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Despite cuts, town animal shelter to cost money next year

The animal shelter is a very complicated issue, and I don't pretend to understand it all. Highhatsize makes a persuasive case, but he doesn't mention the alternative of privatization of the shelter, which is also under consideration. While privatization doesn't seem to make any sense for waste management (a proposition to which even Chris Nuzzi has finally agreed), it may be a viable option for the animal shelter. You may hear candidates tomorrow say that they want to look at privatization, and I personally don't know enough to say that's a bad answer.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, take a look at what's happening with Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 12:35 AM

Audit finds numerous errors in Southampton Town's accounting practices

Linda Kabot was on the Town Board for all the time these irregularities were happening, and then she became Supervisor, which office she has held for the last two years. Chris Nuzzi has been on the Town Board for the last four years. Why is that no awareness of this mess even began to dawn until Anna Throne Holst started asking questions when she joined the Board less than two years ago? Why is it that nothing remedial really got started until Sally Pope started pushing for action when she joined the Board less than one year ago? Kabot and Nuzzi must go.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, catch the latest on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments starting Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant." " Oct 22, 09 12:45 AM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

Highhatsize, that's really good -- "why not ask them what type of tree they would like to be?" You're so right about the softball questions, and they were, as you say, deeply parochial, especially the questions distributed in advance, which were also overlong and repetitive, reflecting someone's narrow-focus agenda and burdening the evening with an ill-conceived format that called for each and every candidate to answer each and every part of each and every advance question. It wasn't the moderator'sfault; he simply followed the disastrous format that was laid out, with the result that only a few of what he calculated to be over a hundred audience questions got asked, and folks started to go home. Why not? The Hampton Bays Civic Association will no doubt do it much better next year. Anyway, thanks for a deep bellylaugh about the trees.


It was a good evening for Sally Pope, who sounded a stirring theme of service in her opening remarks, praised the Visioning Document prepared by the HB Civic, and rallied support for the Canoe Place Inn. Town Board challenger Bridget Fleming increased the momentum of her campaign, making her forceful, can-do personality and first-rate background known to this large audience. Anna Throne-Holst and Linda Kabot slugged it out as they have at previous debates, both showing great spirit and command of the facts, but the horrendous record of Kabot's and her predecessors' administrations is a handicap she cannot overcome.

The male Town Board candidates were a disappointment by comparison. Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone gave their regular stump speeches, a numbing experience in the case of Malone's recitation. Saying that "I listen more than I talk", Chris Nuzzi once more acknowledged the Great Silence of his four years on the Town Board. Indeed, he has said little and contributed less. In particular, he did nothing to arrest or even recognize the Town's steep decline during his time on the Board.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, check out the latest on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."
" Oct 22, 09 1:22 AM

Campaign Diary

If the past debates this month are any indicator, the losers should be Linda Kabot and Chris Nuzzi, Ms. Kabot because she cannot overcome the burden of thirteen years in high office spent overseeing the disastrous decline of the Town's finances, and Mr. Nuzzi because in his four years on the Town Board, he did nothing to reverse or even recognize that decline.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, learn all about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 1:28 AM

Southampton Town board gets details of forensic audit report, creates audit advisory committee

Chris Nuzzi's proposals to reduce the number of members of the appointed boards were blatant political power grabs that rightly failed. The first, to cut the membership of the Planning Board, would have resulted (surprise, surprise!) in the elimination of two members who always represented the public interest rather than developer interests -- Mr. Nuzzi wisely dropped that one from the present offering. His cutting of the Zoning Board of Appeals membership, and his stab at "professionalization" of the Board, would have reduced the community's input on the Board, narrowed its focus, and decreased the geographic scope of representation.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, read the latest about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant." " Oct 22, 09 1:39 AM

Campaign Diary: Gregor pushes plan for solar panels at town landfill

PrivateerMatt has it right. Alex Gregor is a great guy, and I'm voting for him too. But not all great guys are good or effective public servants. Take Chris Nuzzi, who also seems to be a great guy, but he hasn't done Thing One in four years on the Town Board to stop the rot in Southampton's finances. If you said that's because he didn't know what was happening, it might be an explanation, but it's no excuse -- he should have known, or at least tried to find out. He didn't. Chris Nuzzi does not deserve to stay in office.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, find out all about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 1:52 AM

