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Glen Cove City Council OKs deal to recoup legal fees

Glen Cove City Hall in 2010.

Glen Cove City Hall in 2010. Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

The Glen Cove City Council recently approved an agreement that requires Livingston Development Corp. to reimburse the city for legal fees related to a second lawsuit filed against a 176-unit condominium complex the company plans to build in Glen Cove.

In April, the council approved an agreement for reimbursement from Livingston for a suit residents Roni Epstein and Marsha Silverman filed in state Supreme Court in Mineola in January. The suit, against the city and Queens-based Livingston, alleges city officials did not follow legally mandated procedures in approving The Villa project. Epstein and Silverman, who live on a hill above the site, asked for court injunctions to prevent construction. The suit also asks the court to annul a December 2015 City Council approval of “density bonuses” that allow Livingston to build more than double the number of units otherwise allowed under the city code.

The council’s unanimous vote on June 28 extends the reimbursement requirement for Livingston to a second complaint Epstein and Silverman filed. That suit asks the court to annul city planning board approvals of the project in March and April.

The city is paying Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano $190 an hour to represent Glen Cove in the suits.

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