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Ad calls GOP candidate's personal finances into question

The east hampton dems go after Stanzione for fighting and beating IRS. Is it true one of the dem candidates was arrested this past April on some kind of traffic charge? Is there any Dem out there who can confirm or deny this? If true, should the Republicans use it if there was a conviction or plea? I think I'll take the person who beat the IRS over the person, unless there is another person with the same name and age in EH, who did not obey the law and was arrested." Oct 18, 09 7:55 PM

Sag Harbor teachers plan to march through village

Teachers are now saying that their automatic step increase is not really a raise because it is guaranteed by law whether or not they have a contract. Only in teacher land do we see such nonsense. If you make $50,000 one year and $52,000 the next, then you received a $2,000 raise. In teacher land however if $1,000 of that was from your automatic step increment and $1,000 was from a negotiated percentage increase then you only really received a $1,000 raise. Is that crazy or what? Where else is this not a $2,000 raise?

Remember, based on what has been reported in the media, the average salary in Sag Harbor is almost $90,000 per year with a whole bunch making over $100,000, some like the unnion leader is making like $120,000 plus lifetime health benefits. How many people in Southamnpton and East Hampton with college degrees are making $90,000 with lifetime tenure? The school website says the teachers were offered 2.5% a year on top of their 2.7% guaranteed increase. That means they were offered 5.2% in the real world. Who out there has been gauarteed a 5.2% raise for the next four years? And they are parading around town? I don't get it." Oct 19, 09 10:37 PM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

To real Local:
Number one, your identity is obvious by reading your 41 posts -- and you're not from Bridgehampton.

Second, that being said, Gratto got a raise because the Board was able to evaluate him on an individual basis, within the paremeters of a defined three year agreement -- no tenure -- ever!

Now, if the teachers would like to be evaluated on an individual basis, and have their individual raises based on that evaluation, then I am sure the community and the board would be more than happy to do it. I am sure some of the teachers would receive raises equal to or more than Gratto's. However, I am also sure there would be teachers who will get far less. Some would probably get no raise at all, and some others, assuming tenure is waived (remember Gratto never gets tenure), would be shown the door. I'm sure there are a few teachers that fall into the "show them the door" category, and I bet some of the teachers themselves, and certainly the students, know who they are. Heck, they themselves probably know who they are.

So there is the challenge to the teachers. If you want to keep bringing up the Gratto raise, then simply say you will allow the Baord (and maybe the PTA and PTSA presidents and a retired superintendent like Dr. Barnds) evaluate the performance of each teacher individually and decide on what they should get in terms of a raise -- no tenure, if you are not performing see you later. Let the union negotiate a general contract for benefits, working conditions, base pay, etc. -- kind of like in professional sports where there is a standard agrrement, but individuals negotiate there ultimate salaries based on performance and skill. If nobody wants them they sit at home. That's the way it is in the private sector. Oddly enough, the fact finder used in the Sag Harbor primarily is an arbitrator for professional sports. Those decisions are made on an individual, not a team or league basis.

Coming out from behind the protection of the union may be very productive for everyone. " Oct 21, 09 5:26 PM

Where they stand: The arts

Zwirn uses his ex-wife to try to connect to artists? How low will this guy stoop to get someone to vote for him?

Zwirn wants to use town hall for art display area? They've been doing that in East Hampton for 10 years. Ask Ms. Plitt. Something new please." Oct 21, 09 10:32 PM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

Callie: Do you have a clue? I know several teachers who clean pools in the summer for... CASH. They tutor during the summer...for CASH. The wait tables and get tips in the summer...in CASH. They are trainers...for CASH. They drive...for CASH. Do you think they pay taxes on that money they are allowed to earn during the two months of paid vacation? Not only that, they compete and take work away from the others who want to wait tables, drive and do pools (they can actually undercut the pool guys in price because the real pool guys don't have that $90,000 of taxpayer supplied income to fall back on). Get real." Oct 22, 09 5:28 PM

