After three hours of public comment, the North Hempstead Town board voted 5-2 on Tuesday to spend $2 million to buy the Roslyn Country Club to create a new town park and open space, and issue $7.5 million in bonds for renovations there.

While dozens of residents spoke in favor of the proposal, pointing out the benefits a new park and open space could bring to the entire town, several people argued that homeowners in the 668-home development around the country club should instead create a special district and purchase and restore the property themselves.

Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, who, with Councilman Angelo Ferrara, voted against the proposal, expressed concern about the easement rights the 668 homeowners have in their deeds that allow them exclusive use of the club. Those rights are the basis of hundreds of lawsuits that homeowners have brought against current club owner Manouchehr "Manny" Malekan, after he closed the club in 2007. Malekan has said he would not agree to the deal unless the lawsuits against him were dropped.

Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said the town planned to move to condemn the easements through eminent domain as part of the deal.

"What happens if they won't give up the rights?" DeGiorgio said. "We can't move ahead with the project."

Kaiman replied that every action has an inherent risk. "The counsel we've retained and the discussion we've had give us confidence this is the right way to go," he said.

Kaiman said the condemnation process would be the subject of another public hearing.

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