Dead Animal Carcasses Led to Larry Penny's Suspension

The East Hampton Star reports Penny was charged with 16 counts of misconduct, incompetence, and insubordination.

East Hampton Town Director of Natural Resources has to do with animal carcasses and violations of a permit to complete work at the Barbara Hale Preserve in Springs, according to a report from .

Penny, who has worked for the town for 25 years and is paid about $95,000 a year, was suspended without pay for 30 days, pending disciplinary charges against him, after a special East Hampton Town work session on Wednesday. 

Penny also writes a nature column for The Star.

The article reports that Penny was hit with 16 charges of misconduct, incompetence and insubordination relating to the storage of animal parts or carcasses and formaldehyde in a basement storage room at . He allegedly did not have authorization or proper permits.

The charges state, according to the article, “The collection and retention of some or all of these animal remains is not required in order for you to perform your duties."

Penny also is coming under fire for failure to perform his work duties at the Barbara Hale Preserve. He allegedly violated the terms of the permit.

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S.B. Bonacker December 08, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Hoarding dead animal carcasses??? I knew this had to be something bad. What was he thinking - especially after Wilkinson found the carcasses in the basement months ago, and told Penny to get rid of them, and he did not. What was Penny doing with these carcasses?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
A message was left for Mr. Penny at home this morning.
Yearounder December 08, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Unfortunately, when you work in Gov't for this long, you tend to think you can do whatever you want. Cheers to Wilkinson and crew for doing what is right. No other board would have stood up to him.
S.B. Bonacker December 08, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Yes, I agree with Yearrounder - he was up to something possibly sinister, and Wilkinson et.al. decided to cut him loose, after all the warnings were ignored. Penny is not the Untouchable he thought he was. I'll lay odds that his job is gone for good.
Virginia Whitelaw December 08, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Bruce December 08, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Maybe he is an amateur taxidermist. However, prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause central nervous system damage. Something that should not be left around for unauthorized people to be exposed to. Sounds a little strange.
Bonac Refugee December 08, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Every supervisor since Cathy Lester have tried to get rid of this guy.This is not the first time he has been warned about storing stuff in the town freezers it happened a few years ago also.This guy has more political lives than a cat ,speaking of which who remembers when he was caught killing cats at Gerard Beach.Most people would have been gone then.Not Larry he just goes right along collecting his $100.000 salary unscathed.For this he does almost nothing having been stripped of most of his reponsibities because he is incompetent.I hope this board has the guts to finally get rid of him.
norbert weissberg December 09, 2011 at 01:25 PM
He's been a public servant for decades. And few can match Larry Penny's knowledge of our environment. it would be fair to hear his side of the story before we judge. Norbert Weissberg
Christine Martin December 09, 2011 at 02:06 PM
I agree. We should find out what the whole story is before making a judgement. I believe Larry Penny has been a great advocate for the environment out here. This smells political to me as well.
SuzyScuba December 09, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Agreed! Larry Penny is a town asset.
SuzyScuba December 09, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I would agree with you Christine. Politics at play to be sure. I have known Larry Penny for 30 years and he is a consummate professional and an expert in his field.
Nanci e. LaGarenne December 09, 2011 at 06:48 PM
you are the weirdos, criticizing a smart nice man. The animals were for scientific research. West Nile, etc. Get a grip. Boy, get the town square ready, and the stocks. Holy mackerel! Good luck filling his shoes. Thanks for your work, Larry!
fatcat December 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
300 Pantigo Place aint Plum Island. If there was potential for disease in any of those carcasses it crosses the line from weird to putting people at risk. This charge has caught everyone's attention. Probably because it's just a bizarre thing to do. The other charges that work was not completed or occurred outside of permits feels more egregious. Shame really - he is a nice man with vast knowledge. Sounds like his quirks have become a liability.
devolutionary December 10, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Larry is the town's greatest natural resource. He is a Mr Natural compendium of knowledge about the environment, and he is the institutional memory of environmental regulation in Town government. He's not the greatest as an administrator, nor as a politician, but he deserves our respectful treatment, a full hearing and his legal rights.
Gail Simons December 10, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Larry is an extremely interesting person with a wealth of intelligence that should not be disregarded. People wonder why we have a problem with bullying in our schools and among our youth - look at the role models they have, people who comment "Weirdo" and have nothing constructive to say.
asg December 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Larry up to something "sinister"? Are you kidding me? Do you work overtime coming up with this stuff? Larry is not sinister, not a weirdo either. He has done so much for our environment and for our Town. East Hampton would not be as beautiful as it is without Larry and his dedication.
lutheranliar December 10, 2011 at 06:41 PM
I smell something bad at Town Hall, and it sure isn't dead animal carcasses.
Dr.Robert J.Valenti December 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Larry is a biologist and as such it is common to preserve specimens for future examination and comparison. For anyone who thinks this dangerous, odd or what ever stay away from Musuems like the American Musuem of Natural History which stores massive amounts of animals in formalin bottles in its catacomes. Almost every animal on exhibit has its carcas preserved for future investigators to see and examine. Naturalist like Larry routinely observe and collect specimens it is not abnormal.
fatcat December 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM
...but could be subordinate if your boss says do something with them and you refuse. Again - such a shame. If these "specimens" had any value he should have seen to it that they ended up where they belonged: either at a museum or forwarded to a lab for proper testing. Or just about anywhere other than the basement of office suites waiting for that future examination that was never going to happen.
IJ MEYER December 11, 2011 at 04:15 AM
There was no veterinarian supervising this, so I do not believe that there was any research going on. Any animal that is suspected of any communicable disease MUST be handed over to the NYSAg &Mark, a NYS approved lab or the CDC as soon as it is collected for testing for public health. These tests are rushed for the good of the community.


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