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

JimmyKBond
Who in your opinion as the skills & talent to lead an annual enterprise of $80 million?" Oct 11, 09 9:12 PM

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

As per a letter to the editor written by Mike Anthony (past leader of the democrat party) he stated that the audit was first suggested by Dennis Suskind after he left office. I ask what credit should be given to Throne-Holst for this suggestion. In any case it was a suggestion to audit the police department due to the $4.5 million deficit. It was no secret that a $4.5 million deficit existed during the years that Heaney was supervisor and the democrats held the majority on the town board for most of those years. During the time Heaney was supervisor the deficit kept increasing more and more. Did he do anything about it? In fact he took money from the surplus to pay down some of that deficit with no resolution (as stated in this paper) none of the tb members knew about it and no one knows if that was even legal. All he did was allow this to happen with pay increases through PBA negations and other police expenses.
It seems having the pba endorsement was more important than trying to reduce the deficit.
Throne-Holst following what Suskind asked for suggested the town board hire an auditing firm. Now the town board already knew that a deficit existed what the auditing firm found was where the money was spent.
Throne-Holst is taking credit for asking for an audit and making it appear that she saved the town in just asking. Let me ask what has she done personally to reduce the spending in the police dept. When an opportunity to reduce spending came to the floor last year to retire police officers (sh law) she was not in favor of this proposal. This would have saved the town about $1 million, was she being fiscally responsible? Throne-Holst did receive the police endorsement just for that reason.
In fact what has Throne-Holst or Pope done to reduce any of the spending in town hall?
All they really did was ask for audits. They are not doing the work of the people because it would be unpopular with the voters, special interest groups and unions to make the hard choice in cutting the budget.
For these 2 its all about the votes." Oct 12, 09 9:57 AM

Now your showing your ignorance Turkey Bridge
A resolution needs at least 3 yes votes in order for it to pass. I believe these passed with all 5 boards members voting yes. A mere suggestion does nothing to make it happen. They get the credit for the suggestion but they failed miserably with any follow through on a solution in cutting spending.
Throne-Holst and Pope have done nothing (knowing about the deficits) to fix the problem? ATH has been in office for almost 2 years, has she made any cuts in the budget? Sally has been in office for almost a year what cuts has she made?
They are not and have not done their job. " Oct 12, 09 10:16 PM

Turkey
you never did answer the question. It's ok you have no answer. " Oct 14, 09 12:05 AM

3rd vote on what proposal? Explain what you are talking about. " Oct 15, 09 7:56 PM

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

EastEnd68
Read the article again, the results of the audit will be available Friday. That was this past Friday, October 16.
For those who did not read the article:
The article states that the TB will not pursue litigation against the past comptroller and company. " Oct 18, 09 5:38 PM

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

Dodger
You have no idea what you are talking about and are saying things that are not true.
You need to do some research before spreading lies. The democrats had the majority for most of the years during the Heaney administration. Did they know about the deficits? What did they do about it?
What have the 2 current democrats done knowing about the deficits. Tell me what have they done to cut expenses in the budget? " Oct 18, 09 7:28 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Joelhassoul
Hey how have you been? The campaign going well?
I agree it is the treasure's job to file reports on time. If it was Kabot's treasure who didn't file timely reports would you be saying the same thing?
Now that we have determined that it was the treasure's job, the same should apply to the past comptroller. As stated in an article in this paper (Audit of Town's Accounting Reveals Blunders and Errors) the current town comptroller Ms. Wright said she was stunned by the audit reports. Exposed in the reports were examples of bookkeeping mistakes, including numerous errors by the former Comptroller. Budget transactions between the general funds and capital fund were made inconsistently or not at all from 2003-2007 said Ms. Wright.
None of the Town Board Member's are CPA"s, that's the job of the comptroller to accurately balance the books. The town board was misled by fuzzy accounting practices.
Read the article but I don't expect you to agree because it's much easier to just blame it all on Kabot. " Oct 22, 09 9:19 PM

Jimmykbond
What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?
The reason you don't know of Anna's financial acumen or her management style is because she has none.
Read the article in this paper Audit of Town's Accounting Reveals Blunders and Errors and tell us who is really to blame for the financial mess. " Oct 22, 09 11:34 PM

What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?
All Throne-Holst keeps doing is pointing finger and casting blame, she has criticized the 2010 budget as presented but has offered nothing of her own in balancing the budget. This shows she lacks leadership, knowledge and has no real plan.
This is irresponsible for a supervisor candidate." Oct 24, 09 8:34 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

