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The TIMES of Smithtown Township
Serving Smithtown • St. James • Nesconset • Commack • Hauppauge • Kings Park • Fort Salonga
January 29, 2009 75¢

Presidential perspective

Area youths tell Inaugural tales, A13


Courtesy Matthew Fischetti

S’town collision claims a life


A9 Cops say Shirley woman killed
wandering man, ditched vehicle
Story, page A2
A matter of ethics
Town schedules hearing on
changes to financial disclosure law
Story, page A5
Smithtown’s rep in Japan
HS West student readies for role as
Dog-gone psych center People to People ambassador
Story, page A8
Courtesy Steve Weber

Toys become tools Success for Commack, ‘My Fair Ladies’


Smithtown career counselor, both men and women comes to LI
author to speak on how kiddie Girls’ track team takes third, boys Also, infrared photos,
games indicate best job choice fourth, at league championships ‘Hansel and Gretel’
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PAGE A2 • TIMES OF SMITHTOWN township • JANUARY 29, 2009

BUYING Police: Woman killed


pedestrian, ditched car
Charged with leaving scene of fatal Smithtown crash
BY JOE DARROW
joedarrow@tbrnewspapers.com
A Shirley woman has been charged
with running over a pedestrian in
Smithtown and then f leeing the scene
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of your holdings. All transactions are held in the strictest confidence. Sandvoss, 44, of Shirley. She was ar-
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charged with leaving the scene of a fa- and its windshield were the only dam-
tal motor vehicle accident. aged areas, he said. “The damage to
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JANUARY 29, 2009 • TIMES OF SMITHTOWN township • PAGE A3
Smithtown rep snags District refutes accounting critics
key education seat S’town schools face up to $5M revenue loss in ’09-’10, trustee says
State Senator John Fla- BY JOE DARROW ministrations,” Epstein said. “Going an increasing number of homeowners
nagan (R-East Northport) joedarrow@tbrnewspapers.com forward we should be able to avoid contesting and lowering past property-
was recently selected to Smithtown school finance officials the kind of problems … the commit- value assessments in the suffering local
serve as the ranking Re- announced Tuesday accounting im- tee has discovered.” real estate market, in 2008-09 the dis-
publican member of the provements over past district adminis- In other district news, Saggese, trict’s tax base has shrunk by $300,000,
Senate Standing Commit- trations to satisfy auditors’ complaints. chairman of the board’s Business Af- Saggese said. And Smithtown Sole
tee on Education. Seven criticisms of district financial fairs Committee, announced that the Assessor Greg Hild has projected the
The selection, which management were leveled in a recent district faces a revenue hole $4 to $5 district’s assessed value for 2009-10 to
was announced by Sen- report by the district’s audit com- million deep as it begins 2009-10 bud- fall by about five times last year’s re-
ate Republican Leader mittee. The three-member volunteer get development. duction, Saggese added.
Dean Skelos (R-Rockville File photo
panel consists of three certified public In addition to a potential $2.2 mil- “The district is facing a substantial
Center), will expand Fla- Senator John Flanagan accountants who examine, and aid lion dip in state aid under the gov- shortage in revenue,” Saggese said.
nagan’s ability to fight for the district in implementing, annual ernor’s budget proposal, Smithtown Administrators are set to make budget
education aid for Long Island, according to a Fla- recommendations by the district’s in- will lose tax revenue due to a drop in recommendations to the Business Af-
nagan release. “In his new role, Flanagan will lead ternal and external auditors. This ad- assessed taxable property values. With fairs Committee at its Feb. 2 meeting.
the Republican members of the committee and ditional level of financial oversight was
work to protect Long Island children and taxpay- implemented in the wake of the Roslyn
ers,” the release stated.
“In his new leadership role on the Senate Edu-
cation Committee, Senator Flanagan will fight to
School District scandal of 2006, ac-
cording to Trustee Joe Saggese, who
with residents Joe Ferrera and Tom
Schools could see $6.4M boost
BY JOE DARROW AND JENNIFER CHOI
ensure fair and equitable distribution of state aid Novak comprise the audit committee. smithtown@tbrnewspapers.com
to schools on Long Island and throughout the rest While district finance officials re- Smithtown’s four school districts would receive federal aid amount-
of the state,” Skelos said. futed most of the criticisms, citing mis- ing to $6.4 million over two years under an economic recovery bill
“This post presents a tremendous opportunity communication between the district introduced in the House of Representatives Thursday.
to fight for our students and taxpayers and I am and auditors, or paperwork delays im- Over 2009 and 2010, Smithtown School District would receive a
ready to make sure that our needs are respected,” posed by state Education Department total federal aid boost of $2.5 million, Commack would get $1.8 mil-
Flanagan said. “Our educational system is strong requirements, they acknowledged lion, Kings Park $1.1 million and Hauppauge $960,800.
because our parents care and our children and that their predecessors had engaged in The education stimulus money is intended to fund services for low-
teachers work extremely hard. They deserve to some sloppy accounting practices. income students and those with disabilities, as well as to repair and
continue receiving their fair share of state educa- Specifically, the district was guilty of modernize learning facilities, according to a release from the office of
tion funding and I look forward to making sure commingling budgeted capital funds Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). The funding would offer students
that their voice is heard loud and clear.” with bond issue money, according to “technologically updated, energy-efficient, 21st century classrooms to
budget administrator Steve Epstein. learn in” and create “good construction jobs for local workers,” the
Dealing with drug abuse “Funding is very specific or very broad Bishop release stated.
“Drugs in Our Town: What’s a Parent To Do” and an internal controls system is nec- Kings Park Superintendent Susan Agruso said the federal aid
will be the theme of Smithtown School District’s essary to track project expenditures,” would help offset its anticipated $1 million state funding loss under
Parent University on Monday, March 9, at 7:30 pm the audit committee recommended. Gov. David Paterson’s budget proposal. The district is not currently
at Nesaquake Middle School at 479 Edgewood Av- “In the big scheme of things, the fi lling vacant faculty positions, she added; nor did she rule out the
enue in St. James. grand total, all the money is there,” Ep- possibility of layoffs.
Whether you are the parent of an adolescent, or stein reassured the board. “Is it in the The potential federal aid is “extremely important,” Agruso said,
of an elementary youngster who relies on a teenage precise accounts? No.” and in Kings Park would do exactly what a stimulus package should:
babysitter, this problem could impact your family. In response to this concern, Epstein “help us put people to work.”
Mark your calendar for this special meeting, which said he has devised a new digital cod- “With our financial outlook worsening by the day, bold and strate-
will feature information and advice from the ex- ing method, sorting funds based on gic investments are needed to jumpstart our economy,” Bishop said.
perts about drugs in Smithtown. Hear from a phy- label rather than line-item number, “This funding will provide a double benefit for Long Island: First, it
sician, law enforcement official, health educator, which should allow administrators to will ensure that our students are learning in the best schools possible,
principal, drug counselor and a parent struggling track the various funds’ locations and and second, it will both protect and produce much-needed jobs on the
with her child’s drug addiction. The event replaces movements more accurately. island. Improving the quality of education is one of the best ways to
the Parent University scheduled for April 27. “We knew that there were defi- drive long-term growth and competitiveness.”
ciencies we inherited from prior ad-

