Former Islip Supervisor Pete McGowan, who was forced from office, jailed and required to return his $1 million campaign fund, made his first appearance at an official town event in a decade.
It was at last week’s swearing-in of Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter in Central Islip. All her predecessors were invited. McGowan was introduced and stood but did not speak. GOP state Sen. Tom Croci, one of the hosts of the ceremonies, was the only other ex-supervisor on hand.
“I thought it was a nice gesture,” said Carpenter, who said she spoke briefly to McGowan before the event.
McGowan, who was town supervisor for 14 years and de facto town GOP leader, pleaded guilty in 2006 for bribe taking, laundering $52,000 in kickbacks, and witness tampering and served three months in county jail and later did community service. His campaign fund was returned to donors.
“I thought it was disgraceful,” said Frank Tantone, Islip GOP chairman, who relations with Carpenter have frayed, according to town sources. “I was actually flabbergasted. Whoever’s idea it was shoul have arelly thought aobut it. It was really questionable. I certaonlyt wouldn’t have done it.”