One other thing. I just saw an ad in the Sag Harbor Express that urges people to call school board members and they actually put their phone numbers in the paper. Why doesn't someone out there request the salaries of all the teachers, what the value of their medical benefit is, and what the value of their retirement contribution made by the district is. List each teacher individually by name --- it is public information. Then we can see how teacher XYZ makes $120,000, has a medical benefit worth $12,000, has a retirement contribution worth $5,000, has social security paid worth $9,000 for a total package of over $145,000. List every teacher line by line, Then list the phone numbers of the union leaders and their negotiator and then let's see who starts getting the phone calls! Come on, one of you Noyack people have got to be interested in total public disclosure!" Oct 22, 09 5:36 PM

Ad calls GOP candidate's personal finances into question

I know this will be difficult and conflicting for the Press since the editor's brother-in-law is John Whelan, but I just found the report of John Whelan's arrest on the 27 East website. Under the title of "East Hampton police reports," dated April 14, 2009, 5:06PM, it states, ""East Hampton Town Police charged the following with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree last week: John Whelan, 52, of East Hampton;". Now unless there is another 52 year old John Whelan in East Hampton, the the arrest was of the town board candidate. The arrest, and why Mr. Whelan's license was suspended, should certainly be considered if a tax lein that was removed is held against Mr. Stanzione. In essence Mr. Stanzione did nothing other than have to explain something on his tax retuirn. on the other hand Mr. Whelan was arrested according to 27 East. Will the arrest be mentioned in the endorsement column next week?" Oct 22, 09 6:01 PM

East Hampton Town candidates focus on the issues

A lot has been made of the Stanzione tax lein. The lein was lifted. Mr. Stanzione had his tax return questioned like about 70% of Amrica. He responded and the lein is gone. On the other hand, according to 27 East's East Hampton Police Reports on April 14, 2009, "The East Hampton Town Police charged the following with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle: John Whelan, 52, of East Hampton." Now unless there is another 52 year old John Whelan, this person is a town board candidate. He was arrested! Why was his licensed revoked? Why was he driving with his licensed revoked? Is that not a total disdain for the law? Will this arrest be addressed in the Press when it makes its endorsements? Will there be an explanation of the arrest? Fair is fair...and let's be fair." Oct 22, 09 6:12 PM

One other point. If the Democrats were investigating the backgrounds of candidates how did they miss an arrest right in East Hampton? Oh yea, it was a person who appears to be a Democrat candidate who was arrested according to 27 East." Oct 22, 09 6:16 PM

Where they stand: The arts

Any mention during the forum if the John Whelan who was reported arrested by 27 east on April 14, 2009 is the same John Whelan running for town board?
27 east reported a John Whelan, age 52 (same age as candidate John Whelan) from East Hampton was arrested for driving with a suspended license. I'm told by someone in the media this is indeed the John Whelan running for Town Board. If a tax lien that has been didmissed by IRS is an issue for a candidate, then what about a candidate who seems to have lost his driver's license (for who knows what reason) and continued to drive thus thumbing his nose at the law, and then finding himself arrested by East Hampton Town Police according to 27 east . I would hope Beth Young investigates this and reports on it in next week's Press so the people of East Hampton know as much about the candidates as possible, just like she reported on the tax lein. " Oct 22, 09 7:55 PM

http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=205033

This is the link to the 27 east report last April about a Mr. Whelan." Oct 22, 09 7:57 PM

Ad calls GOP candidate's personal finances into question


http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=205033

This is the link to the 27east article about a John Whelan being arrested." Oct 22, 09 7:59 PM

East Hampton Town Board members walk out on budget talks

Could a better case have been made for three fresh faces and intelligent minds on the town board than was made today at 159 Pantigo Road? And I mean three fresh faces that are not brought to us by the Democrat Committee that brought you the current cast of characters we have on the town board and the one who quit. They now have put forward this new "team" that is already at odds with those who will remain on the board. Zwirn has already said he could not work with Hammerle. Something to look forward to, ouch!

The town government is not only severely broken, it is absolutely dysfunctional thanks to the Democrat Committee.

Wilkinson, Stanzione and Quigley are truly the only hope this town has to recover any time soon. If there was ever a need to vote a straight ticket, then the need is high in this election. The Republican ticket offers experienced, mature, and level headed candidates who will not turn town hall into animal house and will not disrespect the public like it was disrespected today.

