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Apr 10, 2019 10:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Denies Alex Gregor's Request For Reimbursement Of Services From NYPD Detective's Funeral

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor GREG WEHNER
Apr 10, 2019 10:51 AM

A request to reimburse $24,000 in expenses and services provided by the Southampton Town Highway Department during the events surrounding the funeral of New York City Police Detective Brian Simonsen in Hampton Bays was unanimously denied by Town Board members on Tuesday.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman sponsored the original resolution, which would have granted Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and his department the request for $24,122 of reimbursement.

Approximately 24,000 men and women in blue visited Hampton Bays to pay their respects to Det. Simonsen, who was shot in the line of duty, in February. Images taken on the day of Det. Simonsen’s funeral showed a sea of police officers blanketing Montauk Highway.

“We did our best with short notice we were given to try to prepare an event on a non-town road, similar to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, that is budgeted separately because it’s not a town road,” Mr. Gregor said on Tuesday. “This was a multi-day and evening event. It took all the resources from the Highway Department, as far as barricades, barrels, drums, detour signs, flagmen, and trucks to block people from attempting to crash into the 24,000 people.”

The events in Hampton Bays consisted of wakes on Monday and Tuesday and a funeral on Wednesday that week.

According to Mr. Gregor, town offices were officially closed that Monday, February 18, for Presidents Day, so he needed to call in his crews to set up the barricades and detour signs in accordance with the Town Police. “These were highway workers working on a road that isn’t in the town system,” he said. “The funds that pay them are meant to be used on town roads.”

Mr. Gregor also said the unplanned event was not budgeted for, like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He said for the popular March parade, his department is reimbursed approximately $12,000 each year. He estimated that the 24,000 people who were in Hampton Bays for the funeral was about five times the size of the crowd attending the parade.

Mr. Gregor said he received a text from Steven Troyd, the town public safety and emergency management administrator, to submit all of the expenses from that week to Town Comptroller Len Marchese, and he did.

But Mr. Schneiderman took issue with Mr. Gregor requesting the reimbursement on Tuesday.

“The highway superintendent was asked for some trucks to be parked in certain roadways,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “We then received a bill, at full market rate for the labor and the vehicles of $24,000, asking the entire town taxpaying base to reimburse the Highway Department for their work.

“Nobody’s asked for any reimbursement except for our highway superintendent, and I don’t really know what to say. I don’t think it’s appropriate, so I’m not going to support the resolution,” he added.

Town Board member Christine Scalera told Mr. Schneiderman he should withdraw the resolution, since he was the sponsor. Instead, Town Board Member Tommy John Schiavoni, the Town Board liaison to the department, said he would sponsor it to bring it to a vote.

All five members voted against reimbursing the department for the services.

Mr. Gregor said he was saddened by the board’s decision, but suggested politics and the election season may have accounted for Mr. Schneiderman’s move to back away from sponsoring the resolution.

“I guess since I filed a petition to have a primary against Mr. Schneiderman, that he knows no low in politicizing the unfortunate circumstances that happened,” he said. Mr. Gregor filed a petition last week to challenge Mr. Schneiderman for the Independence Party endorsement for the supervisor position in November. The primary will take place on June 25.

“I guess the town stooped to a new level,” he added. “I don’t know how any of this is going to help the wife of the unfortunate officer who got shot and killed in the line of duty.”

