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Apr 16, 2010 1:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board promotes three police officers to sergeant

Apr 16, 2010 1:25 PM

Three members of the Southampton Town Police Department were promoted to the rank of sergeant through last-minute resolutions introduced by Town Board member Jim Malone on Tuesday.

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst decried Mr. Malone’s method of introducing the resolutions and said the promotions may not be necessary pending the outcome of the negotiations she is in with the Southampton Town Patrolman’s Benevolent Association.

“I don’t appreciate your untoward move and effort to embarrass me,” she said to Mr. Malone.

Ms. Throne-Holst has been working on having officers work either steady shifts or 12-hour shifts, both of which the PBA supports.

Police Chief James Overton, who attended the meeting, said he supported the promotions and has wanted them acted on since January so the department could gear up for the summer. He wants the current schedule, which has rotating shifts, to remain.

Chief Overton accused Ms. Throne-Holst of not putting forward promotions because of issues he and she were having over the Police Department/Labor Relations Committee, which was created by the supervisor.

Despite her protests, Ms. Throne-Holst joined the rest of the board in voting to unanimously approve the promotions. She said that she was never against the promotions, but wanted the proper procedure followed.

Detective Susan Ralph, Officer Howard Kalb and Officer Todd Spender were all promoted to sergeant and will be paid $112,279 each.

Sergeant Lawrence Schurek Jr. was made lieutenant in a separate, less controversial vote. He is replacing former Town Board member candidate William Hughes, who retired.

PBA President Pat Aube said Wednesday morning that he hopes the Town Board is prepared to hire police officers to replace those who were promoted and pointed out that the department is now short a total of six officers.

Earlier in the meeting, Ms. Throne-Holst accused Mr. Malone of skipping out on five of the six meetings the labor relations committee has held so far. Mr. Malone responded that he has not been attending because he believed negotiations were taking place during the committee’s meetings and that it would be a conflict of interest if he were to vote on the contract he helped negotiate.

Committee Appointments

The Town Board filled vacancies on a number of boards—although some appointments were done through last-minute resolutions, a move that elicited an outcry from new Town Board member Bridget Fleming.

Town Board member Chris Nuzzi introduced five late resolutions that named new members to the Planning Board, Architectural Review Board, and others. Those resolutions competed with those put on the regular Town Board agenda by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, but Mr. Nuzzi garnered the support of Mr. Malone and Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, who together make up a Republican-Conservative alliance.

“This smacks much less of open government and more like a private club,” Ms. Fleming said.

The trio voted John Zuccarelli onto the Planning Board. Ms. Throne-Holst had put forth current member Alma Hyman as a candidate.

Terence Flanagan, already a member of the Conservation Board, was knocked out of his seat by the appointment of Scott Horowitz.

Rebecca Molinaro, who works for New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., was appointed to the Assessment Review Board, filling a seat vacated by William Berkoski, who is now on the Planning Board.

Both Mr. Horowitz and Ms. Molinaro tried to secure the Republican nomination for the Town Board seat in the fall.

Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone noted that Ms. Molinaro had never interview before the Town Board.

In a less controversial appointment, Sally Spanburgh, who writes a blog about Southampton Village architecture, was appointed to the Historic Districts and Landmarks Board.

Town Attorney

Michael Sordi of Nesconset was appointed town attorney Tuesday night, and began his new job that same evening by taking notes during the board’s meeting.

Mr. Sordi, who has worked in the Nassau County Attorney’s office as a senior trial attorney and also has had a private practice, will be paid a salary of $115,000 per year. He said that his private practice focused on real estate, criminal law, zoning and civil cases. Mr. Sordi’s term will expire December 31, 2011.

Kathleen Murray had previously been serving as deputy town attorney.

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Bridget Fleming is being charitable in likening the Nuzzi appointment mill to "a private club". Actually, it smacks more of the old Midnight Auto Supply, stealing hubcaps by the light of the moon, with last-minute, rushed resolutions to get cronies in through the back door, in darkness. This is a complete and cynical abandonment of the Town Board's pledges, in which Mr. Nuzzi expressly joined, to have a full and open public vetting process, so that the people could have input on who serves on ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 16, 10 5:58 PM
Now that Ms. Graboski voted with Nuzzi and Malone she is being accused of not showing principled independence. Some people that blog here are trying (as usual) to spin this. When she votes with ATH and Bridget she's a good one.
This type of back and forth support for Ms. Graboski (from one blogger) is so transparent and just plain stupid.
BTW- Where was the newly elected Councilwoman Flemming on April 1st Work Session and (BS) State of the Town. NO SHOW to busy to attend.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 16, 10 6:23 PM
Reg rep, of course I support Ms. Graboski when she votes with the people who advance the programs I believe in, why wouldn't I? Presumably, you support ATH when she votes with Chris Nuzzi, as she often has. You do, don't you? Or are you so consumed with irrational resentment of ATH that you can't say a good word about her even when she sides with your guys? Now, that would really be stupid. You're not that far gone, are you?

