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Apr 25, 2016 9:32 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Jury Selection To Begin In May In Sandpebble Builders' Suit Against East Hampton School District

Apr 25, 2016 9:37 AM

East Hampton School Superintendent Richard Burns announced last week that jury selection in the legal battle between the district and Sandpebble Builders is slated to begin on May 9.

The Southampton firm, owned by Victor Canseco, is suing the East Hampton School District for $3.75 million after the district canceled an $18 million construction contract for the school.

In 2006, Sandpebble claimed the district wrongfully terminated the contract after signing an $80 million contract with a different construction company for a larger, three-school renovation.

“Fingers crossed that the trial will actually begin then,” said Mr. Burns at the April 19 school board meeting, referring to the numerous delays the district has encountered.

The trial was put on hold until further notice in March of last year after a new judge, Justice Jerry Garguilo of the New York State Supreme Court, was assigned to the case. The case was adjourned again in November until December or January.

In January, the East Hampton School District released that the district has spent nearly $2.8 million in legal fees over the course of the 10-year dispute.

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Soooo after the school loses and has to pay out $.3.8 million and will probably drive the bill northward of $3 million the taxpayers will be on the hoof for almost $7 million and nothing to show for it? Well why should the school care, its not their money they are throwing away; they'll just raise the taxes to keep the money flowing into their pockets.

By Preliator Lives (432), Obamavillie on Apr 25, 16 12:50 PM
Or maybe the school district has been held hostage by Sandpebble who didn't want to settle and a pathetic Suffolk County court system that couldn't arm-twist the parties to reach a fair resolution in ten years. In any other jurisdiction this would have been done in a year or two.
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Apr 26, 16 9:14 AM
they could have settled years ago for 3m I recall. School Board refused.
By tm (174), mtk on Apr 26, 16 10:32 AM
Aren't these the same guys who are running the new HB library proposal? Maybe the HB Library should add a couple mil to the cost of that project for legal fees.
By C Law (350), Water Mill on Apr 26, 16 10:33 AM
Hang 'em first, then try 'em, is that what I'm hearing? Are these the same School B
Board members who fired Sandpebble? The taxpayers deserve an explanation.
By hamptonyte (13), Southampton on Apr 26, 16 11:04 AM
Not same members. Believe Sandpebble refused to negotiate settlement. Court could have put pressure on both sides. Absurd for simple contract dispute to last ten years. No interest for Board to keep litigation going.
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Apr 26, 16 12:24 PM
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Why should Sandpebble settle with the school. The school broke the contract, because these boards are full of the local morons.
By chief1 (2790), southampton on Apr 26, 16 9:35 PM
Uh.. maybe because they wanted to get paid for work they didn't do? And the money comes from their neighbors' pockets?
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Apr 28, 16 1:53 PM