I wrote a year ago how I would rather see new Haberman buildings than another legal surcharge on my tax bill. You can read about that in my articled titled “I would rather see a new Haberman building than another legal surcharge on my tax bill.”
Barring any appeals from our city, Newsday reports that this matter is possibly coming to an end:
A Nassau County judge reversed a 2003 Long Beach Zoning Board decision revoking the building permit from a developer seeking $50 million in damages from the city.
……[Nassau Supreme Court Justice Jack] Libert’s decision does not award any damages in the case, but reinstates the revoked building permit within 30 days. The city was also required to install underground water utilities and extends the Haberman building permit filed in 1992. [NEWSDAY]
I know there are a lot of residents in Long Beach who don’t want any more large condo development, but we cannot handle another legal surcharge on our tax bills. We have no money. We have to borrow every time something needs to be fixed. We still have to deal with the iStar lawsuit. We were recently named #1 in fiscal stress in New York State. We still have no city manager. Plus we have that comprehensive plan which… um.. uhhh. I’m not going there. The point is, we need to move on. I often fantasize how our city should just fold and be handed over to the City of Seattle. Yep, I would bypass all of New York and eastern seaboard. Those Pacific Northwest cities seem to know what they’re doing….
Anyway, I am getting off topic. Full article over at Newsday: Judge reinstates permit for Long Beach waterfront condos
“The city was dealt another blow last week in its fight against a potentially crippling $50 million lawsuit a developer first filed in 2003 [LB Herald]
“The Habermans are longtime residents of Long Beach. They did not want to inflict an enormous damage claim on the city, They only wanted the right to develop their own property.” [NEWSDAY]
Am I alone when I say this: I’d rather see another building than a lawsuit surcharge on my tax bill. It would spell the end for the beloved kitty condo, but there has to be some room here to cut some sort of deal. I just think for us to appeal will do nothing, but delay the inevitable in a costly fashion.
Between this and the potential-BS lawsuit iStar is threatening, us residents are really getting hit hard with this legal mess – all situations that we have nothing to do with. I’m not joking when I say how there needs to be another Scoundrels by the Sea book in the works.
For those with a legal sense, here is an update on the City’s appeal: Matter of Haberman v Zoning Bd. of Appeals of the City of Long Beach
And for those looking for some background on this. Check out the Newsday article from March, 2015: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/judge-long-beach-in-default-in-50m-lawsuit-1.10142135?pts=399675
“Nassau County acting state Supreme Court Justice James P. McCormack has found the City of Long Beach in default in a $50 million damages case tied to a proposed beachfront condominium project.
…..Last September, the City Council rejected the pact, which would have ended the lawsuit and allowed Haberman to submit an application to the zoning board of appeals to build more towers at Sea Pointe Towers on Shore Road. Then-council president Scott Mandel said in a statement that Klein had signed the stipulation without council approval. [LINK]