Southampton Town deputy supervisor confronts, shoves PBA president over comments about budget

At least these guys showed some spirit, which is more than Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi has demonstrated in four long and drowsy years in office. Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, check out the latest on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments starting Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 2:00 AM

Southampton Town will try negotiating with shelter bidder

Taking the widest possible view, we would not be confronted with these hard choices if the crowd so long in power had observed basic accounting rules and made a few simple transfers when they had to be made. Instead, we are in the hole for $20 million and must choose between cops and kitties. Most of the crowd so long in power has departed from the scene, but two remain in office, and both are runing for re-election in November -- Linda Kabot and Chris Nuzzi. Neither deserves to be returned to office.

Speaking of Chris Nuzzi, read all the latest about Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments starting Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 10:49 AM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Anyone who knows the Byzantine requirements of New York State Election Law knows there are multiple filings that have to be done, so many that it's very easy to miss one. It's a safe bet that every candidate in every Town race this year has at some time missed, or will some day miss, one of these prescribed filings. That's why the law provides for a relatively light civil penalty of not more than $500, because it's no big deal.

One of those Town candidates this year is Chris Nuzzi, running for re-election to the Town Board. Check out the latest on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs. See my recent comments beginning Oct. 20, 09 under the article "Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant."" Oct 22, 09 3:58 PM

Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant

You sure didn't see me, ridiculous. I don't play kid games like that." Oct 22, 09 4:02 PM

Updating the report on Chris Nuzzi and the Sign Dogs, it has now been two days since my first comment (above -- Oct. 20, 09 at 7:17 PM) about theft of the Democrats' signs along Montauk Highway and elsewhere. I'm glad to relate that a tour of the Highway today between Westhampton and the Canal showed all signs standing unmolested. It could be that the Sign Dogs needed a rest, or it could be that Chris Nuzzi heeded my urging and called them off. If that's what happened, he did what was needed, implying no responsibility on his part for the prior vandalism, but simply responding to a demand for fair play. It is hoped that the road will remain Dog-free. I shall report further in either event. Watch this space. " Oct 22, 09 10:28 PM

Don't know how the triple posting just above happened. Brendan, maybe you can take two of them down." Oct 22, 09 10:30 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

It just occurs to me that Jim Malone, the Conservative Party Chairman and Republican candidate for Town Board, has never commited to leave his County job if he's elected. His website calls him "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director", saying he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions of dollars a year." This is a big deal. It must take a lot of time to do this job. Also, it's a government job, so he's not his own boss and has to be in there 9:00 to 5:00, right?

The present Southampton Town Board members all serve full-time with the exception of Chris Nuzzi, who's almost full-time with apparently flexible hours on his outside work. Malone can't play in this league if he keeps his County job, and whoever joins the Town Board needs to be able to give it their all, because the Town's in big trouble, as we all know.

Let's hear from Jim Malone. Is he ready to work full-time for Southampton if elected? " Oct 23, 09 12:39 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates say little about proposed 2010 budget

"Republican candidate James Malone of Hampton Bays did not return calls for comment." That's direct from the above story. He was probably too busy doing his job for the County. Mr. Malone's website calls him the "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director", saying he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of million dollars per year."

Sounds like a big job. Must take a lot of time. It's a government job, too, which means Malone's not his own boss and has to keep 9:00 to 5:00 hours. Jim Malone has never said that he'll leave his County job if he's elected to the Southampton Town Board. All the present Town Board members work full-time with the exception of Chris Nuzzi, who's almost full-time with apparently flexible hours on his outside work.

Southampton Town is in the worst financial mess it's ever been in, by far, and the Town's affairs grow more complex with each year. The present full-time Town Board has trouble enough handling it all, without taking on someone with large outside responsibilities.

