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Dec 8, 2010 1:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Clerk Appointed In Westhampton Beach

Dec 8, 2010 1:05 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board has shuffled positions at Village Hall in order to prepare for the upcoming retirements of its clerk and deputy clerk.

The board officially appointed Rebecca Molinaro to replace outgoing Village Clerk Kathy McGinnis, effective Wednesday, December 29, at its most recent meeting on December 1. Ms. Molinaro has been serving as the deputy clerk since she began training to replace Ms. McGinnis last month.

Ms. McGinnis, who is retiring on December 29, was appointed to serve as a part-time deputy clerk in 2011, at a rate of $35 per hour, in order to continue to train Ms. Molinaro and aid in village affairs, she said. Ms. McGinnis is not to exceed 425 hours of work, or earn more than $14,875 in that position, according to Village Board members.

Former Westhampton Beach Village Deputy Clerk Christine Owen, who is retiring on the same day, was appointed to serve as a part-time tax clerk in 2011, at a rate of $25 per hour. She is not to exceed 680 hours in that position, the equivalent of $17,000 in salary, according to board members. They also changed Ms. Owen’s title to tax clerk last month, when they appointed Ms. Molinaro.

Ms. Molinaro, 31, who lives in Remsenburg, has served as chief of staff for State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. since 2001. She will receive a starting salary of $72,000, according to Ms. McGinnis, who earns a salary of about $109,000.

Ms. McGinnis and Ms. Owen are retiring as a result of the New York State early retirement incentive program instituted this year. Westhampton Beach Department of Public Works Superintendent George Gordon, DPW laborer Tim Towers and Linda Stanton, the secretary for the village’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, also accepted the same incentive.

Resident Files Eruv Petition

At the end of last week’s meeting, Westhampton Beach resident Charlie Palmer presented board members with a petition signed by those who oppose a symbolic Jewish religious boundary that, if created, would encompass both Westhampton Beach and Quogue villages, as well as their surrounding hamlets.

Mr. Palmer, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Village Board this year, said the petition would help the board in its fight against the proposed eruv. The board, which unanimously opposes the eruv, hired a lawyer last month to argue that the village has the authority to reject the proposal. The applicant, the East End Eruv Association, has argued that it does not need municipal approval, and has not applied with the village.

The eruv, which is being proposed by the non-profit, is a symbolic boundary that would allow Orthodox Jews to push and carry items outside their homes on the sabbath. It would be delineated by markings attached to utility poles in the villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, and the hamlets of Quiogue and Westhampton.

The petition filed last week has nearly 300 signatures and was circulated between November 22 and 28, according to a copy of the document. A majority of the signatures are from residents of the communities that would fall inside the eruv, but some signers are from outside the immediate area and includes those living in Remsenburg, Speonk, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Oakdale and Center Moriches.

The same petition was presented to the Southampton Town Board earlier this month. The petition claims that the East End Eruv Association has “chosen to circumvent local and town government,” “mischaracterized the state of local ordinances regarding the use of utility poles within the village,” and “failed to consider the long-term community impact of the eruv.”

Sergeant Retires

The Village Board also accepted the retirement of Westhampton Beach Police Sergeant Robert Nordman, effective Wednesday, December 29.

Sgt. Nordman, 51, is a 25-year member of the department, according to Ms. McGinnis. His retirement is not related to this year’s state early retirement incentive program, which does not apply to police department employees.

Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean said the village is not planning to immediately replace the outgoing sergeant, but he said he hopes it will at some point. “We’re in the middle of talking that over with the mayor,” he said.

The department currently has 14 officers on active duty, down from 18 in recent years, due to retirements and the suspension of two officers, according to Chief Dean.

Sgt. Nordman was scheduled to earn almost $132,000 this year, Ms. McGinnis said.

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Retirement is supposed to end a career. I am sure there might be "out of work" people who collect no salary that could fill the positions of these two women retiring. As it is, they will collect their pension and the salary.

The salaries paid are astronomical as well.

Cronyism at its best!
By Bridget325 (27), Hampton Bays on Dec 13, 10 6:05 PM