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Oct 13, 2017 5:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Issues More Than 200 Code Violations For Illegal Rentals In Hampton Bays During Housing Crackdown

Southampton Town Police Captain Lawrence Schurek, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Code Compliance and Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd at Friday's press conference. DANA SHAW
Oct 18, 2017 10:41 AM

During a crackdown on illegal housing this week, Southampton Town’s new Public Safety Department cited the landlords of illegally rented motel rooms and overcrowded homes in Hampton Bays and Shinnecock Hills for more than 200 code violations.

The motels—including Bel Air Cove on Shinnecock Road—and 42 homes throughout the hamlet were targeted in the four-day operation by the new department headed by Steven Troyd, a 28-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was hired by the town last month, after complaints were made and officers noticed suspicious activity, officials said during a Town Hall press conference on Friday afternoon.

Of the 42 homes, more than two dozen received violations, Mr. Troyd said. A total of 215 code violations were issued—ranging from life safety violations to smaller building code violations.

Mr. Troyd said on Friday that code enforcement officers entered two of the residences with search warrants, while others were entered with a “knock and announce” technique—an officer knocks on the door and announces that they are doing an inspection for code enforcement. Forced entry was not used during any of the inspections regardless of whether or not there was a search warrant, officials said.

At the Bel Aire Cove Motel, Mr. Troyd noted that there were several safety issues—including bed bugs, roaches, electric violations, smoke detectors not working, overcrowding, and overflowing septic systems. The motel was visited by code enforcement on October 12—two days into the operation.

Code enforcement also issued code violations to motels operating at 329 East Montauk Highway and 114 North Road, both in Hampton Bays. All of the fines in the crackdown ranged from $100 to $1,000 per violation.

At 148 Hills Station Road in Shinnecock Hills—a residence described as a two-story, single-family house with four bedrooms centered on a 1.4-acre property—code enforcement officials secured a search warrant after observing more than a dozen different people coming and going from the house, according to authorities.

When a code enforcement officer arrived at the house on October 10, the first day of the operation, there were 17 tenants identified, Mr. Troyd said. The basement was made into additional living space.

The owner of the house, whom officials refused to identify, was slapped with several violations, including lack of a pool enclosure, non-functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, overcrowding, mold on the ceiling, hazardous electrical wiring and blocked emergency egress. The house was also an illegal rental—it was converted from a single-family to a multifamily dwelling.

“Interview of the residents revealed that the owner of this property was being run or rented by an individual who previously had eight misdemeanor convictions for similar offenses,” Mr. Troyd said.

The landlords or owners of the residences with violations were each issued a summons to appear in court. Even though there was overcrowding, the town did not immediately evict tenants—though they may get the boot at the order of a judge, explained Christopher Fraser, a code enforcement officer.

“No one has been dislodged from their homes,” Mr. Troyd said. “We were sensitive to that. Throwing them out of their homes would lead to a less desirable situation.”

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the town’s housing and community development office—which is headed by Diana Weir—will be available to work with tenants to get them into affordable homes.

“Obviously, we don’t want to throw people on the street and create a homeless situation,” Mr. Schneiderman said, noting that the code enforcement crackdown is more about the people creating the illegal rentals than the people living in them.

He also noted that the Town Board is working on accessory apartment laws and affordable hosing initiatives he hopes will help give the people living in the illegal rentals a place to live.

The crackdown on illegal rentals was one of the main reasons why Mr. Schneiderman pushed for Mr. Troyd to be hired—though the move was not supported by Councilwoman Christine Scalera and Councilman Stan Glinka, who both said at the time that an additional administrator was not necessary.

Still, a new position was made for Mr. Troyd—he was hired in a 3-2 vote last month—so he could coordinate code enforcement efforts similar to the one in Hampton Bays.

“This is not the end—this is the beginning,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Tuesday. “There will be more of these coordinated investigations.”

The crackdown involved several town departments, such as police, fire marshal, code enforcement and housing, among others.

“This is something you may see every few weeks or every few months,” Mr. Schneiderman said, noting that in some instances it takes time to build cases and secure necessary search warrants.

“The reason it happened now is because we have a new director who is in the position to coordinate an effort like this,” the supervisor continued.

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That's a start
By itsamazing (222), Southampton on Oct 13, 17 5:47 PM
I'll bet that all the property owners are HB residents
By G (336), Southampton on Oct 13, 17 6:17 PM
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Doubt it, G.

