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Mastic Beach Village delays public hearing on employee background checks

Mastic Beach village hall is seen in this

Mastic Beach village hall is seen in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Mastic Beach officials postponed a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss conducting background checks on village employees after a resident objected that new details on the proposed law weren’t posted on the village website a day in advance.

The public hearing has been rescheduled for next month.

Mastic Beach doesn’t have a policy requiring background checks on future employees. Village officials on Wednesday said they have conducted background checks on four employees by resolution since November.

Suffolk County prosecutors in September charged village code enforcement supervisor Patrick K. McCall, 31, with lying about a grand larceny conviction on his job application. Prosecutors at the time said McCall, hired in July, checked “no” when asked on his application if he had ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

Authorities found a 2006 conviction of grand larceny for which he was sentenced to probation. The conviction was related to McCall’s arrest in the 2005 sale of a laptop computer on eBay without delivering it, but depositing a check for $1,095, records show.

McCall, who eventually resigned, pleaded not guilty in September to the false instrument filing charge.

Mayor Maura Spery said McCall’s case was the reason behind the proposed law.

“It brought up the issue that we didn’t have a policy on doing background checks,” Spery said after Tuesday’s meeting.

Trustees were set to conduct the public hearing Tuesday when a resident approached the dais and said the public didn’t have a chance to review all details of the proposed code. New York State Open Meeting Laws mandate that villages publicly post proposed laws at least 24 hours in advance.

After a short discussion between board members, the hearing was postponed. “Everyone makes mistakes,” Spery told the audience.

If the local law is adopted, village employees will be subject to a background check and possible fingerprinting before being hired.

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