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A resident of Fleetwood Road in Com-
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JANUARY 29, 2009 • TIMES OF SMITHTOWN township • PAGE A5
Town looks to strengthen financial disclosure laws
BY JOE DARROW of the irregularities on the forms time.” And to enforce punctuali- Gray magnet-mailings case. misconduct. However, the coun-
joedarrow@tbrnewspapers.com he had submitted that summer. ty, the Council must strongly rec- In May 2007 the Ethics Board cilwoman refused to pay. Her
The Town Board is examining The Council immediately voted ommend that the Ethics Board found former Councilwoman lawyer and husband, Larry Gray,
a number of changes to the ethics to suspend Bonerba without pay, — who are volunteers, after all Joanne Gray guilty of using pub- argued that, in addition to Ethics
code that would boost enforce- but said they lacked enough time — meet promptly to ensure the lic resources for private, political members following a flawed and
ment of Smithtown’s financial to investigate or take further pu- filing deadlines have been met, he purposes, and fined her $3,500, biased process in assessing her
disclosure requirements. A public nitive action before his retirement said. The new laws also grant the an amount Ethics said was aimed his wife’s guilt, town code did not
hearing on the new laws has been took effect. Town Council, not just the Ethics at both remunerating the town grant the Ethics Board’s power to
scheduled for Feb. 26, at 7 pm, at Council members would avoid Board, means to enforce disclo- and deterring future similar fine in such matters.
the Smithtown senior center. this pitfall in the future by requir- sure requirements, emphasizing
The proposals come in re- ing the Ethics Board, charged their ability to suspend violators
sponse to a number of financial with collecting and reviewing or whatever other disciplinary
disclosure infractions by town the forms, to promptly notify the action it deems fit.
officials, accord- board when forms Other proposed code lan-
ing to town board are filed late, in- guage would cut in half — from
members. Lesser A hearing on the complete or other- 10 to 5 days — the Ethics Board’s
ethics code viola- wise problematic. permitted response time when
proposed Ethics
tions have included Should an official citizens request to view officials’
officials submitting Code changes has miss the May 15 financial disclosure forms under
their disclosure been scheduled filing deadline or the Freedom of Information Act.
forms months past proffer an incom- Citizens would also be able to
deadline. Argu- for Feb. 26. plete document, obtain a redacted copy of those
ably the most seri- proposed laws forms, according to Town At-
ous infraction in would require that torney Yvonne Liefrigg. This lat-
recent history was former Chief “without undue delay” the Ethics ter provision marks a significant
Building Inspector and Build- Board notify the official of their break from current town law,
ing Department Director Robert 15-day grace period to hand in which Ethics representatives cit-
Bonerba’s refusal to name outside correct forms. If the second dead- ed last year when refusing Town
sources of income in his 2005 fi- line is missed, Ethics members Board disclosure-form copies to
nancial disclosure forms leading would be instructed to notify the civic activist Lenore Cernitz of
up to his December 2006 resig- Town Board as soon as possible. St. James.
nation. Bonerba was indicted last “We didn’t find out [about Another proposed code
year on 42 criminal counts dating Bonerba’s incomplete forms] for change expressly grants the Ethics
to his final years at Smithtown, months,” said Councilman Ed Board the power to “assess an ap- Tomorrow’s engineers
including alleged bribe receiving, Wehrheim. “I always said, from propriate penalty or fine, or take Tyrone Bennett, associate director of the Collegiate Science and
falsifying business records, offi- the beginning, that should be any other appropriate action” af- Technology Entry Program at Hofstra University, recently spoke about
cial misconduct and conspiracy; tightened up on the code.” ter rendering a decision in other bridge design to Hauppauge students. Shown above are fifth-graders
he has pleaded not guilty. “The way to correct it,” Weh- ethics infraction cases. The new Kyle Szwech, MaryKate Smith, center, and Christina Mallano.
The Town Board was not no- rheim added, is “every required language would clear up an am- Courtesy Hauppauge schools
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H Gymnastics At Its Best At...H
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Smithtown Library Clerk Linda Taurassi, right, swears in new Trustee Carolyn Ciarelli,
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BY JOE DARROW town follow others’ example, and have
joedarrow@tbrnewspapers.com participants pay the library, which in turn
Smithtown Library trustees acknowl- compensates the service provider. Smith-
edged Jan. 20 that a number of its pro-
grams have been financed using an illegal
town already uses this legal method for
some of its programs, trustees indicated.
New Semester Begins
method.
State Education Law prohibits public
If the library ends Body Toning, Selt-
zyr argued that fairness demands it also H
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library property from being utilized for cease all offerings where outside instruc- H
private or corporate financial gains. And
that has been the case for a number of
tors received remuneration. “If you elimi-
nate my program, you would have to REGISTER NOW!
library offerings where enrollees in pro- eliminate all your programs,” she said.
grams held in branch meeting rooms di- But there’s no indication that Smith- REGISTRATION HOURS:
rectly pay course instructors.
The issue was brought under investi-
town will resort to that measure.
“The problem is that we just need to H Monday – Friday H
gation in December when Trustee Rose refine the policy to get everything orga- H
Palazzolo, elected in October, alerted nized,” Johansson told Seltzyr. The board 4:30pm – 8:30pm
her board colleagues to the questionable has requested that Library Director Rob
practice. After attorney examination con- Lusak consult other libraries’ program- Saturday
firmed her suspicions, the board called payment practices and recommend a new
for an end to the direct-payment practice policy. The library has not cancelled the H 9:15 – 12:15 H
Tuesday. remaining Body Toning classes, which
“That’s been wrong all along,” said Eric run through Feb. 23. All Classes Still Available
Johansson, who was elected board presi- The president also appointed Palazzolo
dent for 2009 at the Jan. 20 library board to head a committee tasked with re-exam-
meeting. “The library was unaware that ining all the library’s programs, for content
they should not have been doing that,” he
added later.
as well as payment methods. Palazzolo has
questioned offering some library classes — 28 years of teaching children
Programs paid for using the illegiti- such as exercise courses like Body Toning;
mate method include “Body Toning and
Weight Training for Women,” in defense
libraries should not compete with gyms,
the trustee has argued — while calling for
gymnastics.
of which several participants spoke out at
the Jan. 20 meeting.
Smithtown to follow other libraries’ lead
and offer free or at least partially subsi- We take pride in our staff!
Ellen Seltzyr, of Smithtown, the certi- dized courses, such as one imparting basic
fied fitness specialist who conducts the computer skills.
class, said the legal finding is no reason Johansson previously served as Director – Bob Whitney
to end the program, which she has run
for years at Smithtown and several other
board president in 2006. Jan. 20 also
saw Trustee June Carlson elected vice N.Y. State Certified H
nearby libraries. She suggested Smith- president. Phys. Ed Teacher
N.Y. State Director for
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Smithtown Historical Society has The Smithtown Elementary PTA
announced its 16th annual Valentine is inviting community members and H H
Brunch. Enjoy a mid-morning meal businesses to participate in their annual
with friends in the Smithtown His- school fair, which will be held Saturday, H
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Middle Country Road, Smithtown be- Street, Smithtown, USA and for a cash
tween 10 am and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 15. donation of at least $40, or a product
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Residents petition to walk pets at KP psych center
BY JOE DARROW “The upper part of the Nisse- trail there is narrower and “in
joedarrow@tbrnewspapers.com quogue River State Park is ideal” the summer it’s completely in-
Hundreds of residents are pe- for dog walking, the petition- undated with poison ivy and
titioning the state to once again ers wrote in a Jan. 22 letter to ticks,” he said. “It’s very steep
allow dog walking at the former this newspaper, “because of the at times, and it just doesn’t lend
Kings Park Psychiatric Center. many wide, paved trails which itself to a family activity.” Kings
The remaining 365 acres of enable the entire family to walk Park portions of the Greenbelt
the closed mental hospital were side-by-side through this scenic Trail are similarly disadvanta-
transferred to the state Parks wonderland virtually free from geous to group travel during the
Office by the outgoing Pataki poison ivy and ticks.” Plus, growing season, he added.
administration in December with the state cutting expenses While dog owners had free
2006. But while Parks police to meet a record-high budget run of the psychiatric center’s last
began providing security for deficit, it’s unlikely to have the 365 acres when the Office of Men-
the property, the state Office resources in the near future to tal Health was taking care of the
of Mental Health continued establish recreational activities land, that may have been due to
to be responsible for the land’s at the park, Weber argued; al- lack of enforcement rather than a
physical maintenance until the lowing dog walking would be more lenient policy. “It’s our un-
beginning of 2009, according an easy, no-cost way to entice Courtesy Steve Weber derstanding that dogs were not
to Parks spokesman George visitors in the meanwhile. As of Jan. 1, residents may no longer walk their dogs through most of officially authorized to walk or be
Gorman. When Parks assumed Over 650 residents have the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center grounds. in Kings Park Psychiatric Center
responsibility for upkeep of all signed the petition, which when it was under the jurisdic-
former hospital grounds Jan. 1, requests the state Parks Of- Weber and a number of dedi- State Park entrance, where they tion of New York State Office of
the agency’s prohibition on pets fice allow that “well-behaved, cated dog walkers, like Kathie presented their petition to park Mental Health,” Parks spokesman
in parks “except where desig- leashed dogs be permitted Plant and Richard Reilly, both officials, according to Weber. Gorman said.
nated” came with it, he said. in designated areas of the of Kings Park, stood in the cold Dog walking is legal on As for the petition, “we are
Prior to the switch, which Nissequogue River State Park outside the Kings Park post office the Greenbelt, which crosses looking at it and we are, at one
was heralded by the erection of providing that all pet owners and area shopping centers dur- through state parkland multiple point, going to examine whether
20-plus “no pets” signs through- clean up after their dogs, limit ing the second week of January times on its 32-mile course. But there is an area or areas within
out the property, Kings Park activity to designated areas to gather 500 signatures. They domestic animals have always Kings Park where dog walking
civic activist and spokesman and use a leash no greater than then posted the petition online, been prohibited on all but a can be authorized,” Gorman
for the petitioners Steve Weber 6 feet at all times.” Weber said which yielded an additional 150 small portion of the Nissequogue said. He emphasized “at one
said, the community had a long the petitioners are asking for as of Thursday, with about 25 or park, according to park Director point,” saying any extension of
tradition of walking their dogs pets to be allowed on the west so additional residents signing Vance Crippen. Dog walking is pet-permitted area would not
down the psychiatric center’s side of the hospital boulevard each day, Weber said. allowed in a small stretch of state come immediately, as the agency
broad roads and trails. Over and in the former Group 4 In a rally held Jan. 19, around land off Old Dock Road near the will focus first on studying the
the past 15 years “quite a fra- area, across the street from 30 dog owners, decked out in boundary of Sunken Meadow costs of remediating the lead-
ternity of families had gathered Old Dock Road, in addition to message-bearing clapboards, State Park, Crippen said. and-asbestos contaminated hos-
to walk their dogs in the park, allowing visitors to walk their walked their pets down the Long But navigating the dog-des- pital grounds. “The health and
and became quite friendly,” he animals from the park’s en- Island Greenbelt Trail from San ignated area is no walk in the safety aspect is going to have to
explained. trances to these locations. Remo to the Nissequogue River park, according to Weber. The be resolved,” he said.

