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Oct 6, 2009 7:55 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

McGintee resigns as East Hampton supervisor

Oct 6, 2009 7:55 PM

East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill McGintee stepped down on Monday morning.

Mr. McGintee has been the subject of a lengthy investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office into financial mismanagement at Town Hall.

In a letter dated Monday, October 5, that was filed in the Town Clerk’s office just after 10:30 a.m., Mr. McGintee wrote, “I have devoted my entire professional career to the Town of East Hampton and I believe that resigning now is in the town’s best interest. Ending this matter allows me to provide ongoing assistance to the District Attorney’s office as its investigation continues, and to spend more time with my family.”

The District Attorney’s office has not filed charges against Mr. McGintee.

“There is an active, ongoing, grand jury investigation of the Town of East Hampton. The grand jury will determine the resolution of this investigation. We have no further comment,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota in a statement to reporters Monday afternoon.

That statement marked the first time that the D.A.’s office has acknowledged the existence of a grand jury investigation into the case, despite numerous reports over the past year and a half of subpoenas for town records and interrogations of Town Board members, focusing on the actions of Mr. McGintee and his former budget officer, Ted Hults.

Mr. McGintee’s letter stated that Deputy Supervisor Pete Hammerle will assume the role of supervisor until a new administration takes office in January. Mr. McGintee, who is a Democrat, was not seeking reelection and was slated to finish his third term in December.

“Nothing really changes,” said Mr. Hammerle, who added that he will remain deputy supervisor, but will be running town meetings and performing Mr. McGintee’s duties. “I think everything will be fine for the next three months.”

Mr. Hammerle added that he only just found out Monday morning that he would be taking over for Mr. McGintee.

“I had no idea. I got a call at home from the town clerk this morning to come in for an emergency meeting,” he said. “Bill wanted to stick around and submit his final budget.”

Mr. McGintee submitted his tentative 2010 budget to the Town Clerk’s office on Wednesday, September 30. The New York State Comptroller released the damning results of an audit of the town’s financial practices on Thursday, October 1, which outlined serious and systemic mismanagement in the town’s budget office. The comptroller’s office has provided Mr. Spota’s office with the audit information.

Mr. McGintee was not present at a Town Board meeting on Friday, October 2. His office staff said on Friday that he was not at work because he was dealing with a family emergency and Mr. McGintee’s neighbors reported a large number of cars at his home that morning.

Mr. McGintee’s budget calls for an additional 10-percent hike in town taxes in 2010, after taxpayers shouldered a whopping 24-percent tax increase this year.

“Bill has offered to speak with me any time I have a question about the budget,” said Mr. Hammerle, who added that Town Comptroller Janet Verneuille, who worked closely with Mr. McGintee on the 2010 budget, is well versed in the document’s contents.

Mr. Hammerle said that he would attend a meeting of the town’s department heads Monday afternoon to “let them know this has taken place, as if they didn’t already know.”

Town Board member Julia Prince said that Mr. McGintee also spoke with her Monday morning before he left Town Hall.

“He came and talked to me about the budget. He said he had been planning to leave for a while, but he wanted to finish the budget,” she said. Ms. Prince added that she has worked hard on the budget with Mr. McGintee and is very familiar with the document.

Mr. Hults, the former budget officer, resigned in May and was charged by the district attorney in June with seven felonies, one for defrauding the government for transferring $8 million of the town’s Community Preservation Fund to its operating fund after the town first began having difficulty meeting its payroll in December 2006 and six charges for securities fraud, filing false instruments and falsifying business records for misstatements on two bond prospectuses in the summer of 2007.

Former Town Attorney Laura Molinari resigned in 2008 after learning that the town had submitted a bond prospectus as having been approved by her when in fact she had not reviewed the document. She called at the time for Mr. Hults’s resignation, but resigned herself when Mr. McGintee refused to fire Mr. Hults.

Mr. Hults signed two confessions before his arrest stating that Mr. McGintee was aware of the fiscal improprieties at Town Hall. In one confession, he stated that he and Mr. McGintee both agreed to use the CPF fund to cover operating expenses, against Ms. Molinari’s advice.

