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Jan 4, 2016 5:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Attorney Post Is In Play

Tiffany Scarlato
Jan 6, 2016 10:57 AM

The new administration of Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is shaping up, as the new supervisor and Town Board members were sworn in on Tuesday.

At the same time, several key administrative positions remain in limbo—particularly the town attorney post. It appears that Tiffany Scarlato will not be returning to Town Hall with the new administration, though she has yet to submit a letter of resignation.

Ms. Scarlato declined to comment on her potential departure, though she acknowledged Monday that she has had numerous conversations with Mr. Schneiderman about her future with the municipality since his election in November and had made it clear that she would not stay for a full term.

While it is unclear what is next for Ms. Scarlato, Mr. Schneiderman said that he hopes to have a replacement as soon as possible. On Tuesday, he confirmed that he expects to receive Ms. Scarlato’s resignation by the end of the week so that the Town Board can vote to accept it at the board’s January 12 meeting.

Deputy Town Attorney Kathleen Murray—who was offered Ms. Scarlato’s position but turned it down for personal reasons, Mr. Schneiderman said—will be appointed interim town attorney until a replacement is found.

Mr. Schneiderman said he has two candidates in mind, but he declined to provide names.

He said the town attorney is traditionally hand-selected by the supervisor, although the appointment does need the Town Board’s approval. He said he recently received a request to hold off on a final decision until the Town Board seat vacated by Brad Bender can be filled in a special election later this month. That means it is possible that a permanent replacement might not be named until February.

Mr. Schneiderman would not verify reports that NancyLynn Ferrini, who is currently counsel for the State Senate majority in Albany—and is the wife of State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.—is the front-runner for the position. The new supervisor said he did not want to disclose any names until an appointment is made.

“However, there is a female candidate who I have asked to talk with other board members and has met with John [Bouvier] and Stan [Glinka], and is looking to meet with Christine [Scalera],” he said. “This individual is highly qualified and will bring a great deal of expertise to the town attorney position if appointed.”

Reached this week, Ms. Ferrini confirmed that she had submitted a resume and had been interviewed for the position, but said she did not know whether a decision had been made. She currently splits her time between Albany and Sag Harbor, but she said she would permanently relocate to the East End if appointed to the Southampton position.

Mr. Schneiderman recently also has been in talks with Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce, to determine what Chief Pearce’s plans are for the future.

The chief will turn 60 in July. Because of his age, the town will no longer be required to pay into his pension while he remains chief, at least under his current plan.

In December, Chief Pearce explained that he has not decided if he wants to retire yet, but that he plans to sit down with Mr. Schneiderman early this year to discuss the situation.

Another big change will be in the Parks and Recreation Department, with Superintendent Chris Bean retiring on January 31. The board accepted Mr. Bean’s retirement in December. On Tuesday, the Southampton Town Board promoted Kristen Doulos to a newly created assistant town parks director position to help manage the department when he leaves.

Mr. Schneiderman said this week he does not know who will be named to replace Mr. Bean, but noted that Ms. Doulos is a candidate.

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Fred Thiele's wife is hoping to become the Town attorney.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jan 4, 16 6:16 PM
Same insestuous nonsense, and we wonder why goverment sucks. How does a guy ftom East Hampton show up in Southampton? How does a guy from a bankrupt scandel ridden county run on his record? Sickning!
By chief1 (2788), southampton on Jan 4, 16 9:05 PM
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Thanks for taking him in for us. Give us your tired, your poor....
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Jan 5, 16 7:23 AM
Well theres your backroom dealing at its finest. Fred Thiel gives you Brad Bender, a special election, and then his wife gets the town attorney position. If the average voter cant see the corruption you are blind.
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 16 7:36 AM
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Who is Fred Thiele's wife?
By metsfan2 (160), southampton on Jan 5, 16 8:26 AM
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Here it comes. Come on down Fred's wife. You are the next contestant on the town of Southampton attorney. You can't make this stuff up. Complete nonsense. Now I know why the conservatives are backing the democrats on this upcoming special election. Fred has to be greased somehow.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 5, 16 8:41 AM
So all of this "Fred Theile's wife" is complete hearsay (with it being unclear who heard who say it)? Either provide some information as to where you all heard that rumor or shutup because it's not in the article
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jan 5, 16 9:10 AM
Fred Thiele's wife is telling people herself. It is no secret nor heresay. She is an attorney who practices in the Albany area.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jan 5, 16 9:24 AM
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Wow, everyone's running off on their keyboards about this woman, yet no one knows her name! Typical.

The former Nancy-Lynn Schurr may have married Fred in 2014, but she lives in Albany where she serves as Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Leader.

Two questions should be answered:

1] Does she have the necessary municipal government experience the Town should require?

