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Oyster Bay selects Carlyle Catering to replace Singh at beach

Restaurateur Harendra Singh, seen leaving federal court in

Restaurateur Harendra Singh, seen leaving federal court in Central Islip on Oct. 5, 2015, has pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. Credit: James Carbone

The Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday approved Carlyle Catering Management Corp. to provide concessions at Tappen Beach for the 2016 summer season.

The contract, which must be negotiated by the town attorney’s office, would replace indicted concessionaire Harendra Singh’s company that was terminated earlier this month after it defaulted on its payments to the town.

The board considered four proposals presented by the town’s outside counsel, Jonathan Sinnreich.

The East Meadow-based Carlyle company run by Steven Mark Carl operates several catering halls, including Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.

The board’s approval was contingent on a more lucrative deal for the town than what Carlyle had proposed. The board wanted Carlyle to pay 13 percent of its revenue as rent to the town, instead of the 11 percent it had proposed. The board also wanted an upfront payment of $50,000.

Carlyle estimated its revenue would be about $1 million for the 2016 season, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. If the estimate proves accurate, the town will get $130,000 from the company for the year compared to about $24,000 under its agreement with Singh.

The town served Singh’s company with a default notice in September but waited until this month to terminate the agreement and issue an emergency RFP because negotiations had been ongoing, Sinnreich said.

Singh was charged on Sept. 9 in federal court with 13 felony counts including bribing an Oyster Bay official to obtain $20 million in loan guarantees. He has pleaded not guilty.

The board heard a proposal from outside counsel Jonathan Pickhardt of Manhattan-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP about a revised agreement with the investors in Singh’s companies that have concessions agreements at the Woodlands catering hall at the town golf course and at Tobay Beach. The board took no action.

Under that proposal the town would remain locked into loan guarantees that it has said are invalid for one year.

Pickhardt said the Singhs are no longer part of the companies but did not know how much they were paid to sell their shares.

Asif Sheikh, owner of Glendale Bake Shop in Freeport, told the board that one of the investors, Ravinder Chopra, threatened him when he attempted to get $22,000 he said he is owed for baked goods delivered to the Woodlands.

“He threatened me to break my legs,” Sheikh told the board. Sheikh filed a report in Dec. 4, 2015, with the Freeport Police but no charges were filed. “My business was hurt,” Sheikh said. Sheikh said the town needs to do background checks on all the investors.

Chopra did not respond to queries Tuesday.

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