Too little too late by the Supervisor. This is nothing more than a publicity play three weeks before the election.
By HB90 (162), southampton on Oct 13, 17 7:03 PM
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This is great news! It’s about time. Only wish this happened 3 weeks after the last election instead 3 weeks before this election. Great timing Jay.
By GoldenBoy (342), EastEnd on Oct 13, 17 7:04 PM
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This is great news! It’s about time. Only wish this happened 3 weeks after the last election instead 3 weeks before this election. Great timing Jay.
By GoldenBoy (342), EastEnd on Oct 13, 17 7:04 PM
Interesting timing 4 days of work after 18 months on the job a new weeks before the election. That sounds about right - Jay needed to fit it in between his drum solos and emceeing at Good Ground Park. Clearly we don't need Jay, just Mr. Troyd and the code enforcement officers. Good work guys.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 7:41 PM
typo - a few weeks - not new weeks. The grandstanding is very transparent, too bad Jay's administration for the past 18 months hasn't been.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 7:58 PM
What amazing timing. After Overton starts pointing out that things aren't as rosy as Schneiderman would like everyone to believe, enforcement action gets started. Also, Overton addresses the heroin problem at FRNCA meeting and Schneiderman forms a task force. Makes me believe we should have an election every year. Maybe things would actually get done. With the election only 3 weeks away, bet there's a whole lot more that will be done.
By prrecovery (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 8:45 PM
Wake up people! This is political BS bingo at its best with a stunt show put on by local government due to the pressure from citizens and community groups for one reason, the elections.

It was not government doing what it should do. It is the fear of the community putting their jobs on the line you see this. Awful leadership! After years of feedback on code issues and crime destroying these poor people, damaging the school system, impacting the environment and infrastructure we get ...more
By ZGerry (42), Hamptons on Oct 13, 17 9:15 PM
Everyone can see what's going on at the Bel Air Cove on Shinnecock Road, so the question is why is it still operating. Blatant disregard for the law and the Town just let's it go on.
There's been a for sale sign on it for a while, maybe we get lucky and someone buys it and cleans it up.
By HamptonDad (228), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 9:51 PM
Cleans it up as what? Certainly it can't be a successful motel anytime soon. The Town has continuously taken away the customer base for motels by removing Resort Waterfront Business from the tax rolls. They've just announced they're doing it again at the Lobster Inn site. Will we never learn?
By VOS (1219), WHB on Oct 13, 17 10:09 PM
VOS, I respectfully disagree with you. If these motels returned to original use and properly marketed, they could be successful. I purchased a home in Hampton Bays almost 20 years ago due to its central location and my partner and I continue to "stay-cation" every year. There are free and low cost activities from May to November from music at Mescutt to dance, art,community activities. Hampton Bays has the best restaurants. We have used our home for our 12 nieces and nephews to go to Splish ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (512), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 17 12:31 PM
All those activities are fine on occasion but can't support a town on their own. Hampton Bays always was a beach and entertainment area; that's how the money was made and that's what drew people here. Many current residents were introduced to the area by coming out to enjoy the sun and surf and join the nighttime fun. I spent my first night in the Hamptons sleeping on a back porch on Springville Road because there were more people enjoying the area than there were beds in the house.

