- Montauk resident Rick King, an anti-McGintee activist, was the man behind the mask and jailbird getup who paraded through the East Hampton Town Board public hearings Thursday night as a "visual protest" of the administration's handling of Community Preservation Fund resources.
King says he began protesting McGintee after watching him ignore local residents at a town meeting shortly after the supervisor was
elected. "He'll just blow you off," King complained, "We can't win with words, so we figured we'd go with something visual."
King did just that, disrupting Thursday's session carrying a briefcase filled with mock dollar bills representing the town's Community Preservation Fund. "He turned the town into a three-ring circus," King reasoned, "So we'll make him into a clown."
The evening session began with a few residents who thanked the board for preserving the Amagansett Farmers' Market and Supervisor McGintee thanked them in return for their support, prior to the visual protest.
King's inmate may become a more frequent sight at East Hampton proceedings, as he is planning to take the get-up on tour. "He owns that now, you can't rent a mask of McGintee's face," friend and fellow activist Joe Loffreno pointed out. "We're just trying to get under the guy's skin," King explained.
And they may have achieved their goal considering the supervisor's most recent comment regarding the spectacle. "He's just a mental deficient with nothing better to do, and you can quote me," McGintee's asserted, responding to the incident in a phone interview this week.