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Town to Consider Cleanup of Kings Park Home, Zoning Changes

Smithtown Town Board will host a public meeting 2 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.

Smithtown Town officials will host a public hearing on a the cleanup of a Kings Park home and consider several zoning changes on Tuesday afternoon.

Smithtown Town Board will hold a public hearing 2 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall to consider entering into 21 Heather Drive in Kings Park to cleanup the property. This hearing is the latest in a string on blighted properties comes at the request of local residents. 

In December 2012, Kings Park residents attended a town board to complain about a private home littered with junk and debris that was unsightly in their neighborhood. Corlyn Nedwick, who lives on Heather Drive,  said the property owner Charles Richie has "allowed his home for the past 30 years to deteriorate and become unsightly.”

Residents will have a chance to have their say at Tuesday's public hearing, before town board members vote on whether to authorize entry onto the property to remove all existing junk cards, yard waste and other garbage. 

The town board will also host a public hearing on removing some of the zoning restrictions on Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Hauppauge. 

Town officials will move to have a public hearing on a requested zoning change for a Commack property owner who is change zoning from residential to wholesale industrial on a residential home along Jericho Turnpike. The property is on the southside of Jericho Turnpike near Mayfair Shopping Center. 

Lauren De Gray Kastrinos February 04, 2013 at 08:16 PM
That's crazy he should have to clean it up or get fined
Lauri February 04, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Its about time - but - if the town takes over and cleans out this home - who pays for this - the taxpayers?
kpspinner February 04, 2013 at 08:47 PM
And what is the town going to do ? Same thing the town of Smithtown has done for Paul and Janet Dato at 6 Robin lane which is around the corner from Heather drive . The town of Smithtown has not enforced there own building , safety codes and fire codes to these homes just like the home on Heather drive, 6 robin lane has created a major eyesore in the neighborhood also for over 30 years. A third story , concrete walls as fencing , homemade extensions with out proper building permits, the list just goes on. 6 robin Lane property taxes are 4247.00 and average for this neighborhood is 8K - 11k a year. Not only did they give him a reduced taxes they raised ours taxes and force neighboring homes that a view of his home to have a major reduction on a sale of there on home which lowers the value in the neighborhood , which is a code violation on behalf of Smithtown. We should all sue the Town of Smithtown for allowing this to happen for over 30 years.
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 09:39 PM
You want to say 6 Robin Lane a few more times? I don't think everybody got the address...
Mitch Calabrese February 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM
What was that address again???? :P
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 11:44 PM
LoL ;)
WOODY11780 February 05, 2013 at 12:44 PM
20 GALLONS OF GASOLINE, & A LIT ROAD FLARE TOSSED TROUGH THE LIVINGROOM WINDOW, WILL FIX THIS PROBLEM IN SHORT ORDER.....BE SURE UTILITES ARE TURNED OFF PRIOR.......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M
Mitch Calabrese February 05, 2013 at 12:52 PM
It's funny, (well, not really) but if you use Google Earth and zoom in on the house , you can see debris alllllll over the back and side yards. The houses surrounding it look really nice. I'd be ticked off if that was my neighbor. Heck, Woody11780 idea sounds good if it were my neighbor.
TINGO February 05, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Town of Smithtown has oridances which are enforced by Public Safety. The garbage is causing "blight" for the neighbors and their property value has decreased. It's not for the neighbors to offer help at this point as this has been a on going problem; for years. He is endangering himself as well and that's his mental health issue. He has the right to "refuse" help from the agencies. Moreover, this is not a financial issue.
TINGO February 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
He maintains his real estate taxes. Additionally, the Town of Smithtown, Attorney Zullo is seeking "legal" remedy for "actions" the T.O.S. can take. It's unfortunate as is Jerry Kohn, 2 Pittoni Dr., Commack, who's has "age- all and star- sen" and pays $2,951.91. Jerry Kohn is a Nazi Prison of War survivor, widower, lost his two daughters to cancer and has health issues. When his wife Mildred was alive she follow behind him with a flash light mowing the lawn. 2 Pittoni Dr has full side trees growing through the driveway and his old car. The Town of Smithtown Trees are disease (which also need to be cut down) and its a example of a blighted property. Neighbors do speak to the member (previous member) of the Commack Jewish Center who was at one time active. Unfortunately, calling the CJC neighbors did not received tekephone calls back.
TINGO February 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
There are many cases of "blight" and "YOU" may be breaking "oridances"and T.O.S. Dept. of Buildings rules yourself with our knowing. 1. Garbage Pails are not to be out into the street but on the Town of Smithtown grass skirt property. 2. Garbage Pails are to be put behind a fence as exposed the oridance reads "blighting" and it will be enforced. 3. In ground pool owners are to have their own fence a NYS Law. Each property owner is to have their own fence back to back in case one decides to remove and fill in their pool. 4. Boats on a front yard side yard must have a paved or gravel surface for the trailer a vehicle transporting the boat and a Dept. of Highway "curb cut" the process cost $100.00 for the "curb cut" and a $300.00 Bond. 5. A owner is not allow to cut down a Town of Smithtown Tree and will be fined. A. Call the T.O.S. Park Department as there are now two (2) Aborist who will determine if your tree is disease or a hazard with Utillity wires and will be painted with a. White X and removed by the Dept. of Highways.
TINGO February 05, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Town of Smithtown Attorney John Zullo and T.O.S. have been active and are seeking legal remedy but before you neighbors lose sight of whole picture. Look into your own backyards. Do you have a permit for your shed that is to be 12 feet from the property line, did you file a variance for your driveway and pavers going up to 0% property line when there is to be 1 ft., between property lines. Those new windows look good you and your friends installed but do you have a permit for changing the "header" and changing your structure? Ask and do your own homework inside your yard too as Charles Richie has violations but know your violations too. He too can report you for "YOUR" violations!
John K Massaro February 05, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Yeah, what you're talking about is Arson, Terrorism & possibly Murder. I think the proper authorities should be notified of your post...
Argile February 05, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Your comparing apples to oranges here. A shed, driveway or window is an upgrade. Not a potential danger or public nuisance. Big difference.
UncommonSense February 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
If you you want to see an example of what it looks like when code violations are ignored for decades try taking a ride through Brentwood. Even the little infractions add up over time. Garbage cans left out here, a stockade fence there, a shed in a weird spot somewhere else, a car parked on the side of a house. Over time it all combines and brings the whole neighborhood down. The town should stick to the rules and enforce them before things get out of control.
John K Massaro February 05, 2013 at 03:33 PM
NIMBY thinking. Make sure your own house is in order before peeking over the fence into your neighbors yard...
UncommonSense February 05, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Yeah, I'm realizing I have some crap to clean up. Maybe we should all take a look at our own yards and try to be a little more "neighborly". ; )
Justinf1 February 06, 2013 at 12:20 AM
You are going to need a tetanus shot if you peek over that guy's fence.
* February 06, 2013 at 01:17 AM
robkoz A shed, driveway, and a window is a upgrade. However; if they are not installed properly with a T.O.S. building permit it becomes a potential danger. A header not installed properly can cause the owner a liability. A shed built on the Utility line may cause potential life saving cut off of electricity. Hence, we are not talking about comparing apples to organges. It's very clear that you will make a "difference" by filing and paying for your permit for the new upgrades.

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