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Jun 12, 2013 10:23 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor May Rehire Laid-Off Police Officer

Jun 12, 2013 10:40 AM
Sag Harbor Village officials are considering rehiring a recently laid-off police officer as a part-time officer.

Such issues as the liability to the village, as well how much former Officer David Driscoll could be paid and whether the village would need to provide him with medical insurance need to be ironed out before a vote could be held, according to Mayor Brian Gilbride. “There has never been an effort to get a part-timer like this, ever,” he said, but he called the rehiring “highly likely.”

Village Trustee Kevin Duchemin, a police sergeant with the East Hampton Village Police Department, said at a board meeting on Tuesday night that he wanted to rehire former Officer Driscoll that night at $30 an hour. Police Chief Tom Fabiano spoke in favor of the idea.

Officer Driscoll, the department’s officer of the year for 2012, was laid off effective May 31 after the Village Board, led by Mr. Gilbride, axed his position from the budget. As the last man hired, Officer Driscoll was the first to be laid off.

The layoff followed a contentious year between Mr. Gilbride and the police union, which entered binding arbitration over a contract dispute. Throughout the year, Mr. Gilbride threatened to trim the size of the force and even bring in an outside agency to help police the village, saying he needed to get a handle on ever-increasing costs, particularly those related to medical benefits and retirement.

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Looks like this guy Gilbride is all over the road with these police department issues...He might end being the first to be pulled over when Driscoll gets rehired. Can he walk a straight line?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jun 12, 13 1:57 PM
You know, If I was Driscoll, I think I would tell the village to stick it. Seasonal, part time, medical benefits unclear, etc. He would be better off waiting until his former position is offered back, which I suspect will be in the near future.
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on Jun 12, 13 4:51 PM
Rehiring Driscoll would be a mistake. His addition would do nothing to improve the lives of Sagharborians. On his return to duty, he will resume his habit of obsessively busting harmless residents on DWI charges. Moreover, when a full-time position opens up, he will slide right into it.

Serendipitously, economic factors have enabled Sag Harbor to sever from service one of those cops whose career advancement was based on obsessively targeting notionally impaired motorists for egregious ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 12, 13 5:53 PM
I work nights, and last year I was hit by a drunk driver and it changed my life forever. I read a few articles ago how this particular officer recently arrested a man for driving drunk with his child in the vehicle. Well good job officer I hope the Mayor lets you continue to serve us. As for high hat nobody wants to hear your wannabe Ivy League rant about pro drunk driving. You make no sense, so you or your wife got a DWI in the past, move on please.
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jun 13, 13 12:36 AM
The Mayor should be honest and say he is just waiting until after the election to hire Driscoll back because he is not sure if rehiring him part-time will hurt his chances of re-election.
Another unabashed example of an elected official using people's livelihoods to further their own political goals.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jun 13, 13 8:14 AM
Wait just a cotton picking minute here. Did this story state that a Sag Harbor trustee is an East Hampton police sergeant? All these guys are members of the Suffolk County Police Conference. And the town of Southampton makes it illegal for a police officer to serve on a political committee while he or she can be elected to a much more powerful position in a nearby town that includes the Suffolk County Police Conference. I repeat again, Feming's law was arbitrary and capricious and directed at ...more
By fuou812 (59), Oakdale on Jun 13, 13 10:17 AM
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Give me a break!!! Officer Driscoll deserves his job back, he is a fine dedicated officer who is being used as political fodder.

As for your constant whining about the Fleming sponsored law..didn't stop the alledged target of the law from getting his mug photographed at Kabot's fundraiser! Check to photos on the local news site that rhymes with "Scratch". Wonder how much will be 'donated' to keep him out of trouble? So...fufuou812
By Disgustedwithyou (36), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 1:20 PM
Oh my such anger. Keep your shirt on disgusted. I only state the obvious that any law directed at one person and one political party is reprehensible. I too hope the Sag Harbor cop gets his job back.
By fuou812 (59), Oakdale on Jun 13, 13 6:47 PM
to Sagdays:

Your response is inane. You assert that you were injured by a drunk driver and that children's lives are endangered by drunk drivers and that, therefore, you don't want to talk about drunk driving laws or their enforcement. Then you defame me by implying that I or my wife got a DWI and that that is the reason from my interest.

