell phone to communicate with police headquarters. Some members have satellite enabled phones that work where cell towers are out of range.

The Village Board should give careful consideration to having the police, fire and ambulance corps dispatched by Suffolk County or at least calculate the savings. You can’t expect the taxpayer to believe that a new police station has an antiquated radio communication system. Moore’s Law does not apply to radio communications using VHS frequencies.

If lighting strikes accounted for the radio equipment failure then have a competent engineer redesign the system to mitigate this problem. Also make sure that engineer who designed the Southampton Village Police Station communication system is not working for any airports.

Finally, if you just gotta have new stuff and more toys then look into the Grant program allocations for 2009 from the Homeland Security Grant Program. The Interoperable Emergency Communication Grant Program (IECGP) There is 48.6 million dollars allocated for planning, training, exercises and equipment to states, territories, local and tribal governments to carry out initiatives identified in Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans, and improve interoperability emergency communications for responding to natural disasters and acts of terrorism.


" Nov 20, 09 10:15 AM

Southampton Village moving forward on new ambulance corps headquarters

Step One: Buy fire trucks that are too big for the jurisdiction and building.

Step Two: Put on a dog and pony show in front of the Village Board and claim the Firehouse is dangerous and outdated and won't accommodate new big Fire Trucks. Inject OSHA standards that don't apply to the Village.

Step Three: Pay a public relations firm $17,000.00 to pump up support for a new 8 Million Dollar Building.

Step Four: Have a permissive referendum in October when no one is around and exclude absentee voting.

Step Five: Referendum passes 60% to 40 %

Next: Do this all over aging for the ambulance corp.

Step One: Buy another ambulance that is too big for the facility and claim it's antiquated. Don't tell the public the Police Department will mark up the old ambulance with Police Decals. Hide it in plain site.

Step Two: Follow the game plan used by the Village Board for the fire station.


" Nov 23, 09 6:13 PM

My comment was intended to trigger some thoughts on the necessity for another multi million dollar project that Village taxpayer will be burden with. It was also intend to flush out the politico(s) within the corp who are pushing this agenda.

The reality is that the entire ambulance fleet and personnel would fit nicely in the new Firehouse. The Village Board should include some extra garage space in the new firehouse to be constructed on Hampton Road. The SVVA should learn to get along with the volunteer firemen and share some space with them in the new proposed facility. Serious consideration should be given to combining the to volunteer organizations and put the Village taxpayer first.

After the SVVA vacates the ambulance garage on Meetinghouse Lane the Village Board can move forward to build the slated 3.4 million dollar African American Museum & Learning Center. Instead of spending 3.4 million dollars on a new facility at the corner of North Sea Road and Hillcrest Avenue the Village could spend a modest sum renovating the Ambulance Building on Meeting House Lane. This way the new Museum and learning center would be in walking distance of Southampton Histor" Nov 29, 09 7:10 PM

Thank you." Nov 29, 09 7:11 PM

Historical Museum." Nov 29, 09 7:14 PM

K Aventi
My 20 years as a first responder with two documented CPR Live Saving calls and participating in the Search and Rescue Mission in New York City during the 9/11 attacks on our country qualifies me to comment on this subject matter. I am a Village Resident and have friends in the Ambulance and Fire Departments.

There is nothing disparaging in my comment. Not every solution requires 8 Million Dollars. Maybe my idea makes too much sense." Nov 29, 09 8:37 PM

Like you said I make perfect sense.

It would seem that the Federal Judge that ruled in my favor did not see anything frivolous. Maybe you should consider reading the complaint and the decision in their entirety BEFORE making any blanket assessments.

Finally, I wore a bullet proof vest to work for 19 years and earned every penny the Village paid me. I was the only Police Officer to buy a house in the Village with his own money and continue to pay Village Taxes. You may not like me but listen to the message. I will save the Village 8 million dollars." Nov 30, 09 6:04 PM

Officer makes charges of favoritism in Westhampton Beach PBA

What McManus is referring to is this story is a Unions Duty of Fair Representation (DFR). A DFR charge must originate in Supreme Court or the New York State Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) each have concurrent jurisdiction. This means Officer McManus has only 4 Months to File and (IP) Improper Practice Charge against his Union which conjoins the Village of Westhampton. File NOW to toll the statute of limitations set by PERB and negotiate later. You may not enlarge this 4 month statute by written agreement. This is a common error or trap. You can always agree to drop the IP charge later if the Union starts to represent you fairly. " Jun 15, 10 6:45 PM

