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

Interesting that the Supervisor's DWI case has to be moved out of the jurisdiction but Anthony Oddone's manslaughter trial of a Suffolk County Corrections officer stays right next to the county seat and Jail. If he has the presumption of innocence then such potential bias should be considered on a significantly more serious charge than DWI." Sep 30, 09 2:48 PM

Former Amagansett doctor sentenced to three years in prison

Where are these doctors when I'm in pain? A few years ago I nearly severed my finger in a lawn mower accident. The doctor wouldn't give me anything more than Codeine, which did nothing for me. Yet I'm always hearing stories about folks that get prescribed too-strong painkillers, and this story gives the impression all doctors do. Most have a bias against issuing strong painkillers to young males. " Oct 1, 09 8:17 PM

And Faceless, if you think that cop's hot you need to go on vacation. Someplace tropical." Oct 1, 09 8:18 PM

Kabot's proposed $78 million budget will eliminate 48 town jobs next year

The financial mismanagement took place long before Kabot's arrival on the scene- she jjust had the misfortune of being in office when the problems came to light. The Police do a good job but no one else I know of gets lump sum payments for unused sick time. In this day and age it's ridiculous for someone with a HS diploma (current new hires must now have college) to be getting $100K+ checks on the day they retire, plus 75% of regular pay, plus social security. Do you get that? The police comp plan needs to be scaled back to a realistic package - fair pay for an honest days work, not an unlimited pass at the trough. Too many people are afraid to speak up on this matter for fear of retaliation. " Oct 7, 09 8:33 PM

Southampton Town plans housing lottery on October 14

An absolute waste of money, when the Town pays for the land. The town makes inordinate efforts to prevent people from building affordable houses in some areas for "environmental" reasons that would open up a lot of housing if zoned accordingly. These affordable housing projects are like swimming against a tide. Fundamental economics are going to place fluctuating values on housing at different parts of the business cycle. When public funds are spent on them it makes housing even less affordable for the remaining lottery "losers". Instead of inefficient token gestures like this the town should plan public transit options so folks can work here and live up island. Yes it would be nice to live and work in the Hamptons but that is not a right. Emigration and relocation are facts of life every else in the world - why should we pay for an exception for a small handful of lottery winners?
" Oct 8, 09 4:12 PM

PS: Can't qualify for a mortgage now? Wait a few years and keep saving your money for a bigger down payment. It's this immediate gratification / lack of long-term perspective that got us into the credit crisis in the first place. I have a client that makes $1M+ annually some years that could not get a mortgage for a small home. This is not an economic situation that just penalizes low-income folks - everyone is impacted, and lotteries favor a few at the expense of many." Oct 8, 09 4:17 PM

Southampton Village Police cuff man, find no weapon

Southampton Village used to be a place you could relax and have a good time - not any more. I've driven down Hill Street and had police cruisers tailgate me only 1 car length behind mine in an apparent attempt to make me nervoius and cause me to do something that would give them cause to pull me over. It is now a mini "police state" where they act as Gestapo. Yes, the village is nicer than it was in the '80's, but that is at quite a cost.

And here the Police take such extreme actions as searching a home on the basis of an uncorroborated 911 complaint. If this complaint was anonymous it is that much more egregious. Unfortunately this type of situation would occur anywhere in Suffolk County. Unless enough people complain or someone takes legal action everyone is subject to such treatment unless they appear respectable to the responding officers. Uncorroborated 911 calls are a common way to cause difficulties for one's intended victims. Some jurisdictions give them scant credence unless the reporting party has been verified first - time permitting." Oct 17, 09 2:41 AM

Report: Missing firearm led to inquiry; Two Westhampton Beach Police officers suspended

Anonymous sources are the only ones wililng and able to come forward in this area. This town is too small to openly criticize anything to do with the police without putting yourself at risk, and be exposed constantly. The police have a tough job and do it well, but not all of them should have been given a badge and gun. New York and Suffolk County's excessively strict control of handguns means the folks who do step up have no means of defending themselves in the worst case scenarios. " Nov 4, 09 6:01 PM

Loss or misplacement of a firearm is serious matter. Officers can have pay forfeited for such events when it is a department-issued weapon." Nov 4, 09 6:03 PM

If you're going to be suspended for lying at least get suspended with pay. Now that's a union worth joining!!" Nov 4, 09 6:05 PM

Yankees treasure to be returned

Why would you say something like that - what possible value does it add to the story? You need to develop a sense of decorum." Nov 5, 09 3:16 PM

