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What McKinney Did Not Get to Say

Former acting interim town manager completes her comments from town council meeting.

 

At the East Hampton Town Council on Tuesday night, Anne McKinney was given the opportunity to speak, offering a report as the acting iterim town manager.

Her comments, including sometimes heated exchanges with Town Council Chair Sue Weintraub, lasted for more than 24 minutes. However, McKinney did not get to say all that she wanted.

Below are the remarks she intended to include and wanted to share.

 

November 15, 2011 

Dear Glenn, Derek, George, Barbara, and Ted: 

I first want to thank you for your kind words regarding the way in which Ms. Weintraub and Mr. Dostaler abruptly relieved me of my duties as Acting Interim Town Manager last Thursday. I can't say I was all too surprised, though, and I feel that it's my responsibility to share with you how I saw the "writing on the wall." 

We can all agree on the importance of due process. As you may know, I spoke with Mr. Reimondo on November 1st and issued a Memorandum on November 2nd that requested disciplinary action in regards to the internal investigation issued by Friday, November 4th. During my meeting with him, Mr. Reimondo mentioned the then-upcoming elections, clearly insinuating that I would be gone very soon. I reminded him that the disciplinary procedure had nothing to do with the election, and that due process was to issue the disciplinary action to those involved and those individuals then would have the right to either accept or grieve to the Town Manager.

A couple days after my meeting with Mr. Reimondo, I received a call from Ms. Weintruab. She wanted to know what I was recommending for disciplinary action. I told her two things. First, it was not my place to make known my recommendations unless Mr. Reimondo's issued disciplinary action was grieved.  And second, it was not her place to be interfering with the process. Oddly, Ms Weintraub also mentioned the election, and I told her the same thing I had told Mr. Reimondo. Due process has nothing to do with the election results. 

Her outright questioning of my inquiries into numerous issues within the police department made it obvious to me that I was hitting a nerve. Why would she (and Mr. Dostaler) not want me to proceed for even one more week?  Hmmm ... 

On Friday November 4th, I received an alarming call from the town's labor attorney inquiring as to whether I had given Ms. Weintraub permission to call him to discuss the investigation. The attorney stated that Ms. Weintraub left a message saying that I had given her permission to talk with him. Needless to say, I was shocked that Ms. Weintraub would resort to lying in order to wrongfully gain information that she is not privy to. She has exposed her lack of moral integrity, outright disregard for due process, and total absorption in her self-serving actions.

So, when Ms. Weintraub and Mr. Dostaler came to me on Thursday, November 10th, I wasn't shocked. I was getting in the way of her agenda. She and Mr. Dostaler should be ashamed, but more importantly, you should demand some answers. I am strongly encouraging you, as members of the Town Council, to make certain that rules are enforced that prohibit any member of the Council to act alone (especially in a situation that would give direction to the Town Manager) without discussion and consent of the Council. Ms. Weintraub obviously had no regard for you, as her fellow council members (besides, of course, Mr. Dostaler), not to mention respect for due process and the best interest of the town.

I am comforted in the good that I see in each of you and wish you all the best. 

As always, I would be happy to sit down and discuss this further with you. 

