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Jan 4, 2013 4:23 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Heaney Returns To Southampton Town Hall To Advocate For Business

Jan 9, 2013 10:58 AM

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick “Skip” Heaney is again roaming the corridors of Town Hall.

The Southampton Business Alliance announced this week that Mr. Heaney will be the small business-advocacy group’s new legislative director, responsible for keeping tabs on town government and ensuring that 
local business owners have a voice in the crafting of 
legislation that could affect economic development.

“I’m looking forward to using my skills and experience on behalf of the town’s business community as we work to achieve consensus with our local and regional government on how best to preserve and protect our environment while fostering a thriving economy,” Mr. Heaney said in a release.

Mr. Heaney was a Southampton Town Trustee for two years before being elected to the Town Board. He served nine years as a town councilman, from 1992 to 2001, and then six years as supervisor before being defeated by Linda Kabot in a Republican Party primary in 2007. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Suffolk County Commissioner of Economic Development and Workforce Housing.

Mr. Heaney, who lives in East Quogue, was one of the founding members of the SBA. He owned the Hurricane Fence Company in East Quogue for 30 years.

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So he's a lobbyist now, right?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 4, 13 7:44 PM
You hit the nail on the head. Another former elected/appointed official becoming a lobbyist. Think its way overdue to strengthen the Town's Ethics Code. And it certainly isn't Mr. Heaney alone. Prohibit former Town officials from lobbying Town Board(s) for life. Prohibit Town Board members from voting for or against any issue involving any person or business that has contributed to the persons election law account or the political party election law account(s). Issues should be decided and ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 5, 13 1:11 PM
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Thought I smelled something (not literally, of course) when I saw old Skip sitting there at the last Town Board meeting. "What's this about?" says I. Thought maybe Skip was checking to see if his boy Chris Nuzzi really does close his eyes at the meeetings, but now we know -- he was LOBBYING.

OK, no surprise there, and no need for NTiger to get his knickers in a twist over it. It's distasteful, of course, and maybe should be a hanging offense on one level, but in this case, no harm, no ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jan 6, 13 4:08 PM
REad my post George, its not just Skip that concern's me, its the system. It reeks of corruption, absolutely. Both Sides all 4 sides in Southampton. The lobbyists in the revolving door and the electeds who kowtow to them for campaign finance donations. You ought to be twisting your own knickers over it.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 6, 13 8:26 PM
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Lighten up, N, as you've advised me to do before. I was just having some fun with Skip & Company, but apparently this is an issue about which you can't take a joke, the same as I can't be anything but serious about the Citizens United travesty. (You'll recall that's a matter on which we talked past each other recently.)

To be serious, you're right that there's a problem. I personally believe that the solution is not more ethics rules as you suggest, nor is it the term limits that some ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jan 7, 13 2:39 PM
Here's a little slice of history. In the beginning, this country was designed to disallow, and prevent the type of corruption we so predominantly see in this day and age. I hope you enjoy it.

Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States

When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English corporations that extracted their wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation, ...more
Jan 7, 13 6:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
Courtesy of Reclaim Democracy.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jan 7, 13 6:47 PM
George the First Amendment has too be respected and you can't limit a wealthy candidate from spending her/his own money. Government financed campaigns won't stop corruption.

You can prohibit former elected and appointeds from serving as lobbyists and you can impose significant jail time for corruption. Deterrence is real there and no 8th Amendment problem.

My viewpoint, your viewpoint.

