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Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

no. In 2008 the Town Board adopted a resolution requiring search committees for all major administrative positions. This is one, if not the highest administrative position. I'm looking to see if I can find the resolution online.
" Nov 29, 10 7:16 PM

well when you limit the candidates to no one who would know the position was publicly available, to only those who have family who have lived on the East End since the 1600's, and to only those who have been loyal Republican soldiers and are willing to be manipulated by sour grapes and blind partisan control by a small unrepresentative group, the odds get slim for a Southampton Town resident." Nov 30, 10 1:03 AM

Not all civil service positions are "union" positions. One has nothing to do with the other. This is a civil service position. The title is Town Management Services Administrator. Here is the Suffolk County Job Spec for this title:


An employee in this class coordinates and administers a town's management services. The incumbent oversees electronic data processing systems, implements personnel and purchasing policies, administers grant applications and coordinates the risk management program. Supervision is exercised over a professional, technical and clerical staff. Does related work as required.

Coordinates the operations of town government through the use of electronic data-processing systems;
Reviews all contracts and specifications relative to the competitive bidding laws;
Administers town applications for state, federal or other grants or forms of aid available to municipalities;
Establishes uniform purchasing practices, standardizes supply, material and equipment use and maintenance;
Administers, manages and reviews a town's self-insured programs and insurance policies to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current or proposed policies, and making the recommendations to the Town Board regarding same;
Implements, administers, manages and coordinates a town's risk management insurance policies and procedures;
Supplies and maintains vehicles that are town owned other than those assigned to the Highway Department;
Assists departments in the recruitment of personnel; maintains accurate records of any and all personnel transactions;
Assists in implementing the recommendations of independent auditors and Audit Committee.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of public administration and financing; thorough knowledge of data-processing systems and capabilities; thorough knowledge of the policies, regulations, methods, procedures and laws related to general services and insurance programs and services offered by a town; good knowledge of administration and supervision of personnel; good knowledge of the distribution and supply of materials, equipment, usage and maintenance; good knowledge of statistical concepts and methods; knowledge of inventory control; ability to efficiently meet the needs of municipal departments being serviced; ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to analyze facts and to exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with town, County, state officials and the general public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

a) Graduation from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree, and six (6) years of administrative or managerial experience in the following fields: computerized data processing systems, personnel or business administration, and public finance. This experience must include at least two (2) years at an administrative or managerial level in each field; or,
b) Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and ten (10) years of technical or administrative experience in the following fields: computerized data processing systems, personnel or business administration, and public finance. This experience must include at least two (2) years at an administrative or managerial level in each field; or,
c) An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of a) and b).

RR01/22/03" Nov 30, 10 1:56 PM

According to Suffolk County Civil Service, who administers titles for Southampton Town, this is an open competitive title. See above posting for details.
" Nov 30, 10 1:57 PM

you mean the group of three who continue to violate NYS Sunshine law?" Nov 30, 10 1:59 PM

That's just nasty and no Anna didn't write or set up any of the people that sent in letters or spoke. Please don't spew hate and make up things as facts when they aren't at all true. Also, are you saying that democrats can't be tax payers and therefore don't have the right to protest when procedures and laws are violated? Democrats speaking out at Town Board meetings aren't real? " Nov 30, 10 10:50 PM

He's probably even taking a salary cut. According to seethroughny.com in 2008 he earned $102,375. So with COLAs and such since then he is probably currently making more thatn $107,000." Dec 2, 10 6:01 PM

in the budget the supervisor submitted the people actually performing the duties - not supervising them - were to be reassigned to other areas in order to eliminate the redundant supervision since the government is too small to justify the position. In the majority's amendments they restored the entire department and took some more functions away from the comptroller's office." Dec 2, 10 6:09 PM

Since I was on seethroughny.org I looked up who earns $107,000 and up in Southampton Town wages. 69 people do. Blowes makes $117,000 so at least they downsized the salary a bit for this new person. However, of the 69, the majority are police. Only 7 of the 69 are civilian employees and only 4 make more than what the new person will make. The 7 are Lance Aldrich, Blowes, Ed Deyermond, Allyn Jackson, Bill Jones, Cheryl Kraft and Jefferson Murphree." Dec 2, 10 6:17 PM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

it's so ridiculous it's funny" Dec 2, 10 6:20 PM

Judge Orders That 161 Ballots Be Counted, Prepares Ruling On 1st District Race

then after the 71, how many more contested ballots to rule on?" Dec 2, 10 6:28 PM

