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Kabot DWI hearing kicks off, will resume Tuesday

Now again, I don't know what happened that night and neither does anyone else on this page. But the thing Rocky, CaptainSig, EastEnd68, and LINYCGirl are missing is the connection between the possible police misconduct and the possible drunk driving by Linda Kabot.

IF, and I mean IF, a lieutenant lied in an affidavit; If the police violated protocol and removed four minutes of tape; if (if like maybe McManus) they lied and/or were involved in a previous department scandal, and IF they lied about notifying a political opponent of the arrest......

If ANY of that is even PARTIALLY true, then isn't it possible they lied about Kabot's "eyes being red and glass and breath smelling of an alcholic beverage?"

It all goes to credibility. The ONLY evidence against Kabot is the word of the cops who pulled her over. And if they lied about other aspects of this case, then it's possible they lied about her guilt.

THAT'S why she'll get off." Jul 9, 10 8:03 PM

Kabot's pre-trial hearing will continue next week

Kelly and Frank are both right to some degree or another. ALL trials have motions like this or evidentiary hearings to determine whether certain things can be admitted, especially if those items are questionable (such as a flawed video/audio recording which is missing content in contravention of dept. regs).

However, what is giving this more importance is the fact that there is no breathalyzer data, thus no "proof" Kabot was drunk. There is only a cop's boilerplate allegation that her "eyes were red and glass and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage." A video of an obviously drunk Linda Kabot is the ONLY other potential piece of evidence to render a guilty verdict. It's the lynch pin of the prosecution's case. If that tape shows her coordinated and lucid or is thrown out all together, she'll walk." Jul 13, 10 8:50 PM

Well, it's certainly NOT true that you need to be a Kabot friend and/or cop hater to be just a little suspect here. I haven't met her and have only met a few police officers in my life, with none in my circle of friends. Nothing personal against either group, we just never have reason to socialize.

Since "driving is a right and not a privilege," you can certainly refuse the test. It's not a crime and the only penalty you pay is getting your license suspended, which is administrative and NOT judicial or penal. HB90 knows enough legal lingo to be a cop, but not enough to be a lawyer. If a cop's observations are "legally sufficient," they why do we have breathalyzers and the like? And no one said Kabot had slurred speech. If you're trying to enforce a LAW that distinguishes between drunk, impaired, under the influence, etc., you better have more than what you use to spot a stumbling drunk frat boy.

Mr. Salazar lays out what he calls the "facts," but it's these very facts that are in dispute. If they weren't, there would be no trial. Every single sentence is only alleged. We don't know why they pulled her over, what the sobriety tests were, how they were judged, or whether Kabot truly failed them. The tape can shed light on these things, but only if it is even allowed to be admitted as evidence.

Her defense doesn't "rely" on anything because it doesn't need to. Remember, the state has the burden to prove **beyond a reasonable doubt** she was DRUNK. If they can't do that, nothing else matters. The more they bring up the fact she refused the test, the more they remind the court they have no data to prove her guilt, only speculation. Instead, the only objective thing they have is a tape that was made in violation of department protocol, and which may be inadmissible.

Put your chips on Kabot: she's walking away from this. " Jul 15, 10 12:46 AM

Kabot DWI hearing kicks off, will resume Tuesday

And of course, if she DIDN'T break the law, Mr. Whaler?

And what if Westhampton PD DID break the law?

We already know an arrest tape is missing four minutes of footage in direct violation of the dept. regs and a lieutenant admitted to not reporting the truth to the District Attorney in a sworn affidavit.

Still have those thumbs up?" Jul 15, 10 12:55 AM

Graffiti show brings street art indoors at East Hampton gallery

Oh please. "Artists?" Is this for real?

"Tagging" with "graffiti" is illegal and involves defacing public property. If it's art, then why is it the only "art" that governments have spent millions of dollars to get rid of? The graffiti "movement" ended not because it went out of style or some great cultural change like impressionism or the like. It ended because of new technology, revitalization programs, and the election of law and order mayors like Giuliani in the mid 1990s.

This exhibition is the last hurrah for these aging vandals..thank God!" Sep 19, 10 11:54 PM

Administrative judge orders East Hampton Town employee reinstated to old post

"Dasterly Deeds," I'm sure. It is Bill McGintee after all. Is there a bottom to that guy or does the hole keep going?

Maybe the full story is in the print version, but the Indepedent said this week about it (and maybe last week too) that the guy was owed $20,000, but was willing to settle for $10,000. However, McGintee & Co. shelled out $41K.

Also says Wilkinson/GOP are giving a big tax cut--20% to village people, 17.7% in Town. All the retiring workers, including Mr. Horn and his back pay, will be paid from the existing 2010 McGintee budget. The new 2011 budget with the relief shouldn't be affected." Oct 7, 10 12:43 AM

Throne-Holst: No layoffs in 2011 tentative budget

Mr. Mako is absolutely right. The supervisor does not include the past and present tax rates, past and present budget figures, only revenues for the different funds, or any of the other breakdowns he's asked for--BUT WHICH WERE INCLUDED IN PRIOR BUDGETS. As a "semi-full-time resident," the budget (and my tax bill) is the biggest thing I pay attention to (literally, haha).

