E-mail conversations between Coughlin/Carr/DeCaprio

An interesting E-mail exchange about DeCaprio and his hedge fund,  January 2012.

From: Mike Coughlin [mailto:mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org]Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:35 PMTo: ‘ted.carr@townofcohasset.org‘; ‘Mark Brennan Cc: ‘Jen Oram’

Subject: FW: Aquarion Water

Since your name and that of the BOS will be on the concession agreement–seems to be when two Massachusetts towns are buying back their water department back from Aquarion we should proceed cautiously with selling our water company to them…    In a sense– this deal is probably “hotwired” to Aquarion…  so we need to do due diligence and not simply discount this as Peter is.


—–Original Message—–

From: Peter DeCaprio [mailto:pdecaprio@crowpointpartners.com]Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PMTo: Mike Coughlin

Cc: ted.carr@townofcohasset.org; ‘Mark Brennan’;paul.carlson@townofcohasset.org

Subject: RE: Aquarion Water

so what?  is that relevant to us?  Is your point that Hingham’s

administrator asks for stupid things or spends money unwisely?


From: Mike Coughlin [mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org]

Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:28 PM

To: Peter DeCaprio

Cc: ted.carr@townofcohasset.org; ‘Mark Brennan’;paul.carlson@townofcohasset.org
Subject: Aquarion Water

Just as a heads up-the Hingham Town Administrator  called to inform us that tonight the Hingham Board of Selectmen will be asking a special town meeting for legal dollars and consultant monies to look into the possibility of buying Aquarion.

Also-A judge cleared the way for the Town of Oxford to buy out Aquarion in that municipality.

From: Mike Coughlin [mailto:mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org]

Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:13 AM


Subject: RE: Water

Thanks Ted,   I am truly sorry I am making your job more frustrating but this will help.


From: Ted Carr – Cohasset Board of Selectman [mailto:ted.carr@townofcohasset.org]

Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 5:22 PM

To: Mike Caughlin (sic)

Subject: Re: Water

I would like to see the law opinion. I agree you are correct this is not the way to do these things.
I support you and the teams opinion on this.
Please send me everything you have on this.

to reach Ted Carr for Town of Cohasset Business via phone please call 617-283-7075

From: “Mike Coughlin” <mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org>

Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:54:10 -0500

To: <ted.carr@townofcohasset.org>

Subject: Water


Sorry to bother you but in the past three weeks—Mark Brennan has been “uninvited to meetings”.  I have not been invited to meetings.   Peter retains his personal lawyer as the new “counsel” to the water company.  His attorney then rights a legal opinion stating there is no joint management.

Peter wants a concession agreement at all costs.  Lou Ross and Paul Derenis have told me that Peter has actionable conflict interests given the investment portfolio of his hedge fund. (tinytownunleashed put this in bold)

Aquarion is a likely bidder and other towns are dumping the company.   How is the town going to get control of this?


Ted Carr Blocks Ethics Investigation

From: “Mike Coughlin” <mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org>

Subject: FW: Town Manager Act Corrected

Date: February 13, 2012 8:34:13 AM EST

To: “‘Tanna Kasperowicz'” <tinytown@comcast.net>


Ethics opinion was blocked


From: Mike Coughlin [mailto:mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org]

Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 3:24 PM


Subject: FW: Town Manager Act Corrected


E-mail exchange with Town Attorney indicating that the Chair of the BOS blocked the legal opinion I had requested concerning ethics

From: Mike Coughlin [mailto:mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org]

Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 5:50 PM

Subject: RE: Town Manager Act Corrected


I understand Ted’s instructions but I have a independent role—albeit at my own risk—to perform as Town Manager and Chief Procurement Officer.  In my other town’s – even in instances where my position and that of the Chairman of the Boards was at odds—my access to the town attorney was never blocked.

I feel that something is definitely wrong here and if I can not call upon the Town Attorney for advice—my only option is to contact the state ethics commission directly.   I am prepared to do this if necessary but  It also does not bode well for the future relationship between the Town Attorney and the Town Manager.



From: PDeRensis@aol.com [mailto:PDeRensis@aol.com]

Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 5:00 PM

To: mcoughlin@townofcohasset.org

Cc: lross@dwboston.com

Subject: Re: Town Manager Act Corrected

Please call Lou Ross on that subject matter, we received an email from Ted Carr to not issue anything on this. I thought you and Ted had talked, please coordinate between you and Ted what it is we are supposed to do here on that subject. Lou can fill you in further. I can send you a copy of the Carr instructions:.


© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed

  8 comments for “E-mail conversations between Coughlin/Carr/DeCaprio

  1. Mary A. Parsons
    February 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    In other words NOTHING!

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