Croci Names New Deputy Supervisor

Islip Supervisor names Linda Angello to position, stripping Councilwoman Weichbrodt of title.

Islip Supervisor Tom Croci has appointed a new deputy supervisor after the Town Board voted to move forward with a proposal that would strip him of administrative powers.

Croci removed Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt of her deputy supervisor title and named town employee Linda Angello, of Islip, to succeed her. She will begin her duties as Croci's deputy supervisor immediately. Angello's appointment does not require the town board's approval. 

Angello began working for the town in 2011 as director of labor relations for the Town and will continue this role as new deputy supervisor, which is an unpaid position. She served as the former commissioner of New York State's Department of Labor under Gov. George Pataki. 

"As the Town Board is weighing New York State Town Law and the role of the supervisor, I want our residents to rest assured that there is stability in their Town government," said Croci, a Republican. 

Four Town Board members — three Republicans and one Conservative — on Tuesday voted in favor of holding a public hearing February 12 to debate a pair of resolutions that would strip the Town supervisor of several powers including the hiring and firing of personnel, contract negotiations, purchasing powers and other administrative duties. Those powers would then fall to the Town Board as a whole, which the supervisor is a member of and has a vote.

"I believe that this resolution will make us more accountable to all residents. It's not one person who will be making the decision, but five people will be making the decisions," said councilman Anthony Senft. 

Croci said the proposed actions violate New York State Law. He asked Town Attorney Robert Cicale to seek legal opinions from state's attorney general and comptroller on the matter.

Some residents at Tuesday's Town Board meeting questioned the motives of the four council members. 

"I truly wonder what the reason (is) to usurp some...of his responsibilities," said Maureen Budington of Ronkonkoma. "Quite frankly I don't buy the generic response it is for constituents, I tend to think it is more about having the individual power and ability to patronize one's own districts and voters and cater to their requests."

Others also came out in defense of Croci, supporting his leadership despite a tough budget season where homeowners saw a 28 percent tax hike. 

"I don't understand why you are taking power away from someone we voted for and have confidence in," said Sylvia Graf of Brentwood. 

Mark D West January 31, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Croci had no choice. State law never intended to have five bosses. The interpretation by Tantone, Bergin and the other shameful Republican power grabbers is that the Supervisor is only empowered to chair board meetings and derives any other power that the board may assign. The fact that the town Supervisor is the only official on the board paid a full time salary and the board members are paid at a much lower compensation at a part time level is proof enough that the Supervisor has Executive responsibilities. Bergin could not even conduct her fiduciary responsibility to vote on the budget that socked it to the middle class by raising property taxes a record amount. She had a family funeral un Florida. She did not ask nor was afforded the courtesy to delay the budget vote for her return. When my brother passed two years ago and I was a stakeholder at an important business meeting, I asked for a one week delay to give me time for my family obligations and returned to complete my job. I understand why Bergin would prefer to be on record as a no vote on the biggest tax increase in history but she should not be seeking even more power authority when she seems unwilling to fulfill the most important authority NY Municipal law does grant her. Fiduciary oversight of the town budget.


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