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26 Comments by Integrity Party Guy

Kabot signatures challenged

Mr. Suffolk from 631politics.com is quite correct. The Integrity Party has done more to fight for the Integrity of the electoral process than any of the other parties. It has to be apparent to anyone with a 6th grade education that there is an attempt to "rig" the outcomes of the local elections this year.

A deal was made to throw the supervisor's race to ATH and, in return, the Republicans were pretty much handed the 2 council seats. I guarantee you that if they could have gotten away with it, the Southampton Conservatives would have given their line to ATH even though she is clearly as liberal as Fred Thiele. .

I really don't know why Southampton is even bothering to hold the elections. " Aug 23, 09 4:42 PM

Well, you do make a point Frank. However, there is not going to be much money spent on political advertising if the outcomes are preordained. There will be no need. The cross endorsement madness has had to have a very adverse affect on those who profit from real elections.

BTW, it is not just the 2 radio stations and the Southampton Press who run ads. I see many candidates use some of the other local weekly papers.

Speaking of cross endorsements, will Suffolk County ever again see a real countywide race such as DA, Comptroller, County Exec, Treasurer, Clerk or Sheriff in our lifetimes?" Aug 24, 09 3:28 PM

Kabot won't appeal to Board of Elections

Brian: I, too, am glad that you read the comments on this very important story. I will not speak for Linda Kabot. She is very capable of defending herself and you well know. However, I have to point out a tremendous amount of hypocrisy on the part of the objectors, many of whom were aided by their Integrity Party endorsement in the past. Those will be brought to the attention of the public at the appropriate time.

There is no doubt in my mind that there was an enormous amount of collusion between the party bosses to throw this election to Anna Throne-Holst (who was heavily supported by the Integrity Party in her upset victory 2 years ago) and therefore to bypass the will of the people.

I am hopeful that the public will finally catch on to the attempts by these party bosses to "fix" the outcome of this race. If the people of the town of Southampton really believe that Anna Throne-Holst best represents their interests and reflects their ideological beliefs, let them decide and not a bunch of back room political hacks. " Aug 30, 09 10:51 AM

Well, if my memory serves me well, Andrea Schiavoni sure seemed to believe that the Integrity Party was real not only last year when she won with our support but the year before when she did well enough to get a second chance. In fact, Anna Throne-Holst herself sure seemed to believe that the Integrity Party was real. She just doesn't now because we didn't endorse her like all the other parties did. I can guarantee you that she would certainly not have turned down our endorsement this year. You know it, too, don't you?

Let's see what other Southampton Democrats thought the Integrity Party was real when we endorsed them: Sally Pope, Alex Gregor, Kristine Lewis, Hank Beck, Melissa Bishop, Tree Wolf West. Oh! Don't forget Marge Schab!!!!!!!!!! Not only did the Integrity Party endorse these and many others, I planted their signs when no one else would and wrote many very impassioned letters to the editor of this very paper (just ask Joe Shaw) and other weeklies. How soon you forget, right number 19? I got a lot of Republicans pretty mad.

In contrast, up until this time, I have never planted a Republican sign (I will now) and I have never written in support of a Republican candidate except as part of the Integrity Party coalition ticket.

Fact of the matter was, the Integrity Party had no intentions of being involved this year. We have supported many candidates, mostly Democrats, and as soon as the candidates get elected, they forget we ever existed. The candidates love to believe they did it on their own. That is, of course, until they have to run again. Also, when we don't do what candidates want, then we have to put up with crap like you write.

I personally spent my vacation going door to door during the hottest day of summer with my walk books in hand getting signatures. How'd you spend your summer vacation number 19? I didn't mind doing it this time because I hate those backroom deals that essentially handed the supervisor's race to ATH without a vote being cast. I would do it again and I might.

Oh! BTW, if the Integrity Party is not a real party then are you saying that we should not endorse either Sally Pope (again) or Bridget Fleming? Let me know.

" Aug 31, 09 5:52 PM

Linda can talk about very prominent and honest people who signed her Integrity Party petitions but I can speak about a few I know, too. Ed Mackiewicz of Hampton Bays was a parachute rigger for the Air National Guard for eons. He started at Floyd Bennett Fiield in Brooklyn and moved to the WHB with the 106th where he packed literally 10's of 1000's of parachutes for PJ's like me for many, many years. He was the most conscientitious "perfectionist" and fastidious craftsman I have ever seen in the military. The Democrats called him a fraud because he is so elderly he can barely write his name and had to print. This is democracy?

Kathy Bradley of Remsenburg is the mother of my son's best friend since they were both 4. They went through Catholic school together until they graduated last year and both are starting college. Kathy's husband Bruce is a senior vice president of Suffolk County National Bank. The Democrats also called Katy a "fraud" for reasons I will never understand.