From a quick glance, it contains at least three LIES in the budget message or accompanying charts/documents:

1) how can this budget "Decrease the size of government" when it INCREASES its size by $3 million over last year?

2) how can this budget "Reduce the cost of government" when it INCREASES residents tax bills (their cost of the government) by 2.4%

3) how can this budget represent a "zero increase in operating costs," when the presentation slides on the link say there are "uncontrollable" expenses and "fixed costs" that have INCREASED operating costs. Nor are their any charts that compare this to prior years." Oct 7, 10 1:05 AM

Clashing ideas about jobs dominate congressional race

Altshuler is an outsourcer. Fine. But Bishop and his Democratic demi-Gods supported "cash-for-clunkers," where 40 percent of the cars bought were foreign. As the article mentioned, Bishop backed the TARP stimulus, but it didn't say how it paid billions to foreign banks. Bishop wanted to bail out General Motors, which has moved two-thirds of its jobs overseas. Office Tiger can't compete with that kind of outsourcing.

And let's not forget: Bishop backed Obamacare (but isn't bragging about it now). He supports the largest tax hike in American history. He supports reinstating the death tax in 2012. He doesn't even want those under 55 to be able to put their own money into their own retirement accounts.

How many more small businesses have to close? How many more workers have to lose their jobs? How much more in taxes and more inflation can a family take? How many more good intentioned ideas must you support congressman before you realize that it's not just that you failed, but that you made it WORSE?

You and Randy A. can afford all the regulation, taxes, and schemes you can think of. But the rest of your district can't--and THEY are the ones who vote.

After November 2, it will be YOU that is unemployed." Oct 13, 10 11:21 PM

East Hampton Town's tentative budget 11 percent less than 2010

Good comparision between the two year rounder. I don't know about building inspectors, but I do know about tax bills.

Why is the Southampton Supervisor increasing the cost of government (taxes) in a recession? Why is the Supervisor increasing the size of government by four million in a recession? Why is she bragging about how many jobs she proctected instead of expressing regret over how many she "has to let go?" " Oct 13, 10 11:32 PM

The Newest Hamptons Hot Spot

Do you also realize that Montauk is not a "Hampton," nor is it in "the Hamptons?"" Oct 13, 10 11:34 PM

Clashing ideas about jobs dominate congressional race

Even if you believe those Siena College poll results (aren't those the people that said CARL PALADINO could beat Cuomo?! ha!), it doesn't bode well for Bishop. He's an 8 year incumbent and only has 51%? Four terms to know the man and think of all the wonderful reasons to support him and 11% are "undecided?." That means they are inclined to vote against Bishop, but need more convincing Alstshuler is the one.

Though the numbers might make dagdavid a bit moist, you can bet the congressman is sweating.

" Oct 14, 10 10:49 PM

East Hampton Town's tentative budget 11 percent less than 2010

Hey Gypsy woman,

I think this budget properly shows EH kids exactly what government is all about: How a crew can be so corrupt [McGintee, Hammerle], stupid [Prince], and complicit [Foster, Mansir] in violating people's trust, spending their money, and leaving other people to suffer and pay the bill." Oct 14, 10 10:57 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

Perhaps I’m missing something, but because my only “source” comes from the newspaper and the Town websites, maybe I’m looking at this too “black and white.” Doesn’t anyone else notice the rank hypocrisy on the part of Anna Throne-Holst?

Just so we have it straight:

1) The supervisor first tries to ABOLISH this position, votes against it being reinstated, and then, when she loses, has the nerve to say she wasn’t consulted as to who should fill it?

2) Earlier in the year, the supervisor sent out a press release announcing that Richard Blowes, the current manager, was retiring without consulting him or the rest of the Town Board. Then, she writes the position out of the budget. How can she pre-maturely announce someone leaving the position and now have the nerve to question others sending a release hiring for that position?

3) Isn’t this the same supervisor who had the nerve to say her colleagues sought to amend the budget at the “last minute” and without consulting her when, at the same time, she introduced even more “last minute” amendments at the same budget meeting (November 19)?

4) Isn’t this the same Anna Throne-Holst who with Kabot, Grabowski, and someone else, voted to appoint a comptroller last year without a vetting/screening/interview process? Now, she has the nerve to object to appointing this person to a position she didn’t even think should exist, and that pays LESS than the Comptroller?
" Nov 30, 10 11:54 PM

Southampton Town Board Adopts Amended $79.9 Million 2011 Budget

I can’t say for sure whether Nuzzi’s aide was “worth” an $8,000 raise as I do not know what kind of a job he does. Maybe the person is a super-aide. Perhaps it’s cronyism. Maybe it’s due to increased responsibilities as more people retire, leave, or get reorganized. Maybe it’s to bring the aide up to the same level as other people doing the same work. Nevertheless…..

Throne-Holst wanted to RAISE taxes and increase spending by several MILLION dollars. Wrong direction, honey. Nuzzi just succeeded in CUTTING taxes and LOWERING spending. The fact that he was able to do this AND at the same time still give raises to those who (presumably) deserve them is an accomplishment to be applauded.
" Dec 1, 10 12:34 AM

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