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    A building inspector working for a Long Island town who visited various residential projects has contracted COVID-19, officials announced. The Town of Huntington’s Department of Building and Engineering was closed on Wednesday, March 3 for a thorough cleaning and disinfecting following the confirmation that a building inspector tested positive for the virus. Officials said that the employee was tested on Tuesday, March 2, with the results coming back on Wednesday morning. The employee had no interaction with other town staff members, but officials cautioned that he had been in the field inspecting multiple residential projects that are in the area. According to town officials, contact tracing is ongoing, and anyone who may have been potentially exposed to the building instructor is being contacted individually. 
    A longtime town employee on Long Island is facing federal charges for allegedly distributing child pornography, according to multiple reports. Damon Rallis, age 46, a Southold Town employee and Boy Scout leader in Greenport who was once a candidate for town supervisor was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 23, on a child porn charge, according to the Suffolk Times. Rallis, a town building permits examiner, was scheduled to be arraigned in Central Islip.  He's been charged with distribution of child pornography. 
“I am blindsided, sickened, and horrified by the charges against Damon Rallis," Kathryn Casey Quigley, chair of the Southold Town Democratic Committee, said in a statement. "I am grateful to law enforcement for their work to uncover this alleged misconduct.” Rallis had been the vice-chair of the Democratic Committee, though he was forced to resign in September 2019 after clashing with area business owners who showed support for Republican candidates....
    A former town official on Long Island could face time behind bars for allegedly falsifying his resume, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office announced. Dominic Spada, the former director of maritime services for the Town of Huntington was arrested this week and is facing multiple charges for allegedly falsifying the information on an application for a bay constable Civil Service exam. Spada is also an elected trustee in the Village of Huntington Bay, a harbormaster in the Town of Islip, and the first assistant chief of the Halesite Fire Department. Specifically, Spada was charged with a felony count of offering a false instrument for filing, making a punishable false written statement, falsifying business records, and conspiracy, all misdemeanors, the DA announced. Spada has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. It is alleged that Spada falsified his work experience on an application with the Suffolk County Department of...
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Bennington Police Department is dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus among its force. Five officers, including the police chief, and one civilian employee have been infected, Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd said by email on Wednesday. The department has 26 sworn officers. “We have sufficient officers to cover all shifts and our force is providing that coverage,” Hurd said. Town officials believe the outbreak is contained, he said. Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette worked closely with the Vermont Department of Health to make sure proper protocols were followed, including contract tracing, Hurd said. “It is unfortunate, but as front line workers, they face greater risks than most of us,” he said. The Bennington Banner first reported on the cases. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Vermont, Associated Press
    A Public Safety employee working at the visitor security check-in guard booth in the main lobby at Huntington Town Hall on Friday received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test. Town officials issued an alert cautioning that at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, the employee received the test results from a test that was administered on Tuesday, Dec. 1 as a precaution due to the employee exhibiting sinus infection symptoms.  This was the first and only time the employee has worked the check-in desk, and only from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, town officials noted. Previously, the employee had been working in the field in a vehicle, patrolling alone. Officials said that the employee and some co-workers who were considered close contacts were sent home as a precaution and will temporarily quarantine. Custodial crews have also been called in to deep clean and sanitize the visitor...
    An employee working at a Hudson Valley recycling center has tested positive and anyone who brought materials there may have been exposed, health officials are warning. Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health Commissioner Anil Vaidian issued an alert on Tuesday, Dec. 1 cautioning that an employee at the Town of Rhinebeck Transfer Station on Stone Church Road tested positive for the virus. Vaidian said that anyone who brought materials to the transfer station on Saturday, Nov. 28 should be on alert for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms begin to develop. “DBCH’s Rapid Response Team has been working with the Town of Rhinebeck to ensure they are following all recommended health and safety guidelines and protocols, and the Town has already conducted a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the transfer station,” officials said. “Contact tracing is underway with those confirmed to have had direct contact with the individual.”...