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Reform teens pick the
brains of public officials
Homelessness, hate crimes, housing
and energy weigh on students’ minds
BY ARLENE GROSS Suzanne Tavolacci, coordinator of the
arlenegross@tbrnewspapers.com SAJES Teen Action Project, ran the six-
A group of local high school students re- week program to encourage civic action
cently had a chance to meet and chat with among teens, she said. Topics included
politicians and ask them (almost) anything homelessness on Long Island, the environ-
they wanted to know about local govern- ment and greater participation in local is-
ment and community. sues.
Sponsored by the Suffolk Association The students and elected officials talked
for Jewish Educational Services of Com- over pizza Dec. 1 at Temple Chaverim in
mack, the Teen Action Project legislative Plainview, one of the participating temples
panel discussion consisted of about 50 stu- of the Hebrew high school. Courtesy D’Amaro’s office
dents from the Community Hebrew High “This was our culminating event … their
School, a consortium of four reform tem- opportunity to actually meet with some lo- Legislator Lou D’Amaro sits with students from Community Hebrew High School, a consortium of
ples in Huntington, Commack, Melville cal lawmakers, people of influence in their four reform temples in Huntington, Commack, Melville and Plainview.
and Plainview, who rotate classes between community whom they could ask ques-
the four buildings. tions of,” Tavolacci said. “It was really nice Simon discussed windmills and alter- homework, he noted. “They were asking
Legislators Lou D’Amaro (D-North because the kids got to sit in small groups native energies with D’Amaro. “It was in- very specific questions … and that was
Babylon), Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) and to learn why they became legislators.” teresting to see their points of view on the great to see because it shows they are en-
Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Neck), along with D’Amaro agreed that the only way to topics we all have opinions on.” Simon’s gaged, they are knowledgeable and they
Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan change attitudes and motivate people’s in- avid interest in politics was ignited this actually took the time to get to know a little
Berland were on hand to field the teens’ volvement is to start working with them past summer when she took courses on bit about the people they were going to
questions. at an early age. “And that’s what the Teen international relations, public affairs and speaking with.”
Zach Rotter, 16, of Melville, sat at Coo- Action Project is all about. SAJES does a American politics — her intended major Sitting with Stern was Hilary Ehrlich,
per’s table and learned about the lawmak- wonderful job in working with our youth — at Georgetown University. 16, of Northport, who called the round
er’s civic initiatives as well as how he runs in preparing them to go out into the world Stern said he was impressed with sev- table discussion the highlight of the
his manufacturing business “working with and to be more tolerant of other people in eral of the students. “Many of them were evening. Ehrlich asked his point of view on
environmental agencies to help create prof- other walks of life.” very knowledgeable about local issues, par- programs for the handicapped, mentally
it as well as a beneficial environment.” Rebecca Simon, 16, of Dix Hills, who sat ticularly affordable housing. They wanted challenged and disabled people: “It’s great
It piqued the Walt Whitman High with D’Amaro, loved learning what was go- to know what our ideas were and the kinds to know that someone wants a program
School junior’s interest that Cooper had ing on in the community: “We understood of things we are working on … which is go- that is really empowering and helpful to us
met President Barack Obama; Rotter was how local legislators really affects us a lot ing to affect them.” and enjoyable for my family member and
rooting for Obama in the 2008 election. more than the state government.” A few of the students had done their that he wants to fund it.”