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The East Hampton Star would have reported on this first but they are still working with the Democratic leaders on a way to spin this as a positive-
By Neighbor (10), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 12:13 PM
If only Kabot would follow suit. Oh well, she'll be out in a month anyway.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 5, 09 12:40 PM
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its about time!
By chelsealizw (15), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 12:43 PM
Ding, dong, MCGINTEE'S GONE!
By RubyBaby (28), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 12:49 PM
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 1:44 AM
good riddance
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 1:42 PM
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Where's the money Bill. Kickback investigation anyone?
By k555s (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 09 1:52 PM
So where are the silver bracelets???
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Oct 5, 09 2:02 PM
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bad is bad...if they are crooked "throw them out"....why must it always be Democractic or Republican?? bad and good on both sides. AND to the comment blaming this too on BUSH! it is pathetic that libs still do that. talk about a mess, just give it ayear and you'll see new meaning to crooked and screwed up when you realize what Obama has done!!! our country is going down the tubes...
By Barbarao (1), Southampton on Oct 5, 09 2:16 PM
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You're absolutely right! The results of 8 years of cronyism, corruption, deregulation, corporate welfare, illegal and unjustified wars, deficit spiking tax breaks for the super-rich, torture, etc. are directly attributable to Obama.

Need any more tea bags?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 5, 09 2:28 PM
You wing nuts are always looking for a way to attack Obama. It's hilarious the way you seem to have had eight years of republican rule erased from your minds.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 09 2:59 PM
Barbarao is an Obama hater regardless of what he does. Hate Hate Hate!
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 1:47 AM
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I didn't mean to like Babarao's comment.
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 1:48 AM
I believe it is all bush's fault that our town is in financial ruin and Mcgintee is incompetent. I also hold bush responsible for the traffic out here in the summer.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 2:41 PM

god, are you clever Razza! We still miught have justice and put Cheney/Bush on trial.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 09 2:57 AM
Actually, our towns financial ruin can be linked directly back to Cheney and Bush economic policies (shared by a Republican run town board in control for way too many years) and, in turn, the traffic: Tax breaks to the rich have destroyed the middle class and allowed the wealthy to build and consume with impunity. Very astute of you, Razzaa, I am glad we agree on something.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 8:24 AM
This is why decent, qualified people cannot be recruited to run for elected office. Too many crooks, too many scandals and too many critics on both sides. We are in a sorry state of affairs. We really need to clean house and start all over again! And that goes for both parties.
By Waincott Resident (42), Wainscott on Oct 5, 09 2:42 PM
Bill has done many great things in his life time this is a sad day for him. He raised great children who they, his grandchildren and has a beautiful wife who are all effected by this. Have we all forgotten that he is human???
By tigerbelle44 (2), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 4:17 PM
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Joe Smith (more likely, Erin McGintee or another daughter) this has nothing to do with any member of his family. This only has to do with dishonest William McGintee and his lies (not alleged lies but pure, confirmed lies) to the Town of East Hampton, his abuse of town moneys, and his apparent/alleged approval of forging former Town Attorney Laura Molinari's signature.

By demi (10), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 10:21 PM
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He screwed this town and everyone in it. And as for your comment of him being human. He did not show it ! And lied to the people of this town and treated us like we worked for him not the other way around... So you want us to feel sorry for his family. I wonder if they fell sorry for us. And if they feel so sorry tell them to give back the approx. $600.000. Bill earned by lying to the residents of the town so that he could keep ngetting re-elected......So save you tears Slick Willy is not worth ...more
By Hummer (13), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 11:22 PM
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Mr. Hammerle is thoughtless to say that everything will be the same.

He also is wrong to say that he will be following McGintee's budget. If he had any sense of his role, he would acknowledge that he now is the Supervisor, temporary though it may be.

The budget is his budget. Consulting McGintee should be the furthest thing from his mind.
By demi (10), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 4:53 PM
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dont you people see this was all a setup? it was the cops! And Anna Throne Hearst! I know because someone sent an anonymous letter that they heard someone whispering about it!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 5, 09 5:00 PM
The DA has found Bill McGintee innocent of all charges. It is the bunch of you who are ruining this town with your lies. If you are such great citizens, you would know that one of the premises of our judicial system is that you are innocent until proven guilty. By the way, ding dong the witch is not dead, just resting.
By Joe Smith (6), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 5:01 PM
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Looking back at his other comments.. gee.. I just CAN'T figure out who Boe McGith.. I mean, Joe Smith must be.
By RubyBaby (28), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 9:28 AM
Tigerbelle44...yes, he is ONLY human...and what about all the other HUMANS in this town and the town employ who were hurt and still hurting by this man? Many town employees also have lovely children and grandchildren and spouses who are now either paying more in taxes that they cannot afford or have seen their jobs and benefits in the toilet! I am more sorry for them than a corrupt, arrogant ex-cop who thought that he could get away with anything and everything because of who he was. So long, ...more
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Oct 5, 09 5:07 PM
I was going to ask him to hot rod the the old check book one last time and award me and my fishin buddies some sort of bid-free contract. We were gonna come up with a strategy to fight this DEC fishing license.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Oct 5, 09 7:24 PM
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Finally! What took him so long? I thought he was going to wait till they took him away in handcuffs
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 09 9:22 PM
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Much as I want to see McGintee handcuffed and escorted into court, a friend reminded me that he has avoided that scene by(allegedly) cooperating with the d.a. It now rests with the grand jury's decision or, if the d.a.'s office finds that he has lied to them.

