I had some down-time this past week so I hopped in the Wayback Machine to do a little research.
Back in 2003 there was a small kerkuffle in the Town of Oyster Bay when Democratic Town Councilwoman Bonnie Eislers desk was broken into and a disk was stolen. The disk contained plans for a rally and the press release for the rally. This information was disseminated to republican officials.
The thief turned out to be the Town Council Administrative Assistant Frank Sammartano. At the time, Supervisor John Venditto said in Newsday "I became furious when I heard Mr. Sammartano's admissions. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Town of Oyster Bay." Sammartano subsequently resigned and that seemed to be the end of that.
Oh wait, Sammartano is the Jericho Republican Leader so there is no way he was going to just give up the salary from a patronage job.
Venditto who is also a republican and must know the Jericho leader quite well said "At the expense of sounding somewhat melodramatic, this is a very sad and tragic story. It is the story of someone who worked his way up the ranks and, because he handled himself well, got an opportunity to serve as administrative assistant to the town board. And because of his own omissions, got himself involved in some political shenanigans. [His actions] were a breach of his fiduciary duty to each member of the town board. From our standpoint, that is the problem."
So we have "breach of fiduciary duty" and "This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Town of Oyster Bay."
But why is Frank Sammartano now working for the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Works?
According to employee records and a reliable source, the same Frank Sammartano who could not be trusted working for the Town Council got another job with the Town after he resigned.
Loyal republicans, especially leaders get rewarded and keep getting rewarded.
When did he start to work for DPW?
Who hired him after he resigned in 2003?
Why would the Town re-hire an admitted thief?
These are important questions.
It seems Venditto just shifted a bad employee from one area to another so he could keep his politically-connected salary.
I bet Venditto figured people would stop paying attention so the Jericho Republican Leader could get another patronage job with the Town.
What does this say about Vendittos judgment and his ability to be a real leader? This is to quote Venditto "political shenanigans." And is really indicative of the republican machine that runs the Town of Oyster Bay.
What else is going on in TOBAY we don't know about yet?