Former Boss on Visit from HQ – No “walk in the Park” for an unsuspecting target. Flew by the Beach en route from Bethpage to Babylon.
OPRHP Director of Personnel
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York
Dear Mr. Parmentier:
I have to say, “What are you, a fucking asshole???” is now confirmed as an appropriate way to address employees in our Agency, thanks to you. In fact, other abusive behavior is also allowed, encouraged, and rewarded. With your help it’s acceptable to punish and embarrass workers who report abuse and portray them as “dangerous to themselves and to others” by requiring them to undergo “mandatory” psychological and physical exams, instead of helping them.
After employees demonstrate that they are utterly harmless, they can also be ”put out to pasture” in meaningless, boring jobs from which they will never advance, despite their qualifications.
Abusers, on the other hand, are handsomely rewarded at the tax-payers’ expense with high paying jobs. (Some claim this is a diplomatic way to move them away from workers they abused)
This letter is about workers, in particular, bosses, who demonstrate clear patterns of abuse, rather than an occasional rude comment or mistake in judgement. When numerous workers lodge complaints about a particular employee, management needs to acknowledge that something is indeed wrong. Sadly, this is not the case at OPRHP (New York State Parks) at all.
The case in point involves our Long Island Regional Safety Officer, Elaine Marzoli. Rumors abound regarding her sudden transfer to Jones Beach and promotion to Assistant Park Director. “Albany says she has to stay” was a standard response to anyone who complained about her pattern of abusive behavior, which included countless outbursts of obscenities (as quoted above), humiliation, threats of firing and demotion. “Albany” (according to Elaine’s testimony) is also responsible for her transfer to Long Island State Parks Regional Headquarters after serving less than a year’s probation as Assistant Park Director.
What a humongous effort to keep a badly qualified person employed in a position that reportedly pays over $80 thousand a year! More incredible than any work of fiction, Ms. Marzoli “trains the trainer” to teach Workplace Violence Prevention. Again, it’s noted, that “Albany” intervened to arrange this transfer.
It appears Ms. Marzoli has personal contacts in Albany who need to protect and promote her. Several persistent rumors cause one to wonder if our tax monies are being used to purchase her silence:
1) Is she able to reveal information about certain liaisons rumored to have taken place ala Heidi Fleiss?
2) Is the rumor that a former boss assaulted her kept undercover to protect him and our Agency from scandal?
3) Did he attempt to defend himself from a Lorena Bobbit-like attack?
4) Was the subsequent “transfer”/promotion an effort to protect our Agency from scandal in preparation for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, as some have explained?
5) Does she still live “rent free” in State owned housing at Bethpage State Park, as some workers claim?
6) Is it true that she was able to “bump” another high-ranking employee at Jones Beach State Park for his failure to pass a qualifying Civil Service Examination? (She claimed to be “number two” in the park.)
The prevalence of these and other rumors, leads one to conclude that employees, as well as the tax-paying public are justified in wanting to know how their tax money is being spent. Instead of punishing abused workers, it would better serve them and the public to answer these questions once and for all. It’s tiresome hearing management and others use these rumors to explain why abused workers should just accept their lot in life and not cause any trouble. I hope this letter clarifies my position on abuse in the workplace and that more appropriate action will soon be taken. Some of us have waited far too long.
Cordially, Alfred P. Thomson
Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY