The arraignment of a Springs woman charged with allegedly operating her single-family home as a resort was adjourned Monday after a last-minute request for a postponement from the defense.
Leanna Erdmann, 57, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., faces 26 charges of violating East Hampton Town and New York State laws, including illegally converting a garage and an artist's studio into additional living space without the required permits, inspections and approvals; having no building permits or certificates of occupancy for completed renovations; having open pool gates that were not self-closing and latching; and lacking a required pool alarm and a code-compliant pool barrier.
The case, being heard in East Hampton Town Justice Court, was adjourned to Oct. 19. Neither Erdmann nor her attorney, William Grigo, whose office is in Southampton, appeared in court Monday.
Judge Steven Tekulsky instead read a letter sent by Grigo to the court asking for an adjournment because of a scheduling conflict.
Tekulsky then asked East Hampton Town Assistant Attorney Michael Sendlenski, who had expected the case to be heard, whether he had any objection to the defense's application. "I do your honor," Sendlenski said. "He [Grigo] should've known better [than to make an eleventh-hour change]."
Tekulsky said the court's letter back to Grigo will indicate that he and his client are expected to appear in court next month. Grigo and Erdmann could not be reached for comment Monday.
Town officials announced the charges Sept. 4 in a news release. Elizabeth Bambrick, East Hampton town director of ordinance enforcement, said after the citations were issued that an online rental site advertised Erdmann's home in a residential neighborhood as a resort rental. Bambrick said pictures and user reviews helped prosecutors build their case.
The advertisement on one of the online sites was quickly deleted after Erdmann was issued a court appearance ticket for the violations, Bambrick said.