Town Police Chief Appointment May Be Clouded By Politics

POLICE CHIEF (TOWNS & VILLAGES) 5030


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class works under the general direction of a town or village board. The incumbent is responsible for the planning and directing of law enforcement activities, and all police functions in a town or village. Responsibility is included for the thorough training of recruits, and the maintenance of standards throughout the department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs the operations, procedures and policies of the Police Department;
Organizes force into units to handle different kinds of work, and issues working orders for the department;
Maintains the discipline and morale of the department;
Directs the preparation of written reports; reviews reports of officers;
Coordinates the police function with other enforcement agencies such as Suffolk County Police Department, New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Directs the investigation of major criminal offenses;
Insures that recruits and regular officers receive adequate training in police methods and procedures;
Recommends the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment;
Delivers talks on safety and other law enforcement problems;
Keeps current and informs the department of new developments in police work by reading, conferring and attending meetings.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of police administration and police methods; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; good knowledge of scientific methods of criminal detection and criminal identification; ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees; ability to interpret the work of the police department, and to maintain cooperative relationships with other town officials and the general public; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
PROMOTIONAL & OPEN-COMPETITIVE:
Four (4) years of permanent competitive status as a Police Officer; or,

Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as Sergeant (Police:Towns & Villages); or,

Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Lieutenant, (Police:Towns & Villages); or,

One (1) year of permanent competitive status as a Captain (Police: Towns & Villages).

NOTE: Promotional and Open-Competitive eligibility will vary by jurisdiction. See examination announcement for current qualifications.


R 01/22/96
SUFFOLK COUNTY
Competitive" Apr 14, 11 10:08 PM

Southampton Town Board Fails To Appoint New Police Chief

I doesn't make any sense for Robert Mark Epley to run for Town Supervisor unless he can control the Town Police Department first. Thats why you have the Village Police Chief becoming the Town Police Chief.

Here are the Suffolk County Civil Service requirements for the position of Village & Town Chief of Police:

POLICE CHIEF (TOWNS & VILLAGES) 5030


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class works under the general direction of a town or village board. The incumbent is responsible for the planning and directing of law enforcement activities, and all police functions in a town or village. Responsibility is included for the thorough training of recruits, and the maintenance of standards throughout the department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs the operations, procedures and policies of the Police Department;
Organizes force into units to handle different kinds of work, and issues working orders for the department;
Maintains the discipline and morale of the department;
Directs the preparation of written reports; reviews reports of officers;
Coordinates the police function with other enforcement agencies such as Suffolk County Police Department, New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Directs the investigation of major criminal offenses;
Insures that recruits and regular officers receive adequate training in police methods and procedures;
Recommends the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment;
Delivers talks on safety and other law enforcement problems;
Keeps current and informs the department of new developments in police work by reading, conferring and attending meetings.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of police administration and police methods; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; good knowledge of scientific methods of criminal detection and criminal identification; ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees; ability to interpret the work of the police department, and to maintain cooperative relationships with other town officials and the general public; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
PROMOTIONAL & OPEN-COMPETITIVE:
Four (4) years of permanent competitive status as a Police Officer; or,

Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as Sergeant (Police:Towns & Villages); or,

Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Lieutenant, (Police:Towns & Villages); or,

One (1) year of permanent competitive status as a Captain (Police: Towns & Villages).

NOTE: Promotional and Open-Competitive eligibility will vary by jurisdiction. See examination announcement for current qualifications.


R 01/22/96
SUFFOLK COUNTY
Competitive" Apr 18, 11 9:15 AM

Southampton Village Narrows Chief Candidates To Three

Epley and empty vessel rhetoric.Vision Vision Vision! Retired Suffolk County Police Commissioner John Gallagher is selected by Epley again to rubber stamp Epley's choice for Chief of Police Gallagher was never even a cop! When you hear politicians using "vision" it's for public consumption only. Bias, favoritism, & nepotism are really what at work here. Detective Sergeant Lamsion has everything going for him to be the next Chief of Police except merit & fitness. Only after you take a written exam to test competency does civil service issue a list of certified eligibles. Here and again the Village Board wants to circumvent the civil service laws and process. The last time the Village Board appointed a Chief of Police before the exam results were known the Provisional Chief FAILED the exam. One relevant question Gallagher could ask is why Sergeant Lamison's name DOES NOT appear on the newly established Lieutenants Exam? Did he fail it? Another relevant question would be how many exams (Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain) did each candidate fail during the course of their police career? The fact remains of the 3 only Lamison was Epley's roommate 20 years ago and both are close friends. Lamsion is the only one of the 3 that graduated from Southampton High School and that goes a long was with the locals. The only remaining questions I have are will Captain Cummings say on if Lamison is promoted and can Lamsion pass the exam? Wilson may have been the face of the Police Department but it was Captain Cummings behind all the paperwork. " May 24, 11 10:38 AM

