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Cold Spring Harbor Fire DistrictDisgusting Public Office Abuse

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For over 30 years, the Cold Spring Harbor Fire District gave salary increases to Firehouse Attendants. Since 2006, the full time employees have had difficulty getting their bi-weekly salary and salary increases due to the district secretary occasionally working from her Florida home. March of 2008, the employees showed an interest in joining CSEA Local 1000 to protect themselves. The district failed to respond to the requests for voluntary recognition. January 2009, CSEA and the district began contract negotiations. The board of fire commissioners made negotiations a living hell. The district postponed as many negotiation meetings as possible, numerous Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) hearings were scheduled for district violations during negotiations, fire commissioners attempted to sue other fire commissioners, illegal votes were used at board meetings, and CSEA charged commissioner John Parker with violation of NYS Civil Service Law Work Place Violence Statues and Work Place Violence Policy for abusing an employee. At the end of 2013, an agreement was made on a contract. January 1, 2014- Chairman Bruce Hafner and the board of fire commissioners took it upon themselves to cancel the health insurance of 5 men who have worked for the district for over 30 years and were promised insurance when they were hired. These men also volunteered for the fire department. All 5 retirees have medical issues and rely on their health insurance. 2 of the men have since passed away. At the same time, Bruce Hafner had purchased $130, 000 worth of heart monitoring equipment that wasn't necessary. February 2014- the district fired an EMT-CC, claiming they were eliminating her position. Immediately after, part time Paramedics were hired. In April of 2014- a full time employee (also the CSEA president) took a medical leave from the district for spine surgery. He was given clearance to return to work (light duty) on June 6, 2014. The district would not let him return to work until he was 100%. This is an illegal act stated by 42 USC 12112 (The Americans With Disabilities Act) September 30, 2014- the same employee had to testify against the district at a PERB hearing regarding the termination of health insurance for the 5 retirees. The district did not have a substantial case and a verdict is still pending. November 27, 2014- again, the same employee was fired because his EMT certificate expired during his recuperation. He was hired off of the Civil Service list as an EMT. Although, during his 9 year tenure, he worked as a Firehouse Attendant and Dispatcher. 4 hours out of the 9 years were spent as an EMT. The employee gave the district a proposal to work part time until he passed his Firehouse Attendant Civil Service exam in March of 2015. There was no district discussion and the employee was immediately fired. The district was served papers from the law office of the employee who was terminated for federal, NYS, and Suffolk County violations for wrongful termination. December 22, 2014- the latest employee that was fired, had his unemployment insurance cancelled because the fire district claimed, "He voluntarily quit his job." A NYS unemployment insurance hearing has been scheduled for the employee and an investigation by NYS found that the district had lied about circumstances involving the expired EMT certificate. The employee's lawyers are also suing the district for harassment charges.

Cold Spring Harbor Fire District

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Jan 23, 2015
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  • Is
      Jan 28, 2015

    How do people like this sleep at night?

    +7 Votes
  • La
      Feb 15, 2015

    A bunch of community azzholes with too much time on their hands.

    +6 Votes
  • Ob
      Feb 27, 2015

    Islandia FD- I was going to say the same thing.

    +6 Votes
  • Ha
      Apr 05, 2015
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    [protected] A group of azzholes who would rather hear themselves talk, rather then think and make any progress. I feel for the residents of Cold Spring Harbor and the volunteer members of the fire department. I would be interested to know how much $$$ has been spent on legal representation due to arrogant and incompetent mistakes. We thought this garbage was over when that sick woman, Karen Neilsen, was terminated?

    +7 Votes
  • Fa
      Apr 07, 2015

    Nothing like screwing over your own. Good going BOFC.

    +5 Votes
  • Ba
      Apr 07, 2015

    We don't think much of Bruce Hafner at Huntington Community First Aid Squad either. Cold Spring Harbor can keep him!

    +5 Votes
  • Ch
      Apr 08, 2015

    You ###!

    +3 Votes
  • So
      May 02, 2015

    Occupied Nazi territory was a better way of life, compared to the Cold Spring Harbor Fire District. Bunch of [censored]tards.

    +5 Votes
  • Pj
      May 15, 2015

    If I was a Cold Spring Harbor Resident, I would be pretty upset that the fire district had spent $90, 000 on lawyer representation fees, in the last year.

    +4 Votes
  • Fi
      May 22, 2015

    Why don't you azzholes spend money on equipment that is needed, instead of lawsuits. AZZHOLES!

    +5 Votes
  • Ha
      Jun 02, 2015

    Yes it is true... Chairman Bruce Hafner is from another planet.

    +3 Votes
  • Pe
      Jun 02, 2015

    Yeah... Planet U-R-An-Anus

    +2 Votes
  • La
      Jun 09, 2015

    What a [censored]ing azzhole. Every dog has their day.

    +1 Votes
  • Jo
      Jul 21, 2015

    As a lawyer, I find the behavior of Mr. Hafner disgusting and despicable. His incompetence had cost the district over $90, 000 in the last year, for law representation to repair multiple, poor decisions made by the board of fire commissioners. Furthermore, as a resident of Cold Spring Harbor, I am appalled that our hard earned tax dollars are being pissed away, instead of being used to purchase new fire and rescue equipment that can benefit the residents of Cold Spring Harbor. Poor fire commissioners, poor decisions, poor lawyers.

    +1 Votes
  • Jo
      Jul 24, 2015

    Piece of garbage. Karma will take it's coarse.

    0 Votes

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