Islip Town employee charged in harassment promoted

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An Islip Town employee charged with harassing a town Democratic Party volunteer in November has been promoted to deputy commissioner of parks and recreation.

Christopher Cacoperdo, a nonunion employee, has worked for the town since 2003 and was most recently a recycling collection unit manager with the Islip Resource Recovery Agency, according to Inez Birbiglia, spokeswoman for the town. She said Cacoperdo was promoted to the deputy commissioner post by Parks and Recreation Commissioner Joseph Montouri on Monday. Birbiglia said the town board played no role in the promotion.

Cacoperdo is paid $70,000 a year and did not receive a raise, according to Birbiglia. Cacoperdo declined to comment.

On Nov. 2, three days before the general election, Cacoperdo, 46, of Bay Shore, was seen removing campaign signs at the Islip Town Democratic Committee headquarters on Sunrise Highway, according to Democratic Party volunteer James Brockwell, 61, of Holtsville.

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According to the complaint filed by prosecutors in Suffolk County First District Court, Cacoperdo approached Brockwell in his vehicle at headquarters and said, "Don't get out of the car, Jimmy. I'm gonna hurt you really bad." Islip Town Democratic Committee chairman Gerry Pallotta was also in the car, Brockwell said in an interview.

Suffolk prosecutors charged Cacoperdo with second-degree harassment and he accepted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in January, according to the Suffolk County Court clerk's office. The case will be dismissed after six months, according to the terms of the adjournment, records show.

Islip Town Republican Committee chairman Frank Tantone is listed as Cacoperdo's privately retained attorney on court records.

"The matter has been dismissed. The district attorney's office investigated and felt there was nothing there to pursue," Tantone said.Tantone said he didn't know why Cacoperdo was at Democratic headquarters that morning. "We don't send our workers out to break the law," he said.

A one-year temporary order of protection barring Cacoperdo from contacting Brockwell was issued on Nov. 4, according to court documents. He is due back in court on July 17.

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