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ALEX GREGOR IS THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND HEINOUS PERSON ONE COULD HAVE CONTACT WITH. VOTE THIS BUM OUT ! ! ! ! ! !
Apr 10, 19 11:11 AM appended by themarlinspike
WILL BUM GREGOR BILL THE HERO COP'S FAMILY NEXT ??????
By themarlinspike (255), southampton on Apr 10, 19 11:11 AM
I believe Alex is a man of integrity. I also believe he is not for sale. Traits too rare in our town government. I would like to hear his thoughts on improving our town. No one should be afraid of new ideas? I am ready.
By TheTurtle (142), Southampton on Apr 10, 19 12:46 PM
24K seems a bit out of the park for the road management- where was the PD in facilitating this event ? Wouldnt the burden of the management have fallen on them?
By lo-cal (73), southampton on Apr 17, 19 10:29 PM
Alex Gregor is an absolute embarrassment to the Town. Low intellect, zero ethics, just a loudmouth panderer to the worst instincts in people. His only goal is to lock in his pension and live forever off the taxpayers. Like Schneiderman or not, to suggest tie his vote on this money grab to disrespecting the widow of a dead cop? I want to shower just seeing his picture
By CPalmer (47), Southampton on Apr 10, 19 5:05 PM
Did you miss "Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman sponsored the original resolution, which would have granted Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and his department the request for $24,122 of reimbursement." The only thing that changed was Alex put his hat in the ring. Very political.
By TheTurtle (142), Southampton on Apr 10, 19 10:21 PM
Watch the tape, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman was too embarrassed & ashamed to move the Gregor resolution forward as its sponsor. so an equally embarrassed & ashamed highway department liaison Tommy John stepped up to lead the vote to proper defeat.
By themarlinspike (255), southampton on Apr 11, 19 12:05 PM
Disgraceful! I hope the Gregor clan never needs the help of others.
By 11953guest (43), southampton on Apr 10, 19 9:46 PM
I don't know either man but it seems this request is to reimburse the Town HIghway Dept. for expenses incurred directing the flow of traffic for a civic event. None of this money would benefit Mr. Gregor or his associates. It as a municipal function, not something to line his own pockets. If he had refused to direct his staff to assist with this event because he had not been granted the funds in advance, would the folks that are criticizing him now be praising him? Or would they use that information ...more
By Funbeer (257), Southampton on Apr 11, 19 12:20 AM
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The fact that the event took place on a non-Town road justifies the request. Now he'll have a shortfall in his regular budget that he now has to find a way to make up so don't bitch if it affects your services. Alex, the next time the Town or anyone makes a request for help on non-Town property the answer is "NO".
By Preliator Lives (378), Obamavillie on Apr 11, 19 7:18 AM
How about Alex Gregor comparing The Hero Cop's Funeral to the St. Patrick's Day Parade ??? What local people put on Gregor's grave won't pass for roses !!!
Apr 11, 19 10:24 AM appended by themarlinspike
Close reading of the article implies that malevolent fbi-reject Steven Troyd is attempting to assert power he doesn't have. He too has to go.
By themarlinspike (255), southampton on Apr 11, 19 10:24 AM
I would assume that since we had very little snow removal this year that his budget is not affected by the funeral.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 19 11:43 AM
It doesn't work that way. Money is allotted to a particular account for a particular thing. He will be audited like every municipality and now he's going to have a discrepancy that he's going to have to answer for. It is not proper and if the Town is going to shaft him in the future he should refuse to perform any work/duties on property that is not under his jurisdiction.
By Preliator Lives (378), Obamavillie on Apr 11, 19 12:47 PM
What a Greedy Creep!! These guys are a bunch of lazy ass people anyway!!
By Bugal (14), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 19 7:58 AM
II am not taking sides on this, but as an accountant, it raises a good question.. I need to go back and look at prior agendas to see if there were adjustments to the other Town Departments that participated in the funeral including the Police. Those would have been approved under regular budget adjustments. Gregor is in an awkward situation that he is elected but needs to have his budget approved by the Town separately. It is also suspect that Supervisor Schneiderman introduced the resolution ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (372), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 19 8:51 AM
Let's be clear that Gregor, an elected official, was attempting to recoup taxpayer monies for "gifted" municipal services and resources used on a County roadway. Let's also clarify that NYS CHIPS funds are for capital improvements....not road closures and payroll. Perhaps review of the Municipal Ethics in NY Gift and Loan Clause is called for which in part speaks to the use of municipal funds to "perform government functions", ..."something, necessary for the common good and general welfare of ...more
By Postie (3), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 19 8:24 PM
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Lets Get This Clear : Maybe we taxpayers want our funded highway department to donate these particular services and simply WRITE-IT-OFF. No other entity is looking for reimbursement here, only the malevolent alex gregor. Gregor wants the blood money. Gregor is pitiful. Dump Alex Gregor.
Apr 19, 19 9:16 AM appended by themarlinspike
For any fools out there who don't know what a write-off is, it's an often used legal tax deduction for any losses accrued.
By themarlinspike (255), southampton on Apr 12, 19 9:16 AM
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I'm reminded of the Seinfeld episode...what do you think it means to "write off" things?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6222), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 12, 19 4:09 PM
. . . . just like you've been written off !!!!!!
By themarlinspike (255), southampton on Apr 13, 19 9:21 AM
Kramer: Jerry, all these big companies, they write off everything!

