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East Hampton officials cite home's owners for 61 code violations

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

East Hampton Town has charged the owners of a single-family house with more than 60 overcrowding and building code violations after an inspection of the home Wednesday by local ordinance enforcement officers.

Doris E. Rosen, 60, of Jericho, and David S. Skolnik, 32, of Plainview, who town officials said represent the company that owns the house at 17 Ocean Blvd., are to appear in Town Justice Court on Aug 17.

Supervisor Larry Cantwell said 25 young adults were living in the house and work as counselors at the local Hampton Country Day Camp. Rosen and Skolnik are counselors at the camp.

The company that owns the house -- HCDC Holdings LLC -- is based in Glen Cove. Its officers include Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chairman, according to New York secretary of state records.

Jacobs could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Cantwell said officials from the East Hampton Town Ordinance Enforcement Department, assisted by the police department and fire marshal's office, executed a search warrant to investigate the suspected violations.

"Most of the house had been altered without the required building permits or inspections, making for a dangerous living situation," Cantwell said in a news release issued Wednesday. "The house had eight bedrooms, twice the number it was legally permitted to have."

The charges include overcrowding, change of use or type of occupancy, no smoke alarms, no building permit, no certificate of occupancy, use of a single-family home as a dormitory, improper gates and enclosure, excessive vehicles in a rental, and failure to keep clean and sanitary conditions.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors were missing; the swimming pool was improperly secured and filled with green, unsanitary water; and nine vehicles were parked in the driveway and on the lawn, Cantwell said. Town code allows a maximum of four vehicles, unless the house is owner occupied.

Several bedrooms lacked the required emergency escape windows, and some rooms had air conditioners installed in a way that would prevent occupants from escaping in a fire, Cantwell said. He noted that all the bedrooms had bunk beds.

"This investigation uncovered a host of unsafe living conditions in our community," Betsy Bambrick, director of the ordinance enforcement department, said in the news release.

Cantwell said town officials have also alerted the Suffolk County Waste Water Management Department, as the sanitation system at the property is not designed to handle a house with that many occupants.

Correction: David E. Paseltiner is with the Garden City law firm of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP and no longer represents Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chairman. He also no longer represents Glen Cove-based HCDC Holdings LLC. Due to incorrect information from the New York State Department of State's Division of Corporations, the information was incorrect in a previous web story about alleged code violations at a property in East Hampton Town.

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