I don't like Citizens United but on the law it could have gone either way. My big ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 8, 13 10:13 PM
Hope everyone doesn't forget that he along with Charlene Kagel the former Comptroller were the ones who were responsible for the financial disaster before Linda Kabot took office (19 Million dollars unaccounted for?). She got fired from Brookhaven after she left here. They were two peas in a pod. He was the most smug supervisor we had. If anyone abused their power in Town Hall it was Skip Heaney.
By lirider (288), Westhampton Beach on Jan 5, 13 7:11 AM
Linder, Can you tell us when you got your portion of the bil for that $19 million? It didnt happen.
Fairwaind, my recollection is that a gentlemen went to the Governor's special vacation spot upstate for a few years for that conviction. Is my mind going quicker than I thought?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 13 8:00 AM
No bill. We used up little surplus we had, services for the town decreased, Moody bond rating went down. Just shouldn't have happened on a Comptroller and Supervisor watch.
By lirider (288), Westhampton Beach on Jan 6, 13 6:28 AM
Pretty sure you're mistaken. Ferrara did state time for this. Please post a link showing otherwise.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 13 10:03 AM
From the NY Times (December 13, 1998):

"But jury confidence in town officials has not been soaring either. Last week, a Federal grand jury acquitted a Southampton businessman, Eric Ferrara, of charges of trying to bribe town officials to approve a 360-foot-high radio broadcast tower he sought to construct.

In reaching the verdict, the jury was not persuaded by tape-recordings of Mr. Ferrara offering money. Nor was it swayed by testimony from Town supervisor Vincent Cannuscio and ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 13 10:20 AM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jan 5, 13 3:55 PM
> "Eric Ferrara did state time for this."

It's a shame that this is your perception of that outrageous event. Mr. Ferrara was not only acquitted of all charges, but it was increasingly apparent as testimony was heard that the wrong person was on trial!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jan 5, 13 6:05 PM

This will be the third decade Skip Heaney wiil try mighty hard to destroy Southampton. He succeeded exceedingly well as Supervisor cooking the books, presented in horrifying detail as presented by the Town's forensic accountants trying to untangle the deceptive mess that took more than a year to fully expose.

To this day, the Town has not recovered from his fiscal shenanigans that doubled the budget in a little over 5 years, causing huge tax increases to plug the deficits created and ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jan 5, 13 10:38 AM
"flaming out spectacularly in a patronage job in Suffol County in charge of IT for which he never ever got any training or expertise."

That was my favorite part... he was in Riverhead with 0 employees underneath him and as you say had no expertise. Talk about bloat!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 13 11:08 AM
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Welcome back Mr Heaney,Happy to hear the taxpayers of Southampton are not paying your salary this time,you are a true voice of reason and we will all be looking forward to you WISDOM,OH I heard on the grape vine (don't know if its true ) that Linda might be making a run for Supervisor next time I am sure she will seek out your expertise,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Jan 5, 13 12:25 PM
I stand corrected, thank you. This aging thing is not easy. You have yourself a wonderful mistake,error free day as usual, fairwind
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 13 3:09 PM
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By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Jan 5, 13 9:36 PM
Heaney was always a close friend of Ann LaWall, Vice President of the SBA. LaWall owes him big time. As they say birds of a feather etc.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Jan 5, 13 11:03 PM
And by the way, When Vince left office, who do you think he got a job with? That's right, a company that was putting up cell towers. ,

By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Jan 6, 13 10:38 AM
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Suffolk County Commissioner of Economic Development and Workforce Housing? Was that a paying position?
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on Jan 7, 13 6:35 AM
roaming the halls????
he's made a career out of roaming the halls.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Jan 7, 13 8:53 AM
It's either you give him some kind of govt or lobbying job or guys like Heaney will be on permanent unemployment.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jan 7, 13 1:28 PM
Always the same story in Southampton, revolving door politics -from the board to lobbying and back again. Leave the planning department, go to work for a developer . . .
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jan 8, 13 4:40 PM
People don't rule without the consent of the ruled. We have allowed leaders to get away with this stuff for a long time. It is almost expected and they know it. How to change it is the hard question.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 10:59 PM
Oh Happy Days!!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 8, 13 7:53 PM
By maggieb (11), sag harbor on Jan 13, 13 5:22 PM
Skip should just skip back home!
By Tommietunes (1), Southampton on Jan 19, 13 6:46 PM