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Housing Bust On Landing Road

Illegal housing is a big problem in Glen Cove and the city is taking action. In the early morning on May 21, the Glen Cove Police Department and the city’s Code Enforcement Department executed a search warrant and found a total of 15 people living in the one-family house at 40 Landing Rd., which also has a five-room doctor’s suite. According to the city,the absentee landlord, who lives overseas, apparently allowed for illegal cellar habitation, nine rooms to be converted to living areas, for plumbing to be installed without permits, and construction in the house without permits. In addition, 12 smoke detectors and three carbon monoxide detectors were missing. A total of eight vehicles were associated with the people living in the house. 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said, “This is once again proof positive that this administration’s steadfast commitment to crack down on illegal housing continues. This latest investigation and finding sends a message to any others participating in the illegal housing business. My administration will not tolerate illegal housing. Illegal housing puts lives at risk, disparages a neighborhood and impacts our city’s infrastructure. The Landing Road case is also proof positive that our code enforcement department is acting upon residents’ complaints.” 

 

Upon entering the house the following was discovered, authorities say: A dining room was converted into a bedroom and subdivided with dressers and other furniture; a utility room was converted into a bedroom and the main tenants, a married couple, were living in a bedroom that was converted from two treatment rooms and the waiting area formerly part of a doctor’s office. There were two adults using a study as a bedroom. The room also contained a hot plate and food. Two bedrooms on the first floor of the house were occupied by one person, and the third bedroom was occupied by a two people. The master bedroom was being used by one person while the basement had five people living and sleeping in a total of three illegal rooms which constitutes illegal basement habitation. 

 

Deputy City Attorney Kristina Heuser says they charged the two primary tenants as well as the four owners of the property, who are currently out of the country; the tenants have been served and court proceedings will occur. She says the code enforcement department is monitoring the premises, and all of the people who are not related to the tenants have moved out.

 

“We really rely on residents reporting cases of illegal housing and not being afraid to give their names,” says Heuser, stressing that while anonymous complaints are helpful, they are not credible for issuing a search warrant and allowing the city to take action.

 

“We all want to work aggressively to rid the city of its illegal housing problem and the help of residents is vital,” she says.

 

Tom and Helene Suozzi lived in the house for about 13 years, from 1992 to late 2004. 

 

“It’s heartbreaking to us to drive by and see the state of the property,” says Suozzi of the home he purchased when the couple first married. “When we bought the house, the landscaping was immaculate...that was one of the reasons we bought it.”

 

He says he even stopped by several years ago and offered to help with the landscaping but the owners had no interest.

 

“I’m happy the city is cracking down," says Suozzi. “Illegal housing is a major problem, not only because it’s a burden on resources, but it makes the neighborhood look bad.”


News

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


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