Politicians ...more
Nov 6, 17 2:25 PM appended by VOS
Vote for people, not for parties.
By VOS (1219), WHB on Oct 14, 17 2:25 PM
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Of course, the waterfront is the primary attraction, but I was pointing out some other benefits and attractions. We can't go back and we all need to move forward in a positive way. The Town needs to address the illegal USE of motels. They have avoided it for years.
By G.A.Lombardi (512), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 17 3:21 PM
jays biggest accomplishment was winning the cardboard boat race. Talk about an empty suit!
By politcal pawn (120), Flanders on Oct 13, 17 9:53 PM
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This administration is so under-performing that there is a Press Conference when someone does their job. Code Enforcement visited 42 locations in 4 days. That is 10 locations a day divided by 5 officers equals 2 locations an officer per day....alert the Media - How long have they known about these locations and if it could have been done in 4 days, why wasn't it been done sooner? So sad that this is what Jay believes is worthy of a Press Release.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 10:14 PM
How many are "absentee"'?
By Mr. Z (11483), North Sea on Oct 13, 17 11:14 PM
SCHNEIDERMAN by far is one of the dirtiest politicians I have ever seen.He is ready to spend 20 million on commercial properties that don't quality for cpf so he can get reelected.
Has a press conference with the Police to show Hampton Bays he is cracking down on illegal motels. Right before the election? The little guy is a snake oil salesman!
By chief1 (2747), southampton on Oct 14, 17 4:40 AM
Hold on. Council person John Bouvier has stated this is fake news. Yes. This is what he said. “Fake” ! Well John, the only septic system that is really needed is to clean out Southampton council. It started with the flushing of ATH.
By ZGerry (42), Hamptons on Oct 14, 17 8:28 AM
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The words he used at the August 22nd Town Board meeting were "myths", "unsubstantiated statements" and implied we didn't understand the difference between reality and perspective. I have asked Mr. Bouvier several times to "substantiate" his statements with no reply. He and Supervisor Schneiderman indicated that they wanted data, while code enforcement had provided data from the SOS system to the HB CAC only a few days earlier and had been doing so for months. There is a saying that when you point ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (512), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 17 9:14 AM
Kudos to Code Enforcement, but Supervisor Schneiderman is avoiding the main and critical issue about the illegal USE of the motels as full time housing. There are hundreds of units within Hampton Bays. This illegal activity has not only created unsafe living for those involved, but illegally enriched the landlords and placed an unfair tax burden on the property owners who follow the rules. Supervisor Schneiderman was well aware of this before he took office almost 2 years ago. Some residents have ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (512), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 17 8:35 AM
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So what this boils down to is this:
Owner pays a fine, if he pays....
The conditions continue like they are presently...
Lots of town payroll dollars being spent..
Creeks continue to get sewage...
Laws remain being broken..,,
The good folks get to keep paying for this insanity....
By Rayman (64), southampton on Oct 14, 17 11:52 AM
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And Social Services relocate those made homeless by the raids -- in motels in Hampton Bays whose cesspools empty into the creeks.Anyone remember Hidden Coves?
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Oct 14, 17 8:28 PM
Yes and Jay was involved then too when he was at the County. He gave us "lip service" then too. Dump Dump Dump on Hampton Bays. The Hidden Cove is still a boarded up eyesore. Jay has been doing more this month than he has done in the past two years. He keeps using the excuse he is new - new at what? He is a career politician. Does anyone really think he will do anything but dump on Hampton Bays if he is re-elected? Are you really willing to take that chance?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 17 8:54 PM
And just what are the qualifications for this
"affordable housing?" It is well know that most
of the people abiding in these places are illegally
here. Will they now be able to add freebee housing to all they are given already??? THIS HAS TO STOP. American citizens are paying
their way on everything and have to move out
of their own houses!
By Piecesof8 (1), New York City on Oct 14, 17 8:48 PM
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It's an epidemic and this is merely a small start.
By even flow (896), East Hampton on Oct 15, 17 8:18 AM
The Town and County (Bridge Fleming - the gift that keeps on giving) will continue to dump on Hampton Bays and pretend that Good Ground Park is the fix for everything unless Hampton Bays voters stand up and votes. Everyone should be watching to what has happened to the East End. Jay and Bridget just switched places and now say they are going to fix what THE broke.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 17 8:38 AM
Add this to the SAME folks responsible for the FAKE news about DINER, yet everyone forgot it's the SAME election year. I
By Bohay (18), Watermill on Oct 15, 17 9:49 AM
There’s just no pleasing some people. You guys could find s*** in ice cream.
By Turkey Bridge (1955), Quiogue on Oct 15, 17 11:36 AM
I was wondering when you were going to gobble in. $99 million dollar budget - the least the Town could do is give out some tickets because the grass isn't cut. Some of us were born at night...just not last night.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 17 12:01 PM
Now,Now, Turkey Bridge,

You need to curb your tongue, mind your manners, and GET A REALITY CHECK !
It's so obvious what Schneiderman is doing. Do you and Schneiderman think the voters are unaware of this ploy?

This move, along with Jay's "many other accomplishments" are only providing more reasons why voters should consider a WRITE-In candidate--

FRED HAVEMEYER FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR
By HamptonClassic (101), Southampton on Oct 15, 17 1:31 PM
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George doesn’t get it...
By Draggerman (924), Southampton on Oct 15, 17 6:28 PM
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By bb (905), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 17 10:06 PM
Why not just vote for the other candidate rather than dragging someone else into the mix. If you don't like Schneiderman, vote for Overton.

Besides, last town meeting I was at Havermeyer sat being me and talked through the entire meeting to his neighbor. Very rude. If he were interested in what was going on in SH Town he should have been listening. Or go get a cup of coffee and talk.
By bb (905), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 17 10:06 PM
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If you read between the lines here, really nothing is changed except that the owners may or may not pay some fines. The housing is still illegal and the motels are still illegal. It has now made Channel 7 News. How is this "press" any better than the "bad press" in the Post a few months ago?Supervisor Schneiderman indicated at the August Town Board meeting that the Post article directly caused a potential buyer to back out of a $1 million deal in Hampton Bays. This press makes Hampton Bays ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (512), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 17 1:53 PM
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By hamptonskevin (1), easthampton on Oct 15, 17 5:17 PM
this raid is nothing more then political move which we all know both parties are corrupt and have and still do take envelopes to look the other way the restaurants contractors and all the other businesses that hire illegals shoudl pay big fines not slap on the wrists but if this were to happen lot of local politicians board members will cease to get there weekly Monhty envelopes payoffs lets see what happens there all corrupt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By hamptonskevin (1), easthampton on Oct 15, 17 5:21 PM
Missed a few, Corrigans garage in watermill is over crowded with multiple families living above thr garage very dangerous for the occupants, and running illegal business out of the back...
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Oct 15, 17 10:26 PM
Check the second homes of everyone on the Town board and in village government. They all have illegal rentals overflowing with hoods.
By even flow (896), East Hampton on Oct 16, 17 7:55 AM
What're "hoods"? KKK members?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7302), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 16, 17 9:48 AM
How about not making it so ridiculously difficult to get a rental permit? Smoke and CO detectors, proper access and general quality of upkeep. Instead they crucify someone if a shed is in the wrong place.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 16, 17 7:56 AM
It would be racist to do anything to anyone except you, the one who pays the bill....
So shut and pay
By Rayman (64), southampton on Oct 16, 17 9:34 AM
Voting for pro-HILLS, real estate developer Overton, would not work for me or for the many registered Town voters who are concerned about protecting the environment.