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S’town author: Kid games
are key to career choice
CALL NOW FOR YOUR Counselor Susan Gubing to speak at library Feb. 12
INTRODUCTORY LESSON BY JENNIFER CHOI
jenchoi@tbrnewspapers.com
• LATIN • SMOOTH Could your toddler’s proclivity for
• DISCO dolls or building blocks be a clue to
their optimal career path? Absolutely,
• NIGHTCLUB says a Smithtown career counselor
and author, who is scheduled to share
• SWING • BALLROOM her insight on job selection at a Feb-
Couples & Singles ruary lecture.
Susan Gubing, co-author of “Gam-
Welcome!! es2Careers: Career Success is Child’s
Play,” is hosting a book talk Feb. 12
FOR: at the main branch of the Smithtown
• PARTIES Library.
From 7 to 8:30 pm, Gubing will
• VACATIONS share her knowledge about the link
• CRUISES between the games children play and
their career choices. The Smithtown
• BUSINESS EVENTS resident, who retired after working 38
• & MORE years as a career counselor for Smith-
town School District, said she wrote Courtesy Smithtown Library
the book with Karen McKenna to Susan Gubing, author of ‘Games2Careers:
“give parents a tool on how to watch Career Success is Child’s Play,’ shown below.
their children and how to help them
make career decisions.” In addition to toys, participation in
Gift Certificates “People think there is no system in sports also offers clues about a child’s
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Gubing said, so when library officials whose son always played the position
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help them get a “good job,” people say, “I responsibility of protect-
which usually meant “one ing the company’s assets.
that pays a lot of money,” don’t know what Games2Careers, which
the author recalled. But to do,” they just was published in March
Our Community Newspaper these students soon real- don’t know who
ized that the jobs were
2008, explores these fac-
tors through a story about
THE TIMES OF SMITHTOWN not the right match for they are and they a family of six, Gubing
them, inspiring the now- don’t know their said, adding, “People
TOWNSHIP The
retired educator to begin
analyzing the games and options.’
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adult, he currently works as an auto- continued. And even though she has
owne maile d be safety the justifi news
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said Assemblym y that can be raised prece- ration status
of the Trans Alessi (D-Mastic) Assem- neither mentproperty. Further, is more
supportive portation Committe , a member Setauket) an Steve .” animal hospithan a secondary
said he is Englebrigh Council’s ioned nor defined ces, which
see it get of this legislation e. “I’m very cameras. leery about t (D-
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ty. tion, town
people blastie sitting at a light Eyes in the Englebrigh where suburbia was the area of
skies violations. agencies sent to exam attorneys argue pets a
know how ng through a red you see enforce traffic to
and this bill t said. “I don’t knowinvented,” . In addi-
laws? gives a broad ing Inspe Town officials, includine the property
ists] give dangerous it can be,” light, you Maybe. change the whether ctor ing forme found no
themselve he way our commenough scope Lieffrig, publi Robert Bonerba r Chief Build
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thing,” Raia do to incre already been have de it
said. “A ase drive breaking been necessary had from residen-
traffic light r safety is a “We feel the zonin Angel’s Gate
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Presidential experiences for student scholars
‘Worth every minute,’ says Commack teen
BY KAREN FORMAN Fischetti said. “That was our
smithtown@tbrnewspapers.com job. We didn’t like it but we had
Matthew Fischetti had to get to do it.”
up at 2:30 am to attend inaugura- Fischetti received a tour of
tion last week, but it was “worth all the monuments as part of
every minute,” he said. President the conference and he also at-
Barack “Obama’s speech was tended the “We Are One: The
awesome.” Obama Inaugural Celebration,”
Inauguration was the high- which was held at the Lincoln
light of a week of nonstop en- Memorial Jan. 18 as the official
tertainment for Fischetti, 16, of opening of the inaugural festivi-
Commack, who went to Wash- ties. There, Fischetti saw Denzel
ington, D.C., as part of the 2009 Washington, Tom Hanks, Be-
Presidential Youth Leadership yonce, Shakira, Tiger Woods,
Conference. Stevie Wonder, U2 and Bruce
Th is was the second-ever Springsteen, among others.
PYLC, sponsored by Le- Before he went to the confer- Courtesy M. Fischetti, T. Lynn
adAmerica, which was held ence, Fischetti predicted that Right, Matthew Fischetti of Commack at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration last week. Left, former Vice
Jan. 16 through 21. Fischetti the inauguration itself would be President Al Gore spoke to area students attending the Presidential Youth Leadership Conference.
said the conference was at- the highlight of the trip for him,
tended by over 600 high school
and middle school students
which it was. But he also really
enjoyed the concert, which put Pres. Youth Conference, in Kings Park student’s own words
from across the United States. him closer to Obama than he Last week, we provided Theresa “We heard from keynote speak- Gore spoke to us as well. He talked
He met people from all over was at the inauguration. Lynn’s text messages with minute- ers like Colin Powell and Arch- about global warning and that we
the country, including his two The least exhilarating part of by-minute accounts of President bishop Desmond Tutu. They were have to stop it now before it is too
roommates, who were from the trip for Fischetti was visiting Barack Obama’s Inauguration. both inspiring in there own ways. late.
Salt Lake City and Indianapo- Mount Vernon, George Wash- This week, the Kings Park teen pro- Powell was pretty intense, but still “The inauguration was amaz-
lis. Fischetti was one of six stu- ington’s home in Virginia. “We vides a first person recap of her ex- really compassionate about his ing, even though I wasn’t that close
dents attending the conference just spent too much time there,” periences at the Presidential Youth job. to the stage. The [cold] wasn’t too
from Suffolk County: one each he said. And once he returned Leadership Conference: “Tutu was my favorite speaker! bad, because you were surrounded
from Babylon, Calverton, Cen- to Long Island, he found a lot “The trip started out a little He was so inspiring and funny. He by millions of people.
tereach, Mount Sinai, Com- of homework and missed tests rough, there were 7,000 high told us all that we are very special “Lastly, there was the Gala. It
mack and Riverhead. waiting for him, he said. school kids with the PYLC and people, and told us, the youth, that was at the National Air and Space
Not only did Fischetti attend But the conference was an 15,000 students in all, including are in charge of the future. We also Museum. It was amazing! Chris
the inauguration and accompa- experience that he wouldn’t university and junior high. got to hear an inspirational speak- Daughtry played for us, and ev-
nying parade, but he also took have missed for the world, he “Everyday we had an activity to er named Erik Weihenmayer. He eryone looked so beautiful in their
part in a presidential simula- added. “I have a lot of work to do, and PYLC had us out late every climbed Mount Everest, but get dresses; the boys even wore tuxes.
tion of the fi rst 100 days. “I had make up now, but it was worth night and up early every morning; this: he is blind! The trip was an experience of a
to defend the Bush tax cuts,” it by far.” it was exhausting, but worth it. “Former Vice President Al lifetime, and I will never forget it.”

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PEOPLE
Military News BSA’s Ten Commandments
Navy Seaman Apprentice Patrick C. Garofalo, Hike
son of Kathleen Garofalo of Smithtown, and A Scout is reverent. He does his Duty
John Garofalo of Brentwood, recently com- to God. With much in common, Scouts
pleted U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit from all over Suffolk County Council, Boy
Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of
During the eight-week program, America of Suffolk County participated in
Garofalo completed a variety the “first since 2001” Ten Commandments
of training which included Hike, sponsored by the Ten Command-
classroom study and practical ments Hike Committee, on Nov. 28. The
instruction on naval customs, hike, held in the Village of Patchogue,
first aid, firefighting, water began at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
safety and survival, and ship- Church and concluded at the First Baptist
board and aircraft safety. An Church of Patchogue, with seven houses
emphasis was also placed on of worship visited in between. Each house
physical fitness. The capstone event of worship held a brief talk on one of the Ten Commandments by leaders of the individual houses of worship who
of boot camp is Battle Stations. educated the youths about religious diversity as well as answering questions.
This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they Pictured below at Temple Beth El of Patchogue with Rabbi Levinson are: left to right, front row, Cub Scout Andrew
need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to Pallino (Pack 79, Yaphank), Brownie Kessandra Palliono (Troop 1152, Yaphank); back row: Daniel Puttre (Troop 8,
galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedica- East Northport), Daniel Stern (Troop 229, Selden), Paul David (Troop 272, Ronkonkoma), and Jewish Committee on
tion, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through Scouting and Ten Commandments Hike Committee member Marc Kramer.
the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core Pictured above at First Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Wil-
values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Garofalo is a loughby receives a commemorative plaque from Cub Scout Mat-
2000 graduate of Central Islip High School. thew Accato (Pack 270, Patchogue). Left to right, Boy Scout Jona-
than Ingram (troop 565, Smithtown),
RSVP at Girl Scout Catherine Ingram and
Vitoria Ingram (T. 1067, Smithtown),
Rotary Jenna Ingram (T. 2154, Nesconset), Cub
On Dec. 23, Pegi Scout Matthew Accatto, Zachary Giller
Orsino, executive and Sam Dankowski (Pack 15, Mastic
director of Retired Beach); back row: Webelos Ryan Clark
and Senior Volunteer (Pack 270, Patchogue) and Scout Chris
Programs spoke to Leech (Troop 4, Brookhaven).
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Pictured from left: Jules Rosenberg, Rotary past president; Pegi Orsino; Judy
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Obituaries decisions is an extremely
painful experience. We
Gladys Fiero held at St. Patrick’s R.C. Clara Crecco understand, so we do
Church. Interment fol-
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Smithtown East’s Alex Mazzola (right)


