Don McKay?

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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.

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2 Responses to Don McKay?

  1. Unfortunately, this happens more often than not these days. We seem to have several problems here:

    People are putting signs up in places that are considered “illegal”. (Shame on you, learn the rules.)

    People are taking signs down that don’t belong to them even when they are in “legal” places. (Shame on you, these signs aren’t cheap.)

    The local town hall employees sneak around at night (obviously from this story) taking the opposing party’s signs whether in “legal” or “illegal” places. (Double shame on you – is this a “do as I say not as I do” moment?)

    Yesterday I observed a Public Safety person (he had his vest on), quickly working his way on Main St. taking down signs on telephone poles. He was ignoring the Berland/Jackson signs right by the poles in the ground!

    My Town Too
    October 26, 2011 9:57 am at 9:57 am

  2. @My Town Too, I agree. One of the reasons for starting thehuntingtonian was that it seems in the Town of Huntington many laws are “optional”. I can’t count how many times I asked the question, “Isn’t that illegal?”, in terms of the actions of the current majority on the Town Board and those associated with them. There has been nobody of authority and integrity watching what is going on, and even when things are exposed, there is no one to go to with the information. Mark Mayoka has tried to help us, but being one of a board of five, there is not much he can do. The local politicians have gotten so arrogant because they know this. Their cronies control Newsday and The Long Islander. It got to the point where I just couldn’t stand living here knowing all that I know and not being able to do a thing about it. Instead of fighting this uphill battle, we even tried to sell our house to move to a less corrupt town. Not surprisingly, being a home owner in Huntington Station, we quickly realized that was not going to happen. The Huntingtonian is here to stay and we will do our best to “shed light” on things, both positive and negative.

    Ilene Fucci - Editor
    October 26, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm

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