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VILLAGE TIMES: A day in court for Brookhaven Town code violators

Day in CourtIn September, homeowners believed to have violated Brookhaven Town code will once again have their own day in court.

Town Supervisor Ed Romaine announced Monday that the Brookhaven Community Housing Court, which hears cases solely against those who have allegedly violated the town’s code, has been re-established and will be held on Thursdays at Suffolk County 6th District Court in Patchogue.

Officials believe that by having a specific day in court, quality-of-life cases, which deal with overcrowded and problem homes, would be expedited. In 2008, Romaine’s late son and former councilman, Keith Romaine, prompted legislation to create the special court. However, his father said on Monday that over the years the program faded, leaving cases to languish on the court calendar.

“That was not an effective use of time,” said Romaine, who was joined by Brookhaven Town Attorney Annette Eaderesto, Councilwomen Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) and Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point) and members of the Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners.

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(Photo Credit: Village Times – Erika Karp)