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Expiration of TRITEC Site Plan

This past Monday evening the Mayor and Tritec proposed extending its expired site plan for 291 rental apartments.

This past Monday evening the Mayor and Tritec proposed extending its expired site plan for 291 rental apartments. Given the fact that Tritec has contributed heavily to the Mayor’s campaign, I advised the Mayor and his board members who are running for re-election that, as a matter of law, they were not able to vote on the site plan extension. 

We know from records that Patchogue 2012 have filed with Village Hall for this election cycle alone, that Tritec and its affiliates have contributed at least $3,000.00 to the campaign for re-election of Mayor Pontieri, Trustees Krieger and Devlin. This figure does not include substantial and numerous in kind contributions for paid advertisements to the Long Island advance made by Tritec in furtherance of their campaign for re-election.

Section 40-5 of the Patchogue Village Code states clearly that “No Village officer shall take any action on a matter before the Village when that officer has received a material benefit in the previous 24 months having an aggregate value in excess of $1,000.00  See Patchogue Village Code 40-5(2)(f).  Furthermore, Section 40-12 of the Patchogue Village Code clearly states that “Any applicant who makes a submission to the Village shall disclose, in writing, as part of the submission: (1) The name of any Village officer or employee to whom the applicant has made one or more campaign contributions totaling $100 or more within the previous 24 months.  This submission is to be filed with the Village Clerk and maintained pursuant to § 40-11. No such submission has been made by Tritec to the Village Clerk.

The law provides that any contract entered into where there is a conflict of interest is null, void and wholly unenforceable (General Municipal Law, § 804). In addition, any municipal officer or employee who willfully and knowingly violates any such provision is guilty of a misdemeanor (General Municipal Law, § 805).

The vote for the extension was tabled because Tritec failed to file the disclosure of its financial contributions to the Mayor’s campaign with the Village Clerk. Residents should know that we will continue to fight on their behalf.

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Fugu Maki March 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thank goodness someone on the board KNOWS the law and has the courage to say no to the Mayor surrounded by yes men and woman. Residents First, not more residents.
Richard Kemp March 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I really do not think that you know what the meaning of CONFLICT OF INTEREST MEANS anyway,based upon your past comments when YOU were a member of the PATCHOGUE VILLAGE BOARD OF ETHICS..........
Richard Kemp March 20, 2012 at 12:51 AM
John: Campaign contributions are just a slick way of obtaining favorable treatment. Lets put it where it is at. I really was not surprised by Egan's Remarks in the L.I.Advance that a contribution of $3000 divided amongst 4 candidates comes to $750 per candidate and as such does not have to be filed under the $1000 Law But what about the $100 Law ?? Egan states in the L.I.Advance that now all that Tri-Tec has to do is file their contributions...... BUT it is kind of late now and that is all after the fact..............
Richard Kemp March 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Laureen: I can agree with you regarding the minutes of The Board of Trustees,they are flawed with all kinds of ERRORS BIG TIME, Our Clerk would sign her name to anything. and it seems not ONE OF OUR TRUSTEES takes the time to actually scan the minutes before they vote to adopt the minutes. Once the minutes are published they are supposed to stand the test of if someone looks at the minute ledger book 50 or 75 years later are the minutes true and accurate, This is where our OFFICIALS and our CLERK are all missing the boat.
Lee March 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM
The expiration of the Tritec site plan and the election of Residents First will save our village from 291 apartments on the Four Corner. Thank goodness for Steve!!

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