Joe Pesapane may be...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Joe Pesapane may be...

...greedy, untruthful and, in the words of one of his colleagues, a "whiney little bitch," but he's no snitch.

He may take comfort in that when, in all likeli­hood, he will be fired from his Westhampton Beach Police job before Memorial Day arrives.

He won't be going quietly, though.

The page 5 headline in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition reads:

Docked Cop Disputes Ruling

(Uncommonly good headline writing for our local weekly.)

Last week the twice-suspended without pay Officer was, upon the recommendation of Hearing Officer Stephen Bluth, disciplined with forfeiture of 20 days of accrued sick leave and vacation time.

His PBA-funded attorney, William Keahon, flapped his arms and uttered some outraged inanities about his client's innocence... and then announced that he would not be repre­senting Pesapane any longer.

Now the still-suspended... 7½ days of which will be without pay... Pesapane is grieving the consequences of that disciplinary action by challenging the number of paid days that the municipality is taking from him.

Good luck with that!

In a related matter...

While all five Village Board members signed off on Bluth's findings and recommendations, by the time the story hit the newspaper last week, Trustee Hank Tucker was once again talking from the other side of his mouth.

"I was not the judge and I was not the jury, so the hearing officer's recommendation is what the board went with. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm in agreement with the whole process."

...he told the Press after obstructing the disciplinary proceedings for more than a year.

Then why make it a unanimous vote, Hank?

(Disclosure: The writer [me] will be challenging for a Trustee seat in the Village Board in June; Tucker will likely be running for re-election.)

Not "Going" After All!

Last week's OtBB item about Detective Edwin Hamor's retirement/non-retirement is no longer an issue... the veteran officer decided to not follow through after all.

He has been working his regular shifts all this week.


And while I'm at it...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day one and all, and Happy Birthday to my darlin' first born, Peggy.

(And her with a British-born mother!)

The week before she was delivered by Dr. Nataloni in Central Suffolk Hospital, renegades from the Oirish Republican Army had blown-up the statue of Lord Nelson in Dublin's Trafalgar Square.

Groggy from the birthing watch, and this being in an age before the advent of E-mail after Al Gore had invented the Internet, I dashed off a telegram to my in-laws in Oxfordshire.

What I sent had read:

"Marguerite Speir born 9:17 this morning. I.R.A. suspected. Mother and daughter doing well. Father exhausted. Best, D.S."

It wasn't 'til I met those in-laws for the first time almost three years later, that Peggy's grandmother drew me aside and asked me some curious questions, the most curious of which was:

"Who's Ira?"

What I, flush with paternal giddiness, had completely disremembered was that Western Union didn't use punctuation.

The telegram had been delivered reading:

marguerite speir born 917 this morning stop ira suspected stop mother and daughter doing well stop father exhausted stop best ds stop

My mother-in-law was much relieved when an explanation was provided.


1. David Reilly said...


I know that this is a day for the telling of tall tales (especially in the latter portion of the day) but you have got to be pulling our collective leg - IRA? Judging by the time of this post, it looks like you were hitting the Jameson's a little early.

Best wishes to all for a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Let's all be extra careful out there.


Sez you, quoting "Philip Freemason Esterhaus."

And as "Lilly Von Schtupp" would say, "It's twue, it's twue!" Actually happened that way!

2. Hambone said...

That's a great story.

What's even better is your use of the Roger Clemen's-like "disremembered."

Clemen's got it from me.

3. Barbara Ramsay said...

Thanks for the morning chuckle. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and Jeanne.

Thank you, Mrs. R. How's the fishing?

4. Barbara Ramsay said...

Wish I was fishing. We're back in NY. Need a second ablation. Having it done tomorrow.

White light and good wishes!

5. Jeanne Speir said...

You know, Barb, this is exactly what happens happens to gals with "electric" personalities! I'm betting you give those "eels" something to worry about in Marathon! May your inner fire be properly re-directed. We love you, girlfriend.

Seconded, motion carried by acclaim.

6. Barbara Ramsay said...

Blush Blush! Turns out the hospital messed up the schedule and now I'm not having it done until Mondy!

Wow! You must have a great deal of faith in that hospital!

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