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Source: Bernard will be tapped as budget officer in East Hampton Town

I JUST HAD TO JOIN THIS THREAD AFTER READING THIS CRUISER CHARACTER COMMENTS. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT WHEN JAY SCHNIIDERMAN LEFT OFFICE IN EAST HAMPTON (BERNARD WAS HIS BUDGET GUY) THE TOWN HAD A REAL BIG SURPLUS -- LIKE OVER $10 MILLION ACCORDING TO THE NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF WHAT THE STATE COMPTROLLER FOUND. CRUSIER YOU SHOULD CALL JAY AND ASK HIM. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT BROOKHAVEN WHEN BERNARD WAS THERE, BUT I KNOW NEWSDAY HAD AN ARTICLE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SAYING THAT THE CURRENT BROOKHAVEN SUPERVISOR WAS USING A TON OF SURPLUS TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET THIS YEAR BECUASE THEY STILL HAD LIKE $60 MILLION OF SURPLUS LEFT EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD SMALL DEFICITS OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, SO IT SOUNDS LIKE BROOKHAVEN HAD REALLY REALLY BIG SURPLUSES 3 OR FOUR YEARS AGO. I ASSUME THAT IS WHEN BERNARD WAS THERE. CALL JAY HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO STRIAGTEN YOU OUT. JAY WAS ENDORSED BY EVERYONE IN THE LAST ELECTION BECAUSE OF HIS HISTORY AND A BIG PART OF THAT WAS THE GREAT SHAPE THE TOWN WAS IN FINANCIALLY WHEN HE LEFT THERE. CRUISER IS ONE CONFUSED PERSON, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE ONE BITTER PERSON VERY SAD. BUT I'M HAPPY NOW WITH WILKINSON COMING IN AND GETTING CONTROL OF THINGS." Dec 11, 09 11:13 PM

SORRY FOR BEING A PEST HERE BUT I READ AGAIN WHAT "CONCERNED IN BONAC" WROTE THEN IT DAWNED ON ME THAT JANET MUST BE THE SOURCE IN THE ARTICLE. GUESS WERE I IHAVE WORKED FOR OVER 8 YEARS? TH. I HAVE TALKED TO JANET OF COURSE. FORGET ABOUT BERNARD COMING ANYONE KNOWS LYNN RYAN WAS GOING NO MATTER WHO WON BEN OR WILKINSON, AND BOTH SAID THE TOWN DID NOT NEED TWO ACCOUNTANTS IN ADDITION TO JANET THAT ARE IN BUDGET. I WOULD ASSUME WHETER ITS BERNARD OR ERIC BROWN OR CARILLO THE MONEY IS COMING FROM RYAN'S SALARY AND SOME OF THE FAT FROMPOSITIONS ZWIRN AND WILKINSON SAID THEY WOULD CUT IF ELECTED. NO ONE ELSE IN TOWN HALL I KNOW HAS MET ALONE WITH WILKINSON EXCEPT JANET. NOT GOOD..GOING TO THE PRESS AND GIVING ANONYMOUS INFORMATION BECAUSE YOURE POE'D OVER A SALARY CUTTHAT I THINK WOULD HAVE HAPPENED UNDER ZWIRN OR WILKINSON. I KNOW THE OTHER DEPT HEADS DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH GETTING SALARIES IN LINE. MAN, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO MY JOB IF I ANONYMOUSLY WENT TO THE PAPERS AND TRIED TO BLOW UP THE SUPERVISOR AND HIS PLANS. GOT TO GIVE JANET CREDIT , SHE MAY BE GREEDY AND LACK JUSGMENT, BUT SHE IS A RISK TAKER." Dec 12, 09 10:07 AM

East Hampton comptroller sees light at the end of tunnel

I thought Ms. Vernnuille was a comptroller not budget officer? The two positions have very different job descriptions on the suffolk county civil service
website. Also Mike Haran who was budget officer under Cathy Lester was a CPA, and the head of the accounting office before him was a CPA from Huntington. Time to do a little research." Dec 15, 09 9:17 PM

Edwin 'Buzz' Schwenk dies

Buzz was a great man who believed in the East End. He was a straight shooter and worked diligently for everyone. He will be missed by all. It is a sad day for east enders." Dec 22, 09 8:41 PM

Loewen and Mansir reflect on public life

Pat did some good things but was taken in by the McGintee gang. Loewen was a waste of $200,000 of taxpayer money. He was a four year nothing. Probably one of the least effective, do nothings ever to sit on the East Hampton Town Board." Dec 22, 09 8:46 PM

Former Southampton Supervisor Linda Kabot writes to state comptroller about maladministration

Kabot never would have created this 100 page revenge document if she was re-elected. This is classic. Like any disgruntled former employee, Kabot needs to blame everyone else but herself for whatever problems existed. Kagel was a smart and intelligent comptroller. When the dust settles we will see who is to blame for any skrew ups, if there were any by town officials." Jan 13, 10 5:07 PM

