Trucking firm facing familiar fight in new locale

Jezco Containers, based in Kings Park, moved its Jezco Containers, based in Kings Park, moved its operation to Yaphank. It was among the businesses that faced changes under Smithtown Town's plan to re-zone a section of Kings Park. (May 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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A trucking company that left Kings Park during a zoning dispute with the Town of Smithtown has been ordered to remove trucks from its new home in Yaphank.

Brookhaven Town Attorney Annette Eaderesto said Jezco of New York LLC had violated town zoning laws by storing trucks on an East Main Street property it is using.

In an interview, Eaderesto said Jezco was informed of the town's order Friday through an attorney representing Edgeo Properties, the mulching company that owns the parcel. The town plans to inspect the site this week to ensure Jezco complies, a town spokesman said Tuesday.

"They know they have to get out of there now," Eaderesto said, adding the town would take "other action" if Jezco does not comply.

She said the business relationship between Jezco and Edgeo was unclear but she believed Jezco had planned to use the Edgeo site temporarily while seeking a permanent home.

An attorney for Edgeo did not return calls for comment. Leonard Shore, an attorney who represented Jezco in its dealings with Smithtown, said he was not aware of the Brookhaven order and declined to comment.

Jezco announced last month that it had left Kings Park after battling for years with Smithtown officials. In June, a State Supreme Court justice issued a temporary restraining order barring Jezco from expanding after Smithtown officials had accused the company of violating town zoning laws.

Neighbors of Jezco's property on Lawrence Road in Kings Park had complained about truck traffic, noise and other nuisances.

Sharon A. Wiesmann, president of the Yaphank Taxpayers and Civic Association, said the group had raised concerns about Jezco and Edgeo and asked town officials to review the matter. She said she was pleased the town acted.

"We were told they would be looking at it, and obviously that's happened, so we're very happy with that," she said.

Jezco's arrival added to residents' long-standing concerns about noise, trucks and odors that they attribute to Edgeo and other nearby businesses, Wiesmann said.

"The truck activity is nonstop, all night long. . . . There's noise, there's odors from the operations that were taking place," she said. "With Jezco coming in there . . . it's compounding it even further."

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