So how about it, Jim Malone? This is too big a question to leave hanging. Are you ready to leave your County job and work full-time for Southampton if elected? " Oct 23, 09 1:05 PM

Southampton Town had difficulty with head count of workers

In order to keep track of things like how many people we have on the payroll, we need people on the Town Board who can devote the time that the task requires. The present Town Board members all serve full-time with the exception of Chris Nuzzi, who's almost full-time with apparently flexible hours on his outside work. That's what's required, especially in this difficult period for the Town.

Conservative Party Chairman and Republican candidate for Town Board Jim Malone has not told us whether he'd keep his County job if elected . His website characterizes Malone as "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director" for Suffolk County, saying he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions of dollars per year."

This is a big and presumably time-consuming job. As a government position, it means Mr. Malone is not his own boss and must keep regular 9:00 to 5:00 hours. This isn't good enough for Southampton as the Town faces the worst financial crisis in its history. We need a full-time Town Board, or at least one in which the members don't have highly demanding outside positions.

Jim Malone needs to resolve this crucial issue by telling the voters whether or not he will work full-time for Southampton if he is elected. " Oct 23, 09 1:18 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Brilliant, man! Absolutely brilliant!" Oct 23, 09 1:22 PM

I'd think these statements would be available online through the Board of Elections, but I don't know that for a fact. Your theory is clearly plausible, but it may be imputing a little too much tactical nous to the candidates, many of whom are either too upright or too dim to work this out. " Oct 23, 09 1:32 PM

Now that we've worked every possible aspect of the ATH late filing and pretty well squeezed what little there is to squeeeze out of it, let's take a look at some of the other candidates and their sins. Starting with Linda Kabot (and ignoring the DWI charge, which is unproven and irrelevant in any event), there are those thirteen years she spent at or near the top of Town government, especially those years from 2001 to 2007 when Ms. Kabot was on the Town Board and responsible along with the then-Supervisor for all the financial mismanagement that happened during that time. Try as she may, she can't hide from those thirteen years.

Moving on to Do-Nothing Chris Nuzzi, we have the Great Silence which has characterized his past four years on the Town Board. While others like Anna Throne-Holst were asking pertinent questions, he said and did nothing. While others like Sally Pope were challenging "business as usual", he said and did nothing. While others like Nancy Graboski were launching wise progressive initiatives like the dark skies legislation, he said and did nothing, except for some half-hearted efforts to prolong debate and delay the resolution. Case closed.

Finally, there's Jim Malone, who hasn't committed to leaving his County job if we elect him to the Town Board. Mr. Malone's website refers to his position as "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director", saying he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions per year." This is a big and time-consuming government job, in which Malone is not his own boss, and must keep 9:00 to 5:00 hours. By contrast, all the present Town Board members work full-time, or almost full-time (Chris Nuzzi has outside work which apparently allows flexible hours), and they need to do that, given the deep trouble the Town is in. We can't afford a part-timer with a demanding outside job. What's the story, Jim Malone? Are you ready to work full-time for Southampton? You need to tell the voters. " Oct 23, 09 6:09 PM

Audit finds numerous errors in Southampton Town's accounting practices

We're talking about accounting errors -- to prevent them, you need a sharp eye and a sharp pencil. Jim Malone, the Conservative Party Chairman and Republican Town Board candidate, claims to have both, but it's hard to see how he'll have time for this kind of scrutiny in Southampton if he hangs on to his County job, which he has not committed to leaving if elected.

Mr. Malone's website states that he is the "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director" for Suffolk County, saying he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions of dollars per year." This is a big, time-consuming job, a government position in which Malone is not his own boss and must keep regular 9:00-to-5:00 hours.

By contrast, the present Town Board members all work full-time with the exception of Chris Nuzzi, whose outside work apparently allows flexible hours. Given the financial mess the Town is in, we need a full-time Town Board. Jim Malone has to tell the voters if he's prepared to leave his County job and serve as a full-time member of the Southampton Town Board. The crisis of Southampton demands no less." Oct 23, 09 6:25 PM

Southampton Town had difficulty with head count of workers

You've picked a good screen name for yourself, Ridiculous. Follow Sally Pope around for a week -- or even for a day -- and you'll be amazed at how much she puts into this job. I have, and I know. It's not sitting at a desk in Town Hall, it's getting out with the people and seeing what's what. It's snatching time in transit, over coffee, at home, wherever you can, to read up on resolutions and reports. It's doing a tremendous amount of night work. Almost every evening finds Ms. Pope at some meeting of a civic association or a Citizen Advisory Comittee, talking, asking questions, listening, taking notes, hearing what the people have to say.

