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Southampton Town Police Logged Long Hours Following Sandy

We should be thanking Pearce for stepping up to the plate while then Chief Wilson went on vacation and left the town to struggle with the worst storm in history. In fact, the supervisor ordered Wilson to return to duty or resign. He chose to resign. Wilson cost the town 92 hours ofSOA overtime. " May 10, 13 10:31 AM

Why was Pearce working? Where was Wilson? He was on vacation and when ordered to return, he resigned instead. So much for the honorable savior of the Southampton Police Dept. " May 10, 13 10:40 AM

I'm glad you finally agree that we have Wilson to blame for all of this. As to his "felony" charges, he was told by the town administrator that that was a bookkeeping error and he went ahead with criminal charges anyway with the assistance of an individual who wanted Kiernan's job. The DA told him that those charges were ridiculous and to take a hike. Pleading guilty to 4 of 32 charges was a business decision since even being found innocent would cost more time. And, none of those plead out charges were for lying to anyone. Get your facts straight. And finally, there are no federal, state, county or local investigations afoot. Those rumors are coming from Wilson and people like you. But the good news is that all of these lying Wilson companions will be exposed including a writer from the Southampton Press." May 11, 13 9:01 AM

Southampton Town Police Logged Long Hours Following Sandy

Oh, you get your "facts" from the media you say. Well that explains why your "facts" are not "facts" at all since the media gets their "facts" from anonymous sources which cannot be challenged or disputed. So much for your "facts." " May 12, 13 12:17 PM

And by the way, I am not the bad LT but am an "anonymous source" close to the investigation. So I must be factual. Right Mr. Wright?" May 12, 13 12:20 PM

It's time to "out" the so-called confidential sources that Mr. Wright has been talking to. Of course we have Wislon but he has since come out of the closet. Next we have 2 retired Southampton Police officers, Peter Bernagozzi and Matt Helmstead. Both ar" May 13, 13 9:35 AM

are have retired on disability pensions and pay no tax. Bernagozzi double dips by working for the sheriff while Helmstead is the boyfriend of a current Southampton Sgt. who Wilson promised a promotion. The final few "confidential sources" are current members of the department who will soon be exposed and be criminally charged with tampering with evidence. " May 13, 13 9:39 AM

None of the lawsuits will be successful since all the arrests were legal. The reversals came about because of legal technicalities during the plea bargain proceedings. This was just another of Wilson's many lies to the board and the press. The 50,000 dollars is another debt that should be charged to Wilson and his pals. " May 14, 13 12:02 PM

Wilson took an internal personnel issue and ran to the media and the DA hoping to get a member fired before doing a real investigation. That investigation would have shown he was incorrect and being misled. And when that failed, he tried to fire the individual internally. That too failed because the facts did not support his allegations. He then went on vacation during the worst storm in history and refused to return when ordered to do so. He then quit. Yes I blame Wilson for everything and anyone who doesn't is ignorant." May 15, 13 9:49 AM

Wilson goes on vacation and refuses to return when ordered to do so by the supervisor and you question whether it was the worst storm in East End history. OMG, does that really make a difference? OK then, how about one of the worst storms on Long Island? Does that make it any better? This guy was a controversial chief with the village and came to the town with a personal agenda. When he realized that agenda wasn't going to materialize, he quit. And no, his agenda had nothing to do with making the department better. Quite the reverse. " May 16, 13 9:25 AM

Stay focused here. Wilson was either ordered to, asked to, begged to, suggested to or sent a note to return during the storm. He refused and then quit and if you continue to get your "facts" from newsprint, your credibility is in serious doubt. Read the articles carefully. They refer to "sources close to the investigation." These sources are the lying Wlson and his pals. Not sure why my other post haws removed but I guess I touched a nerve." May 17, 13 9:27 AM

Maybe the NYS Attorney General should start to look into those bogus 3/4 retirements that some Southampton cops have been enjoying for years. A couple of pictures should do the trick. Stay tuned." May 17, 13 2:41 PM

Southampton Town Bars Police Officers From Political Committees, Stiffens Penalty For Illegal Rentals

