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Sep 8, 2009 8:05 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Waiting game continues for McGintee

Sep 8, 2009 8:05 PM

Mr. Clifford also said that he was unaware of any investigation into the behavior of other members of the Town Board.

Town Board candidate Prudence Carabine, who was in the audience Tuesday morning, said that she didn’t know how the town would function without Mr. McGintee.

“They’re not found guilty if indicted, but of course morale will be worse than it is now,” she said. “I’m very, very sad about all of this. It’s just a sad, tragic story.”

Mr. McGintee has seemed at ease in recent weeks, and is often at the golf course when contacted by reporters, but he looked tired in the Town Hall conference room before Tuesday’s work session. He was expounding on Ted Kennedy’s behavior during the Chappaquiddick incident when reporters entered the room, talking in an admonishing voice about how the senator had waited until the following morning to report that a young woman had died after he drove his car off of a rickety bridge on an island off the coast of Massachusetts in 1969.

Given what Mr. Kennedy had done to redeem himself in the intervening years, “I don’t think anyone has any right to criticize who can work in government,” said the supervisor.

Mr. McGintee had little to say when asked if he would still be working in Town Hall one week from Tuesday.

“As far as I know, I am,” he said.

After the meeting, Mr. Hammerle, intrigued by the notion that his name would be mentioned in conjunction with any investigation, followed a reporter out to the Town Hall parking lot to again repeat that he has not done anything wrong. Mr. McGintee followed him out the door.

“Welcome to my world, Pete,” he said. “I’ve heard that I was being arrested last week, and the week before that, but I’m still here. It’s all rumors. You’ll hear the truth when it all comes out.”

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its time for the whole lot of them to go. That fact that McGintee hasnt resigned is just a testamant to his ego and arrogance
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 8, 09 7:00 PM
what a mess.
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Sep 8, 09 8:41 PM
Did Mr. Hults or Mr. McGintee steal money from the town? No, they supposedly stole money from one town cubby hole to put it in another town cubby hole that was short. Yes, if true, it was wrong. Yes, if true, they should be punished. Fine them. But don't let them go to jail; one of them has been in service to the town for many many years. And the other, it appears, is going to turn against the other for leniency. Where is the pity?
By Scratch (26), Sag Harbor on Sep 8, 09 11:39 PM