Song offers timeline to fatal struggle

I agree, and posit that Reister was as much to blame for this as Oddone. If dancing on the tables was so dangerous that it was to be disallowed then why were females allowed to dance? Was there a sign posted indicating that only females were allowed to dance on tables? And pushing/pulling someone off a table is insanely stupid - it amounts to assault (one version had Reister push Oddone off the table with his foot!). In other circumstances if someone were to push an unsuspecting party off a 4ft table while dancing it would be considered felony assault - and this from a corrections officer, no less? Having physically forced Oddone off the table in a manner that may or may not have been violent but certainly put all nearby parties at risk of injury, a fight ensued. Fights can go either way based on chance, and if Oddone got the upper hand I can't fault him for holding the bigger man down longer than he might have needed to - if you are fighting someone and get the upper hand you keep it until you are sure you're safe and can walk away without fearing the other party coming back at you.

Another mistake made by the Public House is to have just one bouncer - no less than two should have approached Oddone and removed him. That would have minimized the possibility of injury for all.

I am no friend of Oddone or Reister and don't know either of them, but have read enough about this to see there is blame for all. Demonizing Oddone for his mistakes and calling for the Death Penalty is grossly out of line. The bits and pieces I hear make me suspect a fair trial is only a remote possibility. Reister's actions seemed just as poorly thought out as Oddones, only as a Corrections Officer presumably Reister had training Oddone did not, training that included what were appropriate means of lawfully approaching and dealing with suspects. " Nov 8, 09 9:45 PM

East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

Half a pound is more than needed for personal consumption - sounds like distribution, even if only in small amounts. He carries a firearm, and drugs and guns don't mix - any shooting would open the town up to huge liability (the FAA doesn't even allow pilots to take aspirin - it slows reflexes a little). As for setup there was likely an informant but so what - people inform for all types of infractions, if they didn't arrests for all crimes would plummet. Legalizing another drug would have benefits but also expose a percentage of the population that is susceptible to addiction to another vice, and whether society can deal with more substance abuse in addition to alcohol is not a small issue. If it was legalized society would need a mechanism for identifying users and excluding them from certain jobs - peace officers, pilots, other transit workers, etc. " Jan 5, 10 5:57 PM

You make a false assumptions about me and fail to objectively evaluate the nature of the substance in question. I have neither an addictive personality nor do I use any recreational drugs. An addictive personality is not addictive towards all substances or activities. Some people are prone to abuse alcohol but do not gamble; others may gamble excessively but do not drink. Destigmatizing pot will make it more openly available and increase some addiction - that is inevitable is overall use increases,

I doubt there is much crime from illicit use of pot - unlike coke or heroin - and the comparison to cigarettes is flawed. Pot alters perception and reaction times and is unsafe to use when operating machinery, aircraft, firearms, etc. If this town official carried a firearm - whether he's a nice guy or not - his judgment could be called into question if use of narcotics came into play." Jan 5, 10 7:54 PM

Body washes ashore on Plum Island

Please don;t be so critical - it was creepy. What would motivate them to release that detail? They aren't yet asking for the public's help identifying the body. It can only serve to notify the victim;s family in advance of police notification.

The mental image makes me shudder - were his fingers 6" long?" Jan 15, 10 5:19 PM

yes, when the police inform them of the passing of their family member they are going to immediately think of some stranger's reaction that their loved one had unusually long fingers, and how that was inconsiderate. You were right to apologize, absolutely.

What was inconsiderate was releasing the detail, if it was not pertinent to the story. " Jan 20, 10 10:08 PM

Suffolk County announces handgun buy-back program

They do work, to a small extent. Hardened criminals, unstable individuals, or others that are more prone to using them intentionally for illegal purposes or who might use them without due consideration (domestic violence situations) rarely turn them in, and those are the guns that make the news. Most of the individuals that turn them in are otherwise law-abiding and would not use them illegally save for the possession itself. Widows whose husbands kept one for protection without a permit, for instance. Buybacks remove some guns that might get stolen (and possibly go unreported) that have a higher probability of being used in a crime, and to that extent they help.

Anyone that has a gun used in a violent crime where serious physical injury was infliced against a person would be a moron to walk in, take a gift card and expect to not be prosecuted for it, eventually.