Southampton Town Board's Majority Remains Mum On Budget Changes

go to seethroughny.org" Dec 2, 10 6:37 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

First, any individual can request the Ethics Board review a matter. If they make a recommendation that gives them standing to refer the matter to the Attorney General for an opinion which only a municipal body can request, such as the Ethics Board, which acts under municipal authority." Dec 3, 10 1:48 PM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

of the 1325 still contested ballots from last friday how many still remain after today's court go round?" Dec 6, 10 7:13 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

My understanding is that the policy, adopted by resolution in 2000, became procedure - not law - requiring a search committee and the like. Look beyond the Town to New York State law that governs all political subdivisions, of which the Town is one. Also look at Federal equal employment opportunity laws and finally Suffolk County Civil Service laws. Let us know what you find....." Dec 6, 10 10:38 PM

Graboski Defends Kratoville Appointment

What am I missing here? If the Board members are responsible for policy and the Supervisor, since that position is different than the others, is responsible for Administration, what is the power grab? This is a different quote than the one Mrs. Graboski gave to the Independent where she says something to the effect of justifying the move because Board members change and this will allow for continuity. Or did she mean, this will allow us to undermine the current responsibilities of the Supervisor and cut the current incumbent's legs off and make it more difficult to do her job? Is history repeating itself with what the Republican majority did to a former female Dem Supervisor?......" Dec 8, 10 6:09 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

yes the info is a year old but what's your point? Blowes will also get a nice part-time job. Don't you have a problem with 3 senior employees taking their pension and then a part-time job with the same employer?" Dec 13, 10 4:02 PM

The position is a civil service position. I didn't see any reference on the County site that says it is exempt. Bottom line, they either violated their own hiring policy, OR, worse, violated civil service law. Either way there is an official complaint to be made and followed-up on." Dec 13, 10 4:06 PM

Southampton Town Floats Idea For 311 Call Center

I helped introduce one of the earliest and largest 311 call centers and even today, with the advancement of technology, I'm not aware of any that would only cost a few hundred dollars....The benefits of a 311 call center are mostly on the back end - consolidation of databases and customer service staff, removal of redundant and inconsistent government information, improved management information to target the largest problems facing constituents and better identify the areas for efficiency in operations. At the very least money is needed for knowledge management software to allow a customer service representative to answer questions on any government service. There would also be a fee, of more than a few hundred dollars, to access Cloud services for the multiple database access and data normalization. Should Southampton Town implement 311? Absolutely. Will they need to spend more than a few hundred dollars initially? Absolutely. Will they save even more in the long run? If done correctly, yes." Mar 25, 11 1:04 PM

$43 Million Tear-Down Approved In Sagaponack

I think this would have been more tasteful to the taxpayers and residents out here if the same very wealthy person, who could afford to pay double the property's value and another bazillion dollars on a new house, paid to move the existing and gorgeous 11 year old house to a property the Town may own or help them buy a property, and convert the interior to affordable income apartments. That's why people think it is sickening - that a perfectly good house is being torn down when so many people are living in sub-standard conditions are don't have a home at all." Apr 27, 11 1:17 PM

Nuzzi Not Sure If He Will Accept GOP Nomination For Supervisor

No Bridget works FULL-TIME in a part-time job for part-time pay!" May 20, 11 3:50 PM

Fired Southampton Village Officer Seeks Lost Benefits After State Awards Him September 11 Disability Payments

for what it's worth - the photos aren't of him on the Pile - they are over 4 blocks away in front of a market where a food line had been established." Jul 25, 11 2:32 PM

