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Addressing Block Party Complaints

Summer is here and that means block parties in the Village of Massapequa Park. Village officials have claimed that they have dealt with a potential problem that recently arose from a block party held last July on Glengariff Avenue.

At a recent village meeting, Dr. Cynthia Paulis said that a party that took place on the evening of July 21 lasted into the morning hours of the next day. Dr. Paulis, in a written statement, listed several complaints from that party: Loud music that lasted beyond an agreed-upon 11 a.m. cutoff time, “close to 60 people very drunk and very loud,” verbal abuse from neighbors and trash from the party, including cups, open food products on her property on Manhattan Avenue and a port a john blocking the sidewalk.

“I pay very high taxes on my property, I am one person, I don’t have loud music or wild parties,” Dr. Paulis’s statement read. “I am a homeowner who wants to go to sleep at night at a reasonable hour and I do not want to have this constant problem during the summer from a renter.

“Summer is a time when people want to get together and have a nice time,” the statement continued. “I am not opposed to that, however, when the partying goes on beyond a reasonable time frame…then this becomes a problem.”

Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna said that the entire problem is an “enforcement issue.” He added that the village issued a summons to the homeowner for the garbage situation.

In addition, the mayor said that the village contacted police from the Seventh Precinct in an effort to quicken response time for such situations. He hopes that in the future, there is increased coordination between the village and the police for block parties and whatever complications arise.

The mayor also defended block parties in the village. “It [block parties] is a summer right,” he said. “We can deal with individual situations. For the most part, block parties are very festive and a way for neighbors to catch up and enjoy the day.”

In her statement, Dr. Paulis also said that when the village issues permits, it notifies homeowners on the same street the party is held on. Mayor Altadonna said that Dr. Paulis did not receive the notice for the July 21 block party because it was held on Glengariff Avenue and her residence is on Manhattan Avenue. Dr. Paulis’s statement also claimed that the village issues permits without following up on rules or complaints. Mayor Altadonna denied this, telling The Massapequan Observer that village officials took action on addressing Dr. Paulis’s complaints the day after the party took place.