So long as carry permits are so restricted there will be an ilegal handgun problem. Guns are generally carried only by the bad guys and the cops, leaving everyone else to get squeezed. Not that most people want or need the responsibility of having one - it can be a P.I.T.A. keeping it secure." Jan 25, 10 5:33 PM

Actor Rik Colitti of Southampton dies at 75

Rick was a real nice guy. I played tennis with him for years and he was always fun to be around. Helped my vocabulary too, when he missed shots, anyway. Gonna miss him." Feb 8, 10 2:59 AM

Sergeant Schucht retires from Southampton Village Police Department

It's not wrong to work second jobs, the issue is that the police are paid far in excess of what the average person makes on the East End, they have extremely generous retirement benefits that pay out in addition to earned income they will get from early second retirements, plus Social Security (eventually) and many opportunities to take high-paying off the books security jobs that come in through the badge. And you know what you can do about it? Nothing, because you're a second class citizen without a badge and a gun. Under the guise of public security the citizenry are kept powerless. Most people are afraid to speak against PBA bargaining leverage because they fear they'll be singled out for reprisals, small or otherwise. There are honest hardworking men & women on the departments but the pay and benefits are out of line with what most people earn - especially for the educational criteria necessary to qualify. And the perks and pay only get better with time. But it seems to be the norm in SHV, where even the mayor continues to be paid his full regular salary from the rehab center.

But maybe this new health care plan will compare favorably to the plan we purchase for the village employees.

" Apr 22, 10 2:56 AM

Publisher of Dan's Papers files for Chapter 11

Imagine what the ad rates will be if this paper disappears...the Press, Country & Hamptons/Niche Publishing will be an oligopoly, at least until another Randy Schindler comes along. Not that that would be a good outcome, either." May 3, 10 10:38 PM

Hamptons Online sues former publisher, seeking millions in damages

Theft of source code by departing employees is very common, suits like this would happen more often were they not so expensive to litigate. Must be some personal animosity here." May 12, 10 6:39 PM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

6 Month si way too light. The kid may have been stupid and irresponsible by swerving in front of the car, but if she were driving without insurance it would have been 100% her fault because she should not have been on the road in the first place. Same for the alcohol.

Another aspect that may have been a factor is the level of intoxication; she may not have been much over the limit (I do not recall the details of her case). The threshold for legal intoxication was reduced from .10 to .08 about 10 years ago amid much hoopla about making streets safer, when the reality is that in almost all accidents where alcohol is a factor the driver is WAY OVER .08, and the current threshold is irrelevent. The decrease from .10 to .08 was for President Clineton;s political appearances sake only. I know some highly respected members of the community that aren't safe to drive completely sober and below the speed limit, and from personal experience I can attest that at .08 I am safer than they are with no liquor in their system. But for the same reason we have speed limits that some people can drive safely over while others cannot a uniform limit is imposed and punishments are meted out according to the specifics of each violators case.

The presumed attitude in the courts is that the automobile is always responsible for avoiding non-autos, but I believe that has to change. When cars and the vehicular code was being refined there were none of these smaller wheeled vehicles taking to the road. It is not reasonable to expect a 4,000lb car to stop on a dime when someone loses their balance or turns unexpectedly, regardless of the condition of the driver.

" May 28, 10 11:44 PM

Prince Will Not Seek Second Term On East Hampton Town Board

Soon to be known as "The Councilwoman Formerly Known as Prince"?" Feb 28, 11 7:33 PM

Southampton Town Will Need To Come Up With Millions To Meet Tax Cap Next Year

The Town leaders have been shortchanging the citizens for years, and most people are to busy paying bills and raising families to notice. I've NEVER seen a projection of future revenues and expenses published that details the fixed obligations that town is incurring now for future pension and other retirement obligations. My understanding is that the police can retire at relatively young ages at 50% of full pay with health benefits for life. They can then go on to second careers. Time to bring the public benefits inline with the reality that private industry and regular citizens have to live with.

You would probably be astounded at the future tax and spend figures if these projhections were published (which is why they have not been, of course). You see it happening already in Illinois and California." Jul 18, 11 6:24 PM

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

In other words, he's acknowledging his lawsuit is without merit and going nowhere and he needs to find an alternative source of income. His arrogant attitude and "I'll take down the department" strategy isn't working any better for his post PD career than it did when he was with the department." Jul 20, 11 12:57 PM

Police Chief: Officers Had Probable Cause To File DWI Charges In East Quogue Fatality

There are a lot of actions Police take that seem heavy handed (and laws that are ridiculous), but this isn't one of them. A car crash where road conditions are not difficult to manuever, an open bottle of alcohol - illegal in itself, teenagers which are a high-risk group known for testing the limits, and a dead body? Charging DUI in the absence of passing FST's is perfectly reasonable. The likelyhood of DUI here was very very high. Yes they could have waited until after the Tox results came back but that notches the urgency of the case down a bit administratively. This was the fairest outcome under the circumstances. For the Defense attorney to ask for a public exoneration is over the top; if his client is so concerned about his reputation he should not be speeding with Vodka in the car. Was he even old enough to drink?" Jul 22, 11 4:21 PM

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