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Oct 14, 2009 12:14 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Ad calls GOP candidate's personal finances into question

Oct 14, 2009 12:14 PM

The campaign for East Hampton Town Board got a little uglier this week, after the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee’s Campaign 2009 ran a quarter-page ad in this week’s East Hampton Press lambasting Republican Town Board candidate Dominick Stanzione for an IRS tax lien of $62,866 against him on file with the Suffolk County Clerk in Riverhead.

“It was a legitimate business dispute with the IRS. Like with millions of other Americans, it was resolved.” said Mr. Stanzione on Wednesday.

He added that after he heard that the Democrats were looking into his personal finances, he contacted Chase Manhattan Bank in East Hampton, where he has been a client for nine years, which backed up his position in a letter.

“I have a letter from the bank which says ‘Please be advised there are no liens of any kind placed against Mr. Stanzione’s personal or corporate accounts at the bank,’” he said.

The ad consists of an image of a tax lien for the year ending 2005 that was apparently assessed against Mr. Stanzione in May of 2008 and was filed in the clerk’s office on January 12 of this year. The document contains no information on whether Mr. Stanzione has since paid the lien.

Above the image of the bill is a headline announcing “Dominick Stanzione got a big tax break from George W. Bush but still didn’t pay his taxes. Stanzione can’t even manage his own finances. Is this the man you trust to fix East Hampton’s finances?”

East Hampton Town Democratic Committee member Chris Kelley placed the ad which initially did not include a disclaimer stating it was paid for by Campaign 2009.

“If Dominick has a judgment against him, I think he should have put it out there,” Democratic Committee chairman Bill Taylor said “The fact is that [Republican Town Supervisor candidate] Bill Wilkinson has been running around town talking about Dominick’s financial expertise. This is something that should be looked into, I guess. If this is true, and Bill Wilkinson knew about it, I really question his judgment.”

Mr. Wilkinson was not immediately available for comment.

“You can’t put anything beyond the East Hampton Democratic Party. It’s unfortunate that the Democrats have learned nothing as far as spinning half truths for political purposes, after years of mismanagement that placed the town in a financially precarious position,” Mr. Stanzione added. “They looked at the lien. That was the only communication they saw. It’s a private matter that was resolved.

“The IRS shoots first and asks questions later. They use it as a negotiating tactic. If you argue with them it’s war,” he said.

This story is still being reported and will be updated throughout the week at 27east.com.

