Former acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter Jr. called Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino “unethical” and a “school yard bully” in a Facebook comment last week.
Krumpter, who retired from the county police department and began working for the Lloyd Harbor Police Department in July, weighed in on the controversy surrounding ethics reform in Hempstead Town that has pitted Santino against fellow Republicans and town board members Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman.
Santino’s ethics package, which passed last month in a 4-3 vote after a divisive, hourslong town board meeting, includes an outside income cap of $125,000, which King Sweeney, an aviation attorney, has said is aimed at keeping her from running for re-election.
“It is troubling to see just how unethical the supervisor is,” Krumpter wrote in a comment Friday on King Sweeney’s Facebook page, where she posted videos of a town board meeting. “Unfortunately the school yard bully has intimated [sic] town board members to join in his unethical conduct. King Sweeney for supervisor.”
Krumpter confirmed the posting in a telephone interview Monday evening.
“I find it disheartening that the sole purpose of the ethical reform here is targeting” King Sweeney and Blakeman, Krumpter said. “Its absurd . . . The supervisor’s conduct is offensive.”
Town spokesman Mike Deery, who speaks for Santino, declined to comment Monday. On Tuesday morning, Santino’s campaign sent out an email touting an endorsement from the Nassau County Police Department’s Police Benevolent Association, which is comprised of rank-and-file officers. Santino is running against Democratic candidate Laura Gillen for supervisor in November.
King Sweeney, who is up for re-election in 2019, said she enjoys her current position and is not running for supervisor or any other seat.
“I have a lot of respect for Commissioner Krumpter and I appreciate his faith in me,” she said.