Jon Kaiman's cellphone sets off Art Garfunkel

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The sounds of silence weren't coming from one town supervisor's cellphone at a private concert by Art Garfunkel in Great Neck earlier this month.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who was attending an exclusive concert by the singer June 8 at the Great Neck Arts Center, said he pulled out his cellphone mid-concert to stop it from buzzing.

That's when Garfunkel became irritated and stormed off the stage, according to one person who was in the audience.

"Garfunkel completely overreacted," said the concertgoer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "He looked at Jon and said, 'You know what? I'm out of here.' "

A representative for Garfunkel would not comment on whether the artist walked out, saying only that he finished the concert and took questions from the audience afterward.

But Kaiman maintains that the break in the concert was not related to his cellphone.

"During the concert, I take my cellphone out so that I can turn it off to stop it from buzzing, Art Garfunkel sees me fiddling with my phone, I put it away, he takes a break at the end of the song and some people think it was because of the phone," Kaiman wrote in a statement.

Kaiman said he did his part to bridge troubled waters, standing up and apologizing to Garfunkel when the artist returned to the stage, and the two shook hands.

"He says, 'No problem, we're friends,' " Kaiman said.

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