Per your expressed wishes, I will not attempt to correct your ignorance about the malignancy of drunk driving laws and their pernicious effect ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 13, 13 10:17 AM
I don't think they grasp your point.

These days a DWI can cost you well over $20k. If you are CDL, it can be even more in the course of five to seven years, and can potentially total well over 60k in lawyer's fees, lost income, and increased insurance premiums. The laws and punishments have become wantonly extreme at the behest of special interests, and politicians looking for a vote or a couple bucks in the coffers.

Is it wrong to be impaired? Sure. Should it cost you your ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 12:55 PM
If it costs innocent people their lives because you knowingly got behind the wheel while impaired, then yea it should cost you your job/house/spouse/$$$. At least you get to wake up in the morning and try again
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 1:04 PM
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Then why would anyone with a CDL get behind the wheel after imbibing?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 3:04 PM
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Nature, what if nothing of the sort occurs? I think that's where HHS stands, the destruction of lives over no genuine harm.

BIB, you could have two glasses of wine with dinner, and possibly register a .04 on a "test". The limits are halved. This is presently grounds to arrest persons who have passed more tests, worked harder to earn their privilege, and whom are most likely far more highly skilled and better drivers than 90% of the motorists on the road, possibly even while blindfolded. ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 7:16 PM
It's not unconstitutional because having a CDL (or a license for that matter) isn't a right, it's a privelage.

There are hundreds of studies which show the impairment accompanied by intoxication which can/has/does result in accidents/injuries/deaths. Your suggesting that people only be arrested if they cause an accident resulting in harm/death? Yea, that's a deterrent.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 14, 13 9:18 AM
No doubt Z, but the question remains, if you have a CDL, why would you imbibe at all if you are going to be driving? If the response is, it is ONLY two glasses of wine, (which is the same as two beers, or two shot of alcohol) again, why? Take a cab or have someone else drive. I ride a motorcycle, I never, repeat never consume beer, or anything else when the bike is my only form of transportation. Unlike Hat, I believe that a .10 is far more impairing than losing a nights sleep. As a professional ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 14, 13 1:09 PM
I can say also in a similar manner that I have never been under the influence behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. I can tell you this that a lack of sleep is as dangerous as intoxication. It's one of the big reasons that we have rules on the books that you are required to have breaks and the proper amount of rest when operating commercial vehicles.

To answer the question that remains as to why would anyone would do it, is the reason why people do anything. Because they can, or ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 14, 13 1:35 PM
Hat, why don't you just go have a sit down with the politicos that legislate such things? Of course once the NTSB pushes .05 BAC on the states through blackmailing funds, it will all be for nothing.
BTW, were you ALWAYS the last one picked on for a sport in the school yard?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 12:23 PM
To Hat..first of all I went to Suffolk community college and not Yale so I don't comprehend half of what you said. Secondly the drunk that struck my car blew a .10 in the alcohol reader and I do believe that if he was arrested before the accident then I would half been spared a lot of pain. Thirdly if a officer can Arrest another drunk before an accident then why not? If an officer is assigned by the DA to go out an enforce the DWI laws then why do you want them to lose there jobs?
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jun 13, 13 12:28 PM
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to Sagdays:

You have made the mistake of attributing causation to coincidence. At .10 BAC, a driver is no more impaired than if he hadn't gotten a good night's sleep. Your accident wasn't caused by a drunk driver, it was caused by a bad (i.e. negligent) driver, period. He would have been just as bad a driver if he hadn't drunk anything at all.

I wholeheartedly approve of pulling drunk-drivers off the road, said drunkenness being manifest by irrational or uncoordinated driving ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 13, 13 5:11 PM
I found that logical, informed, and devoid of any polemic emotional state or argument.

It's actually interesting from a psychological standpoint how people act when they have been, or even perceive they have been harmed.
Jun 13, 13 7:25 PM appended by Mr. Z
Honestly, what if the driver at fault was simply a horrible one to begin with? Would that be a mitigating factor?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 7:25 PM
"I wholeheartedly approve of pulling drunk-drivers off the road, said drunkenness being manifest by irrational or uncoordinated driving ...more or by the suspect's failure to successfully complete an appropriate roadside sobriety test."