Since McGintee is a recognized liar - contradicted by Thiele, Schneiderman, Wilkinson et al, it is possible that this man is incapable of changing his ways.

McGintee is a very vindictive person and of one thing I am sure: ...more
By demi (10), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 10:13 PM
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Do you think he will be arrested or not?
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Oct 5, 09 11:15 PM
He will go down. I just don't know how many he will take with him.
By Hummer (13), East Hampton on Oct 5, 09 11:33 PM
send him to Iraq
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Oct 6, 09 12:23 AM
Kabaot should run!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 6, 09 9:00 AM
McGintee and his wife have had safe, union protected, tax-payer funded jobs all their lives; he as a mailman and a police officer, she as a school teacher. They have never had to meet a payroll or worry about job security in financially challenging times. McGintee moonlighted as security for Hamptons celebrities making big bucks. He has been making a grand salary as supervisor AND collecting a taxpayer funded police pension at the same time. They cannot commiserate with the plight of local residents ...more
By Waincott Resident (42), Wainscott on Oct 6, 09 11:09 AM
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"McGintee and his wife have had safe, union protected, tax-payer funded jobs all their lives; he as a mailman and a police officer, she as a school teacher. They have never had to meet a payroll or worry about job security in financially challenging times."

If this bothers you, than you are going to be miserable as well when Bill Wilkenson becomes supervisor. He may not have a safe, union protected, tax-payer funded job, but he has a house 9 times the size of Bill McGintee's home. Talk ...more
By fatkittym (1), East Hampton on Oct 8, 09 7:42 AM
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You people are all so ignorant. I am SHOCKED that people make so many presumptions based on the reporting in the EH Independent-- a pathetic tabloid of a newspaper. It is a shame that all the other papers just jumped on the Independent's bandwagon, instead of doing their own research, because everyone is going to look pretty foolish when the truth comes out. McGintee is not going to be arrested for the simple fact that he committed no crime. You honestly think that if the DA found ANYTHING, ...more
By springsgirl (16), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 11:22 AM
I have no problem giving my full name. It is Nancy Hyden Woodward and I have been exposing William McGintee's lies and abuse of individuals for the last five and a half years.

Learn to understand what you read before you issue false accusations. Since some sentences seem to be too complex for you to understand in full, why don't you read each word aloud to yourself?

To answer your question about the DA finding something, a grand jury is hearing what the DA's office has submitted ...more
By demi (10), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 8:37 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By springsgirl (16), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 9:40 PM
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Should have happen months ago. Should take Bob Schaeffer with him!!!!!!!!!!!
By Colt (37), Wainscott on Oct 6, 09 12:09 PM
Perhaps there is some merit to what springsgirl is saying. It appears this website has also pulled a article regarding EH's past financial practices. To call us all ignorant and stupid however just exposes a abusive personality.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 09 12:28 PM
I think presuming someone is guilty without having ever been charged with a crime does demonstrate some ignorance of how the justice system is supposed to work in this country, but I apologize if you take offense to that. Based on your comments, my ire was not directed at you anyway. Besides, I don't find my statements NEARLY as abusive as the countless comments bashing Bill McGintee's character on this page. Someone has to defend him. Only one side of this story has been told here. I was just ...more
By springsgirl (16), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 1:29 PM
I am wrong. I just found the article regarding the state audit. Maybe thats been modified as well.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 09 12:31 PM
Did you know that DiNapoli's state audits have found essentially the same problems with EH finances since Len Bernard's budget from Jan 2004? This problem started LONG ago, but only now is DiNapoli plastering it all over the news. Has anyone considered that perhaps all this is related in some way to DiNapoli trying to make some press for himself in order to get elected next November (to this point, state comptroller has been an appointed position)? It seems he has reason to be concerned, considering ...more
By springsgirl (16), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 1:51 PM
All they have done is follow the example set by the rest of the fiscally "blessed".