2] If appointed, does she intend to stay at her home in Albany and continue her Senate ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jan 5, 16 10:09 AM
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That's the point no one knows her name, and she doesn't know this area. Are any of these politicians capable of a real job?
By chief1 (2788), southampton on Jan 5, 16 11:25 AM
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"Mr. Schneiderman would not verify rumors that NancyLynn Ferrini, who is currently counsel for the Senate majority in Albany and the wife of State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., is the front-runner for the position."
"The new supervisor said he did not want to disclose any names until an appointment is made. “However, there is a female candidate who I have asked to talk with other board members and has met with John [Bouvier] and Stan [Glinka] and is looking to meet with Christine [Scalera],” ...more
By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Jan 6, 16 8:04 AM
Ok talk to you soon Nature when she is appointed. Than I'll say I told you so. Open your eyes Nature. Take the blinders off. It's complete nonsense. Anyone associated with Fred Thiele makes me want to vomit
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 5, 16 9:22 AM
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Truth hurts doesn't it? Nature are you behind all of this?
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 5, 16 9:23 AM
Islander - I'll be first in line to file a grievance against the Theile camp - it's absurd he holds multiple government positions and I don't believe he's good at any of them.

My point is the article doesn't mention any names (or even allude to anyone) but the comment section is loaded with references to this woman with nothing to substantiate it other than "she is saying she applied".

Her being appointed would not shock me in the least - but it seems premature to litter the ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jan 5, 16 12:27 PM
Dont these people have to put in resumes? What about interviews? She s telling people she applied. I know the town board has to vote on hires. So why doesn't the supervisor just disclose who has applied? Then we'll all have back up. Hey press you should ask those questions and update us. I would think political back deals would interest the press.
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 16 9:30 AM
Just an FYI - It is public Knowledge that she has put her resume in and that Jay is lobbying for her - do your research
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 5, 16 9:37 AM
IF THIS IS TRUE.....

The Thiele Family Enterprise would be into the public purse for the following:

1. NY Sate Assemblyman for district one.
2. Attorney to the village of Sag Harbor.
3. Attorney to the village of Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board.
4. Attorney to the Town of Southampton?
5. Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Leader.

And there could be no conflict here? I pay taxes to all three. What ever happened ...more
By Old Sag Harbor Resident (12), Sag Harbor on Jan 5, 16 11:00 AM
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This is why I have been saying the Democrat Party should be supporting Democrats not getting us tied up with these political operators like Fred Thiele. Its obvious that these lesser parties are just there to extort jobs from us. I wonder what the pay off for Conservatives Ed Walsh, Jeremy Brandt and Mike Torres will be from Julie Lofstad for the deal they made.
By CleanWaters (80), Southampton on Jan 5, 16 11:34 AM
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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 5, 16 6:52 PM
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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 5, 16 6:52 PM
Frankly, I'm not sorry to see Tiffany go...
Russ might be, but I'm not.
By BostonStrong (9), Sag Harbor on Jan 6, 16 6:35 PM
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Take Russ with you.
By Resident tax (183), Hampton bays ny on Jan 7, 16 10:35 AM
In reviewing her performance it seems that legal issues that came her way got passed off to an outside legal counsel. She was ineffective.
By AL (82), southampton on Jan 7, 16 8:48 AM
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Huh look at that. Thiele's wife is in the mix nature. Who would of thought? And the conservatives are backing the liberals in the special election. Huh even more skeptical. Wonder if it was said back the liberals Mr. Thiele and I'll get your wife the town attorney job. Typical corruption.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 7, 16 12:23 PM
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Jeremy Brandt. Didn't even know he was part of the conservatives. Who did he brown nose? That guy ran an election in the HB fire commissioner vote and got crushed. 100-6. Another brown nose trying to get somewhere. He didn't even run with good intentions. These people should not be in charge of parties. Town of Southampton needs a change big time.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 7, 16 12:29 PM
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By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Jan 7, 16 3:05 PM
Judging by that unflattering photograph - Tiffany Scarlato would like to be any place else on earth. For shame - Southampton Press - you do her a terrible disservice. Re: Thiele's wife - Please read "Philistine's in the Hedgerow". NOTHING has changed here in eons. Corruption is the mainstay - unless one of you honest & skilled attorneys sitting by the fireside reading this story would like to step up and champion the cause?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 7, 16 3:37 PM
Has anyone looked around the last eight years. What has happened to the Town of Southampton. What is going on in Riverside? Hampton Bays looks like crap and always ignored. These liberals don't care about anyone except for the rich. When are people going to realize how corrupt the democratic party has been the last eight years in this town?
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 7, 16 4:27 PM
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Hey islander6615 - Hampton Bays has improved much in recent years in terms of how it looks - are you referring to their corrupted gov't or the heroin problem?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 7, 16 4:55 PM
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By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 8, 16 12:31 AM
Vikki it has improved? Main Street in HB looks like down town Bellport. I don't know where you are looking but HB has not improved at all. Buildings the town buys that they do nothing with but take the money off the tax map. It's disgusting. Hopefully one of these politicians will help HB out. But I don't see it happening, since not much change has happened over at town hall.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 8, 16 3:54 PM
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Has everyone forgotten that Freds secretary was appointed to the Board of Appeals?
By clammer (23), hampton bays on Jan 8, 16 11:41 PM
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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 10, 16 7:06 PM
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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 10, 16 7:06 PM
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