FRED HAVEMEYER, the only DEMOCRAT to be considered for the position of Southampton Town Supervisor, is a TRUE ENVIRONMENTALIST,. He is very knowledgeable about Town government, and really cares about how this Town moves forward.

"NO" TO SCHNEIDERMAN !

"NO" TO OVERTON !

"WRITE-IN" CANDIDATE ...more
By HamptonClassic (101), Southampton on Oct 16, 17 12:04 PM
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So we want to thank Supervisor Schneiderman and Mr Troyd for their finally showing their true intent as to the crisis in the overcrowding situation in Hampton Bays. The illegal use of these properties can continue just as long as the violations are corrected. So while they are sensitive to the lives of those that are occupying those structures they remain insensitive to the plight of the citizens especially in Hampton Bays. With approximately 90 students in the HB school district costing taxpayers ...more
By tom (53), Hampton Bays on Oct 20, 17 8:22 AM
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The problem is our courts and judges refuse to evict and allow postponement after postponement letting the greedy landlords off the hook. Why have these raids if the justice system will not do their job. For once I would like to go to the voting booth and find different judges on the ballot. Not only do we get the same judges running on every political party line each year resulting in no choice, we also can't get a judge who has the nerve to enforce the zoning la
By Ernie (88), Hampton Bays on Oct 20, 17 11:01 AM
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Correction la should be laws
By Ernie (88), Hampton Bays on Oct 20, 17 11:04 AM
would anyone let their kids live the Bel Air for one second. The town has created third word conditions Hampton Bays
By HB salvation (18), Hampton bays on Oct 20, 17 12:31 PM
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The 100$-1000$ fines are seen merely as a cost of doing business by these owners and land lords and I use that term very lightly. How about increasing their property taxes to reflect the real occupancy of their properties. that may have a little more bite.
By ashhelm (8), hampton bays on Oct 20, 17 12:33 PM
or just condemn and raze them, actually I like that idea much better
By ashhelm (8), hampton bays on Oct 20, 17 12:44 PM
If anyone was at the debate last night, Jay made it pretty clear that he has no intent on doing anything about the motels except make sure they have smoke detectors, in fact, he wants to add trains to make it easier for the workforce housing to get out east. The HBCA tried to hide the questions (and they did many), but Jay's alleged plan is to keep everything status quo. Vote Overton.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 17 4:33 PM
BOTH candidates are weak at best. Sad times when these two are our options, will write in Fred!
By bigfresh (4492), north sea on Oct 25, 17 7:19 AM
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Ray Overton is far from weak especially regarding the issues of Hampton Bays and Flanders. I understand that those of you that are basing your decision solely on the Hills - go ahead and write in Fred.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 25, 17 11:14 AM
Jay wants to enact legislation to have motels changed to affordable housing . Will pressure IIRR for more trains to move workforce to Lilly white NIMBY towns and back to HB so we can educate them. Drain the swamp - vote Overton
By bayside (2), hampton Bays on Oct 26, 17 3:09 PM
Exactly - not Jay's or Tommy John's problem. They made that very clear at the debate in Hampton Bays. It is a "Hampton Bays" problem - not Southampton Village or North Sea - hypocrites - both of them. Shame Shame Shame.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 27, 17 7:49 AM
As a resident of East Quogue this is why I will be voting for Lance Aldrich. After doing my homework this is exactly why I will be showing my support for Lance.

Things Mr. Gregor has done:

-Quit town as an employee with no notice. Walked right out on the town

- 10 inches of asphalt on Dune Road. Complete joke. Paving roads that is going to be washed away in no time with water surge and erosion just to appease the rich.

- Got rid of leaf program. This was very ...more
By turkeyloser (22), east quogue on Oct 28, 17 10:15 PM
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