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Springs woman pleads guilty to running home as illegal resort

Leanna Erdmann, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., Springs,

Leanna Erdmann, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., Springs, pleaded guilty to having no building permits for completed renovations and agreed to pay a $5,000 fine on April 25, 2016. She had faced a variety of charges in East Hampton Town Court for running an illegal resort in a single family house. Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz

Leanna Erdmann, a Springs woman charged with operating her single-family home as a resort, has pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court and paid a $5,000 fine.

Erdmann, 58, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., last Monday withdrew an earlier plea of not guilty as part of a deal reached with the prosecutor, East Hampton Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said in a telephone interview.

The case had been scheduled to be back in Town court Monday, but Erdmann’s attorney, William Grigo, of Southampton, asked that the case be heard this past Monday, according to a court papers.

He could not be reached for comment.

Sendlenski said that most of the 26 charges against Erdmann were dropped in exchange for the $5,000 fine and an agreement to allow code enforcement officials to conduct up to three unannounced inspections of the premises.

“It’s a huge tool in making sure she is in compliance,” Sendlenski said.

All charges were dropped except for the one that Erdmann had no building permits for completed renovations, he added.

Erdmann, who town officials said converted a garage and artist’s studio in her home into additional living space without the required permits, had been charged under East Hampton Town and New York State laws with numerous other offenses.

They included having no certificates of occupancy for the 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 charges against Erdmann were announced in September when Elizabeth Bambrick, East Hampton Town director of ordinance enforcement, said the alleged use of the property as a resort in a residential neighborhood was determined through online advertisements.

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