Frank Sammartano was given a second-chance, acknowledges Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.
Sammartano resigned in 2003 as administrative assistant to Republican town board members after admitting he lifted a computer disk from the desk of a secretary for a a Democratic board member. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Republican Venditto said then.
Democratic legislature candidate John Rennhack's Nassau GOPwatch reported last week that Sammartano, leader of the Jericho Republican club, was back on the payroll. A town spokeswoman subsequently told Newsday that Sammartano, who resigned in July 2003 at a salary of $52,000, was rehired in Jan. 2004 as a labor supervisor and was promoted last November to a $81,375-a-year public works deputy commissioner.
Venditto said Sammartano came to him and made a case for being rehired, pointing out that then Nassau District Attorney Denis Dillon had dropped the original misdemeanor charge of official misconduct to a non-criminal violation.
“I have track record of giving town employees at all levels of the town government a second chance,” Venditto said. “Frank is one of the situations that has had a happy ending. He is and continues to be a very valuable employee in the Town of Oyster Bay.”
As for Sammartano’s political activities, “Its not a factor in my determination,” Venditto said.
Here are a few questions:
If Venditto has a "track record" of giving second chances,
A. Why did Venditto accept Sammartano's resignation?
B. Why was it 6 months between the resignation and re-hiring?
C. Did Venditto personally re-hire Sammartant?
Why did DA Dillon drop the misdemeanor charge?
What was the "non-criminal violation" that Venditto holds up as being okay enough to rehire?
Why wasn't Sammartano re-hired by the Town Council?
Venditto said Sammartano came to him to be rehired. Was there are job opening at that time that Sammartano was asking for a job or was a job made for him?
Was Sammartano qualified for the job?
How many other applicants were there for that job?
Was that job posted so that there could be other applicants?
What it looks like is that Venditto waited until no one was looking, found a job for Sammartano and hoped no one would ever find out.
Politics is a consideration because if you look at the Town Employee list, you will see a heck of a lot of connected people working for the Town. Relatives of elected officials get jobs, republican party-connected people get jobs and in some cases, entire families are on the payroll.