Judy Jacobs complains of dealer's continued car storage at Cantiague Park
Nassau Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) has complained to the administration of County Executive Edward Mangano that a Westbury car dealership is continuing to store automobiles at Cantiague Park, even though its permit was revoked.
In a letter last week to County Attorney Carnell Foskey, Jacobs asked for an update "on the steps you will be taking to insure this matter is in compliance with New York State parklands regulations."
As parks commissioner, Fos-key had signed an agreement to allow Westbury Jeep Chrysler Dodge to store cars in the back parking lot of Cantiague Park from October through March in return for paying $4,000 a month to the county and $500 a month to Friends of Nassau Recreation, a nonprofit parks department affiliate.
Foskey revoked the permit in late October after neighbors complained and a parks advocacy group contended the permit illegally transferred parkland. The county ordered the dealership to remove the cars by Nov. 20 but granted a 30-day extension to give the company more time to find a new storage lot.
Parks spokeswoman Mary Studdert said Monday, "The order to vacate this unused lot remains in effect. No disruption to the public whatsoever has occurred, and the dealership assures us that they are moving the cars." Also, Foskey directed the dealership yesterday to remove all cars within seven days or face possible towing of the remaining vehicles.
Jacobs, who said the cars were still there Tuesday, expressed skepticism. "Who says within seven days they're going to do it?" she asked. "They didn't belong there in the first place."
Jacobs added, "This is very disturbing for many reasons: The entire matter never came before the legislature; this use constitutes an alienation of parkland, which is totally illegal, and there is no way that the administration would know if this use has caused a disruption to residents. Certainly residents have complained about the use."
Dealership co-owner Randy Sporn said Tuesday, "The cars will be moved, hopefully soon. We're working constantly to get another location."