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Nov 11, 2009 12:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Throne-Holst has aggressive agenda as next supervisor

Nov 11, 2009 12:40 PM

They’re hitting the ground running.

Barely a week after the November 3 election, Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, who defeated Republican Supervisor Linda Kabot to become the town’s next supervisor, and Republican Councilman-elect Jim Malone were gearing up to assume office on January 1, 2010.

Since the election, Ms. Throne-Holst said she has focused her attention on the town’s 2010 budget rather than her transition into the supervisor’s office. She said she has not yet selected members of her transition team, nor has she selected a deputy supervisor.

Working under a tight deadline of November 20, the date next year’s budget is due for adoption by the Town Board, Ms. Throne-Holst said she is compiling an “alternative proposal” to the 2010 budget Ms. Kabot has put forth that she will release in the coming week—one that she hopes will eliminate the 44 town layoffs proposed in Ms. Kabot’s 2010 budget by using a combination of savings from unpaid furloughs, lag pay and attrition of senior workers.

Ms. Throne-Holst said her plan will reduce layoffs and induce more early retirements by “sweetening” an early retirement incentive package being offered to 57 senior town workers. The package currently offers employees $500 for each year worked for the town. So far, only nine employees have volunteered to take the incentives.

Beyond early retirement incentives, Ms. Throne-Holst has proposed shaving $80,000 from the supervisor’s office budget, which she said would be used to restore two layoffs in senior services that were hotly criticized by residents at a Town Board meeting on Tuesday.

In addition, Ms. Throne-Holst said she hopes the town’s two major unions, the Civil Service Employee Association and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, will agree to unpaid furloughs and lag pay in exchange for a reduction in the number of layoffs.

“I’m hoping that by November 20 we will have some real, viable alternatives that we can look at and everyone can be comfortable with,” she said.

Sticking to a campaign pledge, Ms. Throne-Holst said a priority of her new administration will be to form task forces to examine town operations, including planning and community services. The task forces will be charged with finding superfluous spending and services that can be eliminated or streamlined. In addition, Ms. Throne-Holst said she will host a November 26 forum where civic groups can discuss ways the town can improve its responsiveness to residents.

“I’m hoping that the rest of the Town Board will be amenable to how we reorganize and restructure ourselves,” Ms. Throne-Holst said.

She has called on the Town Board to work in a bipartisan way to solve problems going forward. Ms. Throne-Holst ran on the Democratic ticket but is not registered with a political party. Mr. Malone, a Republican who also ran on the Independence and Conservative lines, gives the GOP a majority of three votes on the current board.

“Our goal is to be an example where partisanship is not our purpose, but public service is our purpose,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “We are committed to finding common ground.”

Mr. Malone, for his part, has spent the last week in briefings with Town Board members, during which the town’s economic condition was a prime focus.

Mr. Malone, a deputy Suffolk County clerk who has used some of his vacation days to have the time to come up to speed with town issues, met with Ms. Throne-Holst on Monday to discuss each other’s plans for next year.

“I’m constantly meeting with all the council people. I’m continuing to get fully briefed on all the issues that are on the table,” Mr. Malone said.

Once he assumes the job of town councilman, Mr. Malone is uncertain whether he will be able to sustain his job as a deputy clerk, a position he has held for two years. As a deputy clerk, Mr. Malone serves at the pleasure of County Clerk Judith Pascale and works weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Though Town Board positions are considered part-time, Mr. Malone said he will treat it as a full-time job. “It is a part-time job, but I consider it a full-time commitment,” he said.

Mr. Malone said he will speak with Ms. Pascale about his future with the county, noting that there is no way he could work both jobs full-time. “If I stay, it will not be in the same role,” he said.

Though disappointed by her loss at the polls, Ms. Kabot said that she will assist Ms. Throne-Holst in her transition to the supervisor post. Ms. Kabot noted that former Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney did not help her settle into the job after her election in 2007.

“When I became supervisor the previous supervisor wouldn’t talk to me and basically didn’t come in for six weeks,” Ms. Kabot said. “I’m not going to do that.”

Ryan Horn, an aide to Ms. Kabot, said on Tuesday that the two women have not yet held any transition meetings. He said the town budget, which is due for approval on November 20, is consuming everyone’s energy and attention.

