April 26, 2012
Investigation targets Oyster Bay Constables’ supervisor
A tropical storm and an empty gas tank have landed John Antetomaso in hot water.
The forty-five-year-old Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor of Bay Constables is under investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney for allegedly misusing town facilities and employees, a spokesperson for District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed on Tuesday.
“We have received the case and are investigating a variety of complaints,” said Chris Munzig.
According to Newsday, the Massapequa resident admitted to using a town storage facility to house two family boats and a water scooter in a town marine maintenance building at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa last autumn.
In the article, Oyster Bay Town Attorney Leonard Genova is reported to have said that Antetomaso used the building because the waterfront property where he usually stored his boats had been flooded after Tropical Storm Irene.
After learning of the storage policy violation, the town’s public safety commissioner formally gave him a letter of warning, the news report stated.
Antetomaso’s acknowledgment of another violation prompted the current investigation.
The supervisor, who has held his post for more than 15 years, admitted that he called town constables to bring him gasoline when he was stranded on a personal boat on the Islip-Babylon border near Fire Island in August 2010, according to the newspaper.
He is paid $120,320 annually to supervise 20 full- and part-time constables plus mechanics, the article said.
Genova was not available for comment. His spokesperson told the Oyster Bay Guardian, “We are working with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office which is conducting an investigation into allegations concerning the supervisor of bay constables. Until the investigation is complete, we will have no further comment.”
As of this writing, Antetomaso, who began to work for the town in 1982 as a seasonal bay constable when his father, Frank Antetomaso, was a town public works commissioner, has not been charged with committing a crime.