competes against Newfield’s Glen Vogeli.
Photo by Josh Kalish

East wins final four bouts for a come from behind win over Newfield
BY ROBERT LEUNER Earlier in the match Newfield had rallied
katsports@tbrnewspapers.com WRESTLING from a 13-6 deficit, winning four consecutive
Trailing 22-13, the Smithtown East wres- gap to three points as Kevin Cassidy pinned Maroun Ibra- bouts from 152 to 189 pounds to take the lead
tling team won the final four bouts, two by pins, against him with 30 seconds left in the first round at 215 pounds. at 22-13. Shaun Percoco led the Wolverine charge with a
Newfield and turned a nine-point deficit into a 10-point Newfield’s Max Gold followed with a 3-2 upset deci- major decision at 152 pounds followed by a Ryan Scannell
32-22 League III victory on Jan 23. With the win the East sion of Anthony Hirschfield at 103 pounds to tie the win at 160 pounds that tied the match, 13-13. Brandon
Bulls moved into second place in league standings with a match at 22-22. “I thought that was the key bout,” said Henry gave Newfield a three-point lead with a decision at
4-1 record, one game behind league leading and undefeat- Newfield head coach Mike Newell. “We were just a lit- 171 pounds followed by Roman’s pin at 189 pounds that
ed East Islip, while Newfield fell to 3-2. tle bit short today.” lifted the Wolverines to a nine-point led at 22-13.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match,” said Smithtown’s Tyler Vigliarolo then snatched a victory “We were wrestling without two of our starters,” said
Smithtown East head coach Dave Cummings. “We needed over Tom Fenster at 112 pounds with a dynamic take down Newell, indicating the absence of Nick Jones and John
to win the last four bouts to pull it out.” and near fall in the second round to win 10-2. The climax Randaso. “With them in there was a good chance that the
Newfield had taken a 22-13 lead when Hugo Roman to the match was the final bout at 119 pounds where Dylan score would have been different.”
pinned Chris Lambert at 189 pounds with one minute re- Clay pinned Newfield’s Jesse Dilevo with 34 seconds re- The Bulls wrap things up on Jan. 30 when they play host
maining in the third round. But Smithtown East closed the maining in the first round. to Half Hollow Hills East.

Commack track jump, finishing at 15-02.50 and 15-00.50, respectively.


“They’re very mature and responsible,” said Hoover. Kings Park track
Continued from page A17 Sophomore Sarah Bell ran the hurdles in 9:29, which Continued from page A17
10:26. “He is one of the best distance runners in Suffolk was good for a second place finish. She also finished fifth and Bryan Rossi was fourth (19-09.00). Motherway was
County,” said Lurie. “He is being recruited right now.” in the high jump. “She is a fantastic competitor, who looks third in the triple jump (37-05.00). In the high jump, Jeff
Junior Craig Fried and freshman Matthew Marotta like a college girl,” Hoover said. “She’s a tough kid.” Shuder finished in third (5-04.00).
each did very well in the 3,200-meter run. Marotta fin- Allison Stapleton is currently ranked fourth in the The girls, on the other hand, finished in second with 96
ished with a time of 10:43 and is one of the top distance county and holds the school record for the 300-meter run. points compared to Sayville’s 118. Islip was third (66) and
runners among freshmen in the county. “Being a fresh- Last weekend, she took third with a time of 10:41.45. Miller Place was fourth (65).
man, to be able to run that well and compete at that level is Junior Colby Lubman runs many events and holds ev- Christina Wyckoff finished second in the 55-meter
exceptional,” said Laurie. ery school record under 600 meters, which includes the dash (7.94) and second in the long jump (14-10.00). In the
Fried took sixth in last Saturday’s event, which was his high jump. She is second in the county in the 55-meter 3,000-meter, Eggy Plastaras came in second (11:23.94) and
best time of the season. “I thought it was exceptional,” said run, but took third last weekend. Lubman finished first in Alex Taylor came in fifth (11:54.98). Plastaras also finished
Laurie. “He did a real nice job.” the 300-meter run with a time of 42.12. Lubman’s personal fourth in the 1,500-meter run (5:22.65). In the 1,000-me-
The Commack girls’ track team competed the follow- best is 40.75. “She did very well,” said Hoover. “It seemed ter run, Alex Faggione took fourth (3:12.84) and Christine
ing day. This was their first year competing in League I like she walked off the starting line and ran to the finish.” Hagan took fifth (3:13.27).
and they finished third overall. League I has a lot of power- Senior captain Nicole Cohen placed fourth in the 1,000- In the 600 meters, Julianne Rudmann and Shannon
houses. “It’s like jumping into a pool of razors,” said Com- meter run. Senior Taylor Malefatto placed sixth in the triple Hopkins finished second (1:46.06) and third (1:46.37), re-
mack girls’ head coach Pat Hoover. “We’re happy with the jump. Also competing in the triple jump was sophomore spectively. Amber Fifer took third in the 300-meter dash
places in the league.” Kate Foley. “There was a five-point difference between us (45.93). In the 1,500-meter race/walk, Amanda Jones came
Seventh grader Erin Neville placed third in the 1,500- and fourth place because of our high jumpers who com- in fourth place (8:38.94).
meter run with a time of 5:09, which was her personal best. peted unexpectedly at the last minute,” said Hoover. In the shot put, Alex Kawecki came in fourth (28-11.00)
“She is exceptional,” said Hoover. “She did fantastic.” Shot putter Jax Malaze placed third and tied her per- and Kait Gorecki followed behind in fifth (27-10.50). Kayla
Being a great soccer player also helps Neville main- sonal best with a throw of 32-09.75. Lisa Pallegrino com- Koelbel took fifth in the long jump (14-05.00) and third in
tain athletic excellence. “I want her to grow before we re- pleted the 600-meter run in 1:46.79. Pallegrino also ran on the triple jump (32-01.25).
ally start training her,” said Hoover. “If she continues, she a 4x200 relay team that finished second in the county. Kings Park’s 4x400-meter relay team won with a time
could be a county champion.” “This is the finest team that I have ever coached,” said of 4:33.19. Their 4x200 and their 4x800 relay teams both
Senior captains Erin Sinnott, who finished fourth in Hoover. “Much thanks goes to assistant coaches Tim Hein finished in fourth place with times of 1:59.32 and 11:17.58,
the high jump, and Jenna Lanzarro competed in the long and Bryan Tornee.” respectively.
JANUARY 29, 2009 • TIMES OF SMITHTOWN township • PAGE A17
SPORTS Scott records
season best
BOYS’ TRACK
BY FRANK DOWD
katsports@tbrnewspapers.com
Despite struggling through injuries, the Smith-
town East boys’ winter track team was determined
to record their best scores possible. However, this
wasn’t going to be an easy task because they were
without their top five athletes. In the end, the
Bulls weren’t the best team in League II, but they
still had some solid performances.
Junior Tyler Scott is fifth overall in League II. Last
weekend, he scored two points for the squad. He re-
corded his season-best of 5-8 in the high jump. Scott
just missed 5-10 because his heel clipped the bar.
Senior Brian Condit placed seventh overall in
the long jump with a score of 19-04.75. Unfortu-
nately, he wasn’t able to reach his season-best of
19-7. “He is one of our fastest athletes,” said Smith-
town head coach Brian Willman. “He has really
good jumping ability and gets some spring with
his jump.”
Freshman Rob Calamia finished 12th with a
time of 10:35.40, which was the fastest league time
for a freshman. Less than one hour later, he ran in
the 1,600-meter event and placed 14th with a time
of 5:00.71. “It was an incredible job,” said Will-
man. “He has a bright future in track and field.”
Junior Chris Hedger is a distance runner for
Smithtown East who completed the 3,200-meter
run in 11:23.35. “He’s having his best season for
us,” Willman said.
Senior shot putters Derek Cyran and Ben Lynn
both recorded their best distances. Cyran threw a
40-6, while Lynn recorded a score of 40-06.75.
Willman is hopeful that many of these athletes
will be back next year. “Coach Borbet and myself
are really proud of the team and what they have
Photo by Robert O’Rourk accomplished this season,” he said. “Everyone did
Kevin Kim competes in the 55-meter hurdles for Commack, finishing in fifth place with a time of 8.89.
really well.”