What are Anna's qualifications for the town's highest office? What has she done for the past 22 month's in office besides ask for an audit? What past experience does she have in the private sector?
All Throne-Holst keeps doing is pointing finger and casting blame, she has criticized the 2010 budget as presented but has offered nothing of her own in balancing the budget. This shows she lacks leadership, knowledge and has no real plan.
This is irresponsible for a supervisor candidate. She's just an empty skirt suit." Oct 24, 09 11:24 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Noah Way
You answered my question with a question. Pretty low to pick on a dead man who can defend himself.
First Ms. Kabot has 6 years at the legislative level, 6 years as Councilwoman and 2 years as Supervisor. Her command of the facts, issues and policies are second to none. The 2010 budget as presented is an honest budget, she has made the hard decisions for this town. We can argue all day long why the town has these financial problems. Putting blame on Ms. Kabot is not at all true. The auditors found errors and how they were made. The current comptroller could not believe how the past comptroller got away with this fuzzy accounting. These are facts not fiction.

Throne-Holst is very good at point fingers and criticizing. But she has offered nothing on balancing the budget for 2010.
This is irresponsible for a supervisor candidate. Throne-Holst is a 50 year old woman what job experience does she have and what are her qualifications.
She very good at getting endorsement but she has done nothing for the past 22 months.
I don't think I will get an answer from those supporting Throne-Holst because the answer is she is not qualified and lacks the knowledge to be the supervisor of this town.
If you watch those debates you can see she has no record to run on so she criticizes others. What an empty Skirt Suit.


" Oct 25, 09 8:41 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

SHNative
The democrats had the majority in most of those years you are referring to.

Also have you noticed how much the SH Town PBA donated to Anna Throne-Holst's campaign for the past 4-5 months, $2,300 is no small number. What will this cost the town to accept big donations from the PBA. How can Throne-Holst ever do the work of the people when she owns the PBA. No raise in salary for the PBA no endorsements thats the way it works, they own her. The people should be afraid of Ann Throne-Holst the democrat. " Oct 25, 09 9:34 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates say little about proposed 2010 budget

This is what Pope and Fleming had to say about the budget:
“There is a lot of work to do, and it is early to sit and be critical,” Ms. Pope said. “I don’t think we need to do it in the press at this point.”
Is she kidding that all she does it criticize, what kind of response is that from a sitting councilwoman.

Ms. Fleming, a lawyer from Sag Harbor, said she read the budget message and examined various department spending plans, but has yet to delve into the budget in detail. “I read the message, but I haven’t had time to go through the budget with a fine-toothed comb,” she said.

This is what a candidate for a Town Council seat says:
Is she for real, she should make the time.

OK folks now you have it Pope and Fleming have no comment because they are both clueless and admitted that they are.
How could these two run for elected office, are they kidding. This is actually laughable.
The only thing that Throne-Holst has done is criticize the budget but offers
no solutions. What a group and they want to be elected on the town board.
They are a joke." Oct 25, 09 9:58 PM

Turkey Bridge
Someone already answered your question in another blog.

Jim Malone intends to resign his position with the County when he wins the council seat.

Also, are you trying to say that both Anna and Sally work full-time? Give me a break, Anna is too busy getting endorsement and trying to figure out how to make some cuts in the budget and Sally still trying to read the budget." Oct 25, 09 10:13 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

SHNative
And what picture are you painting? The DEMOCRATS had the majority in most of those years. No picture painting just facts.
Like your democrat friends you point fingers and criticize, but never have any real answers.

BTW you want to talk about donations tell us about the police donations to ATH ($2,300). What influence will they have over Ms. Throne-Holst?
We should all be afraid of ATH & Company." Oct 26, 09 12:43 AM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Noah Way
My question was, what was Throne-Holst experience prior to being a town councilwoman? Running a town with an $80 million budget is not like running a playground for children.
Who cares what you would tell Cannuscio, this is not about him.
What do you think about the $2,300 the PBA donated to Throne-Holst.
How's that for a payoff.









" Oct 26, 09 7:15 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

Right, I'm Kabot or her husband, then you must be Throne-Holst because all you do is criticize and not answer any questions.
How about taking a shot and answer the question on how the $2,300 in police donations will influence Throne-Holst." Oct 26, 09 7:31 PM

3-4 time you did not answer the question and skirted the issue. You must be Throne-Holst
No one is angry, but I did check online the pba never donated to Kabot you are not telling the truth.
The reason the pba endorsed Throne-Holst was because she was not in favor of police retirements last year. How do you think this will effect her vote on future police retirements or on the raise they are looking for.
You seem to know what's going on in our town, you tell me SHNative what supervisor did they donated to and did it influence that person.
BTW you said they donated to all republicans, how can that be true Throne-Holst is a democrat.
No one here is angry only concerned that our tax money will be going to unions for endorsements. " Oct 26, 09 10:22 PM

Throne-Holst proposes 13-point plan to reduce town spending

More information is needed before any comments are made. We need to see this 8 page plan. " Oct 27, 09 10:36 PM

Judge orders DA's office to investigate alleged call made following Linda Kabot's DWI arrest

Sam you are so right thats all Throne-Holst does is criticize and point fingers.

BTW that 13 point budget/plan from ATH is not even worth the paper it's written on. Even the SH press agrees that it's all BS. " Oct 28, 09 11:50 PM

Southampton Town candidates debate town finances, services

well said goldenrod & full of true facts it takes guts to make hard choices even when those decisions are unpopular.
Someone had to stand up for the voters." Oct 29, 09 8:42 AM

Animal shelter supervisor dispels rumors, focuses on adoptions

What are both of you talking about.
Kabot did spread any rumors who knows how this horrible rumor got started. I do think that the media may be spinning the facts. The animal shelter is not closing it's door's read the facts. The town put out an Request for Proposal (RFP) to privatize the shelter. I think two people replied. One being a very lovely woman who was the one that donated $1.5 million to build this wonderful facility. She will most likely be the one running the animal shelter. I could not think of a better person to run this shelter. She is an animal lover and very compassionate. No harm will come to our 4 legged friends, they will be fine with her in charge. " Oct 29, 09 7:53 PM

Kabot's court date is pushed back to December

What chauffeur? Some of you just love stirring the pot with utter nonsense.
If some of you could not drive who would you ask? Do you have any family extended family and close friends?
For those that don't have a clue, elected official Republicans and Democrats
do not have any leave. When they are campaigning or attending to personal business they do not need to sign for vacation or personal time because they don't have any. They are elected officials. They are paid a salary, no matter if they 50 hours or 2.
Again this applies to all elected officials republicans and democrats. " Oct 29, 09 8:08 PM

Just some additional information, this paper had an article in the western addition of todays paper that the WHB Mayor suspended 2 police officers from the WHB police department. This happened following and investigation conducted by the suffolk county police dept internal affairs bureau. The mayor and SC internal affairs declined to name the officers or provide a copy of the report. Also the DMV report is missing on the Kabot case. These would be 2 very good reasons to postpone in my view.
Buy the western addition of the paper and read for yourself. This investigation has been going on for quite some time and now 2 officers get suspended any good lawyer would ask for a postponement.
Why and who was suspended.
I'm sure all the sharks above will spin this one. " Oct 29, 09 8:25 PM

Southampton Town candidates debate town finances, services

Dodger
Who else was on the town board with the 3 above??
Think about if, we had democrats on the our town board.
Do you remember???
During most of those Heaney years the democrats had the majority.

Did you forget about Suskind, Kenny and Zenk?
Who put the fix in Dodger, it could not have been those democrats on the town board.
Who in East Hampton is getting run out of town? O no, it could not be a democrat.
The problem is you just ignore the true facts of who caused the problem.

Nothing is wrong with SH taxpayers. They are very smart and can see beyond the BS that you and your democrat friends are selling.
They have no real plan in solving any problems and are not capable of balancing the budget.
To bad that our taxpayers are so darn smart." Oct 29, 09 9:03 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

Turkey Bridge is Calling all Sign Dogs STOP!
Your still whining about those sign. This happens every election season on both sides.

Just think less signs for you to remove after the election or just put them up after the election. No body wants them then.

Smile :) " Oct 29, 09 9:36 PM

Throne-Holst proposes 13-point plan to reduce town spending

Turkey Bridge
Take these signs that you are finding in the woods right to the DA's office for fingerprints. They are evidence in this sign stealing ring of thieves. Maybe your case will be heard before the election. Go now every minute you waist is another sign lost.
" Oct 29, 09 9:52 PM

Not for nothing but this 13 point plan didn't say anything, I down loaded it from the link above.
Just like this paper reported, the plan contained many wishy-washy verbs, promise to analyze, review, assemble & develop, no specifics. What about the 2010 budget?.
In my view we need cuts now. " Oct 29, 09 10:13 PM

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