East Hampton comptroller jumps ship for school job

Actually Ms. Verneuille chose to go someone else for more money. She was re-appointed in East Hampton but not for the right price. Besides an outside auditor is doing the forensic audit...as should be the case...since Ms. Verneuille was hired by McGintee." Jan 23, 10 11:27 PM

Budget officer position seems akin to twon manager with many more resposibilities than comptrolle who accounts for money coming in and going out. Comptroller technically has no budget formulation responsibilites per civil service description. Southampton has comptroller and in addition Mr. Bloes who is like the person who oversees all things financial and operational. Budget officer job description is much broader than comptroller. It includes department liaison, operational policies, operating efficiency, developing prodecures for operations, etc.. I know a little about comptroller titile and it is more limited. That's just a fact per civil service. Bad operations and the lack of operational controls seems to have been one of the big problems in EH -- along with no accounting. " Jan 24, 10 1:09 PM

East Hampton police contract caps annual raises at three percent

To BZ -- other than the entry level steps a patrol officer goes through in his/herfirst three years (and it's more probationary increases), police do not get yearly automatic increases like teachers do under the Triborough Doctrine throughout their careers (even without new contracts). So the new pay schedule for EH Police is what it is -- good for the town.

The people of East Hampton should be thankful to Supervisor Wilkinson and the PBA for negotiating a fair settlement that could have potentially resulted in more money and higher taxes to East Hampton residents if not intelligently settled.

Local teachers are standing firm on five to six percent pay increases. Is BZ and some of the other bloggers here saying the town should have been hard headed lunkheads and pass up the chance to settle for less than half of what other local public employee unions are asking for? If Mr. Zwirn's boss Mr. Levy got a six year deal for an average of 2.5% per year from his County Police Association, Mr. Levy would be doing back flips for joy.

Hardheaded lunkheads got East Hampton into the mess it now finds itself. Responsible, level headed public servants will get us out of it. Thanks Supervisor Wilkinson.

By the way...the people in Montauk are still waiting for the tower in Montauk BZ promised he would get from the county during the election campaign.

." Mar 1, 10 6:09 PM

BZ ....no built in step increases...just ask any officer who has been on the job for more than 3 years.... they are laughing at your comments....boat fees affect people who have chosen to buy a boat and can afford to own one not the poor folks who can't afford property tax increases that jeopardize their homes ..which is the reason sanitation fees were not raised because everyone has garbage....Police have binding arbitration....you just don't ask for givebacks.....thought you would realize this......you think an abitrator would have awarded no increase and givebacks?.....a fact finder in a nearby school district recommended 3% raise on top of like a 3% automatic step increase......2% total looks real good in comparison.....I guess you would have rolled the dice and cost East Hampton taxpayers $400,000 for first 3 years and who knows how many hundreds of thousands in the remaining years.......I guess that is why you got 33% of the vote.....thats 33% out of 100%......that kind of sucks......losing by that much.....during the campaign you said the FAA was on your team and you were ready to push the tower over the goal line......guess the seven blocks of granite showed up and stuffed you ........."seeking a meeting" sounds like you fumbled the ball and it will now take Mr. Wilkinson to recover it and score........ probabaly why he got 67% of the vote.....out of a 100%........that's pretty good........winning by that much......" Mar 1, 10 8:18 PM

To pgibson....can't be too happy with the mess the town is in thanks to the knuckleheads that ran the town into the ground......the comments are not nasty just facts.......I am very, very happy that someone with a little bit of sense and smarts is now runnning the town of East Hampton......BZ should just let Wilkinson do the job he was ELECTED.......really ELECTED.....I mean really-really ELECTED.....really can't get much more ELECTED in fact.........to do without throwing rocks at a major accomplishment in getting a major labor contract settled in a way that helps the taxpayers......." Mar 2, 10 7:23 PM

If the truth is a rock, then I guess I'm throwing rocks......plenty of rocks" Mar 3, 10 6:37 PM

Ben....first you say I am Len ....now you say Truth is Len.....your confusion is confusing.......who the heck is Len?.......Tommorrow you may say Baymen is Len?.....or maybe Ben is Len?...........or Len is Ben?.........I would guess I am me and the Truth is he........but Len?......your guess is as good as mine.................................................................????????.......and by the way who the heck cares...... because in two years no will will care because Bill Wil's work will be king and no will care about Ben or Len.............." Mar 6, 10 10:21 PM

Actually I am ver happy, and unless you are living in a cave you would know that the vast majority of people in the Town are overjoyed. The only people who are unhappy are those who blindly supported the previous administratioon as it destroyed the town's finances, crushed the town's credibility and good name, and treated employees with disdain and a lack of dignity and respect. Intelligence, fairness, openess and professionalism has been restored in town hall. It truly bothers those who ruined the town and the small band of their followers like Watcher10 who do and say anything to disparage those who were overwhelming elected by the residents to fix the town government that Watcher10 and her friends broke.