Commack girls finish third, boys take fourth West girls take on
BY FRANK DOWD
katsports@tbrnewspapers.com TRACK
Levine is ranked sec-
ond among New York State
League III teams
The Commack boys’ win- weight-throwing competi- GIRLS’ TRACK
ter track team had a very successful day at the League I tors. In this meet, he threw 46-10.50, but his season-best
championship meet last Saturday. With 43 competitors, exceeds 50 feet. BY FRANK DOWD
katsports@tbrnewspapers.com
they were the smallest squad in the league and finished in High jumper Ramin Yesharim won by clearing 6 feet.
fourth place. Ten competitors made the All-league team. His season-best is 6-1. “There was no competition for him,” The Smithtown West girls’ winter track team
Commack coach Steve Lurie is in his 15th season, but said Lurie. After he won the event, he stopped jumping, was ready to take League III by storm in last week-
his team competed in League II for all of the previous so he could run in the 4x200 relay, where his team took end’s championship meet. Smithtown West coach
years. “As a coach, you can’t complain,” he said. “They took fourth. “He always does a nice job,” Lurie said. “He did Kurt Margraf is pleased because his team improves
on the competition and did the best that they can.” what he had to do.” every meet. “I’m very happy with the way that they
Senior Mike Levine, who will be attending Yale next Commack’s number one distance runner David Golub performed during the meet,” he said. “They’re a
year for shot put, discus and hammer/indoor weight, won placed second in one mile run with a time of 4:43. His great group of girls.”
the shot put event. “He is one of the top throwers in New best time for the year, of 4:27, was fifth in the county. In Freshman Victoria Lowe, who was on the squad
York State,” said Lurie. “He had a good meet and did a real the 3,200-meter race, Golub finished third with a time of last year as an eighth-grader, was part of the 4x400-
good job.” Continued on page A16 meter relay. Lowe placed third in the 1,500-meter
run with a time of 5:17 then immediately ran the
3,000-meter run where she came in second with a
Kings Park boys win League VI title time of 11:07, which is a personal best. “They are
difficult to do, but she does it,” Margraf said.
Right behind Lowe in the 3,000-meter run, was
Girls’ team finishes in second place Smithtown West freshman Emily Mancini, who
finished the race in 11:35. She also placed sixth
The Kings Park boys’ track (10:23.45) and teammate in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:29. “She’s
team not only won but blew TRACK Chris Harvey came in fifth hard-working and dedicated,” Margraf said.
the competition away in the (10:33.09). In the 1,000 me- In the triple jump, senior Lauren Sprow reached
League IV championships. The Kingsmen scored 145.50 ters, Nolan Rummel and Kieran Harper finished fifth 30-07.25. In the high jump, junior Jen Lowe fin-
points compared to second-place finishers Harborfields (2:51.34) and sixth (2:51.80), respectively. ished third at 4-06.00. “She did well,” said Margraf.
and Huntington, both of which scored 64 points each. East Rob Schenke and Marcin Swieczowski came in third “I am happy about the height that she jumped.”
Hampton came in fourth (39). (8.51) and fourth (9.04), respectively, in the 55-meter hur- Margraf is impressed by the outstanding abili-
Kings Park had seven first-place finishes: Brendan Mc- dles. Brendan Frawley took fourth in the 600-meter run ties of senior captain Stephenie Dickson. Dickson
Gurran won the 1,000-meter run in 2:43.84; Max James (1:32.87). competed in the 300-meter run, 600-meter run,
won the 600-meter run in 1:30.22; Joe Colella took first in In the 1,600-meter run, C.J. Heiser finished second and 4x400-meter relay. “She is an all-around ex-
the shot put, scoring 42-02.75; Bryan Rossi won the triple (4:53.69) and Livote took fifth (5:00.60). James came in cellent athlete,” said Margraf. “She puts her all
jump with a score of 40-01.50; Billy Motherway came in second place in the 300-meter dash (37.84). In the shot put, into it. She is very versatile.”
first in the high jump after clearing 5-10.00; and the team’s Kyle Corcoran came in sixth (38-01.00). Margraf continued, “I look forward to next
4x400-meter relay and 4x800 relay each took first place. Erik LeRoy finished second in the long jump (19-10.00) season. The girls did an awesome job.”
In the 3,200-meter run, Joe Livote placed second Continued on page A16
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EDITORIAL OPINION
Compulsion of labor by the
Re: indicted Hail to the chief
Trim the fat S’town nurses,
threat and fact of criminal pros-
ecution and punishment creates
a condition of servitude that the
TO THE EDITOR:
I remember debating my father
As the 21st century opens, government has
taken meaningful, if far from complete, steps
to eliminate toxins in our air, water and earth.
told you so constitution prohibits.
Starting with Bailey v. Ala-
during the 1960 presidential elec-
tion; I argued the country needed a
TO THE EDITOR: bama, I suggest that your appeals change and he countered that Rich-
We’re glad to see them tackle our food now. bureau do further research.
(An open letter to Suffolk ard Nixon had far more experience
Bravo to Suffolk County Legislator Lou Lawrence Gray
County District Attorney Thom- and that Kennedy was the son of a
D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) for introducing a Kings Park
as Spota dated February 2008) “bootlegger and financial swindler.”
bill to ban use of trans fats in county food es-
I read the court’s denial of As we watched the JFK inauguration
tablishments, following the example set by New
the motion to dismiss the case together, I remember Pop saying,
York City, California and a growing number of
localities. If the measure does not pass swiftly
brought by you against the Ava- An end to lingering “I didn’t vote for the guy, but our
lon Gardens contract nurses. It country selected him under a pro-
into law with a minimum of debate, county law-
makers should double-check their science.
was boilerplate. This prosecution political graffiti cess that goes back to the founding
has the earmarks of poor pros- TO THE EDITOR: fathers; he is the president now, and
That’s because trans fats — lipids created
ecutorial judgment. I have a little pet peeve. I needs our respect and support to
by artificially hardening vegetable oils for use
The reckless endangerment can’t stand it when I’m driving lead the country.” I heard the echo
in baked goods or fried foods — are poison,
statute, as currently applied to around town and see old political of my father in the election eve con-
plain and simple. Unlike other foodstuffs hotly
the facts of this case, trenches signage, long after the election is cession speech of John McCain, the
debated in the nutrition community in recent
upon the 13th and 14th Amend- over still pleading “Vote for John farewell address of George W. Bush,
years — saturated fat, complex carbohydrates,
ments. Prosecutorial discretion Smith” or “Re-Elect Jane Adams.” and [Sunday’s] remarks by Barack
even high fructose corn syrup — trans fats have
employed with an evil eye and an This “political graffiti” is un- Obama praising the character of the
no conceivable upside. These man-made fats
uneven hand is a denial of due sightly and a blight on our com- outgoing president.
are foreign to the human body, which is poorly
process of law. munities and our environment. It is always interesting at times of
adapted to handle them. As a result, their con-
While the appearance of the What bothers me the most are presidential transition to watch and
sumption has been linked to increased risk of
statute is fair, its application to bumper stickers permanently listen to both the president leaving
heart disease, insulin resistance, obesity and
these nurses is not. Penal laws affixed to telephone poles, stop office and the one coming in. For
cancer.
are not to be employed to bolster signs or other visible structures. example, Carter interrupted his in-
Some studies show consumption of just 40
one side or the other in a labor Bumper stickers don’t wash auguration speech in 1977 to shake
