Cops: Giglio filed harassment complaint against Supervisor Walter

06/24/2012 8:16 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Supervisor Sean Walter at a Town Board eeting earlier this year.

Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio filed a harassment report with Riverhead police last week against Town Supervisor Sean Walter over an incident that occurred in Town Hall on June 14, according to police records.
The report filed Thursday says Mr. Walter “verbally harassed” Ms. Giglio, though she reportedly asked for no charges to be filed and requested the report “for documentation purposes.”

The councilwoman could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.

Councilmen George Gabrielsen and John Dunleavy, who witnessed the incident, said the supervisor yelled and cursed at her and threatened to end her political career.

Mr. Walter “came charging like a pit bull” into the room, and began yelling and cursing at Ms. Giglio after a town board executive session, Mr. Gabrielsen previously told the News-Review.

“It was very unprofessional behavior,” he said in an interview days after the incident.

“I thought he was out of line,” Mr. Dunleavy said. “This is where Sean has problems. He opens his mouth before he thinks. That’s the way he is, he gets mad and he comes storming in.”

“Every word out of his mouth was the F-word or the A-word,” Ms. Giglio said then.

Mr. Walter publicly apologized at the start of last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting for the alleged tirade.

He then read aloud from a Bible verse, Matthew 7, about not judging others.

“Jodi I am so sorry,” he said. “I was out of line. I shouldn’t have done it. Quite frankly, every once in an while, you’ve got to go into the Bible. I apologize. Now the town should move forward with the business at hand, and hopefully, this is over. I hope you accept my apology.”

Ms. Giglio said at the time it was a private matter and asked the Board to continue with town business.

psquire@timesreview.com