The following letter was written by Town of Huntington resident, Chas C. Cancellare.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, I was returning home and turned off of the service road of Northern State parkway onto DeForest Road. Upon turning I saw an individual, approximately 200 feet up the road, exiting his vehicle and walking toward the shoulder of the road where one of Deborah’s (Poulos) campaign signs was located. The individual, who I now know to be Don McKay, was standing in front of Deborah’s sign with his arms extended. I put the high beams of my vehicle on and clearly startled Mr. McKay who froze like a deer in my headlights.
Mr McKay realizing he was caught in a criminal act hightailed it back to his vehicle. I stopped along side Mr. McKay’s vehicle and initially asked him if he needed assistance. His initial response was that he pulled over to the shoulder of the road to make a telephone call. I advised Mr. McKay that based upon what I observed it was my belief that he was in the process of removing one of Deborah’s campaign signs. He then responded that there was no permit for the sign and it had been placed illegally. I informed Mr. McKay that if I caught him stealing another sign I would seek to have him arrested. I then started to drive away taking down the licence plate number of the white Hyundai.
Shortly up the road I realized that the plate number that I recorded was incomplete. I made a u-turn and proceeded back in Mr. McKay’s direction. At that point Mr. McKay was driving in my direction and we both stopped, facing in opposite directions, and had a further conversation. The first thing said was Mr. McKay asking me the following: “So Mr. Poulos do you think your wife is going to win the election.?” I responded by telling him I did not know what the outcome of the election would be but I know that if I caught him tampering with one of Deborah’s signs again, I would seek to have him arrested. Mr. McKay asked me if I was “threatening” him and I responded with I am “promising” him. With that exchange being concluded we both drove off. However, as he did so I verified his vehicle licence plate number.
One day later the sign I saw Mr. McKay hovering above was taken, along with the signs on our front lawn and that of a neighbor’s.
Two days later I learned that the vehicle in question was registered to Don McKay who resides on (XXX) Court in Dix Hills.