Since individual officers and the police unions can donate any amount of money for candidates, knock on doors, gather signatures and hand out fliers at the train station, this law was nothing more than political grandstanding by Bridget Fleming. " May 29, 13 4:49 PM

Don't try to make sense of this law. It is political grandstanding by Bridget Fleming You know her as the person who supported Wiliam Wilson for chief of police. How'd that turn out? If those two officers were democrats she would never have proposed this law. Fleming took campaign donations from PBA members and allowed them to work on her campaign so much for her worrying about improper perceptions. " May 30, 13 2:36 PM

And then he quit during hurricane Sandy. What a leader. While he was the chief, the department was overrun by his friends in the sheriffs department. He didn't shake the tree, he poisoned it and ran away like a coward. But, he's gone. Get over it." May 30, 13 11:35 PM

PBR - your points are well taken. But I feel that Wilson's decisions during his tenure like pulling patrols from Neptunes where his friends run security displays poor leadership. His decision not to return during a devastating storm displays poor character. It's not having it both ways but just pointing out another of Wilson's flaws." May 31, 13 9:06 AM

I'm with you. But don't leave out Gwinn, Costa, Ralph, Bernagozzi, Helmstead, Holst, Fleming, McCardle et al. Let's get to the truth once and for all. And for the record, the reversed felony arrests are technicalities because an officer involved had a prescription drug problem. So let's not keep the hype going. Read the first lawsuit decision. " Jun 2, 13 11:58 PM

Sag Harbor May Rehire Laid-Off Police Officer

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 one officer. Shame on the republicans who supported it, " Jun 13, 13 10:17 AM

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." Jun 13, 13 6:47 PM

Recent Filming Raises Questions About The Hiring Of Local Police For Security

Hey, doesn't 27east think a federal investigation on SCPD Chief James Burke is important? My goodness, when they thought there was a federal investigation on the town police ( there wasn't), they wasted no time in reporting it. Here's a hint 27east, this federal inves" Jul 1, 13 3:26 PM

Investigation will expose former chief Wilson's relationship with Burke. Stay tuned." Jul 1, 13 3:27 PM

Southampton Town Heads To Trial Against Owners Of Hampton Bays Diner

Close that cesspool down once and for all and jail it's criminal owners. " Jul 10, 13 6:20 PM

Their son is their lawyer." Jul 11, 13 10:18 AM

Sagaponack Will Hold Public Meeting To Discuss Forming Its Own Police Department

Is this village crazy? Imagine asking former chief Wilson to prepare a mock budget and possibly be their first chief. I hope there is never an emergency in Sagaponack while Wilson is on vacation. Say what you want, but this guy was a disaster as the chief of the town police. " Jul 18, 13 12:05 AM

The SHTP PBA surprisingly has made no statements regarding this issue. Surprisingly because they will surely face some layoffs if Sagaponack takes its 2 mill with them. Sounds like some kind of back door dealing going on here between PBA officials and their former hero Wilson. Stay tuned folks. " Jul 18, 13 9:52 AM

Good luck with retired police officers suspending their pensions to work in Sagaponack other than maybe a chief who will earn over 150,000 dollars in pay. Recently retired officers make six digit pensions. Is Sagaponack going to pay its officers six digits, other than the chief? I think not. And finally, if they do this and appoint Wilson their chief, lawsuits and controversy will surely follow." Jul 19, 13 9:33 AM

Touchy aren't we? Forget the fact that Wilson created total chaos in the Town Police (blame whoever you want for the moment), involving him in cost estimates for a new police department that he wants to run is absolutely full of self interest. And it's Alex Trebek dummy. " Jul 19, 13 10:10 AM

Wow, those look like serious charges. I guess I missed the indictments and arrests. Oh wait, there were none. Instead those charged were promoted and Wilson left in disgrace for making all that crap up. As for lawsuits, the first case was tossed because the arrest was good. I almost forgot the so-called federal investigation. Oh wait again, there wasn't any despite Wlson dropping off a box of garbage. But there is a federal investigation underway against Wilson's pal Chief Burke and we will soon see who really lied to IA. Ironically, you have most of the charges correct but you have the wrong suspects. Here's a hint. Two of them are female and two are retired. " Jul 20, 13 9:51 AM