Carol Palmer of WHB is the former postmaster of the WHB post office. Her son Charley Palmer and her son-in-law Charley Killian both served with me as officers at the 106th Air Rescue Group in WHB. Her daughter is a former postmaster in Westhampton. Carol's brother is a Catholic priest. However, according to the Democrats, the entire Palmer-Killian family are frauds.

I just returned from the Suffolk Country Third Party Club and found out that the Libertarian Party had their entire line kicked off by Boe and called everyone who signed their petitions are frauds. I happen to know Estelle Edwards who is one of the most idealistic and sincere reformers I know. What were the Democrats afraid of? That the Libertarians might actually get a few votes?

This attempt by party bosses to manipulate the results of local elections is outrageous. The Integrity Party has no intentions of quitting our fight to "fix" elections. We will prevail because I believe the people of Southampton will finally catch on to what is really happening and demand their right to decide who their public officials are and not party bosses. " Aug 31, 09 11:16 PM

An author looking for more justice in local court systems

I realize that that Ms. Bach's book, Common Injustice, does not focus its critique on Suffolk County, although it could. The criminal injustice system does not operate in a vacuum. I am a retired state police investigator who was very committed and involved in the exoneration of Martin Tankleff, a highly publicized case. The problem rests ultimately with the political climate the refuses to hold public officials accountible for injustice and not so much with the court system itself.

The wrongful conviction of Marty, and the massive efforts to keep him in prison would not have been possible without collusion between the Democratic and the Republican Party. Neither want the very embarassing truth about how easy it was to convict him in full view of millions of people revealed. Ms. Bach may also suffer from the misconception that liberals are the answer to reform. I went to every liberal, "progressive" group and individual (including celebrities) in Suffolk County on Marty's behalf. Not one of them could have cared less.

In fact, Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer and Marsha Laufer, Brookhaven Town Chair, who is extremely liberal, both publicly stated that Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota would not be hurt in the least bit by his shameful actions in allowing Marty Tankleff, who he knew was innocent, to stay in prison while the 3 individuals who everyone knows murdered Marty's parents remain free with Spota's blessing. Even soon-to-be governor Andrew Cuomo is participating in the coverup by politically protecting Spota for his own political gain. Why? Because he can do what he wants knowing he will never suffer a political consequence as a liberal Democrat in a liberal Democratically controlled state. " Sep 1, 09 7:22 PM

Linda Kabot's DWI case expected to be moved to Riverhead Town Court

Not about Linda's DWI arrest? Really? Linda responsible for millions of dollars missing? Really?

Let's be honest for just a second (if that is possible in politics). What, if anything, is Anna Throne Holst going to do to close a massive budget deficit? Fred Thiele called Anna a "uniter" not a "divider" on her radio campaign ad!

Know what that really means? It really means that ATH will not make any politically unpopular decisions and will not say "no" to anyone. It means that the PBA will own ATH body and soul. She dare not give in to any of their demands no matter what fiscal state the town is in.

So, while the Dems are now touting fiscal responsibility and frugality, know that it is all misleading rhetoric to get them votes. ATH has a huge list of people she owes for supporting her. They are not endorsing her or contributing to her campaign out of the goodness of their hearts. They are not going to be happy if she does not give the store away to them. Take that one to the bank. It is easy to take shots from the sidelines. It is quite another when the buck stops on your desk. ATH is no Harry Truman. " Sep 30, 09 10:16 PM

Governor supports Shinnecock Indian Nation in federal appeal

You guys better get used to the Shinnecock tribe gaining national recognition. They are going to gain it as I predicted at the time when they were being poltically lynched by every politician (Democrat and Republican) in NYS.

Their case for federal recognition is too strong to beat legally which all the politicians who vehemently opposed them chose to disregard or simply failed to acknowledge. I personally don't think that all the money casinos can bring will make them happy. However, if the Shinnecocks choose to go that route, it is their right to achieve economic self determination. Good for them.

By the way, I fully expect many of you who protest the loudest to be looking for jobs working for the casino. " Oct 1, 09 7:17 PM

Kabot's court date is pushed back to December

I have a strange feeling that the people who will ultimately decide the supervisor's race either 1. don't visit message boards like this and/or 2. certainly don't base their vote on what is written here and other websites. This race is going straight down to the wire. " Oct 31, 09 9:21 PM

Defense attorney is still looking for witnesses of fatal stabbing outside Hampton Bays Diner

This is a truly tragic case which did not have to happen. I do not know what it will take to break the culture of violence that led to this. So many lives are destroyed as a result of an altercation over something that is inconsequential when looking in retrospect. " Nov 13, 09 6:57 PM

Kabot attorney will represent two suspended Westhampton Beach Police officers

This could get pretty interesting. I wonder what interesting revelations will spring forth. I have taken off for Linda's trial in December which should provide some real legal street theater.

