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Village officials had given commercial fishing boat captain Sid Smith notice that he’d have to leave the railroad dock, but now appear to have reversed course. (Credit: Paul Squire)
A Southampton attorney representing Greenport commercial fishing captain Sid Smith has requested that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office investigate the village’s method of collecting and sharing information.
Attorney Dan Rodgers submitted a complaint to the DA last Thursday after the village clerk denied his client several Freedom of Information Law requests. It claims the village has failed to keep accurate long-term records of its collections fees from users of the railroad dock on Third Street.
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is investigating the theft of money out of the Southold Town Justice Court, a DA spokesman said.
“It’s an active investigation,” said the spokesman, Robert Clifford.
No arrests have been made.
Police Chief Martin Flatley also confirmed the matter is under investigation.
A law enforcement source said the subject of the investigation is a Town Justice clerk who had been dealing with the court’s revenue streams for years.
The source said the missing funds amounted to “a substantial number.”
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell referred comment to the town attorney’s office.