Speaking of BTW, how come you haven't addressed one word ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 16, 10 6:55 PM
I'm not sure if anyone made any promise, this is your word. I do think it was said that interviewing of potential board members would take place and from that, some would be selected to serve on the boards. I don't know where you got the idea that a promise was made to let the people in on who gets to serve on the boards. What people? You are making it sound like the people would get to vote. The general public are allow to speak and voice an opinion, and thats all they can do. Some may be in favor ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 8:25 PM
Gobble gooble! You two are so comical, polar opposites and both off the mark!
How about renaming yourselves Left Turkey and Right Turkey!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 17, 10 10:54 PM
Reg rep, I'm not talking about a general vote on these appointments, as I'm sure you know. The point is that last-minute resolutions for the appointment of someone don't give the public any warning. Maybe if the people knew in advance that so-and-so was to be named to a board, they'd come to the Town Board meeting and speak, but if they don't get any notice, it's the Midnight Auto Supply, and Chris Nuzzi and his crew get to pass some stooge in through the back door with little or no public comment.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 18, 10 10:44 AM
ICE the left wing-nut
Off the mark? How so?
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:04 PM
Drawn in by the headline and wanting to know who the new Town Attorney is, I'm so glad I read 600 words just to get to the last 80 that actually dealt with the Town Attorney. And what do I find out? He's dealt with the issues every other lawyer has and he took notes during a meeting. Gee, thanks.

I did however, notice the dopey statement attributed to the PBA president that he "pointed out that the department is now short a total of six officers." It's as if the officers somehow magically ...more
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 16, 10 11:54 PM
Welcome to "the club" Ms. Fleming. What did you expect? if the shoe was on the other foot you would be hosting your own "club."
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 16, 10 11:57 PM
Ahhhh, I see you found the proper spot for you dig! Nuzzi is bad for the Town. Malone needs to drop his county gig! Graboski is honest and does what she honestly feels is right.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 17, 10 12:49 AM
I believe in disagreeing with people, but don't think I would ever say someone is "bad for" a community. From what I have heard he seems like a regular guy. Graboski I was introduced to once at an event and she seemed like a sweet lady.

Malone I wouldn't know if he hit me with his car, but I wouldn't deny someone a livlihood if they held another job. Public service isn't exactly wall street when it comes to paycheks.
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 17, 10 1:14 AM
Oh, and I like the new girl, Fleming. Seemed a bit "out there" at first, but later struck me as a go-getter. I couldn't vote anyway, but I probably would have given her mine.
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 17, 10 1:23 AM
When Nuzzi ignores the majority of his constituents concerns, he becomes bad for them and the Town. He has repeatedly said one thing and done another or nothing.

I like Malone, I just don't like how he kept his County job after saying he would resign if elected. You are right Public Service isn't Wall Street that why it's called Public SERVICE, he was on Wall Street for quite awhile and said he is here to give back to the community. I'm not proposing we deny him a livelihood, just proposing ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 17, 10 1:41 PM
you mean...if malone hit you with his purse, right?
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Apr 19, 10 8:26 AM
Right....many good, desreving people in the town would like to have just one of his paychecks...County or town.....Malone isn't competent enough to have one, but at least do what you said you would do and give up the County...DOESNT ANYONE CARE????????????,
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Apr 19, 10 6:36 PM
Wait wait wait... we hired someone from NESCONSET to be our town attorney? I mean, I can understand someone from Brookhaven Town or East Hampton Town... but NESCONSET?!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 10 1:17 AM
My my! I just mapquested that. I hope he has an Ipod and a comfy car!