calories of trans fat — or 4.5 grams — a day can
dispute. I prosecuted elected pub- away, they don’t get mowed over hands with Ford to thank him for
boost the risk of a heart attack by 23 percent,
lic officials and politically wired and they can’t be simply torn “healing this land,” and four years
and a fast-food meal of fried chicken strips and
nursing-home off. If someone wants one taken later he waited anxiously for the call
French fries can easily contain more than 100
In a Feb. operators for down, they have to invest quite that never came on his watch: “Mr.
calories of trans fat, according to D’Amaro.
years. Too a bit of elbow grease and time President, the hostages are free.” It
Some may interpret this as one more unwel- 2008 letter, many of them, to scrape it off and in the end, seemed in 2001 that Clinton had a
come intrusion into personal preference by a
the writer it appears, sticky remnants often remain. tough time leaving the stage while
healthier-than-thou nanny state. For example,
with their This year it has gotten even the day clearly belonged to his suc-
those who criticize Gov. David Paterson’s pro- forecast contributions worse. In one particular ex- cessor. Perhaps the most insightful
posed 18-percent “obesity tax” — on nondiet
the court’s to political ample Lee Zeldin, a candidate in remarks ever made at these times of
sodas or other beverages lacking a certain pro-
office holders the 1st Congressional District, transition were those of Nixon on
portion of natural sugars — at least have an ar- exoneration still have, as the day Gerald Ford replaced him.
gument when they say government should not purchased extra-wide bumper
of the Avalon they say, “one stickers. Now what remain are “Always give your best, never get
be in the business of influencing citizens to
consume one artificially flavored beverage over nursing home foot in the old, large and very unattractive. discouraged, never be petty; always
door.” It should be the responsibil- remember, others may hate you, but
another. employees Were it not ity of the candidate to keep an those who hate you don’t win unless
But a trans-fat ban is not analogous to a vice
indicted for for the em- inventory of where his or her you hate them, and then you destroy
tax. Rather, it more closely parallels the Envi-
ployment con- signage has been placed and yourself.”
ronmental Protection Agency’s efforts to ensure resigning. tracts of these take it down immediately after All our presidents have had
businesses do not contaminate the drinking wa-
nurses there election day. Bumper stickers are successes and failures: JFK had the
ter of nearby residents with trichloroethylene
would not be even a colorable a particularly bad idea because Bay of Pigs and putting a man on
or other toxins. Who among us would demand
linchpin to predicate a legal duty they stay with us, some long out- the moon; Johnson had Vietnam
the choice over whether poison comes out of our
on these nurses to stay on the job living the candidates they tout. and the Civil Rights Act. As I reflect
taps?
whether their shifts ended or not. As an elected official I cer- over the past eight years and various
It’s possible that the market would eliminate
Contract disputes are enforced in tainly understand the impor- letters that have appeared in this
trans fat use on its own. Some major fast-food
civil lawsuits, not criminal pros- tance of name recognition. How- space, it occurs to me that some of
chains, such as Burger King and Wendy’s, forced
ecutions. The county and state ever, in the multiple elections I your readers may have fallen into
to ditch the fats in some localities and sensing
health departments and police have been involved in, I never the same trap that Nixon did. While
that their number is only likely to grow, have
emergency services units have used bumper stickers, and after Nixon knew from painful experi-
chosen to phase out their use.
hot lines. There is also a patient election day I make it a priority ence how hatred destroys judgment
But many restaurants have yet to follow their
abuse reporting statute that ap- to send out campaign workers to and reasoned debate, some that con-
lead, and are unlikely to do so soon of their
plies to health facility owners as pick up my signage. tinue to denigrate our 43rd president
own accord, as trans fats are cheaper and better
much as staff — more so. There I challenge those who ran illustrate the wisdom of Nixon’s last
preservatives in comparison with most natural
are temporary nurse services. in November to clean up what words as president.
animal or plant lipids. The county would be do-
The reckless endangerment remains and those who will run Hail to the chief; welcome
ing every Suffolk consumer a favor by speeding
statute is not a cow-catcher for this November to promise to do President Obama; and thank you
along the retreat from trans fats, even residents
every possible breach of “duty” the same. President Bush for keeping America
who already go out of their way to avoid the
that may have serious repercus- William Lindsay safe the past seven years.
stuff.
sions as may be defined ad hoc Presiding Officer Daniel Basil Kerr
Why? Because in America today, the less
by causation and logic. To bor- Suffolk County Legislature Stony Brook
wealthy the eater, the more likely they are to rely
row from the Supreme Court in
on low-cost, high-volume fast food or packaged
one of its post-Civil War peon-
snacks laden with trans fat. The same demo-
age cases, “We cannot escape the
graphic, unfortunately, is also more likely to lack
conclusion that, although the
health insurance or rely on state-subsidized cov-
erage like Medicaid. So, preventing some disease
[reckless endangerment] statute Letters ...
is to punish [reckless endan- We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 400
with a virtually cost-free trans-fat ban would,
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in addition to the overarching benefit of avoid-
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ing human suffering, cut the expense of drugs or
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surgery for the uninsured or state-insured that
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The Legislature’s Health and Human Services
…” Bailey v. Alabama (1919).
Committee is set to consider the trans-fat ban to-
day, so the bill could be scheduled for a general
vote as early as next Tuesday. Tell your county
representative to send trans fats packing. The opinions of columnists and letter writers are their own. They do not speak for the newspaper.
JANUARY 29, 2009 • TIMES OF SMITHTOWN township • PAGE A19
How the mighty may fall: an autopsy Your turn
Back in 1998, I was working as a appetite for a good deal and a good dessert, in either of their companies were winners.
reporter at Bloomberg News, where any and was the ultimate charmer on Wall Investors believed in the promise of the
story at any hour could and did require Street. He was a hero for turning a collec- merger.
my complete and immediate attention. In tion of financial services businesses into a Soon after the companies combined,
April, I had received a “tip” from an anony- profit-making machine. He had convinced Weill frequently told anyone who would
mous source that Citicorp was going to an- Reed to join forces with him. But even listen that the merger was working and that
nounce a huge merger on Monday. I called that wasn’t the most shocking part of this its record profits soon after the marriage
every source I could think of, pulled every merger. It was something far more basic. were proof of that. Reed cautioned that the
trick out of my reporter’s repertoire, made “Excuse me?” I asked my editor, as he big numbers came from putting together
every personal and professional appeal to raced through the press release to send two big companies. He continued to sug-
every imaginable person who might tell me out as many headlines as he could about gest that everyone had to wait to see how
something to break this big story. a merger heralding a brand new day in it all went. He was, to use a favorite phrase BY DANIEL DUNAIEF
Back then, bankers ascribed to their global finance. from the corporate world, “cautiously