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So, after all the avowals from his supporters, after all the fervent declarations that Jim Malone had pledged to work full-time for Southampton Town if elected to our Town Board, after the snide online remarks that I was waiting for a personal letter from him, it turns out to be just as I suspected -- Jim Malone never made a direct public commitment to quit his County job if elected because he was never committed to doing that.

As reported above, as of today, "Mr. Malone is uncertain whether ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 11, 09 11:24 AM
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You still need to disclose your own role in this election, TB. I realize that your "horse" finished up the track, but now is not the time to fly false colors.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 12, 09 7:41 PM
There you go again, Mr. Wheeler, trying to shift the focus to the commenter instead of addressing the comment. You've attempted this before, with me and with others -- it didn't work then, and it isn't working now. Try talking about Jim Malone's deception regarding his County job -- that's the issue I raised.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 12, 09 11:18 PM
What a perfect opportunity for Anna Throne-Holst to assert her independence from the PBA and attack the STPD patronage hires that are costing the town millions of dollars annually.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 11, 09 3:00 PM
Do not give the PBA the 12 hour "2-3-2" chart in exchange for a lag in pay. Bad deal - it will cost dearly.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 11, 09 3:05 PM
It is a shame that even as she prepares to exit public office, Ms Kabot has to take a "shot" at the previous Supervisor. Is she devoid of any capacity for graciousness? Lots of issues, lots of issues does that one have ... too much anger.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 12, 09 10:18 AM
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Typical Kabot: she loses the election and blames everyone but herself. It was Heaney's fault! It was Heney that got her elected! Now it's his fault she lost?

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Nov 12, 09 10:49 AM
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Oh no! Anna has committed treason against the Southampton PBA Crime Family in this comment "In addition, Ms. Throne-Holst said she hopes the town’s two major unions, the Civil Service Employee Association and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, will agree to unpaid furloughs and lag pay in exchange for a reduction in the number of layoffs." Anna those are only pipe dreams in hoping the PBA will work with you and make deals, they do nothing that does not benefit them greatly. The PBA attacks ...more
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 12, 09 11:15 AM
dude, your out of your mind. and for the comment above referrence the pba's 12 hour chart yes that will in fact save money. and cut overtime to zero. ignorance is a virtue i guess. gl
By WESTEND (15), quogue on Nov 12, 09 3:43 PM
it will not. Refer to the NYC Lieutenants experimental 12 hour tours - it was highlighted in the MacKenzie award of 2008 - the City ate the first 6 months of costs - yes - costs - not only did not save OT - OT went up - the chart continues only because the City made the union pay for it in bargaining - i.e- less wage increase for the chart. This chart will be more expensive - cops will continue to make arrests at the end of tours, court days will more likely occur on days off - (more OT), and ...more
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 14, 09 10:01 PM
Anna -Tax Hike-Throne-Holst...I think she is not ready to make thedifficult decisions.
One term.
By sunsetter (7), QUOGUE on Nov 12, 09 2:08 PM
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she should raise taxes. there the lowest around. it's the hamptons folks. wake up and smell the coffee.
By WESTEND (15), quogue on Nov 12, 09 3:44 PM
raise taxes to pay off the new Pretorian Guard who elected her - the PBA.
After all $100,000+ a year and a great pension deal aren't enough - oh - and raise the uniform allowance so the PBA president can get morte money from his business of providing uniforms to the police workforce.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 14, 09 10:04 PM
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By fazool (22), Southampton on Nov 13, 09 4:21 AM
I see she's already hired her own personal assistant! Good job ath!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 13, 09 3:32 PM
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Here it is nine days since ths piece by Brian Finlayson was posted, reporting that Jim Malone is "uncertain whether he will be able to sustain his job as a deputy clerk" for Suffolk County after he joins the Southampton Town Board, and still he hasn't come clean with the people. (See first comment above.)

Jim Malone needs to tell us if he's going to leave this big County job, in which, by his statement, he manages over 130 government employees and handles millions of dollars per year, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 20, 09 4:01 PM
I wonder if her agressive ideas ( those of whom got her elected) will include a new law in town hall for allowing her to bring her dog to work any time she pleases?
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 21, 09 6:08 AM
Nuz can repeal the dog law in 25 plus months when he takes over if you'd like.
Anna is set up for a fall, no majority on the board for her to get any thing serious done. This has happened before !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 21, 09 9:22 AM