LOL. It seems I touched a nerve. I hope you are not a police officer especially not a sergeant because your knowledge of the law is seriously lacking. The DA is tossing out convictions on cases where Brady Material (addicted cop) was not afforded to the defense. The arrests based on probable cause were good. Read the judges comments dopey. Wilson is done and so are you and your pals. The Feds are in possession of Burke's illegal influence in the Southampton IA investigation. Those investigators are under federal subpoena to testify as to Burke instructing them to change the lying testimony of his friend "Sue" and others. Say goodbye ladies." Jul 20, 13 11:58 AM

My only question is, why is Sagaponack putting any stock in any advice or figures from someone who wants the job as chief? Wilson is self serving and a very poor financial expert. There s" Jul 21, 13 9:15 AM

Even if Wilson was a world reknowned fiscal expert, he shouldn't be the person given cost estimates if he is trying to get the job as chief. This is just plain common sense. I see you agree that all persons seeking to obtain a position are self serving. Wilson should either give cost estimates or be a candidate, God forbid, for chief. Not both. " Jul 22, 13 9:52 AM

I heard that Chief Burke may soon be available to run one of these departments. Chief Wilson in Sagaponack and Chief Burke in Westhampton Dunes. Two disgraced chiefs running the east end villages. You gotta love it. " Jul 24, 13 10:12 AM

LOL You must be hard of hearing if you heard that North Haven is leaving SHTP. Wilson already tried them and they told him politely to get lost. He is tired of being a security guard and wants to be called chief again. Here's an idea Billy. Neptunes is looking for a chief bottle washer and you would do just fine. " Jul 24, 13 5:48 PM

Rumba Discussion Continues, Reluctantly

Get real. Fleming is just like every other politician. Only this year her seat is not up for re-election so she can play to the crowds. This Rumba issue has been around for quite a while and only now we hear from Fleming. She is actually the worst kind of politician. That is a politician who goes with the flow regardless of right or wrong. Maybe she is right this time about Rumba but let's not raise her to sainthood just yet. Take a look at the PBA contract she just supported before it was rejected by the majority of the board. " Jul 25, 13 10:46 AM

Sagaponack Schedules Vote On Forming Police Department

What the heck Is wrong with this village? Hiring a disgraced police chief who wants Sagaponack to create their own department and make him chief, is the person they hire to give the board start-up costs? Unbelievable. There seems to be a back room deal in the making here. Wake up residents of Sagaponack!!!" Aug 20, 13 11:28 AM

Look, if Sagaponack wants to have a village police force, so be it. However, to use the cost figures from someone who wants to be the chief is just plain foolish. There are plenty of fiscal police experts without baggage or self interests to get "real" cost figures from. How can the people of Sagaponack rely on Wilson's figures since keeping them low would better his chances of becoming the chief. And by the way, William Wilson has never balanced a budget in either the town or the village police departments. So using Wilson is very very suspicious. " Aug 20, 13 5:28 PM

Your post is half right. Yes, using a former chief to give you budget figures does make sense but there are dozens of former chiefs on Long Island who have no personal interest in Sagaponack creating their own police department. Nor do they have any interest in becoming Sagaponack's chief. Nor do they come with the baggage and controversy that Wilson brings. Paying Wilson to give accurate figures is just plain dumb and reeks of back room politics. Beware people of Sagaponack it sounds like the fix is in and the mayor's pal Wilson will be your police chief. " Aug 21, 13 9:36 AM

Sagaponack Village Board To Vote On Pursuing Separate Police Force On Monday

Using a former chief to give you budget figures does make sense but there are dozens of former chiefs on Long Island who have no personal interest in Sagaponack creating their own police department. Nor do they have any interest in becoming Sagaponack's chief. Nor do they come with the baggage and controversy that Wilson brings. Paying Wilson to give accurate figures is just plain dumb and reeks of back room politics. Beware people of Sagaponack it sounds like the fix is in and the mayor's pal Wilson will be your police chief.
" Aug 24, 13 9:40 AM

