A Democratic candidate for the Oyster Bay Town Board said the impending eviction of residents of Syosset Mobile Home Park illustrates the close ties that town officials often have to developments.
A judge has authorized eviction warrants for the roughly 20 residents who remain at the 5-acre park, the last mobile home park in Nassau County. Residents say there were about 200 people living there when Uniondale-based STP Associates LLC first began eviction proceedings in 2007.
One of the two principals of STP is Jerome Genova, father of Town Attorney Leonard Genova. Leonard Genova is a past co-owner of STP and the mobile home park, Newsday has reported.
"It's awfully coincidental that his father now owns the place," said the candidate, Robert Freier.
Leonard Genova said in court testimony in 2012 that he stepped down from his role with STP in 2011 "because of personal and professional responsibilities."
Freier said there would be a conflict of interest if, as expected, STP requests a rezoning of the land.
Leonard Genova said Tuesday that if a rezoning is requested, he would recuse himself from involvement in the matter. Jerome Genova could not be reached for comment.
The mobile home site is near the planned Syosset Park, a 90-acre town center development that Simon Property Group has said will include housing, stores, restaurants, entertainment and a park. That, Freier said, makes the mobile home park land especially valuable.