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PRESS RELEASE October 03, 2017
The owner of what neighbors describe as a party house in Remsenburg was thrown in jail after failing to pay several fines racked up over the years and for continuing to rent his property in violation of a court order prohibiting him from doing so. On Tuesday September 26, 2017, Michael Hurley, the 56-year-old owner of 28 Club Lane failed to pay $15,000.00 in fines and was immediately ordered to the Suffolk County Jail for 90 days. The sentence stems from a party held at the house in 2014, when a man was seriously injured when he attempted to jump into a backyard pool from a second story window. Police say there were 40 people in the house at the time.
According to Code enforcement investigators, since the initial party rental and incident, Mr. Hurley continued to rent his house on numerous weekends, violating a permanent injunction prohibiting him from doing so. Neighbors complained that parties went on to all hours of the night and that the atmosphere was destroying their peaceful neighborhood.
“This was a party house”, said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We won’t tolerate this in any neighborhood in Southampton Town.”
The Southampton Town Attorney successfully prosecuted Hurley for repeatedly violating the Town’s Rental Permit Law. Mr. Hurley was subject to numerous misdemeanor charges for illegally renting the property on a transient basis (less than fourteen days). After his rental permit was revoked by the Town, he disregarded the action, and continued to rent the house.
He was found in contempt of the court last year when he violated a permanent injunction issued by the New York State Supreme Court. After paying $27,000 in fines, he was not deterred, as he continued to rent the property in violation of the Rental Law.
“We understand that property owners may want to seek rental revenue benefits from their properties,” added Supervisor Schneiderman, “but they must do so in a way that doesn’t ruin the enjoyment of neighboring properties.”
“It is our hope that violators of the Town’s code understand that where there are repeated and blatant violations, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Let this serve as a warning to others who would choose to rent out a home in violation of the Town’s rental laws,” stated Councilman Stan Glinka.
The permanent injunction against Mr. Hurley remains in place, preventing him from “allowing or permitting… the subject premises for any other uses or purposes other than as set forth on the certificate of occupancy”, and his rental permit remains revoked.
Southampton’s newly appointed Code Compliance Administrator Steven Troyd touted the efforts of his investigative staff. “This is an example of the diligent work and sustained effort that has been and will continue to be a hallmark of the Code Enforcement division. Ensuring that properties are utilized in a code-compliant manner is paramount to the safety of our residents, as well as to visitors to our Town. We will continue to seek significant penalties against the most egregious violators,” said Mr. Troyd.
Mr. Hurley is due back in court later this year, and faces additional charges for continuing to rent his property this summer without a rental permit.
For more information contact, Office of the Town Attorney at (631) 287- 3065.