Dan's Papers Feb. 25, 2011
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The tickets were given out for all sorts of different violations, including speeding, reckless driving, improper changing of lanes and even driving while on the cellphone (chopper flies alongside, officer peeks in), which, in addition to everything else now, gets you two points on your driver's license. Nineteen tickets were given out for that. Also 11 tickets were given out to enforce the very newest law--the new "move over" law. The operation had a certain military quality about it. It was conducted by the County's Aerial Enforcement Unit. It made use of a U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Dan Rattiner's second memoir, IN THE HAMPTONS TOO: Further Encounters with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities, is now available in hardcover wherever books are sold. The first memoir, IN THE HAMPTONS, published by Random House, is now available in paperback. It is amazing they'd have a helicopter out there flying so dangerously and illegally low. Aviation Technology Department airborne vehicle. "The public has a right to expect that we are acting aggressively to catch motorists that disrupt traffic and cause accidents," said Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco who oversaw the operation. A lot of money was spent organizing and carrying out this mission. I do not think, even with all the tickets given out, that the income covered the outflow, although I am certain that the operation surely did terrorize the populace and slowed traffic during its duration. There are cheaper ways to do this. I have just read in this morning's New York Post (Friday, February 18, page 11) that the Army has developed a new voice-activated military drone called a "Nano Hummingbird." It looks exactly like a little hummingbird and it can fly, on command, at the speed of a hummingbird, swoop low, hover in one spot and take pictures and videos that can immediately be beamed down to people on the ground. I also think that, even though it took five years of research and development to produce, this mechanical hummingbird has to be a whole lot cheaper than having some damn noisy, aviation-fuel-exhaust-emitting, rocket-toting chopper battering around on the LIE frighten- ing everybody and lousing up the environment. The hummingbird is also "green" and environmentally friendly, sort of, although not really. The Nano Hummingbird, according to the story, also records what people say and beams that down. It can perch on wires and windowsills. It also weighs less than two AA batteries. It doesn't say if it cheeps, but I'd imagine it does. God knows what they could get these Peeping Toms to find out about. If you think about it, it just blends in with all the other hummingbirds. Although here on Long Island, where there are few hummingbirds, it could blend in with the seagulls. In any case, it could certainly confuse the hell out of bad guys trying to figure out who to shoot at. Getting back to stories about helicopters, it is also in the news this week that East Hampton Town is disconnecting from a citizens group that organizes and objects to the very loud noise of choppers coming and going at the East Hampton Airport. As you know, well-to-do people hire helicopters to take them out to the Hamptons. Sometimes on the way out, pilots fly low when they are not supposed to. (The Mayor of Oyster Bay once said that the chopper pilots would fly in your front door and out your back if it would save five minutes.) The FAA has laws against helicopters flying below certain heights in residential neighborhoods. The Town says instead of just the East Hampton noise group, they will instead hook up with a regional citizens' chopper complaining group. You get the whole picture, not just the (continued on page 14) Dan's Papers February 25, 2011 danspapers.com Page 12 75 MAIN This Saturday! s DJ Biggie ZACH ERDEM PRESENTS JAMAICAN$5PARTY! 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The work appears on Indianapolis-based pianist Kate Boyd's compact disc Music for the End of Winter. * * * East End towns made BusinessWeek.com's annual ranking of "The 50 Most Expensive Small Towns in America," including #1 Sagaponack, #5 Water Mill, #13 Quogue, #23 Amagansett, #35 Bridgehampton and #45 North Haven. * * * Acclaimed Sag Harbor artist Donald Sultan was surrounded by fellow artists from the East End at the opening of his latest show, "Soot & Shine," at the Mary Ryan Gallery in Chelsea. On hand to congratulate the artist were Eric Fischl, Andrew Hart Adler, Carolyn Beegan, David Gamble and John Torreano, author Michael Gross, designer Barbara Hodes. * * * The Lombardi family of Villa Lombardi's will host an evening of gourmet Italian cuisine and dancing to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The evening will include prize auctions as well as a live art show and auction presented by Lamantia Gallery, featuring internationally collected artists Thomas Arvid, Antonio Iannacelli, Gerhard Nesvadba, Fabian Perez and Jim Warren on Thursday, March 3, at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. Tickets are $125 (Continued on page 22) 1401 1267018 Dan's Papers February 25, 2011 danspapers.com Page 13 Photo by Dan Rattiner The corn plant, now in our dining room. Friends Forever It's Been 20 Years Now, Me and the Corn Plant I Rescued By Dan Rattiner One day when my daughter was a junior at East Hampton High School, she asked me if I could participate in the school's Homecoming Weekend Parade. The reason she wanted me, actually, was because she wanted my car. My car was one of those big old Buick Skylark convertibles with the tailfins and a top that went up and down. My daughter was a member of the Queen's Court, she told me, and the other four members of the court and, indeed, the actual Homecoming Queen with a crown on her head, needed to sit on the top of the back seat of a beautiful convertible car during the parade and she had volunteered me and my car. I'd be the driver. I was proud to do this for them. The parade line would be a short one with just four floats, one for each class, she told me. The floats would be all lined up by the curb on Newtown Lane in front of the Junior High School at a quarter to one on Saturday of Homecoming Weekend. The high school marching band would be at the front. The queen and her court in the chauffeur-driven convertible at the back. At the appropriate time, I drove over and took my spot at the back. Shortly, the girls, all beautiful in gowns and crowns, climbed aboard, giggling and took their seats, the five of them, the queen in the middle and the court, my daughter among them, two on each side. Promptly at a quarter to one, the baton twirler at the front blew a whistle, the snare drums sounded and we started off up the lane toward the high school. Crowds of people lined both sides of the road. It was a brisk November day. The leaves swirled around in