    Employees at Penguin Random House decried the publisher’s decision to move forward with Jordan Peterson’s latest book during a town hall, where they reportedly wept and expressed fear over the decision, according to Vice News. The workers at the publisher’s Canada location told Vice News that during the town hall to discuss Peterson’s upcoming book, “Beyond Order,” people described the author as an “icon of hate speech” who had radicalizing abilities. Source: Screenshot/Youtube/GWPF “He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” one employee who went to the town hall told Vice. Another employee found it hypocritical that the company was publishing Peterson while also implementing “anti-racist and allyship” trainings. “People were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected...
    Several officials with the town of Fairfield have been arrested for allegedly allowing illegal disposals of hazardous materials at a construction material processing facility  The arrests took place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19, said Lt. Antonio E. Granata of the Fairfield Police. Those arrested were: Brian Carey, the interim director of Department of Public Works and Conservation Director for the Town of Fairfield;  Emmet Hibson, the former Human Resources Director for the Town of Fairfield;  Scott Bartlett, a former superintendent for the Department of Public Works for the Town of Fairfield,  Robert J. Grabarek an employee of Osprey Environmental Engineering. In July of 2019, several additional town officials were arrested and charged with multiple illegal dumping charges as well as larceny and forgery charges, stemming from a Fairfield Police investigation that began in 2017, into the Julian Development operated Construction Material Processing Facility on Fairfield Department of Public Works property.  Related...
    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A solid-waste superintendent for a town in North Carolina was accused by authorities of defrauding the community of at least $200,000. Thad Leslie Buck, who worked for the town of Kernersville, was indicted Monday on eight counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, Winston-Salem Journal reported. Authorities accused him of using a fake company to defraud the community over 14 years. The indictments against Buck, 53, of Colfax, allege that he told town officials that Atlantic Container Company LLC would paint the community's dumpsters, but the company never did the work. Atlantic Container is not registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State, the newspaper reported. Buck became a solid-waste operations supervisor for the town in 2004 and was promoted to superintendent in 2009. He was fired in December for participation in an action that would “seriously disrupt or disturb the normal operation of the department”...
    First responders in Middletown were called Friday afternoon to a report of a life-threatening injury involving a front-end loader, authorities said. A Middletown Township DPW employee may have been struck by the heavy equipment, according to initial reports.  The victim was reported to be a township Department of Public Works employee, police said.  Both of his legs and an arm possibly were crushed by the machinery, according to an initial, unconfirmed report. The DPW employee was reportedly going into shock about 1:40 pm. and EMS was urged to respond quickly, according to an early report. The incident occurred at Fennimore Terrace and Serpentine Drive, police said. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    On March 5, 2019 someone attempted to steal nearly half a million dollars from the sleepy San Antonio suburb of Hollywood Park. The thieves were likely international cyber-criminals, but 17-months later, no one has been arrested for the crime. With the help of the United States Secret Service, the town managed to recover nearly $300,000 of the missing money, but there’s still a dispute over who should be held responsible for the nearly $200,000 that ended up in a bank in Turkey. Hollywood Park Mayor Chris Murphy recently recalled the moment he learned about two large, unauthorized wire transfers from the town’s bank accounts on March 6, the day after the money had been moved. “We got a call from Frost Bank asking us to confirm the two wire transfers and we said, ‘No, we didn’t authorize any wire transfers. We don’t do them.’” Murphy said. “I got physically sick...
    New York (CNN Business)In an at-times tense town hall with staff, leadership at The New York Times on Friday addressed the process that led to the publication of Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's controversial op-ed — a piece that ignited furious debate inside and outside of the newspaper.James Bennet, the editor of the editorial page, announced in the meeting that Cotton's op-ed, posted online Wednesday, would not be published in print on Sunday as had been initially planned, multiple staffers who watched the virtual town hall told CNN Business.New York Times says controversial Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet its standardsBennet, who apologized for the debacle, added that The Times would append an editor's note to the online version of Cotton's piece, the people said.Cotton's piece, published with the title "Send In the Troops," argued the Insurrection Act could be invoked to deploy the military across the country to assist local...
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