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2013-06-05 / Front Page

Amityville settles tax case; extends waiver on storm related building permits

By Carolyn James

Amityville Village approved two certiorari (tax) claims brought by High Tech Pharmaceutical at 10 and 13 Edison Ave., Amityville.  The settlements for $5,500 and $11,500 represent about one third of what the courts awarded the company, according to Village Attorney Bruce Kennedy, and far less than the Town of Babylon’s settlement on the claims.

The settlement is for three years, but under the agreement, High Tech agreed to accept reimbursements for only one year.

At the meeting on June 10, when the settlement was announced, resident Janet Marcley asked if the Village had planned for this expense in this year’s budget. Village Trustee Nick La Lota responded that the costs of these, as well as some previously approved reimbursements had been included in the $300,000 that the Village set aside for tax certiorari liabilities. “We are on track,” he said.

In other business, the board announced that it was extending the waiver for building and permit fees associated with properties damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The initial 6-month period expired in April so the extension is through October 30. Any residents who paid for permits or other building fees associated with storm clean up between April and June 10 when the waiver was extended is entitled to a refund, said Mayor James P. Wandell.

The board also:

•listened to concerns from a resident, Janet Coletti, who lives near Peterkin Park. Coletti demanded that the board monitor the new Gazebo at Peterkin Park, which, she said, has become a haven for youth gangs and drug use. She told the board the gazebo has already been damaged and that when she calls police to complain about youths hanging out there, the police show up, but must park their vehicles on the street. “The kids see the police walking across the park and take off,” she said, adding, “I want something done.”

•announced that the Village’s expenditures for May have been posted on the Village website;

•authorized the Mayor to sign a memorandum of agreement with National Emergency Grant for cost of temporary employees who assisted in Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

•approved purchase of annual plantings for the Village in the amount of $4,072.60 from Joseph’s Garden & Greenhosue, as well as for $3,614.35 to Bayport Plantings for hanging baskets.

The next Village Board meeting is June 24, 8 p.m., Village Hall, third floor courtroom.



A resident complained at the Village Board meeting last night that youths are hanging around and damaging the new gazebo at Peterkin Park and distrupting the nearby neighbors. She asked that the Village Board do something about it.A resident complained at the Village Board meeting last night that youths are hanging around and damaging the new gazebo at Peterkin Park and distrupting the nearby neighbors. She asked that the Village Board do something about it.

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