'Blight' House Coming Down

The owners of a house at 29 Abraham's Path agreed on Friday to raze it after being served a notice that they are in violation of a court order. Courtesy of Larry Cantwell's Office

       The owners of a run-down house on Abraham's Path near Three Mile Harbor agreed today to demolish the structure, which East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell called "a blight on the community," after the owners were served a notice earlier this week that they were in violation of a conditional discharge they had agreed to last September in East Hampton Justice Court.

       "They came in today and picked up the demolition permit," Colleen Reynolds, a secretary to Mr. Cantwell, said Friday afternoon. The exact timeline for the demolition was not clear, but it will be soon.

       As part of a settlement between the town and the property owners, the house, at 29 Abraham's Path, was supposed to have been torn down last October. The property is owned by May Six, a limited liability company. The owners had agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to two counts of violating New York State property maintenance regulations, with the stipulation that the house be torn down by Oct. 10, 2013.

    In a press release issued Friday morning, Mr. Cantwell described the house as "abandoned" and "ramshackle."

       Mr. Cantwell has promised stepped up enforcement of so-called quality of life issues, under which this matter falls. Earlier this month, the town charged Sydney S. Griffin, the owner of a house on Northwest Landing Road in East Hampton's Northwest Woods, with 29 violations for allegedly having multiple units in a single family house, in violation of the town zoning code.

       The 75-year-old Mr. Griffin was due back in court Monday, but was said to have been hospitalized, forcing a postponement of the court proceedings.


Since when does a Township attorney or the supervisor enforce contractual conditional discharges that are between a justice and a defendant?After reading this article I see no mention of health or safety issues.This is way out of line here.I hope this property owner sues the town.Remember the bill of attainder.Also this article fails to name who is to pay for this action.If the town follows suit they will attach this to the property owners tax bill.The burden of payment will be upon the property owner without seeking bids.Remember taxation without representation?
It's not clear what the Township's agenda is here. Mr. Griffin, a 40-year resident of East Hampton, was cited wiith 29 violations, the majority of which were for non-hazardous, minor infractions, such as missing switch plates. Other alleged violations relate to building code sections that had not been enacted when Mr. Griffin built his home 40 years ago. Whose "quality of life" Is being disturbed here? I suggest it is Mr. Griffin, who has a lovely home and goes about living his senior years in quiet enjoyment of his surroundings.
What people also fail to realize is that town ordinances as they are currently enforced promote these currently unused structures to exist once once you demolish them you loose the footprint and ability to rebuild in like and kind.The home owner then must spend additional time and monies to the neatly packaged trap the town codes have provided for.Change the laws not the people