Your anonymous screen name has but 3 comments! All your comments have only to do with who will be the next Chief! I now ask what have you done other then create a screen name to advance Lamison? Remember 1at the written test for Chief THEN the selection process. " May 25, 11 8:56 AM

Another poster with 2 comments! Whats your agenda? Mine is stated! The Village should follow civil service law & rules. The Village should request that civil service TEST all eligible candidates. After the test (NOT BEFORE) the top three (RATED BY NUMERIC SCORE) Chief Candidates should be interviewed for the Chiefs position. This way we get a civil service Chief NOT a political Chief. " May 25, 11 9:03 AM

Civil Service actually grades the all promotional exams with a curve IF the candidate passes with a 70%. Then each candidate is awarded 1/10th of a point for every year of service. This accounts for seniority in the civil service position. Additionally Civil Service will add 5 points to a candidates score if he/she is a veteran. In 2006 the Captain was appointed by the Village Board 2 weeks BEFORE the exam results were certified. That Captain (aka Provisional Chief of Police) failed the exam. This was perpetuated by politics and not following the civil service rules a laws. The only way lawfully to appoint Lamison to Chief of Police is to allow ALL the Sergeants to take the Chiefs Exam because Lamison is a Sergeant and not a Lieutenant. If Lamison was a Lieutenant then Epley could just appoint him now in hopes of Lamison getting a 70%. Here is why. There is 1 Captain and 1 Lieutenant now. If Lamison was a Lieutenant for at least a year that would make 3. A list of 3 is all the Village needs to make a permanent appointment to Chief of Police. The Captain could score another 90%, the Lieutenant could score another 85% and Lamison could score his historical 70%. The Village under the 1 in 3 rule could appoint the guy/gal with the 70%. Is this excellence?
" May 25, 11 10:59 AM

Southampton Village Board Still Undecided On Chief Pick

Dorchak and Cummings went to Ground Zero on 9/11 and worked at the base of the Twin Towers. Lamison did not participate. Involvement in the community is donating your time and sometimes you own money. Community involvement is not getting paid to park cars, coach basketball or work security. Visibility and recognition rarely amount to real community involvement. Dorchak and Cummings donated all their time to the October PBA Pumpkin Run and all the money went to the DARE program. Command presence on the other hand goes to Lamison. You need this in the street not in the office were everybody knows your real strengths and weaknesses. Most of what comes out of Epley's mouth is rhetoric. " Jun 5, 11 11:02 PM

Southampton Village Narrows Chief Candidates To Three

Dorchak and Cummings went to Ground Zero on 9/11 and worked at the base of the Twin Towers. Lamison did not participate. Involvement in the community is donating your time and sometimes you own money. Community involvement is not getting paid to park cars, coach basketball or work security. Visibility and recognition rarely amount to real community involvement. Dorchak and Cummings donated all their time to the October PBA Pumpkin Run and all the money went to the DARE program. Command presence on the other hand goes to Lamison. You need this in the street not in the office were everybody knows your real strengths and weaknesses. Most of what comes out of Epley's mouth is rhetoric." Jun 5, 11 11:13 PM

Southampton Village Officials Dispute New York Post Allegations

Confucius say man with only 2 blog posts must be the Chief of Police himself posting!" Jun 17, 11 12:37 PM

Southampton Village Officials To Revisit Secondary Employment Policy

Chief Tom Cummings himself was part of Chief Wilson's New York Security Group. Cummings also formed his own security company with the PBA Attorney Steven Losquadro in 2007 called "The Carlow Group". Mayor Epley is not going to implement any new work rule in the police department without checking in with Herman Lamison. If Herman don't want the Village is not going to do. It's been that way for some time now." Jul 11, 11 11:13 AM

Fired Southampton Village Officer Seeks Lost Benefits After State Awards Him September 11 Disability Payments

No grounds just retaliation He filed an EEOC complaint for reverse discrimination (failure to promote) in 2005. The african american police officer who go the promotion was best friends (and roommates) with the Mayor Mark Epley. The matter is before the courts in NYC. Still pending. " Jul 20, 11 1:22 PM

Most of the volunteer firefighters from the area were not allowed into ground zero. This was in part because it was a crime scene. Sham on you for not being a good Ground Zero brother. Jealous hatred comes from politics and politicians not brothers. " Jul 21, 11 8:50 AM

Thank you." Jul 21, 11 12:54 PM

Sgt. Broich attended more associated agency funerals then most of the Department. He was also a Motorcycle Officer. He did this on his own time but with PD equipment. Truth be known. " Jul 22, 11 2:59 PM

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