Two East Hampton Town Employees Suspended Without Pay, Pending Misconduct, Incompetence Charges

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Two East Hampton Town employees last week were suspended for 30 days without pay, pending the outcome of disciplinary charges alleging misconduct and incompetence.

Steve Arkinson, an electrical services supervisor in the Parks and Building Maintenance Department, had his suspension take effect last Wednesday, July 17, the day after the Town Board adopted a resolution preferring charges against him. The other worker, Frederick Windisch, a minibus driver in the Human Services Department, had his suspension made retroactive to July 13.

Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, Councilmen Peter Van Scoyoc and Dominick Stanzione, and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby voted in favor of both resolutions following an executive session during a work session on Tuesday, July 16. Councilwoman Theresa Quigley was absent.

Town Board members this week said they are largely kept in the dark regarding the specific reasons for disciplinary actions early on, noting that the board itself could ultimately serve as a judge in such matters. They did say, however, that the two cases are unrelated to each other.

The charges against Mr. Arkinson were filed by town maintenance supervisor Anthony Littman, while those against Mr. Windisch were filed by the director of human services, Diane Patrizio.

In each case, attorney Eileen A. Powers, who has served in similar capacities for the town before, was appointed as the hearing officer.

The employees could either choose a hearing or reach a settlement with the town.

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