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East Hampton seeks to keep restraining order on overcrowded house

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

An Aug. 25 hearing date has been set in State Supreme Court in Riverhead on the Town of East Hampton's motion to continue a temporary restraining order prohibiting access to a portion of a house that officials say is illegally occupied.

Assistant Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the attorney for the defendant in the case, HCDC Holdings LLC of Glen Cove, which owns the house at 17 Ocean Blvd. in East Hampton, will have an opportunity to answer the motion at that time.

Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is the largest shareholder and a managing partner in HCDC. Jacobs said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he had no comment on the upcoming proceeding, but he said previously that free housing is provided at the home for camp counselors working at the HCDC-owned Hampton Country Day Camp.

The attorney for HCDC, Brian C. Doyle of the Farrell Fritz law firm in Uniondale, did not return calls Tuesday for comment.

On Aug. 5, town officials cited the home for 61 building code violations. The alleged infractions include overcrowding, change of use or type of occupancy and unsanitary conditions. Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, said previously that the alleged violations were uncovered during a search of the property.

Cantwell said 25 camp counselors were living in the 2,490-square-foot home. He added that it contained eight bedrooms and dormitory style accommodations, though it is supposed to be used as a single-family four-bedroom dwelling.

After the violations were alleged, Jacobs said about 10 counselors were relocated to other houses that HCDC owns, but he said no portion of the house had been closed off.

A separate hearing on the alleged violations is scheduled for Aug. 31 in East Hampton Town Justice Court.


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