I have been critical of William Keahon's close persona relationship with DA Tom Spota dating from the time they both were junior prosecutors; particularly in regards to the Tankleff case.

However, Mr. Keahon is one of the top echelon attorneys on Long Island. He has made a career out of defending police officers who deserve a good defense as much as anyone else (maybe more so). I say that as a former police union official and from my own personal experience. Mr. Keahon was an excellent choice of attorneys for Linda Kabot and for these 2 police officers. Police officers can fall victim to political expediency as much as civilians. I know I would hire Mr. Keahon in a second if the need should arise and the way things are going................................................" Nov 19, 09 5:23 PM

In the interest of clarification, Keahon had nothing to do with the Tankleff per se and I apologize to him for not making that clear enough. In fact, Keahon and I had a discussion regarding the Tankleff. It was his opinion that Marty did not get the best of council during his original trial. I am of the opinion that due to the political climate of the time, Marty would have been convicted no matter who his attorney was. My problem with Keahon were due to remarks he made in Newsday defending Spota's inexcusable actions in keeping Marty in prison. BTW, I am still furious that the 3 people who really murdered Marty's parents remain free due to political expediency with virtually no danger of ever being brought to justice.

Getting back to Linda's case, I am glad she is being tried in Riverhead where I believe she has a greater chance of a fair trial. I have known of Judge Allen Smith for many years. He is a man of integrity and will not be intimidated by anyone; least of all the DA's office. I think Linda will get an impartial hearing and will be acquitted. I will not be in the least surprised if some real "bombshells" come out of this proceeding. I am sure the media knows it and for that reason this trial will be well publicized by the local media as it should be. " Nov 21, 09 1:05 PM

Shinnecock Indian Nation wins preliminary federal recognition

I also congratulate the Shinnecock Tribe on this very important first step to being treated fairly. Fact of the matter is, that there was no way that the Shinnecocks could NOT gain federal recognition when dealing with the facts and the enormous documentation they have to support their case. The politicians who publicly lynched the Shinnecocks did so out of a sense that the "ends justifieid the means."

We can argue all day about the merits and the evils of casion gambling. I have serious mixed feelings and moral qualms as many of the tribe do themselves. However, the decision for the tribe to engage in casino gambling as means of economic "stimulus" (a term tossed around lightly these days) belongs to the Shinnecocks. Not a bunch of pandering politicians.

What I resented (as did the tribe) is that everyone but the Shinnecocks knew what is best for the Shinnecocks!

Bravo, Shinnecocks! " Dec 15, 09 5:42 PM

Riverhead student spearheads donation drive to assist those in Haiti

Miss Matlak is a great power of example for those her age. Her parents and grandparents should be proud and commended for raising and nurturing such a fine young woman. " Jan 20, 10 4:33 PM

Democrat Regina Calcaterra launches campaign for State Senate

Speaking purely politically, Ken LaValle is going to have to actually campaign this time around. I am not endorsing Calceterra. I do not agree with many of her ideological views. I am merely stating political reality.

This year is not going to be good for heavily embedded "insider" incumbents regardless of political and idealogical. The public is tired of the old guard. I beg to differ with Fred Thiele that no one knows Calceterra. I will guarantee you that by the time election day rolls around, everyone in the first state senate district will know who Regina Calceterra is.

Remember, no one knew who Scott Brown was and he trailed by close to 30 points a month leading up to his astonishing victory for a seat held by Democrats forever in a Democratic state. I have met Regina and I can tell all of you that she is not anyone to underestimate. If LaValle does, he will lose.

" Jan 24, 10 11:53 AM

Congressman Bishop prepares for difficult race but remains hopeful for outcome

Just an observation that none of you seem to picked up on.. Tim Bishop has a zillion opponents. In fact, there isn't a day that someone comes out of the woodwork announcing they are running against Bishop. I'm even thinking of doing it.

The only thing better than that is having no opponents, at all. " Apr 9, 10 10:22 PM

Actually, I meant that every day somebody announces they are running against Bishop. How many do we have so far? 9? 10? 11?" Apr 9, 10 10:24 PM

Westhampton Beach man receives GOP nod for assembly; Thiele gets Democratic endorsement

Without getting into the issues, I first want to thank Mr. Blumenthal for entering in the race. No one knows more than me that Fred Thiele is a very formidible candidate. However, everyone running for office deserves a worthy opponent. Competitive elections are the best "vetting" processes for the public to find out who our elected officials are. I think when candidates are cross endorsed across the board, the voters are cheated. I think that the incredible voter discontent this year makes any long time incumbent vulnerable regardless of their (some ever changing) political stripes.

