Harendra Singh, Oyster Bay's concessionaire at the town golf course and Tobay Beach, was about $75,000 behind in payments to the town last month, Supervisor John Venditto said Tuesday.
Companies controlled by the restaurateur face multiple lawsuits for nonpayment from creditors, with at least one seeking to seize equipment at town facilities.
"In the weeks or couple of months leading up to that, he had make significant inroads into getting it down to those numbers," Venditto said in response to a question from Robert Freier, an executive recruiter from Woodbury and Democratic candidate for town board.StoryOfficial: Concessionaire behind on paymentsStoryPol: Town could be on hook for concessionsStoryDocs: Restaurateur in suits has ties to Mangano
Asked at the town board meeting by Freier whether Singh's missed payments were more than 60 days past due -- the point at which the town could declare the agreements in default and terminate them for cause -- Venditto said, "I don't know the status of it."
Venditto declined to answer questions before or after the meeting.
The concession agreements say that if Singh's companies miss a payment, the town will send a notice giving them 60 days to cure the default.
Joseph Conway, Singh's attorney in a case brought by creditor Axis Capital Inc. and other matters, said Singh had received a 60-day notice about 45 days ago after falling behind on payments to the town at both locations.
"The town knows we have made some payments and we're going to continue to make some payments and should be caught up by the middle, to the end of this month," said Mineola-based Conway.
Last year, the town board approved extending Singh's concessions agreements to 2065 and 2070, even as Singh's companies were facing lawsuits from creditors and were missing payments to creditors who later sued.
The town has not provided complete documentation in response to a Freedom of Information Law request regarding the concessions agreements, amendments, and capital work at the two sites. Asked Tuesday why the town hadn't provided all the Singh documents, Town Attorney Leonard Genova said he had "no comment."
Venditto said at the board meeting that Singh "has been a very good tenant."
Since 2001, Singh and companies registered at 150 Hicksville Rd., where his restaurant H.R. Singleton's is located, have contributed $128,214 to campaigns, committees and political clubs, mostly to Republicans, including Friends of John Venditto and the Oyster Bay Republican Committee, campaign finance records show.