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Bay constables chief will be reassigned

Oyster Bay reprimanded John Antetomaso for improperly storing

Oyster Bay reprimanded John Antetomaso for improperly storing three family boats in a town maintenance building.

A high-ranking Oyster Bay Town employee whose admitted misuse of town facilities and personnel has made him the focus of a Nassau County district attorney probe will be stripped Thursday of supervisory power over bay constables, but will keep his title and salary, town officials said.

John Antetomaso, 45, will be "reassigned within the department and as of Thursday will no longer have oversight or involvement with the bay constables," Deputy Town Supervisor Leonard Genova said Tuesday. Genova said that would likely be the extent of the town's punitive measures.

Antetomaso admitted to town officials that he stored three family boats in a town maintenance facility last fall, and that he ordered three bay constables to deliver gasoline to him when he was stranded during a 2010 recreational boating trip in Fire Island Inlet, Newsday reported in April.

He is on vacation and expected to return Thursday, when his office will be moved from Massapequa to Syosset to ensure he has "no direct interaction" with bay constables, Genova said Tuesday.

Antetomaso's Massapequa office is near the marine maintenance building at John J. Burns Park, where the boats were stored.

He has been supervisor of conservation and waterways in the Public Safety Department since 1996. Antetomaso, of Massapequa, is paid $120,320 annually to supervise about 20 full- and part-time constables, plus mechanics.

Besides retaining his title and salary, he will continue supervising records, maintenance reports and wildlife and boat censuses, Genova said.

Antetomaso also works with his father, Frank, a former town official, as an associate at the Mineola engineering firm of Sidney B. Bowne & Son/AE&T Group. Through a company secretary Tuesday, Frank Antetomaso responded to a message left for the father and son by referring questions to the town.

An email sent to John Antetomaso was not answered.

"The supervisor's highest priority is to find out what is going on," Genova said of misconduct allegations made about Antetomaso to Town Supervisor John Venditto. "We won't figure out what's going on until we take him [Antetomaso]out of the equation."

Genova said he submitted an executive report to the office of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in June after interviewing about 20 bay constables. He would not detail his findings, citing the ongoing county probe.

Chris Munzing, a spokesman for the DA, declined to comment Tuesday.

Genova said two senior bay constables will perform Antetomaso's former duties, one supervising on the North Shore and the other on the South Shore.

He said Venditto takes seriously the safety of boaters in Oyster Bay waters.

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