It was all about the Benjamins, and lining pols and their "friends" pockets with them.

It was the example the citiots and Wall St. brought to these towns, and the avarisitc ways they glorify that led us to this point in History.

The wealth of the five towns was in it's agriculture, rustic beauty, and singular environment. NOT because of "monuments to excess".

These geniuses walked ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 6, 09 1:01 PM
Well, Bill has openly admitted the comingling of funds. That is against the law in almost all cases. So, at best, it was a grossly unprofessional and currupt. At worst, it was a criminal felony EACH TIME he did it.

Last I read, the books were in such poor order that as much as $2,000,000 was not accounted for! Nothing in Bill's experience quallified him to be Supervisor and his obvious narcissism doomed his administration. The Town Board shares the blame. They were unwilling to hold Bill ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Oct 6, 09 2:06 PM
Kabot! Kabot! Kabot! At least when she loses the money she doesn't try to hide it! Well, maybe just a little.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 6, 09 4:26 PM
how can this country still hire/elect people that are not qualified of have no on the job training?????????
we should have these elected officials do an experience test.
(or get rid of them all and start over.
and as far as obamas health plan just change the law so the congress /obama has the same plan we have and see how fast it is changed.

where do the people stand in this land of goverment!!

but it is still a wonderful place to live none the less.we are so lucky.
and ...more
By free2 (7), east hampton on Oct 6, 09 7:12 PM
DO let the door kick ya in the ass........see ya.......Now we're waiting on you, KABOT!!!!!.........
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Oct 7, 09 9:35 AM
So when do all the fools who predicted Bill's arrest man up? I am no lawyer but how is he going to jail if he is assisting with the investigation? It looks like the DA doesn't even want him and why would they he is as clean as it gets. The only mistake he made was being in office during an economic downturn.

On a side note some of the comments on this site really shine a light on some sad souls. Some people really need to get a life.
By Trail mix (13), East Hampton on Oct 7, 09 3:11 PM
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You don't know very much about the judicial system, do you? If you choose to be the DA's B-erm, lady, you don't have to worry about anything as long as you throw as many paople under the bus as possible. It quite clearly isn't possible for him to not be informed of all of the wrongdoings over the past couple of years at least, with the office he held.

Lord, I hope your post was satirical at most. If not, I will hold my meegle high school education at a much higher regard.
By kanye..west (2), east hampton on Oct 7, 09 9:36 PM
What does "meegle" mean? And trust me, if the DA had ANYTHING on Mr. McGintee, he'd be prosecuting him-- that was the goal all along, even though from day one, there was not a shred of evidence implicating him. Truth is, this investigation is over, and no one, with the exception of maybe Ted Hults (who is also innocent and will most likely get off) is going to be prosecuted, because no crime was committed. Just wait and see...
By springsgirl (16), East Hampton on Oct 8, 09 10:14 AM
"Nothing will really change." Great quote from our Deputy Dawg Pete Hammerle. It really does hit the nail on the head regarding this outrageous bunch of part time bozos. It's too bad we have to endure two more years of Hammerle. Any way we can get the winners of the coming election to start work the day AFTER election day?
By we could run this town! (129), wonderful Wainscott on Oct 8, 09 8:47 AM
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I know that if he was involved in any "wrong doings" he would have been locked up a long time ago. If he knew anybody breaking the law he would have exposed that person many moons ago. But what is criminal is that this nothing investigation cost us taxpayer money and the only reason it is not over is becasue they don't want to lose face. I mean really it is a joke! Open your eyes!

By Trail mix (13), East Hampton on Oct 8, 09 11:41 AM
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It's a bout time!!!
By wolf22 (7), Montauk on Oct 8, 09 12:44 PM
It absolutely amazes me that Mr. McGintee has not been charged with anything yet he is guilty until proven innocent. Most of the people who comment on this site would be better suited to live in Communist China, Russia, or perhaps Nazi Germany.
By Joe Smith (6), East Hampton on Oct 8, 09 7:30 PM
P.S. Nancy Hyden "Cat Lady" Woodward, I am not Erin McGintee but I wish I was. I only thank God that I'm not you.
By Joe Smith (6), East Hampton on Oct 8, 09 7:33 PM
it wasn't me
By asurest (117), easthampton on Oct 10, 09 5:16 PM
it wasn't me either
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Oct 10, 09 5:22 PM