LIPA Scrambles To Repair Massive Power Outages

I'm grateful to the crews who worked very hard to get power restored. Mine came back at 6:52pm. Lessons learned - I would throw in LIPA's attempt to update and inform by outage map and then gave up on doing so when they became overwhelmed. Also the promise of a call back they didn't fulfill. I would rather that they get the technology right and not offer it until they know they can manage it. Also I think they need to do a much better job trimming trees during the entire course of the year and inspecting old trees on people's lawns that may cause a problem in the future and issuing letters to homeowners. Kudos to the SH Town Highway Dept who cleared away the debris that I cleared off of my lawn one day after I put it out front! Also thank you to the HB Fire Department volunteers who went up and down all of our streets advising evacuation." Aug 31, 11 4:02 PM

Fleming, Scalera Win Southampton Board Race; Throne-Holst Reelected

I certainly hope that the Board of Elections is going to pursue the completely inappropriate vote tampering that went on at someone's instruction yesterday. The poll workers throughout the Town were telling voters, without being asked, how to write in a candidate. This is improper and the Board of Elections confirmed that they did NOT train them to do that in class. They told them how to write in a vote IF a voter asked. They did NOT train them to volunteer that information to every voter. That is like leading the witness in a trial. Dirty politics at its best! This should be investigated by the Board of Elections and Kabot and her people interviewed as well as the Republicans Party." Nov 9, 11 12:28 PM

Southampton ZBA Rejects Front Yard Pool Plan In Bridgehampton

I think there is an incredible inconsistency to Buildings Department rulings as well as ZBA. The Buildings department has repeatedly ruled different ways on the same code, especially when the code is vague, and the ZBA is often used against the homeowner for no fair or above board reason ...I live in an RWB zoned area and I have been given many different answers by members of land management to the same question and my neighbor other answers to the same questions. Guess which home owner was given the answer that benefited them (over and over)? All I can say is that I didn't pay anyone off. Was influence involved? Not saying it was but it makes your wonder. My neighbor was allowed to encircle my property on 3 sides with a 6 foot tall cheap and poorly installed stockade fence since the buildings inspector said that their front yard wasn't what abutted my back yard but instead, their backyard --since they are on an inlet -- i.e., waterfront property. Shouldn't the ruling have been more about the negative impact on the neighbor whose property was fenced given the unusual circumstance that the owner who installed the fence surrounds the neighbor on three sides?

Also the Town consistently let them violate code and then ignore notices of violation which were served and then pay a fine rather than go to court or actually apply for a variance! For years Code Enforcement personnel looked the other way, losing their file or saying a violation was unfounded when it was later overturned (after the officer left the department). They don't even discipline officers who are corrupt - they just let them resign.

How are we supposed to believe there is no corruption?
" Dec 16, 11 2:01 PM

Just asking for clarification - looks like the pool request is really for the side yard which is often referred to in the code as the front yard. there are tons of pools in side yards in my neighborhood. What I've seen of the ZBA is that they often rule against something that is reasonable if even one neighbor complains - even when the complaint has no merit or in my case, was false. I paid a few thousand dollars to get a compromise - not what I should have been allowed in the first place. If I had more money I'm sure that I could have made the case for what would have made most sense but I didn't have more money. And what about home owners who don't have the few thousand dollars? The ZBA process shouldn't be allowed to be misused by nasty neighbors. Home owners of modest means should be able to navigate the process without having to hire attorneys. Also when I've asked questions about the code in order to be compliant I was told by inspectors: "I can't build it for you" but I've seen the same inspectors answer the same questions when developers ask them. The entire department needs to be reconfigured with the modest home owner in mind. They should be helpful and the process shouldn't require people to take days off from work. More should be provided online for you to interact with the department. The Town government needs to change their focus and make it more about "how can I help the average taxpayer and homeowner." It shouldn't be about how the constituent can make it easier for the government. That went out with the trash when MOST governments figured out how to use the tools of egovernment and customer service to serve those paying their expenses. Why is Southampton Town so behind the times? Land Management is the most heinous example of this.
" Dec 16, 11 2:12 PM

that's exactly what he did with my neighbors - told them they could have whatever the ZBA approved for me - even though they had no action before the dept or the board!!! they had never even filed something! they asked for the same for them in the future when they wanted to subdivide and put a house right up against my property, even though their property isn't 2 acres so they can't subdivide. RWB requires 1 acre minimums!!!" Dec 30, 11 4:41 PM