That's not what you said about Ms. Kabot who was pulled over after failing to stop at a sign and stay in her lane and who (in my view) miserably failed the sobriety test. In fact, her arrest wasn't based on a "score on a device" because she refused such ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 14, 13 9:22 AM
to Nature:

I am not sure what you thought that you were proving by this post. Ms. Kabot PASSED the field sobriety test according to the objective opinion of a jury. As I have said before, if rolling a stop sign (or "failing to maintain one's lane") is evidence of drunkenness then most of us are drunks.

Her reason for refusing the breathalyzer was that she feared that the cops would manipulate the results. Anyone who the cops are as p.o.'d at as they are at Ms. Kabot (for threatening ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 14, 13 1:13 PM
This is rich. Hat is now transferring his hatred of law enforcement from the "stupendously paid" cop on the street, to only those that receive awards or recognition for enforcing laws as written. To go on he has taken it upon himself to share with us his belief in how the boys in blue in the locker room treat those cops.
You're a hoot hat.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 14, 13 1:13 PM
to But I'm a blank!:

Noted is the fact that you do not controvert my assertion of cops' attitudes towards DWI award winners (perhaps because you have actually spoken to cops as have I?)

While I was moderate in my description of their opinions, a nearer approximation of the attitude of some would be that they despise these DWI award winners for transforming an honorable public service into a notional excuse for their own callous self-gratification.

In another jurisdiction, ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 14, 13 3:39 PM
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Controvert a statement by you that I think you have no knowledge to make? That's a sensible response.
Tell us about this other jurisdiction. Any chance you might have ANY proof of that scenario other than the ramblings of a fired cop?
You are starting to sound like nothing more than a gossip monger.
All one need do is read a small portion of your postings and see what your feelings towards law enforcement is. "hate" is a valid description.
And finally hat dude, if you think I am ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 15, 13 12:47 PM
Last winter I purchased a new car and had no idea how to install my 2 yr olds car seat in it. After calling multiple agencies I called sag harbor police and left a message. Officer Driscoll called back that evening and the next day my husband and I were at the station getting a lesson in proper usage and safety concerns. For an hour in the cold he was fitting this seat into my car. My husband and I thanked him for his time and professionalism. His commitment to the community didn't go unnoticed ...more
By eastendlife (5), sag harbor on Jun 13, 13 6:14 PM
Maybe I can call them to help me put together my new shoe rack- it seems I can't follow simple instructions either. Yes, if he helps me fix my shoes I will tell Mr Mayor to hire him and give him a big raise!
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 14, 13 6:09 AM
Sig- why you gotta be so jaded? What's the police motto? Protect and Serve. People forget about the "serve" factor...

Have a flat tire you need to change on the side of a busy road at night/in the dark? Call the police and they will be happy to assist (and station their vehicle behind yours with flashing lights to warn others of hazards). Locked out of your car in a dark parking lot/street/bad weather? Call the police, they are there to help you.

I'm not suggesting that police ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 14, 13 10:45 AM
Oh lighten up!! Try breaking down on the highway in the rest of Suffolk county. The super cool "highwaymen" of the SCPD won't even slow down when they pass you, much less stop to assist
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 15, 13 6:07 AM
Wow some people are so angry, I was just paying a compliment to a job well done. My sister was visiting from nassau cty and said how she never gets that kind of service up there and she pays double what I pay in property taxes.
By eastendlife (5), sag harbor on Jun 14, 13 8:41 PM
to But I'm a blank!:

One cannot but notice that you have, once again, not attempted to controvert my assertion that most cops are contemptuous of DWI award winners. Qui tacet consentire videtur. Even you must gag on the flat-out lie of denying what you know to be true.

In my reference to a DWI award winner who was alleged to trade sexual favors for desirable duty assignments, I made no mention of a "fired cop". To which officer are you referring? It's certainly easy to believe ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 15, 13 7:30 PM