Throne-Holst Well Ahead Of Challenger Kabot In Campaign Finance Race For Southampton Election

At least Kabot puts herself right out there for comments on these threads. I guess Throne-Holst can't take the heat from commenters. And taking a sobriety test while her entire defense was based on a police setup would have been very foolish indeed. If I remember correctly, the arresting officers called the SHTP union who, in turn, called their candidate Throne-Holst for advice. " Aug 26, 13 5:26 PM

Ahead of East Hampton Town Republican Primary, Cantwell Says He Will Decline GOP Nod

Tom Spota should take a page out of Mr Cantwell's book. His desire to see that voters get a choice is admirable. Tom Spota wants to make sure that Suffolk County voters have no other choice but him in November. Imagine the gall of the top crime fighter to get elected under term limits and then when he is affected by that law, he sues in court and overturns the wishes of the voters. " Aug 27, 13 7:35 PM

The republican parties across the county are disintegrating right before our very eyes. The problem lies with leadership or more to the point, the lack of leadership. These back room cross endorsement deals are slaps in the face to the rank and file faithful. Time to clean house and remove all the current political leaders. Every election for any office should have at least one republican and one democratic candidate. That's the American way that gives the people a voice in the process." Aug 28, 13 10:10 AM

Tuesday Will Be An Odd Primary Day In Southampton Town

Your comment about having a choice in the process is well said. I take it then you must be furious at Mr. Walsh giving a democrat (Spota) the conservative line for DA? " Sep 1, 13 4:28 PM

Agreed. But the best person for the job should be decided by the electorate not the party leaders. Wouldn't you agree? If an individual is cross endorsed by all political parties as Mr Spota is, doesn't that eliminate the electorate in the process? " Sep 2, 13 10:13 AM

Sagaponack Decision On Police Force Looms Large For Town

But for goodness sake, if you do it, don't make Wilson the chief. He is nothing more than a high priced security guard and a disaster waiting to happen. " Sep 4, 13 3:43 PM

So Sagaponack relies on cost estimates given to them by former "controversial" chief William Wilson? Do the village trustees realize that Wilson has no formal financial education. In fact he just about graduated from high school. On top of that, he never balanced one budget while chief of the village or the town. And more importantly, he wants to be the first Sagaponack chief making his figures suspiciously skewed. " Sep 6, 13 9:55 AM

UPDATE: Southampton Town Makes Offer To Stave Off Creation Of Sagaponack Village Police Department

Don't be fooled people, the fix is in. The mayor is personal friends of the "controversial" if not "unscrupulous" William Wilson. He has promised Billy boy a police department of his own and everything you see is smoke and mirrors to make this happen. Good luck Sagaponack. Wilson will create chaos in less than one month as your new chief. They couldn't vote this weekend since 2 trustees would vote no and that would look terrible to create a police department with a split board. The mayor will pressure one of the two to change his mind and then "here's your sparkling new chief's badge Billy just like I promised." Sep 9, 13 4:12 PM

Just look at the facts here. Any mayor who would accept figures from an uneducated and controversial ex chief who wants a job as the first chief of Sagaponack , either has his head in the sand or he is a personal friend. I know the latter to be true. If you were at the meeting, you heard the public express those very concerns only to have the mayor defend his pal Wilson. I see my truth has upset you so for your benefit, I will "shut up" for now and wait for my "I told you so" moment. " Sep 9, 13 9:18 PM

"Typical cop" you say????? First of all, I am not a cop typical or otherwise, secondly, my comments are directed at an obvious miscarriage of facts and figures given to the people of Sagaponack by the unscrupulous William Wilson. I see that you are a fan of this guy so I won't waste my time giving you all the facts surrounding his tenures in the village and the town police departments. However, this is about Sagaponack, not Wilson, and accepting figures from a potential employee is just plain dumb. " Sep 10, 13 11:28 AM

Oakdale is a great town but I really do love visiting my family in Saggaponack. Thanks for asking. And by the way, they are very happy with the town police force. " Sep 11, 13 6:59 AM

