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Delay in hearings on misuse of homes

Hearings on two cases involving single-family town homes allegedly being used for business purposes were postponed yesterday.

HCDC LLC Holdings of Glen Cove -- for which Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs is a main shareholder and managing partner but who is not named as a defendant -- is charged with using an HCDC-owned home as a dormitory for 25 counselors working at its Hamptons Country Day Camp this summer.

In the other case, Leanna Erdmann, 57, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., Springs, faces 26 charges in connection with her allegedly using her home as a resort in a residential neighborhood.

Not-guilty pleas have been entered in both cases. The Erdmann matter is now scheduled for Nov. 23 and the HCDC case is set for Dec. 7. Both are being heard in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

William Grigo, Erdmann's Southampton attorney, asked Judge Lisa R. Rana yesterday to allow his client additional time to bring the pool at the house up to code to pass an inspection by town officials scheduled for Wednesday. He said the pool, which is the subject of several violations, has been closed.

Grigo said Erdmann, who was in court, would not speak directly with reporters.

The HCDC charges include 61 violations at the HCDC home at 17 Ocean Blvd.

Jacobs said in a telephone interview yesterday that the case was postponed because "both parties are working on a resolution."


Voters to decide on bonds for upgrades

Harborfields school district is set to vote on two capital improvement bonds, including a controversial proposal for a synthetic turf field today.

Voting will take place at Oldfield Middle School auditorium from 2 to 9 p.m.

District residents are scheduled to vote on Proposition One, for $11.627 million to upgrade labs, auditoriums and athletic facilities and other areas.

According to a district handout, the total estimated cost includes contingency and architectural fees. Of the total amount, the district will receive an estimated 51 percent in New York State Building Aid. The increase to the average homeowner (with an assessed value of $4,000) would be $76.20 a year.

Residents will also be asked to vote separately on Proposition Two, $1.985 million for the turf field at the high school that includes contingency and architectural fees. The district will also receive an estimated 51 percent in state building aid for this portion of the project. For the average home with an assessed value of $4,000, the increase would be $13.08 a year, if approved.

The propositions include a clause that makes passage of the second contingent on passage of the first.

The turf field has dominated the bond discussion for months, dividing those in the athletic community against those who do not want the synthetic field, often citing concerns over health and safety.

A December 2013 community-initiated proposition to bond $3 million over 15 years for two new turf fields at the school was overwhelmingly rejected -- 2,075 to 429.


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