the breeze and off in the distance you could hear the crowd in the stadium cheering as the football players were apparently already coming out onto the field one after another. It was almost time for kickoff. At the pace we were going, we'd be there in about 15 minutes. Directly in front of me was the last of the four floats in the parade, the Senior Float, which consisted of a flatbed truck with rocks and palm trees and cavemen and cavewomen onboard all wiggling and dancing in their furs to the theme song of the popular cartoon show "The Flintstones." The theme song is only 15 seconds long. It played over and over and over. Actually, they didn't have palm trees. They had a single eight-foot-tall corn plant on the back of the truck, posing there as a palm tree. You could imagine it a palm tree if you wanted. Soon, nose to tail, the parade arrived at the entrance to the high school grounds. We headed down the horseshoe road toward the front (continued on pag 16) OUR FORMER LEGISLATOR IS GOING TO JAIL? By Dan Rattiner Former County Legislator George Guldi of Westhampton Beach was convicted of grand larceny and insurance fraud by a jury in Islip last week after two days of deliberations. He was found innocent of two other lesser offenses, one of which was possession of a forged instrument. He will be sentenced on March 13, the prosecutor is asking for 22 years for what Guldi did. This is just the first of what is expected to be several trials against Guldi. The others will involve co-defendants in what many believe was an elaborate "mortgage stacking" Ponzi scheme which, in good times, involved buying and selling properties and using the profits and mortgages to finance the bigger and bigger deals that came along--something that works fine as long as the bubble doesn't burst, which as we all know, it did. All together almost three dozen properties in the Hamptons and elsewhere valued at $60 million were involved and toward the end, when the money ran out, Guldi and his partners are alleged to have begun pocketing the monies that leaked down out here and there-- an entirely illegal business--until finally there was nowhere to go but belly up. This larger matter--the present case just decided involved about $850,000--will be adjudicated later in the year since there is such a big tangle of evidence. The first case was pretty straightforward and so came to trial before the larger one. The basics of it are this: Guldi's home, where he lives with his wife and children, burned to the ground on November 30, 2008. No one was in the house at the time. It had been a big house and the insurance company issued a check to Guldi and the bank that held the mortgage on his house for $850,000 to rebuild it. The law states that when a payment like that is smaller than the mortgage on the house, then it's supposed to be cashed by the bank that (continued on next page) Dan's Papers February 25, 2011 danspapers.com Page 14 Gotcha (continued from page 11) East Hampton picture that way. And there is truth to that. I have seen many helicopters, flying low over East Hampton, cross over into Southampton while maintaining the same low and noisy height as they had when they were flying over East Hampton, as surprising as that might seem. Better a regional complaint department than just a local one. All this yabada yabada yabada and we don't care about what happens anywhere else is just a lot of noise pollution if you ask me. Helicopters are not allowed to fly so low you can peer in a car window to see whether somebody is wiggling their toes or singing a song to something on the radio. It is amazing they'd have a helicopter out there flying so dangerously and illegally low like that. Not long ago, I expressed alarm at another kind of high-tech surveillance of motor vehicles out here. Several of our local police forces had purchased scanner guns that could attach to the roofs of squad cars and, by laser beam, review the expiration dates of all the registration and inspection stickers on the windows of all the parked cars as they drove by. It would almost instantly match up what they found with the database in Albany, and go "ding" if one were out of date or if there were a warrant out for the owner of the car because of some insurance lapse. If that were the case, the cops would pull over and box in that car, wait till the owner showed up, then read him or her their rights, seize the car and have it towed away to the police pound until the insurance lapse was cleared and the fines paid in the weeks or months ahead. Readers may recall that story and how my wife and I and our dog, along with several bags of groceries including half-gallon containers of ice cream, were left standing curbside in front of Citarella's in East Hampton on Main Street one sunny summer's day. Best thing to do from now on is, I think-- stay home and hide under the bed. Guldi (continued from previous page) holds that mortgage to partially pay them back for the money they had lent to Guldi. (The mortgage amount was $1.7 million.) Instead, Guldi got hold of the check and had a friend of his, Ethan Ellner, who is a forger, endorse it for the bank and give it back to him. Then Guldi put it into his own bank account. It was straightforward, desperate, and somehow with his larger scheme falling apart around him, he hoped he could use this money to plug up other holes in his sinking ship. The trial itself, which lasted a little over a week, was extraordinary. Guldi said he couldn't afford a lawyer and would take his chances defending himself. Ellner, who has already pleaded guilty for his part in the fraud, testi- fied against him, describing what Guldi had asked him to do and what they had done. Guldi, in cross examining Ellner, tried to establish that Ellner had not talked to him over the telephone at all because on the dates and times mentioned, he was away from telephone towers. Guldi also asked Ellner if he remembered the potted plants on the front porch when Ellner said he visited Guldi at his home and Ellner said he did, but it was a trick and there were no pots. Guldi also tried to call the sitting County Supervisor Steve Levy to the stand for testimony in which he would show that Levy had given Ellner legitimate contracts for title search work that Ellner also did, in exchange for campaign contributions that Levy "demanded." The judge would not allow Levy to be subpoenaed and, in fact, not even mentioned, which got Guldi, as his own lawyer, describing this so-called affair as between Ellner and "he who's name must not be mentioned." Guldi also called himself to the stand. After the verdict, Guldi left in tears. An attempt to create a situation where Guldi could be out on bail, put forward by a county lawyer assisting Guldi, ended in failure even though Guldi pleaded that he needed to be around his wife and kids and that he was in poor health and would not be running away. To be continued. 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