Contractor Claims Southampton Councilman Locked Him In Office After Worker Broke Into Home

he can't work if he doesn't have his tools
" Jan 12, 12 11:41 AM

Yes it is. Why hasn't anyone asked to see his timesheets to compare the two jobs? Is he collecting pension time for both jobs?
" Jan 12, 12 11:42 AM

Sandy Deals Glancing Blow, Leaves One Death, Destruction Behind

ok so i saw the slosh map and i'm in slosh zone 3. however the press release says low lying areas. it doesn not say which numbered zones are in low lying areas nor does it say that all slosh zones are in low-lying areas. is it too much to ask for public notices to be written with consistent language????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????" Oct 28, 12 4:09 PM

Rumba Discussion Continues, Reluctantly

who is really pushing? do you live there? do you often travel on Canoe Place and have almost had several accidents because of the traffic?
" Jul 24, 13 5:51 PM

Southampton Town Approves Annexation Of Land By Village; Kills Political Ban For Regulators

This is precisely why the Town of Southampton government will never truly improve their practices. The patronage is so out of control it is at the expense of a competent government. I am still amazed that the conflicts of interest requirements that most political subdivisions of the State of NY, of which Southampton Town is one, aren't followed in this town. Why not?

I also don't understand why a public hearing wasn't allowed - the denial of that just begs the question. Even a smart politician would take an action to avoid the appearance of impropriety, a concept that clearly flew right over the heads of Malone, Nuzzi and Scalera. Pretty foolish - makes you wonder if they are acting on their own "expertise" or taking orders from the SH Town Republican Party Chair.

At the very least, we should all call on them to state exactly why they refused a hearing!

The issue isn't in what party you are enrolled - it is if you are an elected party committee person - big difference. Of course it isn't appropriate to serve on an appointed board, especially boards that are actually performing the job of the local government (i.e., land use, planning, zoning, etc.). The irony here is that the Republicans in SH Town are always quick to decry anything or anyone from "NYC" corrupt or worse, but even in NYC government this crap would never be allowed. The conflict of interest rules are very numerous in that political subdivision and there is a very rigorous board and department of investigation that regulates this.

As to the claim that Council Member Fleming is "grandstanding" and being "opportunistic" I don't see the facts behind that. On the other hand, unlike most of the town board members, she has deep government experience, including heading the welfare fraud unit for the Manhattan D.A. She is doing exactly what we voted for her to do - to bring her deep experience and success in implementing government reforms to bear in Southampton Town, which is still very corrupt. I'm glad that I voted for her and we are lucky to have her. Now we need to get more like her elected.

I also find it odd that the Southampton Town Board refused to have a hearing on a proposed provision that East Hampton Town already has in its code. Read more:

(3) No person shall serve as a Town of East Hampton Town Board member and at the same time hold the position of chairperson or vice-chairperson of the Town, County, state or national committee of a duly recognized political party or any subdivision thereof. No person shall hold an appointive office on the Town of East Hampton's Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Architectural Review Board, Board of Assessment Review, Community Preservation Fund Committee or Housing Authority and at the same time hold a position as a committee member of the Town, county, state or national committee of a duly recognized political party or any subdivision thereof. For purposes of this section, a person holding the office of chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer or any other officer of any of the aforementioned committee(s) shall be deemed to be a member of such committee(s). Persons holding such political offices and elective or appointive Town offices at the time of enactment of this statute may continue to hold such offices and perform the duties thereof until the completion of their existing terms.[Amended 12-15-1995 by L.L. No. 15-1995; 5-19-2005 by L.L. No. 17-2005]
(a) Any person who is a member of the aforementioned political committee(s) shall deliver to the Town Clerk evidence of his or her resignation from said political committee(s) within five days of taking the oath of elective office or within five days of his or her appointment to one of the aforementioned appointive entities, whichever occurs first.
(b) Any person who is currently an elected Town official or a member of any aforementioned appointive entity and who is currently a member of any aforementioned political committee(s) shall deliver to the Town Clerk evidence of his or her resignation from said political committee within 20 days of the enactment of this local law. Editor's Note: "This local law" refers to L.L. No. 15-1995." Sep 30, 13 2:25 PM

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