Peter Boody is a freelance writer for The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”
In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors are joined by New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele for a discussion on work he’s doing to reform the state’s Open Meetings law to include language that could require local municipalities to utilize video conferencing to provide greater access and remote participation in board meetings.
U.S. District Judge Gary R. Brown said he considered Ms. Bitis’s service to the community and the support of her friends, family and current employer and the efforts that she has made so far toward restitution, but considering the “significant magnitude” of the crime plus the fact that she had engaged in similar behavior before, an “incarceratory sentence” was warranted.