Not if you already know that Wilson will be your first chief. He can only make 30,000 dollars by law if he keeps his lucrative pension. So it looks like a very very part time chief is in the works. And guess who that will be????? Remember, his figures are self serving and unrealistic. As you stated, a chief's salary would be much much higher. My goodness folks, see the forest through the trees here. " Sep 11, 13 5:27 PM

Of course not. Only someone who wants to guarantee that he is the only candidate would submit this as a possible chief's salary. Is it getting a little clearer yet? Wilson's figures guarantees him to be the only candidate that applies and he will gladly work "part time" as chief of Sagaponack while collecting his lucrative pension and enhancing his private security business. How many ways can we say "set up" " Sep 12, 13 10:58 AM

Sure they could apply, but why would either of them work for 30,000 dollars when both of them are over 65 and not subject to the NYS retirement earnings cap of 30,000 like Wilson. This low balling of the chief's salary was no accident. It was Wilson's way to guarantee himself the chief's job plain and simple. Trust me, no retired chief is going to work for 30,000 dollars except Wilson. And he will do it only to expand his security operation, regain police powers for himself, and walk around with a shinny new police chief's badge and maybe even a department car. " Sep 12, 13 12:34 PM

To mwhite. Your post contains many good points for discussion. Although I don't disagree with your opinion on the village's concerns, I most certainly do disagree with your opinions about Wilson. Unlike you, I do know Wilson and as for his experience that you refer to, his tenures as chief of Southampton town and village were rife with turmoil and lawsuits. If you really think Wilson is "stepping up" to become the first chief, then you are drinking the cool aide. Wilson's interest in Sagaponack is all self serving. He wants to expand his private security interests and he wants to regain regain statewide police authority. And a shinny new badge and car wouldn't hurt either. " Sep 15, 13 9:20 AM

Villages and towns that create new police departments can by civil service rules hire any NYS certified police officer to fill the rank and file including chiefs. The key is the certification for retired police officers runs out after one year from his or her retirement date. Wilson's certification runs out in a couple of months so the mayor doesn't want time to run out on his pal Billy. Hence the rush." Sep 15, 13 4:14 PM

Kabot, Keith In Dead Heat With Challenges Pending

No matter how you slice it, Kabyt, Cabot, Kabit or, Cabyt should be a vote for Linda Kabot. Keith, Kieth, Kythe, Kithe is a vote for Phil Keith. It's time for us voters to stop allowing the party bosses decide who we voted for. I hope the board of elections allows all the votes and whoever has the most, wins. " Sep 17, 13 6:12 PM

To Mr. Keith. People tell me that you are an honorable man and I have no reason to doubt that you are. Please do not let political vendettas mar this very important election. If you have more votes than Linda Kabot, then the line is rightly yours. But as you know and admit, Linda Kabot has received more votes but the party leaders are challenging spelling errors. Not confusing votes, but spelling errors. You, more than many people, realize the sanctity of the vote and should not allow others to manipulate the system. Tell Malone and Walsh that ALL the votes should count and if they refuse to withdraw their challenge, then you sir, should honorably refuse to serve. " Sep 17, 13 10:13 PM

There is a meet the candidates breakfast hosted by the Southampton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Perhaps Mr Keith will do the right thing and concede the conservative line to Linda Kabot at that breakfast despite the challenges by the political bosses. non sibi sed patriae" Sep 18, 13 11:36 AM

Mr. Keith,
By allowing the court to decide this election based on misspelling errors, you lose either way. If they rule all the challenged votes for Linda Kabot void, then you will win by a narrow margin and lose the support of all who believe you an honorable man. Although you will have the Conservative line for supervisor, you will have only succeeded in helping Throne-Holst get re-elected. If, on the other hand, the challenged votes are counted, then Linda Kabot would get the line and you will be remembered as a political lapdog who allowed political bosses to try to interfer with the voting rights of decent citizens. In other words, Mr. Keith, by not conceding before the decision of the board of elections, Mr Malone and Mr Walsh will have ruined your honorable name. Do the right thing sir. " Sep 19, 13 10:00 AM

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