You will never forget Bill Wilkinson, because he will be remembered forever as the person who made the difficult but fair decision to rescue the town from the mess created by BoardaWatcher10 and her friends. And I am very, very, very happy about that!" Mar 7, 10 10:53 AM

Truth...we are waiting." Mar 7, 10 6:41 PM

BZ --I thought I was Len. You think everyone is Len. My bet it's probably Bayman. Anyway, My read is If the quote from the State Comptroller is correct then the Comptroller is saying the "$1 million dollars for unspecified contingnecies" was not enough for the what they thought would be the size of the police pay back and all other items the Comptroller says were not properly budgeted for in 2010. The Comptroller could be wrong, but the Comptroller is at least a neutral party who looked at the 2010 budget objectively and disagreed with you on its adequacy.

Your debate seems to be with the State Comptroller, who I believe you know personally based on a campaign picture I remember seeing. You should ask him why a report issued under his letterhead says the 2010 East Hampton Town budget is lacking and why last November his office wrote they believed the Police back pay would be more than the police salary line and the contingency account could cover. The fact Supervisor Wilkinson negotiated a settlement that is much lower than what the State Comptroller anticipated obviously takes some of the pressure off the 2010 budget that the Comptroller described as inadequate just last November.

You say the Wilkinson team has had two months to comment on the 2010 budget. Why would they do that if the State Comptroller did so last November? I believe the Comptroller's report was covered in the media. Why beat a dead horse? The best thing to do is to address the shortcomongs highlighted by the State Comptroller and try to correct them. A big corrective action related to the Comptroller's concern with the 2010 budget that Wilkinson has apparently dealt with is to diminish the potential adverse impact of a costly police settlement. According to media reports the settlement seems to have saved about $400,000 in spending based on where the negotions were when handed to Wilkinson. Obviously the Comptroller anticipated a settlement in line with larger traitional increases. So that's a good job by Wilkinson, right? At least in the eyes of the neutral State Comptroller?

Also, I think during the campaign the Wilkinson team said big budget moves would be made in preparing the 2011 budget. That makes sense since that is Mr. Wilkinson's own budget. But $400,00 for police, and I think $75,000 (and $20,000 for benefits) for eliminating the Supervisor assistant position, and like $60,000 for removing perks pay like the Highway Superintendent asked about last week, and not backfilling high paying vacancies in the Marine Dept. and Builing for like another $200,000 in savings for salaries and benefits, and eliminating I think a couple of clerical spots right oput of the gate for another $100,000, and another $30,000 savings in insurance, That's like approaching a million dollars in two months without even getting to the 2011 budget. That's okay to start.

" Mar 8, 10 11:10 PM

Sag Harbor looking to trim 10-percent budget hike

Maybe the teachers need to come off their salary demands a little seeing that the numbers they are asking for and the numbers the Board of Education have almost been forced to put on the table have contributed to the underbudgeting over the last several years. Check out the artice cited below:

Sag Harbor teachers declare impasse in contract negotiations
By Oliver Peterson
Jun 24, 08 4:40 PM

In the article district administration is quoted as saying they have "tried to be as up front as possible in next year’s budget [2008-2009], with an overall salary increase of 3.2 percent, but that number is not guaranteed." The teachers want a total of almost 6% and the Board has offered as much as like 5.2%, which means in the best case scenario the district is underbudgeted by 2% of teacher total salaries for the last two years, which I bet would more than make up for that stimulus aid being lost for next year and decrease spending by a whole lot.

That article also points out Dr. Gratto wasn't even on board when the impasse was declared by the teachers in 2008, so to blame him for the negotiation situation and the teachers determination to bust the budget is not fair.

Also someone needs to get the Charter School situation under control. The charter school is a financial drain on Sag Harbor and other districts. Sag Harbor has consistently underbudgeted for what they are forced to pay to the Charter School because the Charter School recruits Sag harbor students right out of town after budgets are adopted. The district is left holding the bag for like $50,000 a year for each f those students. Take away thet $250,000 that has to be added this year to the budget for Sag Harbor kids going to the Charter School and the budget increase goes down.

Time for the teachers to get real and keep Sag Harbor students in Sag Harbor." Mar 10, 10 6:25 PM

East Hampton Town councilwoman could face charges for interfering in arrest

Reading this thread is very revealing. BCHBUM11968 says he heard at a deli this morning that a 911 call was made during this incident. I read the report of the incident in the two papers that are out today and I could not find any mention of a 911 call. How would BUM know? Is the police department leaking information? Is BUM an EH cop disclosing information via this thread? Has a police report been dissimenated by the Police Chief to the community at large? If so, is that proper and does that deserve some kind of referral to some higher authority?

And to Boardwatcher2010, light up another smoke, then sit back, relax and shine your hubbies badge." Mar 10, 10 7:13 PM

East Hampton police contract caps annual raises at three percent

Boadwatcher2010 is obsessed by Len. Everyone is Len. I'm Len too! Boadwatcher 2010 to very confused as one might realize from her posts It is almost comical. Watcher10 is well known to the people of Montauk -- she is not from Sag Harbor." Mar 10, 10 8:36 PM