Boncek files “formal complaint” after heated Facebook exchange with Christine Haas
KINGSTON- Today, Peter Boncek told KingstonJournal.com that he has filed a “formal complaint” against Christine Haas, the department secretary of the Town Planner’s office, after a heated exchange on Facebook led to insults and accusations Tuesday night.
Hass started the discussion, which is 60-comments long, with the first comment on the Facebook thread and accused Boncek of harassing Selectman Ron Gleason by “driving his motorcycle up and down their street for weeks.”
Haas also accused Selectwoman Susan Munford of “inciting” residents to pound on Gleason’s 17 Foxworth Lane address.
Munford responded and wrote that she has “never attacked or harassed Mr. Gleason,” and said she “did not incite the matter….[as Haas] portrays.”
Haas wrote back to Munford’s claims that she did not incite harassment. “That is a lie…we have copies of it,” Haas responded to Munford.
After 18 comments, Boncek weighed in and led off by writing, “Christine [Haas], I think it’s time to put the wine away because it sounds like you have had enough to drink.”
Eight minutes later, Haas responded to Boncek and commented, “Peter, you are a liar.”
Five minutes after that, Haas wrote, “time for you to put the drugs away.”
Three minutes later, at 6:50 p.m., Boncek answered Haas. “Christine, you maybe right about me lying because I really don’t know what you’re drinking but you’ve definately have enough,” Boncek wrote.
A minute after that, Haas wrote, “just keep taking your drugs Pete.”
Haas sat down with the Journal in the Kingston Town House today. “Peter [Boncek] was trying to invalidate what I was saying by suggesting that I was intoxicated,” she told the Journal.
Haas said she had not been drinking on Tuesday night.
“The comment Peter [Boncek] made in the Journal about caring about Ron’s health pissed me off,” Haas said on Thursday afternoon. Haas also told the Journal that her family is “close friends” with the Gleason’s.
Haas told the Journal that she believed Boncek is the author of FixKingston.org, a message-board formatted blog devoted to providing commentary on local politics. “They went after our personal mortgage statements and sewer connection on FixKingston.org,” Haas told the Journal.
Boncek, who did not provide the Journal with a copy of the complaint, says he filed the complaint because he feels that Haas violated the Town of Kingston’s “Professional Conduct Policy,” which was approved in 2008.
Boncek stated that if he does not hear a response to his complaint within a week, he will address the issue during open forum at next week’s selectmen meeting.
Acting-Town Administrator Nancy Howlett confirmed that Boncek had filed a complaint. “Town labor counsel is reviewing it,” Howlett said.