" Oct 23, 09 10:45 PM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

To Bayview:
Gratto is not the highest paid superintendent "on the entire east end". That is public information. And the Springs superintendet is not his best friend. They happened to have worked in the same place 25 years ago and have communicated over the years -- something I have done with a bunch of people I once worked with...but they are not my best friends. Get you facts straight before you write about things you obviously know nothing about." Oct 23, 09 11:00 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

There are only three required filings between July and election day. It really isn't brain surgery. Ultimately, the candidate is responsible -- they can file and sign there own filings if there is a problem with the treasurer. I can understand missing the deadline by a couple of days, or even a week, but three weeks and only after you are reminded? ATH presents herself well, but is there anything there of substance? Blaming others for something so fundamental as a campaign filing is worrisome." Oct 24, 09 11:09 AM

East Hampton Town candidates focus on the issues

Good points Board Watcher...but he only has one relative running for the board that seems to have been arrested for ignoring the laws of the law and has not been addressed in the paper...the same laws that elected officials swear to uphold. The Press did report on the tax lein, which turned out to be nothing, even though the pathetic and ognorant Star used it as an excuse to not endorse Stanzione...but then again the Star endorsed McGintee ignoring all the facts." Oct 24, 09 11:19 AM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

East Hampton superintendent makes more salary and has many other valuable benefits. Gratto gets paid $210,000 and gets health insurance, that's it -- No whole life policy, no car, no deferred investment account paid by the district, etc., etc. Anybody out there willing to say Gratto makes more than the East Hampton Sup? " Oct 25, 09 12:32 AM

Where they stand: The arts

Newsday's endorsement of Bill Wilkinson got it absolutely right. They say Mr. Wilkinson is the right person, with the right skills and the right temperment to bring East Hampton back. Newsday really had nothing positive to say about Zwirn -- in fact Newsday reminded everyone of the financial mess he left in North Hempstead when he was supervisor there in the early 90's-- sounds like Zwirn was the original McGintee!

Big time endorsement from a paper that knows the history behind each candidate. And a newspaper that admits to making a mistake by not endorsing Wilkinson two years ago -- let's see how many local rags make the same admission." Oct 25, 09 10:24 AM

East Hampton Town candidates focus on the issues

WILKINSON GETS ENDORSED BY NEWSDAY!!!!

In a long and glowing editorial, Newsday endorsed Bill Wilkinson for East Hampton Town Supervisor. Admitting they were wrong in not endorseing Wilkinson two years, Newsday says Mr. Wilkinson has the exact skill set and experience to get a troubled town back on its feet. Curiously, unlike most endorsements which at least say one thing nice about the other guy, Newsday does not. In fact Newsday goes out of its way to mention the financial mess Zwirn left behind as Supervisor in North Hempstead in the early 90's.

It's time for the local east end media -- with the exception of the Independent -- to admit like Newsday that they made a big mistake two years ago by not endorsing Mr. Wilkinson and that if we had Bill Wilkinson at the helm the last two years the town would not be in the huge and dysfunctional mess it now finds itself in.

It's important that Wilkinson get his team of Stanzione and Quigley elected so he can do what is needed quickly and get the toen moving forward again as Newsday says he can." Oct 25, 09 10:32 AM

East Hampton GOP announces financial action plan

The plan was endorsed by Newsday today, which complimented it in their endorsement of Mr. Wilkinson." Oct 25, 09 10:45 AM

East Hampton Town Board members walk out on budget talks

The Republican slate of candidates is neither dysfunctional nor angry. To describe Bill Wilkinson, Dominic Stanzione and Theresa Quigley as angry is not only inaccurate and unfair, it is extremely irresponsible. None ot the three have ever done or said anything during this campaign to indicate they have nothing other than the very best intentions for the town. Today Newsday in its endorsement of Bill Wilkinson said he has the temperament needed to"wisely tackle the crisis and restore civility at the same time." We don't need someone to massage away the problems in town government, we need people capable of sovling the problems in town government. " Oct 25, 09 7:20 PM

Throne-Holst missed campaign finance filing deadline

To ATH -- you had another filing due this past Friday (Monday--tomorrow--would be OK). Thought you could use the help. May the good Lord help the Town of Southampton. Chris Nuzzi...why aren't you going to be the next supervisor...you're the only competent person on that board." Oct 25, 09 7:26 PM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

Did not think so." Oct 25, 09 7:27 PM

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