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LI Advance: Landlords in violation beware; town housing court will lean on you

adv-Brookhaven-Community-Housing-CourtBrookhaven town ramped up its vigilance of landlords in violation of illegally renting, overcrowding their homes, and other quality-of-life issues with the re-establishment of a Brookhaven Community Housing Court starting Sept. 4.

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine made the announcement before the Sixth District Court in Patchogue on Monday, where the Brookhaven Community Housing Court will be restored, an initiative begun by his son Keith Romaine when he was councilman. Keith Romaine passed away in 2009 at age 36, just after his re-election.

“We’re stepping up our game,” Romaine said. “Housing violations are up and there are a lot of them.” The Brookhaven Community Housing Court will handle violations issued by town inspectors and Brookhaven housing cases exclusively on Thursdays.

“My attorneys would be in court here and the judge would start a civil case and we wouldn’t start our cases until 11:30 a.m.,” town attorney Annette Eaderesto told the Advance. “Tickets for violations are issued daily. We were always at Sixth District Court on Thursdays, but now, all day is ours. Thursday they’ll plead guilty or not guilty and Fridays and Mondays are the trials.” Half-days will be set aside for the trials on those days, Romaine said, and possibly another day will be added to address tickets.

Read the whole story at Long Island Advance.

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