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Brookhaven Town files code violations against Stony Brook landlord

The owner of a Stony Brook house where

The owner of a Stony Brook house where three men were arrested last weekend during a raucous party has been cited by Brookhaven authorities for allegedly renting the home illegally, town officials said. Photo Credit: James Carbone

The owner of a Stony Brook house where three men were arrested last weekend during a raucous party has been cited by Brookhaven authorities for allegedly renting the home illegally, town officials said Wednesday.

Landlord Kerry Kimmins was cited for six code violations after town investigators inspected the house following a party on Saturday that attracted hundreds of guests, Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.

Kimmins faces a maximum fine of $22,000 for a number of town code violations, Romaine said.

Kimmins was ordered to appear in 6th District Court in Patchogue on June 12. Attempts to reach Kimmins were unsuccessful.

Brookhaven officials said they believe as many as 10 people may have been living in the two-story house at 1337 Stony Brook Rd. Under town law, a house that size could accommodate no more than four unrelated people, officials said.

In a related development, Stony Brook University has suspended eight student organizations pending an investigation into what roles they may have played in the party, college spokeswoman Lauren Sheprow said in an email. The groups are not allowed to hold meetings or programs until the review is completed, she said. Sheprow did not identify the groups.

Three men arrested at the party and charged with obstructing governmental administration were not Stony Brook University students, Sheprow said. Police identified them as: Sebastian Bullock, 23, of Uniondale; Michael Ferron, 22, of Brooklyn; and Andrew George, 23, of Elmont.

Brookhaven officials last year launched a crackdown on illegal rental houses, many of them occupied by college students in Stony Brook and Setauket. Dozens of landlords have been charged with violations such as renting rooms without a town permit.

Kimmins had pleaded guilty in 2012 to illegally renting the Stony Brook house, town officials said. She paid a $1,000 fine and was ordered to bring the home into compliance with town law, officials said.

Town officials launched a new investigation of the house last year after receiving complaints from neighbors. The investigation led to the additional charges this week that were unrelated to the party last weekend, officials said.

"Clearly, this house in not in compliance with code," deputy town attorney David Moran said.

The new charges against Kimmins include illegal room conversions, operating a multifamily home in a single-family dwelling, failure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, property maintenance violations, litter and illegal locks, officials said.

Inspectors also found that Kimmins had altered the house without town permission, turning a living room into a bedroom, Romaine said. He said the house was filled with litter.

Kimmins does not live at the house, officials said.

Romaine said up to 400 people attended the party on Saturday before police arrived at about 3:30 p.m. Many party guests appeared to be intoxicated, Romaine said. About a dozen Suffolk County police vehicles and a police helicopter dispersed the crowd.

"If this party had gone into the early evening or the night, it would have been a riot situation," Moran said. "Thank God the police arrived when they did."

Anthony DeRosa, a Stony Brook resident who lives about a half-mile from the house where the party was held, said some guests urinated on nearby lawns and showed "disrespect to the whole neighborhood. It was really, really terrible."

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