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Camp directors no longer defendants in crowded-house case

This house, at 17 Ocean Blvd. in East

This house, at 17 Ocean Blvd. in East Hampton, has been cited by the town with 61 alleged code violations. This was the house on Aug. 6, 2015. Credit: Doug Kuntz

Two camp directors charged in early August with 61 code violations at a home in East Hampton Town were removed Monday as defendants in the case along with Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs, a main shareholder and managing partner in the company that owns the property.

Hampton Country Day Camp employees Doris E. Rosen, 60, of Jericho, and David S. Skolnik, 32, of Plainview, appeared in Town Justice Court before Judge Lisa R. Rana to answer to the charges but did not speak. Jacobs was not in court.

The matter has been adjourned until Oct. 26.

Brian C. Doyle, an attorney who represents HCDC LLC Holdings of Glen Cove, which owns the camp, and is the attorney for Rosen, Skolnik and Jacobs, asked Rana to remove the three from the case and transfer the defense status solely to HCDC.

"HCDC is the corporate entity involved with the house and Skolnik and Rosen are just employees," Doyle said in an interview after the court proceedings. He said Jacobs was removed because HCDC is a limited liability company.

Assistant East Hampton Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski agreed to the request.

Skolnik and Rosen declined to speak directly to reporters. Jacobs was not immediately available for comment after Monday's proceeding.

The house at 17 Ocean Blvd. is owned by HCDC and is used as free housing for counselors at the camp, which ended its summer session on Aug. 21.

Rosen and Skolnik were cited for the violations while at the house on Aug. 5 when it was inspected by East Hampton ordinance enforcement officers, Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said.

The charges include overcrowding, using a single-family house as a dormitory and no certificate of occupancy.

Town officials say the 2,940-square-foot structure is supposed to be used as a four-bedroom dwelling for a single family, but 25 adults were living in the eight-bedroom, dormitory-style house.

Jacobs said he purchased the house with its current design, that no alterations were made and that the allegations are unfounded or exaggerations.

Jacobs removed about 10 counselors from the house in early August after a state Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the portion of the house with the alleged violations from being used.

Another house owned by HCDC at 209 Buckskill Rd. in East Hampton Town that was also used to house camp counselors was cited for violations on Aug. 18. An addition, a deck and shed were built without certificates of occupancy, according to town officials.

Jacobs has said that having two HCDC homes cited for violations indicates harassment of the company by town officials.

Doyle said he expects the Ocean Boulevard matter to be settled with the town by the next court date on Oct. 26, and he said he is confident any issues with the Buckskill Road property will also be resolved.

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