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Financial disclosure law went unnoticed in Southampton Village

The real magic will be what is actually disclosed by those affected by the story. Who will resign, who will lie! Here is an example I will tell you about!

The Southampton Village Police "code of conduct" forbids police personnel from doing work for attorneys for obvious reasons. Captain Thomas Cummings, a former business partner of Chief William Wilson in the New York Security Group, is presently one of two partners of a security company / private investigative LLC called The Carlow Group. The other partner in the Carlow Group is Southampton Village Police PBA Attorney Steven Losquadro. Now consider this Captain Cummings investigates police misconduct and Steven Losquardo is supposed to defend the police officer. Now how can any police officer facing disciplinary charges be expected to think what he tells the PBA Attorney won't get back to Captain Cummings? I mean really!" Jul 12, 09 3:38 AM

Bishop girding for fall fight

Tim Bishop is an Independent Voice in Washington DC for all East Enders. I have known him for 20 years and have always been greeted with a smile and handshake. When he was elected to Congress nothing changed in him. The House seat in Congress did not change him. You can still approach him on the street or in the Deli and he always will stop to listen. Before any of you paint him with the broad brush approach him and speak with him or at least listen to what he has to say.

Tim you have my approval and vote." Feb 1, 10 6:06 PM

Southampton Village denies request for police records

A fully disclosed FOIL request would demonstrate that the Police Captain owns and operates a Private Investigative Firm with the PBA Attorney. The name of the company is the Carlow Group LLP and the company is licensed by the New York State Department of State. Because the Southampton Village Police “Code of Conduct” forbids police officers from working for or doing business for private attorneys Chief Wilson would be obligated to prosecute the Captain for misconduct and incompetence. This might be one reason not to grant a FOIL request and hide it from the public.

Another reason not to grant a FOIL request for secondary employment for the Police Department has to do with the 20 hour a week restriction for police officers. Police Officers may not work more than 20 hours a week in a second job. If the Detective Sergeant has secondary employment approval to 1. Valet Cars, 2. Operate a Security Company in Sagaponac, 3. Coach High School Basketball and 4. Manage 18 properties (Houses he owns) where is the time to do police work? To give you a broader perspective a FOIL request was made for all telephone records from the Detective Sergeants desk to the Ira Rennert Estate in Sagaponac for the calendar year 2006 and 2007. That request was denied. Wonder why? Add up the time on the phone and the calls to the Rennert Estate and you have all the proof you need that private enterprise comes before public service." Feb 20, 10 9:27 PM

$400,000.00 for the State Courts

The Village is insured my NYMIR and NYMIR hires Devitt Spellman to represent them in Federal Court. The insurance policy pays up to $1,000,000 per occurrence." Feb 21, 10 10:55 AM

Not true; The State Investigation for WC Fraud has to to with the Chief Playing Deck Hockey at SYS, sustaining a back injury during play and claiming a work related injury that entailed 3 moths full pay after surgery.

The highest court in NYS is the NYS Court of Appeals in Albany. This is the next stop in State Court for the unlawful termination proceedings. This is the final stop. The "door" is open.

The Federal Action allows the employee to go outside the four corners of the Hearing Officer's biased record.
" Feb 21, 10 1:06 PM

Southampton Village releases some secondary employment information

You may never need to FOIL documents from Village Government or the Police Department in your lifetime. Now you can. You should consider thanking the Southampton Press as often as you may criticize them for taking a position on an important issue. The FOIL Law is a shining example of how our county views a free press and the availability of information to the press. Consider all the effort that was involved in denying the request in the first place and ask yourself what is worth so much that has to be hidden from public scrutiny. " Mar 4, 10 10:51 PM

Westhampton Beach Village police officers file notices of claim

Ordinarily the Trustee or the Mayor that is initiating the action asks the Village Clerk or the Village Attorney to put into words a written resolution. I suppose its possible in a small Village to have the Mayor or Village Trustee author a resolution for a vote. Generally you see Boards discuss issues then ask the Village Attorney or Clerk to craft the resolution. Is this any help?" Mar 6, 10 6:57 PM

In case of emergency: East End SWAT teams

A SWAT Team in a Village or Town Police Department is an exceptional idea. It's predicated on a speedy muster followed by a speedy response. If the most qualified and best fit are selected even better. And if ALL the SWAT Team members live in the Village or Town they provide service in. Unfortunately this is rarely the case. Suffolk County Police, who border Southampton Town in Manorville are always called for Bomb Disposal. They are also called for Homicide and Arson. SWAT Training is a great diversion from the tedium of everyday patrol duties. Keep it if your budget will permit it. " Mar 6, 10 7:12 PM

Southampton Village mayor and police chief at odds over officers' secondary employment applications

Reichel v Water Auth., App. Div., 2nd Dept., 283 A.D.2d 475

Certain employees of the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA) also maintained private businesses that offered plumbing services to homeowners. Such services included the installation of water service lines from private property to the water main at the edge of the street.

Although SCWA inspects and approves such installations, it does not itself perform this service.
In response to SCWA's request for an informal opinion concerning its employees engaging in plumbing services involving connecting a residence to the Town's water system, the Attorney General advised that "SCWA employees should not be so engaged, to avoid even the appearance of impropriety."

SCWA then amended its personnel policy and "Rules of Conduct" and prohibited its workers from providing private plumbing services that would require or involve SCWA inspection and, or, approval upon completion.

The Appellate Division sustained the lower court's rejection of the employees' challenge to this policy, ruling that "[a] governmental entity may implement conflict of interest policies restricting outside work by its employees so long as the policy is rationally based and reasonably related to maintaining public confidence in government."

The court also commented that the policy adopted by SCWA "was sufficiently narrow in scope so as not to eliminate other opportunities for the [employees] to continue to engage in outside work.”" Mar 22, 10 6:48 PM

Building inspector training requirements go unmet

Southampton Village has already attempted to get Peace Officer status for their 2 Village Fire Marshals. One of them has a 9mm Glock, Body Armor & handcuffs. He also wrote Governor Patterson a letter claiming he already has peace officer training and just need Paterson to sign the bill. " Apr 1, 10 10:22 PM

Southampton Village Police launch internal investigation into inappropriate computer use

Ironically the Village of Southampton and the Southampton Village Police PBA are in contract talks for pay raises and extra benefits. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires soon. Conveniently the contract with the Chief of Police and the Village of Southampton expires this time next year. I wonder if this story and the others like it will remain in the long term memory of the Public and the Village Board? " Apr 19, 10 8:34 PM

I think that March Madness is not only a member of the PD I thing he is on duty monitoring the blog. Your right about using the computer at work instead the computer at home." Apr 19, 10 10:57 PM

Mayor Epley and/or the Village Board should request that theSuffolk County Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau conduct the internal investigation of Chief Wilson and remaining Officers and Civilian Dispatchers involved.

This has been done in the past by both Chief Overton and Chief Ray Dean. The Village Employees and the Village residents would be better served." Apr 22, 10 9:06 PM

Sergeant Schucht retires from Southampton Village Police Department

Mayor Epley and/or the Village Board should request that the Suffolk County Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau conduct the internal investigation of Chief Wilson and remaining Officers and Civilian Dispatchers involved.

This has been done in the past by both Chief Overton and Chief Ray Dean. The Village Employees and the Village residents would be better served." Apr 22, 10 9:10 PM