Two camp counselors charged last month in connection with 61 code violations at a home in East Hampton Town did not appear Monday at their arraignment in Town Justice Court, prompting a stern message from the judge, who scheduled an Aug. 31 hearing date.
"I want to see everybody here on the 31st," Judge Lisa R. Rana told attorney Brian C. Doyle.
His clients are Doris E. Rosen, 60, of Jericho; and David S. Skolnik, 32, of Plainview, who work at the Hampton Country Day Camp. He entered not-guilty pleas for both of them.
The pair was charged Aug. 5 with violations ranging from overcrowding to unsanitary conditions at 17 Ocean Blvd. in East Hampton, where they lived with 23 other adults who reside there for free and are also counselors at the camp.
Doyle, whose office is in Water Mill, also represents the camp's owner, HCDC Holdings LLC of Glen Cove. Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, the main shareholder in HCDC, has said the allegations are baseless or exaggerations.
Asked after the proceeding why the defendants did not appear in court, Doyle said, "I don't want to make any more comments."
Reached by telephone after the hearing, Jacobs was asked the same question. "They're running camp," he said. "On the 21st [of this month], camp will be over."
He said that at some point he expects the charges to be transferred from the counselors to HCDC as the owner of the house.
"Today was just an arraignment and getting a filing of guilty or not guilty, and it was not guilty," he said.
Jacobs said that to help prove the Ocean Boulevard house was not overcrowded he recently obtained its measurements. He said that the structure is 2,940 square feet.