2 Human Services Employees Suspended

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

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. 

Mrs. Sea October 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The senior citizen transportation department needs to be monitored more closely as I have seen myself negligence, incompentency and poor treatment of the senior passengers who are hesitant to say anything.
Penny October 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
So much for innocent until proven guilty? Allegations are accusations no? All suspended without pay before a hearing? I do hope they all take advantage of their opportunity at representation. I grew up with 2 of the above & know them to be fine people. I don't know the details of the involved but just sounds like Town politics as usual to me. My opinion, of which I am entitled...so please spare me the usual snarky Patch attacks, thanks.
Jasmine October 10, 2012 at 09:37 PM
All this 'entitlement' is killing our country. If you are not working , you don't get pay. Period. Especially if you are suspected of a wrong doing.
Jasmine October 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Mrs.Sea, I am afraid mistreatment of our seniors is more common than most know or are willing to acknowledge. It is horrific to even think someone would treat an elder poorly. I am glad Penny came to these folks defense though bc it is true that everyone is entitled to a fair hearing. And I believe the media is not the Truth all the time or even most of the time.!
Mrs. Sea October 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Penny--first of all, I personally did not attack any individual--I said a particular department needs a bit more monitoring. No snarky attack or comment intended. Chill out.
ViralGrain October 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Understand that the position there is very demanding. Its like being a taxi dispatcher, but most doctor appointments are at the same time but at different locations making coordination difficult. Not every elderly person is on time getting out to the bus. Summer traffic, and only a few drivers. Many factors make it a very hard job and in my opinion a job not for one person but three to fill the position. You got to answer phones map out routes and data entry it all. Many times after calling a week in advance to schedule a ride for an elderly relative were we told that there were no rides available. We were given a hard time most times we called and it was more of a hassel then it was worth sometimes. Seniors would have to leave home hours before the doctors appointment and wait very long afterwards to be picked up. I understand why the attitude sometimes and don't blame them. Over worked and under paid and under appreciated. Town needs to hire more people to get the job done. Not just fire.
ViralGrain October 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
BTW I would say it is one of the hardest town jobs there is. You have to have a real good understanding of the area, be on the front lines handling calls from the public and doctor offices and get er all done with limited resources. Be able to coordinate it all. Of course days with a job like that are not going to be 'smooth". What ever the reason for the dismissal I hope its not in the effort for the dept. to justify problems that are caused by being understaffed and using one person who has been there for as long as she has as a scape goat for the problems there that would not be an issue if there were sufficient man power to get the job done in a effective maner. I think this dept is far more vital then the Library and maybe some funds need to be diverted to ensure its effectiveness. How we care for our elderly has allot to do with our future and no resource should be with held in doing so. Our elderly have all been there and done that and have more wisdom then we can ever get out of a book alone.
bling October 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
As a voulnteer at the day care center I see first hand as to how competent and efficient Linda Norris handles herself. Her concern and love for the elderly is very sincere. To bring allegations against her for misconduct and imcompetency is absolutely outrageous. It seems to me this is an abusive use of power.


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