Good luck to you Mr. Blumenthal. Make Fred Thiele earn his reelection." May 27, 10 10:18 PM

Oh! Another thing Mr. Blumenthal. I do not know what your experience in elective politics may be. There are a lot of "pundits" out there who think they know what it is like to run for office. They watch the political talk shows and they pontificate on political message boards including this one. I think there is no greater lesson in real politics than there is when you actually run for office or involved in a real campaign in a meaningful way. You are about to learn the kind of things they don't teach in college in political science. By election day, you will see the whole political process in a much different light. Things are not what they seem to be." May 27, 10 10:23 PM

Kabot's DWI trial delayed once again

I think John O. is quite correct. Linda Kabot is a very smart lady we will be hearing about her in the future. Maybe, sooner than later.

LMVT: I know your passion for the Lucero case is genuine. However, what everyone needs to be reminded is that the accused are entitled to an adequate defense regardless of the heinous nature of the crimes. As a former police investigator, I wanted everyone I arrested to be convicted. Any cop or prosecutor would. However, since my advocacy for Marty Tankleff and examination of other wrongful convictions, I have become quite aware that the system doesn't work quite as well as it should. Linda picked a topnotch defense attorney who plans to defend her as vigorously as he is bound to by law and ethics.

Whether you like it or not, Keahon was bound ethically to defend Jeffrey Conroy, the accused murderer in the Lucero to the best of his ability. I can assure you that if you ever get accused, rightfully or wrongfully, you don't want an attorney who is NOT going to go to every length to represent your interests. The defense attorney works for his/her client, not the DA, cops or judge presiding over the case. Just a gentle reminder that, in life, roles can be reversed. Today's accuser can be tomorrow's accused. " Jun 24, 10 6:43 PM

Nursing home still connected with large company

Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota has just recently been served with a federal lawsuit in regards to the abuse of his prosecutorial powers to indict Filipino Nurses and their labor attorney. Spota did this at the behest of the Sentosa Nursing Home ownership in return for massive campaign contributions to Spota's campaign (even though he has run unopposed for the last 8 years). The Southampton Care Center is only the tip of the iceberg about the corrupt practices of Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota who also illegally seized the $4 million + campaign fund of SC CE Steve Levy without charging him criminally. I think it is time to get a new DA. " May 8, 11 2:01 PM

Southampton Democrats Pick Slate; GOP Convention Slated For Wednesday

I believe Brad Bender is going to do quite well. Actually, Brad does have a lot of charisma and has a lot of knowledge of townwide issues. Brad is also not quite the liberal some of you are trying to paint him as. He is just what he says he is: Independent.

BTW, best wishes to my friend Nancy Graboski. Quite frankly, when I finally got a chance to know her better, I developed a deep appreciation for what a truly classy woman of integrity she is. God speed Nancy!" May 17, 11 8:08 PM

Nuzzi Not Sure If He Will Accept GOP Nomination For Supervisor

Speaking purely politically, if Nuzzi runs he will win. It will be a very costly and hard fought race which will be incredibly close. He will also help the 2 Republican town board nominees but Bridget Fleming will win reelection. If Nuzzi does not run, the Dems will sweep the election. Brad Bender, in my view, is a strong candidate than either of the 2 Republicans he will be running against. BTW, I have been wrong before but my predictions have been fairly "on the mark.'" May 22, 11 4:08 PM

Nuzzi Declines Republican Nomination For Supervisor

It probably was a smart move by Chris. He could have beaten ATH but it would have been a massive effort. I think those who long for the days of a completely two party system in NYS need to quit living in the past. Neil Tiger, of all people (having worked at the board of elections) has to know that the largest growing group of voters are independents. In fact, they are more than a third of total voters. Both of the two major parties try to ignore them hoping that somehow they will "go away" and things will return to the good ole days. That is not going to happen anytime soon. Most voters are extremely tired of both the far right and far left extremists driven only by ideology. " Jun 7, 11 11:32 AM

Hundreds Turn Out To Say Goodbye To 15-Year-Old Westhampton Beach Student

The thoughts and prayers of all us who teach religious education at Immaculate Conception Church are with the Bramwell family. " Oct 10, 11 10:25 AM

Thiele's District Would Gain Southold, Shelter Island Under Proposed Plan

I find this redistricting to be quite interesting. This will essentially allow Thiele to inherit the state senate seat from Ken LaValle. I notice that Thiele publicly voices his disapproval but privately was pushing for it. This sounds like a Peconic County redux to me." Jan 28, 12 4:39 PM