Hippos are known to be very aggressive. They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation. In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful bureaucrat known as Frederick Ippolito.
Newsday recently reported that federal authorities arrested Ippolito, who is the Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner of Planning and Development, and “charged [him] with six counts of income tax evasion after ‘willfully’ failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees from a Nassau paving company.” He pled not guilty to the charges and they appear to be unrelated to his town position.
Those who have been on the receiving end of Ippo the Hippo’s department may view his arrest as poetic justice. They felt the weight of the town’s bureaucracy and it crapped on them as a hippo’s massive behind. On March 24, 2014, Newsday reported that a local business owner sued the Town of Oyster Bay for depriving him of his property rights under the 14th Amendment. The matter concerned the alleged actions of the Hippo and his underlings. Last August, the Gold Coast Beacon reported on Ippo the Hippo’s alleged aggressiveness against restaurant owners who supposedly saw their businesses crushed by him. This past February, Newsday reported that yet another business owner sued the town because of him; however, this time it was for being “denied a building permit and later persecuted because she had refused to have sex” with the Hippo. There is even a YouTube channel dedicated to exposing Ippo the Hippo’s hypocrisy in enforcing town codes against residents but not himself.
Ippo the Hippo’s arrest may not shock some political viewers. He has been embroiled in scandalous allegations for a while and they are piled higher than hippo dung. There will be an opportunity for him to defend his innocence against the latest allegations; nevertheless, a hippo should know that too much sunlight can bring unwelcome heat.