Sincerely, 

Anne C. McKinney

eyeonthetruth November 24, 2011 at 03:34 AM
The truth comes out! The TC2 will not be good for this town!
Resident November 24, 2011 at 04:01 AM
That's it? That's what I waited until the end of the Town Council meeting for? To find out Weintraub called the labor attorney. The problem here Mrs. McKinney is this: Potential Mr. Hintz made a point to read out loud the East Hampton code of conduct. Unfortunately the act of appointing you, in my opinion, violated that code of conduct. http://www.ecode360.com/EA2236#EA2236 Chapter D Specifically, (2) Avoid both actual and potential conflicts between their private self-interest and the interest of the public. I can't say I know of any actual conflicts of interest, but I do understand the potential conflict is there. Even more so after your husband's and sister's comments recently. It is that potential for conflict that should have stopped the former council from hiring you in the first place. It is that potential, and their words, that in my view cast doubt on any actions you took, or were going to take. I nor anyone else know what you were intending to do, good or bad, but I believe the potential was there for it not to be in the best interest of all the people (#6 in the code of conduct). I just wish this council had come together earlier to take care of the potential conflict. I'm glad they finally did. No matter how good of a person you may be, or how good your decisions and actions may have been, that potential will always leave doubt in some minds. It's not your fault. You never should have been placed in that position.
Ernist November 24, 2011 at 01:01 PM
And the winner for Best Actress in a dramatic role is..............Anne McKinney! Please take your statue and leave the stage.
Fairandbalanced November 24, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Funny how laws and rules don't apply to Dostaler and Weintraub. What is the relationship between them and chief Reimondo??? They cover up his illegal release of personnel info and racial emails from his work. Why?
Athena Parthenos November 25, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Yes Ann, you are weaving a very tangled web and the only liar there is, is you yourself. One should start with the fact that you were brought in with an agenda. Yes, I said agenda: after all, why else would you have sat in on an executive meeting before you were sworn in or even an employee of this town? And let’s not forget that the executive session was about police personnel issues. Oh yah, the same night your personal mail carrier Salafia, made his début to the council. Coincidence…. I think not. And throughout your whole “18” days of being Acting Interim Town Manager, you took it upon yourself to conduct interviews and do performance reviews? You have the experience to perform such duties, how? I guess it must have been something you learned when you taught 4th and 5th grade for 2 years. I would guess that that is also where you learned to throw temper tantrums. You certainly threw one the other night when you didn’t get your way. And I would assume you didn’t get a lollypop for your performance, so you decided to send the letter you sent (or “put” under their doors) to 5 council members. Oh that’s right, that wasn’t a temper tantrum the other night and the Patch never printed a “letter”, this was your manager’s report. I wonder how much that cost the town. Yup, we certainly got our moneys worth with you…. NOT.
eyeonthetruth November 25, 2011 at 02:00 AM
The Jaws of the TC2 were so tight the other night their teeth almost fell out.How about the contents of the Mc Kenney concerns,and don't give me any legal B.S. ALL 10 POLICE officers CAN'T BE WRONG EITHER.
Ernist November 25, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Anne's report will be given all the attention it merits. If the Interim Town Manager, appointed by the last town council, and opposed by the only Chatham Party Council member, finds compelling evidence against the Chief of Police, he will act on it, I'm sure. But if he dismisses the report as the pretentious musings of an incompetent, conflicted, crack pot, then so be it. I hope all of you, foam at the mouth, anti- Chatham Party folks out there will support your appointed Interim Town Managers decision, Because he is Your Man.
Alice C. Stelzer November 25, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Mike, since I'm moving out of town, I no longer concern myself with this ongoing wrangling that will probably never cease. To keep Patch's journalist neutrality, I do, however, feel this one-sided article should have been a letter to the editor.
Matt is a bad example November 26, 2011 at 02:42 AM
So Ernist, tell me, what will Sue and the other loose cannons that seem to be sinking the Chatham Party have to do before you'll open your eyes and see what is right in front of them? Murder perhaps? Jump ship now before you drown too....
Ernist November 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I will trust to our Interim Town Manager's experience and wisdom in deciding the merit's of Anne's report, and I will happily accept his decisions. I hope you wil too. I must disagree with you the Sue, or anyone else, ( loose cannons) are sinking the Chatham Party or anything else. And when I open my eyes, what I see in front of me are a group people who care very deeply for, and are dedicated to, the town of East Hampton, and will, I'm sure do they're best to govern the town.
Matt is a bad example November 27, 2011 at 02:19 AM
HR issues??? If that's all it was I wouldn't have a problem with her. My point was, the die hard Chatham/ Sue W. supporters seem to defend and support every move she makes. I just wonder what she will finally do to make them see her for what she really is.
Ernist November 27, 2011 at 04:47 AM
All Sue, or any Chatham Party Council member has to do to loose my support is to treat the minority party members of the Council the way our last Council treated Sue.If I see any Chatham Party Council members rolling their eyes, tossing pencils in the air, scattering papers, making snide side comments,or in any way acting like buffoons when Barbara, Ted, or George are speaking, they will instantly loose my support . Period! Good enough?
eyeonthetruth November 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM
strike ONE, TC2 Nov. 10 th.
Sheila Barton Engel November 27, 2011 at 03:37 PM
You obviously weren't watching Kyle Dostaler.
kelly November 27, 2011 at 03:49 PM
The only ones I saw rolling eyes and having smug faces were George and Ted. They were terrible!
Moonlight November 27, 2011 at 06:50 PM
You got that right Kelly......and Hawkeye, you are priceless....so astute. Thank you for your clear statements that rebut the other nonsense/venom being spewed.
Pensadora November 27, 2011 at 06:57 PM
You are right, Kelly. I watched all of them and Kyle did not do anything inappropriate. He did not look happy, but then, Kyle is not the grinning type; he's very serious. He often looks mad and rarely is. Of course if I had to put up with the hostile behavior of Hintz and always be subjected to an obstinate segment of the council, I'd be frowning. Everyone has different personalities. I just wish everyone would calm down and let the council settle in.
Moonlight November 28, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Ernist....I had to read your post three times to get your spoof. Funny how you backed into a true description of the behaviour of the previous chairperson toward the public.....so true.....it was always so appalling, rude and condescending....we watched and experienced it far too manytimes each meeting... Part and parcel of that person's personality....and same for family members it appears to me from reading comments for just two weeks.. Now we know sentiments about EH folks, from her own personal comments, now quickly scrubbed from the scene(but copied/captured prior) I have no 'inside' knowledge of the situation with the PD?PC.....but it is so clear that McK's and Salafia's agenda/actions have seriously opened the Town;s exposure to another rightful lawsuit potential.......that had to be stopped in it's tracks. Thank you Sue, for decisive, speedy actions.. As a taxpayer in EH,, I want those two investigated and disciplined. Both are underserving of a position as an honorable EH employee, in my humble opinion.... Public temper tantrums, public scorn for one's Manager, and private "agendas" are repulsive to us observers.......especially over trivial, trumped up inaccurate and potentially illegal stuff.. I'm looking forward to a new TM to be in place as soon as possible; Let's hope for a new Town Hall environment...

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