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2 Human Services Employees Suspended

Meanwhile, a sanitation worker's disciplinary case goes to a hearing.

2 Human Services Employees Suspended

The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously to suspended two Human Services Department employees for 30 days without pay on Tuesday afternoon.

Diane Patrizio, the department director, brought disciplinary charges against Linda Norris, the Adult Day Care program supervisor, and Sheila Carter, a senior bus service supervisor, on the allegations of misconduct and incompetency under New York Civil Service Law.

The suspensions are effective Oct. 10, according to the resolutions passed when the board reconvened after a brief executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said that Carter and Norris are entitled to a hearing on the allegations and that he would not comment on the specific allegations against them. The rest of the board agreed.

Reached by email on Tuesday, Carter declined to comment. Norris could not be reached for comment.

Carter heads up the transportation program that takes senior citizens and those with disabilities to and from medical appointments, day care, and to run errands.

Norris was appointed the temporary position of supervisor of the adult day care program in May 2005. She received the official appointment after passing the Civil Service test in 2008.

Eileen A. Powers, a Riverhead attorney, was appointed the hearing officer in both cases.

During a town board meeting on Thursday, the board also appointed Powers to preside over a hearing demanded by Joseph Reid, a crew leader in the East Hampton Town Sanitation Department.

According to a resolution passed Sept. 6, Patrick Keller, the sanitation supervisor, brought disciplinary charges against Reid, alleging misconduct, effective Aug. 30. He was suspended for 30 days without pay.

Reid could not be reached for comment.

All three employees are entitled to representation, at no charge by the Civil Service Employees Union. 

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