unshakable belief that bigger was better. “WHAT?” he yelled. optimistic.”
They’d serve more of every customer’s need “Isn’t this illegal?” Citigroup did manage to get Glass-
in more places than anyone else. The mar- Without taking his eyes off his screen, Steagall repealed and didn’t have to sell big around the world, maneuvering around
ket was buzzing every day with talk of who he nodded his head. He directed me businesses to make the deal happen. an already heavily regulated industry that
would partner up with back to my seat, where I In less than two years, Weill muscled threatened to require almost as many
whom and what that might needed to turn this press Reed out of the co-CEO role, standing people watching and listening to how one
mean for the remaining The White House was one release into a story. I had alone as the seller of his grand vision for side of the house spoke to the other as it did
players. Bankers described 15 minutes to convert a bigger, better, stronger, faster bank that people trying to make money.
their business as a barbell: of the few places I hadn’t those headlines into could and would do anything but make From day one, Prince seemed a good
there would be a concen- called to try to break the a story, while adding you eggs over easy for breakfast. candidate to handle the regulators, but per-
tration of enormous strong story. Silly me! some background about The big, bad boy that was Citigroup haps a questionable one to make the best
banks on one side and a Citicorp, Travelers, John became big and bad. There were the ugly business decisions for the bank. After all,
collection of tiny banks Reed, Sandy Weill and email exchanges between Sandy Weill he hadn’t spent all that much time running
on the other. Everything the merger trends in and the poster boy for research conflicts a business.
in between would struggle to survive and banking. As the day progressed, we’d find of interest, former telecom analyst Jack With 20/20 hindsight, it’s easy to see
compete — or so the thinking went. experts — lawyers, doctors, Indian chiefs Grubman. how Prince and all the other top CEOs
After a weekend of looking over every — who could all weigh in on whether the An unseemly set of emails showed Weill who made millions stumbled badly when
shoulder and calling in every favor I could deal was legal and could happen. Even in urging Grubman to take another look at the complicated investments they held that
imagine, I got nowhere. Almost getting a the short press release, Weill said he had his rating on AT&T stock — a company were somehow tied to home prices around
story wouldn’t do much for me. I barely contacted the Clinton administration the whose board Weill sat on. There was also the country finally did the unthinkable and
slept that night, anticipating that 4 am night before. The White House was one of a “donation” Citigroup made to the 92nd fell.
call from an angry editor who read a story the few places I hadn’t called to try to break Street Y just as Grubman’s children were Even the regulators didn’t see it coming,
someplace else about the merger and the story. Silly me! applying for kindergarten. or they would have raised more red flags.
demanded I find someone as quickly as Citigroup, as Reed and Weill’s married Crusading Attorney General Eliot And now, 10 years after that day that
possible who could verify that story. Even companies would be called, had some time Spitzer was determined to do whatever marked the beginning of a new era in
though that call never came, I arrived at to repeal the Depression-Era laws called it took to save the small banking, Citigroup is
my desk at 6 am. Glass-Steagall that had separated commer- investor from the un- about to try to break
My editor, a driven, intense, high energy cial and investment banking. If they didn’t derhanded dealings and Even the regulators up into two large pieces
man whose whereabouts in the newsroom change the laws, the combined company dealers on Wall Street. He — even without any new
were always known from his booming would have to sell some of its businesses. would protect Mr. and didn’t see it coming, or laws restricting its busi-
voice and the shoes he clomped around in The press conference that day revealed Mrs. John Q. Public even if they would have raised ness.
as if he were crushing cockroaches, was the just how different these two financial lead- it meant he’d have to ride Is there a lesson in
only other person in the newsroom just as ers were. Weill offered amusing sound bites the publicity he generated more red flags. all this? I’m sure there
the sun started to pour in from over the and off the cuff witticisms straight from his to the governor’s mansion. are a lot of them. How
59th Street bridge. self-made Brooklyn pedigree, while Reed With enough righteous about the conventional
I stared at the public relations newswire, considered his answers, often describing indignation to fill the new and old Shea wisdom — and back then, it was bigger is
ready to write whatever story came in that what he hoped the merger would achieve. and Yankee stadiums, Spitzer laid out better — can be anything but wise. Or, how
morning. I was so concerned about miss- The stock market, which was in great (oops, poor choice of words) exactly how about, even giants — who seem to have an
ing the big moment that I barely took my shape in 1998, fell in love with the deal analysts were being corrupted by their “in” with everyone in power — can fall.
eyes off the screen to talk with my editor. and the sales pitch. Citicorp shares surged ties to investing banking. The investment When they do, they fall farther and harder
Would Citicorp, run by the intellectual, $35.625, or 25 percent, to help the Dow to bankers didn’t want any of their free- than their smaller counterparts.
deliberate and stately John Reed, merge its first close above 9,000. spirited analysts to say bad things about More than a decade later, Sandy Weill
with a foreign bank? Would Reed dare to Numerous print and TV journalists companies that were paying them millions is gone from Citigroup and so are many
merge with, say, a NationsBank, a giant — caught up in the euphoria of this mar- of dollars to sell stocks and bonds to the of the billions made on that first day. As of
bank that had gone from the fourth largest riage — started their “exclusive” interviews public. Jan. 16, Citigroup was worth $20 billion,
bank in North Carolina to one of the larg- with Sandy Weill and John Reed that day Ironically, when federal regulators well below its market cap of $140 billion
est in the nation through the deal making by congratulating them on the merger. revealed Spitzer’s own emails to a prostitu- in April 1998. Many of the millions Weill
of former marine Hugh McColl? Strange as it seems now, at the time, it was tion ring, his career came crashing down. made and then reinvested in the bank have
And then it hit. One of the strangest perfectly normal. It was like the sports But that’s a rise and fall story for a different also disappeared. And John Reed no longer
press releases I’d ever seen. Citicorp was reporters who congratulate the manager day. has to wait and see if Citigroup lived up to
merging with Travelers Group. The value of a team that had won a big game. How Sensing that the world was turning on its promise: it didn’t.
of the deal was $70 billion. could they not have felt and noticed the ex- him and seeing one bad headline after Daniel Dunaief was a business reporter
Sanford “Sandy” Weill ran Travelers. citement? The stock market loved the deal another tied to his name, Weill endorsed for over 14 years. He worked at the New
Weill was the antithesis of John Reed. The and the reporters often used the market’s the company’s top lawyer, Charles Prince, York Daily News, Bloomberg News and the
son of Polish immigrants, Weill shot from reaction as a scorecard. On that day, Weill, as the new CEO. In theory, Prince could American Banker. He is currently trying his
the hip, grew up in Brooklyn, had a hearty Reed and anyone who had money invested handle any legal challenges the bank faced hand as a book author.

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