Based on the Nassau County reference in the article, he probably floated down the island because of the Mangano win over Suozzi.
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 17, 10 1:28 AM
Hope they don't pay him travel time. I know plenty of local attorneys. Maybe they were too busy.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 7:23 AM
his six figure salary im sure is enough motivation to drive here
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Apr 17, 10 1:04 PM
Ah...the "blockheads" hard at work. Nuzzi is pathetic and Malone, my god, what can one say about Malone, except that he's in la-la land. Many qualified individuals took the interview process seriously, took time from their busy schedules to sit before these clowns to express their desire to serve the public. What a slap in the face to all residents, who deserve to have the best representatives on these boards--not the most devoted republicans. They think they answer to noone! I'm not a member of ...more
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Apr 17, 10 10:26 AM
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Nellie, it's a pretty sad commentary when you can say, "Welcome to 'the club' Ms. Fleming. What did you expect? If the shoe was on the other foot, you would be hosting your own 'club'." If you really believe that's the way it has to go, that politicians should just put their pals into jobs regardless, then your idea of democracy is lacking something. You've been a spokesperson for the Republican view on this site, so we have to assume that you're expressing the local Republican position on appointments. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 17, 10 11:29 AM
Both parties are destroying this town and their pals have been here before and will be after we're gone. Your logic is so naive it really makes me laugh.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 17, 10 8:42 PM
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You make my case.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 18, 10 10:36 AM
Whatever that is?????
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 18, 10 5:06 PM
It's that, as I said, your idea of democracy is lacking something if you think we might as well just roll over for unrestrained crony government. I'm not so naive as to think it doesn't happen, and you're right -- both sides do it -- but I believe that if we fight against it, maybe these guys will walk off with only half the store instead of the whole store.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 18, 10 8:55 PM
You are so correct.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 19, 10 5:55 PM
Sarah Palin wannabe
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Apr 17, 10 11:33 AM
ha ha ha
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 17, 10 8:47 PM
Malone is representative of everything that is wrong with local government. He is motivated by blinding right-wing ideology and an overblown sense of importance.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 17, 10 7:22 PM
Malone is motivated by whatever Nuzzi says...he's 100% clueless...makes me sick to watch him stare into space up there.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Apr 19, 10 8:29 AM
Reply to Turkey above:
The statement you made about the vetting process is one thing, but no one made any promise about walk on's resolutions.
Look, back when the democrats held the majority (Suskin, Zenk and Kenny) democrats were put on these appointed boards. Thats the way it is, I can't belive how obsessed you are with this. Get over it already.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:02 PM
One more thing Turkey
You never did answer where you buddy Ms. Flemming was for the Work Session and State of the Town on April 1. Was the newly elected offical to busy to attend?
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 11:19 PM
Reg rep, you sound like some kind of tricky lawyer: 'OK, we said we'd do vetting for the boards, but we didn't make any promises about appointments by walk-on resolution.' So you're saying that it's acceptable for Chris Nuzzi, who joined in the pledge to vet candidates for appointed boards openly and to have public input on these appointments, to sneak a nominee in by a last-minute surprise maneuver which prevents the people from commenting to the Town Board because they didn't know it was coming? ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 19, 10 10:28 AM
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Turkey it would not have made a difference if you and your dem friends had the opportunity to speak. The outcome would have been the same due to the rep majority. Do you know for sure how it was done back when the dem's had the majority?
I was pointing out that Flemming missed this important state of the town/work session, because you accused Malone for missing meetings. My point is, all members of the board miss meetings.
I understand that you are trying to point out everything you think ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 19, 10 11:15 PM
Reg rep, your jaded cynicism really makes me sad. You talk about me and my "dem friends" coming to speak, as if no one else would have -- no one in the middle, and no one on your side, maybe to support the appointments. Why not?

You say the outcome on these appointments would have been the same even if people had been given notice and had come to speak against them, because of the Republican majority. So you're going on record as saying the Republicans wouldn't listen to the people. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 20, 10 1:56 PM
Just having fun with you on a daily basis turkey. Did you attend that TB Meeting?If not, why didn't you speak in support of the democrat that ATH wanted to appoint? Did you think that appointing a democrat was in the bag? Now that the outcome changed you keep whining about it. Why don't you speak at the next board meeting and tell them that you are not happy with the choice they made.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 20, 10 7:56 PM
You have a lot of suggestions for me, reg rep -- running for office, speaking at Town Board meetings, etc. Thanks. I have one for you: Since you're not campaigning on this site (as I am), because you believe the audience is so small, and you're "just having fun" here, get a life.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 21, 10 10:20 AM
Turkey, you call what you are doing "campaigning"? I think it is you that needs to get a life. You are so passionate about the things you bog about so get off your butt and do something about.
I'm serious you should take your complaints with Nuzzi and Malone to the board room where you can go on record and speak about everything you are opposed to. Then you can see yourself on Channel 22, just think of the number of people you can reach.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 21, 10 7:10 PM
This is a typical maneuver of yours, reg rep -- and of the Bush Republicans generally -- you pivot away from the substance and try to turn the focus on the other person, instead of on what they said. Apart from the fact that you have no knowledge of my activities, and no standing to suggest what they should be, why don't you just address my point: Is it really OK not to let the people know in advance about planned appointments because the Republicans on the Town Board wouldn't listen to the people ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 22, 10 2:45 PM
Turkey, you prove my point time and time again, you need to get a life. Try to stop laboring over this issue, it seem only you keep commenting about the walk on resolutions. As far as I know no law exists on the town books that walks on are not allowed and that the public should be given advanced notice. Personally, I could care less about these walk on's even if all democrats were appointed.
Also the answer to your question is NO, I dont think if would have made a difference if some people ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Apr 22, 10 8:30 PM
Thanks for your answer.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Apr 23, 10 12:27 PM