Jerry: you don't even know what a write-off is.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6222), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 13, 19 9:52 PM
Suck it up Mr Gregor. Stop being a typical liberal, anti-police, south forker. We have enough of those already out there...
By DiseaseDiocese (410), Riverhead on Apr 12, 19 3:52 PM
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for God's sake a NYPD officer was in fact killed in the line of duty and speaking of duty I think it is our's as citizens and just basic good people to not look to this tragedy for a reimbursement. Think what the family is feeling about this turn of events. Don't decide to be remembered in.the Town of Southampton. Low life political hacks they are and they have now put this sorry story into our history. Shame. RIP
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Apr 12, 19 5:23 PM
It looks like the Trump / Republican policy of causing political dissention by dishonoring a fallen hero ... remember the Gold Star families Trump and the Republicans attacked ... has come to Southampton Town.
Jay Schneiderman, once a Republican and then a member of the Independence Party, doesn't know that we Democrats honor those who gave their lives in our service and do not use their memory for political ends.
ALEX GREGOR and the Town Highway Department should be commended for their ...more
By SpeedRacer (139), Southampton on Apr 13, 19 6:16 PM
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Yeah that's not going to work. Please, if you're going to run for office, let's run on the issues that are important to us, not some drummed up attempt at political mud slinging.
1) East Quogue Golf development: what to do about over development
2) Out of control local school budgets that spend ridiculous money on insurance for a New York State owned healthcare system.
3) Dirty water supply system run by crooks
4) Property taxes that make local middle class living unaffordable ...more
By dfree (711), hampton bays on Apr 13, 19 11:42 PM
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By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Apr 13, 19 9:07 PM
IT'S SO OBVIOUS !

IT'S SO DISGUSTING !

IT'S SO POLITICAL !

Southampton Town Board, do the right thing and reimburse the Highway Department, as originally promised.

This has nothing to do with any personal attack on the Detective's family; it has everything to do with an attack on the taxpayers.

YOUR "WORD" APPEARS TO BE WORTHLESS !

WONDERING WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR AGENDA ???
By HamptonClassic (87), Southampton on Apr 14, 19 12:17 PM
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DFree and Hampton Classic Could Not Have Said it Better ! As a Lifelong Resident of Southampton Town I Totally Agree, and their Conclusions are Accurate. And Don't Forget to Thank The Democrats!
By Brady (13), Southampton on Apr 18, 19 9:09 AM
Oh, please. Alex's primary concern seems to be the overtime pay for his workers. As quoted in Newsday, he still has hundreds of thousands of dollars in his budget for overtime pay, as a result of having practically no snow this year. Therefore, the overtime is already covered, and will not put a strain on his budget. Problem solved. As for the equipment, are we the taxpayers supposed to pay for the "use of equipment" that we've already paid for via the purchasing of the equipment? Are we using disposable ...more
By local resident 10 (19), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 18, 19 11:22 PM
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