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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

ARB decisions allowed to stand

A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by East Hills resident Richard Brummel, one that attempted to reverse eight recent decisions of the East Hills Architectural Review Board (ARB). 

“I am consulting with legal experts on whether or not to appeal,” Brummel told The Roslyn News. “The judge issued a pretty detailed decision, but it seemed to ignore recent developments in the law and seemed to take an overly conservative view of the issues and the legal arguments presented.” 

Brummel noted that the judge, Justice Anthony L. Parga, had denied the village’s request for costs in the lawsuit.


“I take the denial of costs as a small victory,” he said. “The judge seemed to be acknowledging that my lawsuit was sincere, competent, and made in good faith. So he declined to burden me, let alone penalize me.”


“But this is a regrettable decision,” Brummel added. Citizens, he said, need to able to fight environmental policies, ones that he claimed left “no beautiful tree…safe and no neighborhood…sacred, despite laws explicitly claiming to protect them.”


Brummel said that his “single-handed legal effort” cost him at least $750 in costs and court fees and an estimated 50 or more hours of research, writing and other work. 


“I see and read about this pattern of suburban environmental degradation everywhere in this area, and I will keep fighting it as hard as I can. My next goal is to rally Long Island residents to join together against over-development and destructive re-building,” Brummel said. 

Village of East Hills officials, meanwhile, were pleased with the decision.


“From the outset we believed that the litigation lacked merit,” said Mayor Michael R. Koblenz in a written statement.  “The Supreme Court has now denied the application for a stay and other requests by Richard Brummel and dismissed the petition against the Village. The financial commitment, however, to defend these types of actions has been significant. In this era of fiscal constraint, these funds could have been put to better use.


“The resident claimed a right to appeal every decision by our ARB to another village board, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA),” the mayor noted. “The ARB…decides issues of aesthetics and the removal and replacement of trees.  This would mean, theoretically, that every resident in East Hills could…challenge every decision rendered by the ARB concerning someone else’s home and application. That result would tie the administrative system in knots.  Although the village prevailed and the litigation was dismissed, it is still unfortunate because our taxpayers have to foot the bill.”  


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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