The waiting game, unfortunately, is not for McGintee but for the residents of this Town. By the way - could you PLEASE report on some things that ARE going on in this Town rather than gossipping on "non-news"? For instance - NEWS TIP - some of the costs for transporting the "New Town Hall" have not been repaid to te town yet by the DeMenille's - to the tune of almost 90 Thousand Dollars. Although building is going on at the "New Town Hall Annex" that Di Sunno Architects (is this the same ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 1:02 AM
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Scratch - unless you are paying the increase on my tax bill due to the lack of fiduciary duty this elected official had to me - while I paid him with my hard-earned dollars - I have no pity. Why don't you have pity on me and send me a check? Much appreciated.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 1:11 AM
board watcher..agreed. Newsday recently printed an article listing EH town as the worst town fiscally in all of NY state. How can you screw up the budget on a town with our type of revenues. How can Hempstead, Mastic, Wyndanch or Coram be better than us. Its disgraceful?
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 9:47 AM
Sounds like the DA has a weak case. It was common knowledge Billy M assumed he could borrow from the preservation fund. He admitted it when the information came out. Maybe the DA is not so sure themselves when faced with the proposition of being embrassed by some competent counsel. Also sounds like Ted reconsidered after he lawyered up. The DA's office is a politcal office. It is not about chasing bad guys as much as it is about doing the things you need to do to move up to say AG or at least stay ...more
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 12:08 PM
I think that this article involves criminal charges, does it not? Why am I allowed to comment here, and not some other places? Political protectionism?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 9, 09 1:18 PM
It does seem odd there is no blogging for Ms. Kabot and her lawyers guided advice. She told the EastHampton Star she did not blow into breathalizer because she did not trust they would adminsiter the device correctly. How come the press does not even have that email and her lame accusations and denial. Something smells fishy
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 1:45 PM
jeks.. mcgintee was told he needed to get approval before he did it by the town attorney. He disregarded her advice and did it anyway. I'm sure Billy will be driiving down to FL when this is all over with his two GVT pensions (town and police) which will provide him with a lifetime income of well over 100,000 for life. Its ironic how he will be living on our tax payers dollars while working to screw us out of more. We rip the privae industry for bonuses how about pensions for guys who dont deserve ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 3:12 PM
Your right about the town attorney approval but that only came out when they nabbed Ted. The whole case might rest on was that ever a fact or not. He said, she said. Also if they asked the town attorney it still is interpretation of the law that matters most. That is why they have appeals courts and more. But your point is well taken. I'm not sure how much pension two terms in office gets you but either way it does seem if the shortages were known in advance of the election the 100 vote difference ...more
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 4:19 PM
The Hamptons us to be a great place to raise a family, build or grow a business. It is true that the crime was done to cover another area that was lacking but why was the other area lacking. I was brought up thinking that if you steal you lie if you lie you steal. I think it sad that becuase of a few our taxes have gone up. In today financial time it is understandable but 26% aweful aweful aweful. It time to expose the truth about everyone and everything. In regards to the Ms. Kabot, she is ...more
By hiddensecret (4), WestHampton Beach on Sep 9, 09 4:38 PM
they are all playing the waiting game until there gone poof! then all the new town board members can sit around scratching there %$#%#&.IT WASN'T ME
By asurest (117), easthampton on Sep 9, 09 6:40 PM
Bill McGintee is not taking pension from the town when he retires. Obviously a lot of you do not know what you are talking about.
By the way, I hear that Bill golfs on Tuesday mornings before work and for charitable events on occasion. Beth Young does not know what she is talking about. I saw Bill on TV at his brown bag meeting and I thought he looked great! This article is full of misinformation and Beth should not call herself a journalist.
By Joe Smith (6), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 8:13 PM
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By Joe Smith (6), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 8:15 PM
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By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 8:48 PM
McGintee should resign, but as others have said, his not resigning is indicative of his ego.
By Rich Morey (378), Brooklyn on Sep 9, 09 9:58 PM
Whatever the reasons for this mess, I can speculate that Supervisor McGintee did not act with malice or dishonesty. Lack of understanding and knowledge of the rules, most likely... I know him personally and have had many conversations with him. I really like him and I hope that he will be ok.
By eastendlocal (28), southampton on Sep 9, 09 10:50 PM
jekgbs and eastendlocal - please read previous articles about this so you can have an informed comment (the articles may not have run in this paper, but they were definitely in other papers) Laura Molinari RESIGNED because she TOLD Bill McGintee what he was doing was illegal - before (in 2007) and after (in 2008) he did it. That is the basis of the charges agaisnt Ted Hults - transferring the funds when they were told it wasn't legal by theTown Attorney! Please read the articles. Additionally, ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Sep 9, 09 11:37 PM
Board Watcher my uunderstanding is Molinari resigned because of the bond papers not the preservation money. But even if that is so I also understood other towns used the money and McGintee thought he could do the same thing. Lawyers are not perfect in their assetments. However if she did advice them and they ignored her it would explain why they are in the mess they are in now. Still at the end of the day the real problem is spending and making difficult cut backs. Until that happens we can throw ...more
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Sep 10, 09 7:27 AM
I know Bill on a personnal level and find him to be a very nice guy. On a professional level his actions are irreprehensible. He knew about this mess before the election and he lied to our faces when Bill Wilkenson said we have a financial problem and he said no. He knew he shouldnt have transefered the money and he did it any way. He left us in a big hole that WE will have to pay our way out of. Maybe his ardent supporters can foot the bill so I can forgive all of his professional misgiving. Yeah ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 10, 09 9:49 AM
Just FYI: The updated story on Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot's DWI is now posted, and based on the input from commenters, we are allowing comments on that story, since Ms. Kabot is a public figure.

We will continue to take down comments that are inappropriate...
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 10, 09 10:21 AM
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Arrest this guy already...question the rest of the board and let move on without this ass #@$$!
By wolf22 (7), Montauk on Sep 10, 09 2:35 PM
Ms. Annanomous Board Watcher,

Yes, the Annex that is being built for the Town does not have a predetermined use. Yes, it is being worked on by Christopher DiSunno Architect and ARB member. I am being paid directly by Adelaide deMenil, my client whom I have been working for for years and my father before me. We worked on the buildings that were given to the town for the town hall complex on their previous site on Further Lane. I have nothing to do with the new own hall complex. Nor ...more
By C DiSunno (2), East Hampton on Sep 10, 09 4:01 PM
It is my understanding that if you run or hold an office in West Virginia you learn the codes, laws and conducts of the area you are representing. Are we not in NY shouldn't we know more.
By let'stryagain (21), WestHampton Beach on Sep 11, 09 11:15 AM
Compassion should be either given to all or given to none.
By let'stryagain (21), WestHampton Beach on Sep 11, 09 12:06 PM
Lets try again...very philosophical of you. Give me a break
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Sep 11, 09 1:03 PM
No one is above the law not even those that are set by the people to keep the best interest of the people in your terms a voice. This is why I am for emperialism, why you ask Mr. Philosophical because there is so much the people can take before heads role.
By let'stryagain (21), WestHampton Beach on Sep 11, 09 4:08 PM
yea right bill isn't taking a pension thats good one lots of truth in that one ha ha ha.if not maybe when he retires to florida he will work at a puff and putt.
By asurest (117), easthampton on Sep 12, 09 4:56 PM
The comingling of funds has been illegal for longer than the age of anyone currently alive. It is something that every financial officer or financially responsible elected official is familiarized with BEFORE they take office. There is no mechanism that I know of that would make it "legal" to move preservation funds to the general fund.

Note that last I saw, the money moving has left $2,000,000 unaccounted for as the NYS Auditors required. Add to this that Bill is a former career Law Enforcement ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Sep 16, 09 1:41 PM