Do you know what a Citizen Advisory Committee is, Ridiculous? Do you know that a professional operates, not by punching a time clock and occupying space, but by doing the job, wherever it is and however long it takes? Do you know the huge number of hours that Sally Pope and other Town Board members devote to the Town every week?

The lack of knowledge that you demonstrate by your comment here, and the lack of honesty you demonstrate by another comment on this site accusing me of tampering with opposition signs, lead me to conclude that it is pointless to respond to your comments, which have no basis in fact, and I shall no longer do so." Oct 23, 09 8:42 PM

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

The name of Jim Malone, Conservative Party Chairman and Republican candidate for Town Board, has come up in some recent comments. I'm troubled by the fact that Mr. Malone hasn't said whether he'll leave his County job if he's elected. His website says he is the "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director" for Suffolk County, and that he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions of dollars per year."

This is a big and time-consuming government job in which Jim Malone is not his own boss and must keep regular 9-to-5 hours. The present Southampton Town Board members all work full-time or almost full-time (Chris Nuzzi does outside work that apparently allows flexible hours), and they need to, given the bad fix the Town is in. We can't afford a new Town Board member with a demanding outside job.

Jim Malone, please tell the voters whether you are ready to work full-time for Southampton Town. We deserve to know. " Oct 24, 09 11:32 AM

Campaign Diary: Gregor pushes plan for solar panels at town landfill

More on great guys. Jim Malone, the Conservative Party Chairman and Republican candidate for Town Board, may be a great guy -- I don't know -- but he has a County job, and he hasn't committed to leave it if he is elected. Mr. Malone's website says he is the "Senior Deputy Clerk and Chief Fiscal Director" for Suffolk County, and that he "manages over 130 government employees and hundreds of millions of dollars per year."

This is a big and time-consuming government job in which Malone is not his own boss and must keep regular 9-to-5 hours. By contrast, the present Southampton Town Board members work full-time, with the exception of Chris Nuzzi, who is almost full-time with outside work that apparently allows flexible hours. We need a full-time Town Board in the present dire financial situation. We can't afford a new member with a demanding outside position.

Since Jim Malone hasn't promised to work full-time for Southampton, I don't see how anyone can vote for him if they want the Town to get out the mess it's in. " Oct 24, 09 11:58 AM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Sorry, but I'd rather hear it from the candidate himself than from someone who's so clueless as to praise an office seeker just for meeting the baseline requirement of the job he wants, and so graceless as to refer to "carpetbagger democrats". I don't know about you, Mister, but my family was farming on Scuttlehole Road three generations ago. " Oct 25, 09 3:56 PM

Southampton Town candidates debate town finances, services

Again, as at the Hampton Bays Civic Association debate a few nights before, the candidates who have been in office for a long time, Linda Kabot (13 yrs.) and Chris Nuzzi (4 yrs.), asked for more time to fix the mess the Town is in. The candidates who have only been in office for a short time, Anna Throne-Holst (2 yrs.) and Sally Pope (1 yr.), said these folks have had long enough, and it's time to let some new people have a try.

There's a lot more to it than that, but the basic message of Ms. Throne-Holst, Ms. Pope and running mate Bridget Fleming was that the In-Crowd (in this case the Republicans) have held power for so long that they've become too comfortable, too careless, too cozy, and that this climate of Business As Usual has led the Town into an historic financial crisis, the worst in its history. Throne-Holst, Pope and Fleming claimed that giving the In-Crowd (Kabot and Nuzzi) more time to fix the mess they made is like asking the pig to clean up the pig pen -- it won't happen. " Oct 27, 09 12:21 PM

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