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Feb 2, 2009 7:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Blowes to focus on town finances; Jones named deputy supervisor

Feb 2, 2009 7:16 PM

Town Management Services Administrator Richard Blowes will no longer serve in the capacity of the town’s deputy supervisor. The announcement came Monday from Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, who also announced that the town’s current human services director, Bill Jones, will step up to fill the role of deputy supervisor.

According to a press release from Ms. Kabot’s office, Mr. Blowes is relinquishing his duties as deputy supervisor in order to focus on the town’s financial condition, including work on reconciling the town’s capital budget, which has been the focus of debate in Town Hall in recent weeks.

In one of her first acts as town supervisor, Ms. Kabot called on Mr. Blowes to take on considerable financial responsibilities and directed him to assist her as the town’s budget officer.

In his many years at Town Hall, Mr. Blowes has served on the town’s audit committee under former supervisor Vince Cannuscio. However, he resigned that post under former supervisor Patrick Heaney and played no role in the budget process under Mr. Heaney, who left fiscal matters to Charlene Kagel, the former town comptroller.

The new deputy supervisor, Mr. Jones, has worked at Town Hall for the past five years and prior to that served as deputy commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. He was also a Suffolk County legislator in the early 1990s as well as a trustee for the Village of Sag Harbor.

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The start of a massive "cover-up" in Town Hall. Linda's about to blame everyone for the terrible job she's doing.
By Lefty46 (56), Westhampton on Feb 3, 09 7:52 AM
Something does not add up. Kabot hired a comptroller to replace Kagel and paid him more than her even though he was less credentialed. He makes $110,000 a year and a comptrollers sole job is to manage the budget. Why is Blowes even involved with the financial end?
Linda and the comptroller should work on the finances, like they paid to do, and if they cant, they should both resign.
By Hampton (50), Westhampton on Feb 3, 09 9:20 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this the fox guarding the hen house?
By rabbit (65), watermill on Feb 3, 09 10:04 AM
What exactly is the job of a deputy supervisor? Is there a job description for this position? Does a human resources professional meet the requirements for that position? Just asking.
By Viewpoint (26), Southampton on Feb 3, 09 3:51 PM
Good question, Viewpoint. I am now wondering about the qualifications of Mrs. Kabot and Mr. Blowes to oversee the financial aspects of the town. From what I understand, the town budget is 80 million. Does our supervisor know what she is doing? If not can she install those who do? Have these people (Kabot and Blowes) held other jobs? Did they go to college? If so, what was their course of study? Perhaps “The Press” can print copies of their resumes for the people of the town.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Feb 3, 09 4:23 PM
Where was Mr. Blowes before this blossomed into a crisis? Will his return to full-time financial activity improve the past data that was missing? Will we finally see data that should have been there all along - but wasn't?

$19,000,000 or $190.00 or $250,000 - the amount doesn't really matter. Poor management and inaccurate information appears to be normal Southampton Town policy. Whether the money is "Missing" or simply not "Reconciled" the Town Board cannot act without accurate information. ...more
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Feb 4, 09 12:00 PM
After a few days of thought on this. Is it REALLY to much to expect that the Town Board know, at ANY given time, how much cash is on hand, what liabilities the town has and what the capital budget is? Seriously folks, doesnt EVERY GDed business owner do this on at least a monthly basis?
This is unforgivable. This is why people think so low of elected officials and bureaucrats ( read that as Mr. Blowes) For years he has managed to convince those we elect to office that this is HIS town and the ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 1:15 PM
Does anyone know this man's (Blowes) background? Since he is the one who Kabot appointed to steer our 80 million dollar ship, please, someone tell me about his MBA and his financial background that got him the three figure job plus benefits and that he will get us out of the mess that we are in. Let’s hear more about this man. How did he get this position? What Qualifications does he have?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 9:49 PM