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Oyster Bay sues construction company over noise, pollution

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Town of Oyster Bay has filed suit against Woodstock Construction Group Ltd., alleging it is violating town zoning laws through noisy, polluting operations that disturb neighbors in East Norwich.

The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Nassau on Sept. 24, also names Ayesha Hotel LLC, Scottish Inn Partnership and Ramji Krupa LLC, which legal documents say own and lease the land to Oyster Bay-based Woodstock.

The suit says the land at 1022 Oyster Bay Rd. -- on Route 106 north of 25A -- is zoned for retail, service-business and residential uses. But town officials allege Woodstock stores and uses large construction vehicles, log-splitting and payloader machines and welding equipment on the site, which Ayesha Hotel owner Danny Patel said is 1.5 acres. Floodlights from the business shine on surrounding residences, and an electrical system was installed without permits, town officials say.

Charles Pierce, an attorney for company owner Andrew Woodstock, said in legal documents filed last week that Woodstock "promptly and swiftly addressed each one of the Town's complaints and alleged violations" and removed the "vast majority of the items objected to by the Town."

Andrew Woodstock said in legal documents that "these violations are all very recent," and he asked the court to give him until Dec. 31 to find a new site and leave.

But town spokeswoman Marta Kane said the town had repeatedly warned Woodstock of violations and went to court when the company did not comply.

Matthew Meng, president of the East Norwich Civic Association, said he's happy the town sued and that the company is leaving East Norwich. But he said he and others have complained about Woodstock for 17 years. "The town absolutely should have done this many years ago."

Kane said in a statement that the town had served Woodstock "with numerous summonses and managed to obtain compliance, only to find him again in violation of the Town Code. Now we're at the point where we feel the record will support a request for the court to shut them down."

Meng also questioned why the town has given Woodstock several contracts -- including more than $1.9 million for seawall repairs and a walkway at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park -- while Woodstock was violating the town code.

Kane said all contracts for Woodstock were awarded through the "proper processes," including competitive bids and requests for proposals.


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