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Martin Carey, Governor Hugh Carey's brother, ordered to stop work on mansion property

The city of Glen Cove issued a stop-work

The city of Glen Cove issued a stop-work order on Martin Carey, the owner of this mansion located in the center of the Glen Cove Golf Course, photographed May 9, 2014. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Glen Cove officials have served a stop-work order on the brother of former Gov. Hugh L. Carey for work at his home located in the middle of the city golf course.

The city building department last May issued a permit to homeowner Martin Carey to dump 1,000 cubic yards of fill behind the house, which is on the former Helen Prybil Estate that is now the golf course.

The permit also allowed regrading of the property, removal of brush and small and dead trees and the planting of grass. But the building department said more than the allowed amount of fill had been dumped, so a stop-work order was issued in March.

At the time, an inspector met with the contractor, who said there would be no more fill trucked in and that the property would be regraded, city officials said. The inspector gave the contractor several weeks to remedy the problem, but more fill was added, so another stop-work order was issued Wednesday, Mayor Reginald Spinello said.

The building department has asked the contractor for documentation of how much fill has been added and a topographical map showing the property before the fill to see how the land contours have changed.

Spinello said a small amount of bricks and other debris is mixed with the fill soil, and the city wants that removed as well.

Charges may follow, Spinello said in an email. "Our Building Department is reaching out to them . . . with notice that no more work is being permitted as there may be pending violations."

Carey could not be reached for comment.

The Prybil house, named Bogheid, was built in 1938, according to the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, which placed the then-vacant mansion on its list of endangered historic properties in 2010.

The society noted that the house was designed by the famous firm of Delano and Aldrich in the French Manorial style. The house is on a privately owned 6-acre parcel within the Glen Cove Municipal Golf Course.

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