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I wouldn"t be to quick to assume the IRS or the Democratic Party got it right! I'm backing Dominic Stanzione for Town Board. My experience leeds me to think he is right, both in this and for East Hampton Town Board.
By John F Talmage (3), East Hampton on Oct 14, 09 11:20 AM
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We are often treated to Democrats tut-tutting about negative campaign attacks. Moreover, it is always from Democrats that we hear cries to censor political speech and unfortunately much of the federal campaign finance laws do just that. But, I am constantly amazed, both as an election reform professional as well as an observer, the depths to which Democrats will plunge to avoid talking about real issues and instead come up with the most vile negative campaign rhetoric. East End Democrats bear ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Oct 14, 09 11:53 PM
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When someone is campaigning to fix our finances, and his own personal finaces are questionable, the voters deserve a detailed explaination. You four may be simplistic enough to vote for anyone with a "R" next to their name, but I'm not willing to take a chance and put another possibly unqualified person in charge of MY TOWN! I'm waiting to see the response.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 15, 09 9:37 AM
Phins keep voting those dems in. They have done a stellar job with our money. I for one feel we need to clean out the trash
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 16, 09 1:41 PM
I think Wilkinson’s years of professional experience make him a qualified candidate. Why does that mean you have to vote the whole slate? East Hampton needs qualified people with different views. Total power corrupts look at Washington and still nothing good gets done. We need all the residents represented. By this action Mr. Stanzione should be looked at closely or we will have another hair dresser, school bookkeeper handling the town’s finances...nice people but not up to the job
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Oct 16, 09 2:19 PM
Voting the party line is easy. That's a large part of the reason we are in this mess. It takes effort to vote the person.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 16, 09 3:12 PM
Dominic Stanzione stood up to the IRS and from what I hear won. IRS places liens on accounts all the time when taxpayers refuse to give in to their heavy handed tactics. Often times people do give in or strike a deal when they are right and IRS is wrong. It takes a real fighter to stand up to the IRS and win. That is the type of person I want governing the town -- someone who will fight for the people of East Hampton and not throw in the towel. It is exactly what we need now.
By factsandtruth (42), East Hampton on Oct 16, 09 11:55 PM
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Factsandtruth is absolutely correct. As an aside - anyone that has a business knows that a lien is not a "judgment". So why is Bill Taylor mischaracterizing this? And Chris Kelley, who knows better as an attorney, didn't explain this not-so-subtle distinction to his Democrat Party Chair? I can see the Dems are still spending money foolishly and are not to be trusted to state facts or tell the truth. Time for a change.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Oct 17, 09 4:16 PM
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The east hampton dems go after Stanzione for fighting and beating IRS. Is it true one of the dem candidates was arrested this past April on some kind of traffic charge? Is there any Dem out there who can confirm or deny this? If true, should the Republicans use it if there was a conviction or plea? I think I'll take the person who beat the IRS over the person, unless there is another person with the same name and age in EH, who did not obey the law and was arrested.
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 18, 09 7:55 PM
Where is the "beat the IRS" info comming from? I haven't seen it anywhere but here. I've been in business for 20+ years and never had to deal with a lien, let alone one from the IRS. We deserve an explaination. The talking heads who claim "I hear that" are not the ones with the answer, only Stanzione has it.
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 19, 09 11:10 AM
Well call him up and ask him Phins!! He has an e-mail - you may just have to use your real name! By the way - John Whelan who is running for Town Council was arrested on the midemeanor charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in April of this year, if anyone truly cares. Of more interest (if people are really going in this direction) may be the fact that the candidate for Supervisor quietly obtained a Certificate of Occupancy for an illegal pool that was at his home since ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Oct 19, 09 4:15 PM
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Testy testy
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 19, 09 4:50 PM
Testy, tesy? Did you call Stanzione and ask? People who have know the truth, and it is not what was in the Democrat mud slinging ad. Did your Dem candidate really get arrested? If so why? Did your other candidate get away with a non CO pool for almost 20 years and thus thousands of dollars less in property taxes? Did he at least have a bulding permit for the pool? I think if all these things are true and they have not been used by the Republicans it only shows they would rather stick to the ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Oct 20, 09 9:38 PM
You'll have to ask the building dept. how that happened. As far as Stanzione, he has now shown that he is clear, and I feel much better about him. It was disappointing to see the lein, but it was a legitimate question. You don't know who my candidate is because I always split my ticket, unlike the party parrots who run this town. The best thing that could happen is to get rid of national parties on local level politics, then we could truely have the best people running. D's & R's are ruining us. ...more
By phins (43), East Hampton on Oct 22, 09 12:32 PM
I know this will be difficult and conflicting for the Press since the editor's brother-in-law is John Whelan, but I just found the report of John Whelan's arrest on the 27 East website. Under the title of "East Hampton police reports," dated April 14, 2009, 5:06PM, it states, ""East Hampton Town Police charged the following with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree last week: John Whelan, 52, of East Hampton;". Now unless there is another 52 year old John Whelan ...more
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 22, 09 6:01 PM


This is the link to the 27east article about a John Whelan being arrested.
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 22, 09 7:59 PM
This is heady stuff. You have a newspaper in the Press that ran the lein ad about Mr. Stanzione. Now it appears that the brother-in-law of the Press's editor was arrested, as reported on his own website. If it was the editor's brother-in-law, then the Press has to report it next week and find our why he lost his license, why he was arrested, how the case was disposed, and what the candidate has to say. If Stanzione was pressed to respond to the lein issue, which I believe was resolved in Stanzione's ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Oct 22, 09 8:37 PM