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Jul 31, 2018 8:10 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Raid Finds 32 Residents In Four-Bedroom House

The house on Railroad Avenue.     KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 31, 2018 11:29 AM

An early morning raid on a house off Abraham’s Path in Amagansett on Sunday revealed more than 30 people living in cramped and unsafe conditions, including 18 who were sleeping on mattresses in a basement with no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, East Hampton Town announced on Monday.

Code officers began an investigation into the situation at the house, which sits at the end of Railroad Avenue, a narrow dirt road a few feet from Long Island Rail Road tracks, after an Ordinance Enforcement officer noticed there was no house number identifying the property, said the town’s code compliance and emergency preparedness coordinator, David Betts.

In addition to the 18 people living in the basement, three of the four bedrooms were dangerously over-occupied, with four to five people living in each, Mr. Betts said. “When you have a bunk bed and three mattresses covering the rest of the floor area, that’s over-occupied,” he commented.

The town has identified the owner of the home as Evan Davis of Jamaica, Queens, but he was not present at the time of the raid. A “house manager,” whom the town identified as Braham Elorda, was issued a court summons relating to the overcrowded living conditions.

Tina Piette, an attorney for Mr. Davis, said that all of those living in the house were legal residents working at local businesses, and that such living conditions are necessitated by the lack of seasonal housing available in the town. She said she had been in contact with town authorities prior to the raid and had asked to be allowed time to find places for the occupants to live and then arrange an inspection of the house.

“The bigger issue for me is that the business community has been begging the town to allow for dormitory-style housing on a seasonal basis for years now,” Ms. Piette said. “This is nothing new.”

Mr. Betts said that his department is still sorting through all the violations, but they mainly focus on overcrowding in the bedrooms, the conversion of the basement “recreation area” into sleeping quarters, and the lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They could result in “tens of thousands of dollars” in fines, the town said.

Interviews with the occupants of the house revealed that some were paying between $100 and $150 per week. Mr. Betts said it appears most were transient workers.

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"Over crowding is necessary sue to lack of work force housing". Therefor illegally overcrowding the house is justified? Spare me your legalese.
By auntof9 (124), Southampton on Jul 31, 18 1:35 PM
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By SlimeAlive (969), Southampton on Aug 1, 18 7:34 AM
Is there an agency that would perform "mid-day lunch rush" or "early evening dinner rush" raids on Citarella, or any of the other stores who may have illegals working for them?
By deepchanel (54), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 18 2:21 PM
Maybe we can track down some retired Gestapo?
By Pacman (183), Southampton on Jul 31, 18 3:02 PM
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By Preliator Lives (304), Obamavillie on Jul 31, 18 3:06 PM
Great idea! Since many of the folks who work at Citarella have brown skin they must be illegal!
By GlassHouses (60), anywhere on Jul 31, 18 3:55 PM
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I assume you are referring to landlord. Correct?
By harbor (366), East Hampton on Jul 31, 18 4:29 PM
Tongue in cheek Pac. Will have to work on my sourcasm.
By deepchanel (54), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 18 5:11 PM
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche",
By pw herman (1128), southampton on Jul 31, 18 3:03 PM
Who owns the house? Let's see if there's a meaningful penalty.
By harbor (366), East Hampton on Jul 31, 18 4:28 PM
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By HamptonDad (168), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 18 5:16 PM
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By Spinny OHO (85), Speonk on Jul 31, 18 5:23 PM
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They'll open a b3sroom for an illegal immigrant but not a legal homeless?
By Win sky (21), Southampton on Jul 31, 18 6:24 PM
Are you certain it wasn’t Ross School dormitory housing? Wrong article. That was back in 2015 with the two controversial newly built 8 bedroom houses in Springs, all of which had legal egress and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors. At least the Town of East Hampton doesn’t discriminate. I think the article stated that all 32 occupants were legal residents???

And how do raids on Citarella relate to the article?
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By SDG1776 (102), Southampton on Jul 31, 18 6:28 PM
Only 30?? Somebody wasn’t doing a great sales pitch. I could get 50 in that sprawling cottage!
By Lets go mets (335), Southampton on Jul 31, 18 8:20 PM
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Or, perhaps it's just a symptom of a society in decline...

Via PNAS:

European Neolithic societies showed early warning signals of population collapse

Sean S. Downey, W. Randall Haas Jr., and Stephen J. Shennan
By Mr. Z (10510), North Sea on Jul 31, 18 10:25 PM
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By SlimeAlive (969), Southampton on Aug 1, 18 7:33 AM
I think the original press release stated “cash”, and at $100-$150/week/occupant, on the high-side, that’s upwards $250,000 annually in what I’m guessing is undeclared cash revenue. Someone should report the house manager to IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division or to the IRS Whistleblower to deter others in our communities from engaging in similar practices.
By SDG1776 (102), Southampton on Aug 1, 18 8:55 AM
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By politcal pawn (117), Flanders on Aug 1, 18 9:07 AM
He should sue you & 27east.
By pw herman (1128), southampton on Aug 1, 18 3:36 PM
32 people in a four bedroom? Wow! And they got busted because they didn't have a visible street number? That's like getting convicted for a bank robbery because you left your debit card on the tellers counter. Wonder if the property owner knew what was going on.
By Aeshtron (148), Southampton on Aug 1, 18 10:17 AM
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By Mr. Z (10510), North Sea on Aug 1, 18 10:43 PM
What is so shocking about this? It’s all over EH. People come here to work. Many students are here on programs from Jamaica. They freely talk about their overcrowded houses they pay cash for. 5-6 in a room this year one young lady told me, and that’s much better than last year where there were 12 to a room. They work in three different places and sleep when they have to all for the money to take back to Jamaica. They aren’t here for an ‘experience’. So with that said ...more
By Woods woman (133), East hampton on Aug 1, 18 1:49 PM
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By HamptonDad (168), Hampton Bays on Aug 1, 18 2:12 PM
Do you need any cheese for your whine? Good luck rounding up people for your boycott, I'm picturing the circling the wagons scene from Blazing Saddles.
By NorthSeaWhaler (5), southampton on Aug 1, 18 3:43 PM
Aeshtron wins best commrnt ever .. so sad he/she is so very correct
By dave h (189), calverton on Aug 1, 18 5:35 PM
Kudos to the code enforcement of East Hampton, the follow up with the Town and the process that will follow. The attorney representing the homeowner making a public statement regarding, it should essentially be OK to break the law waiting for a new law, new housing or lack of available housing is shameful. Apparently for the attorney and the homeowner; the risk living in these conditions does not weigh into the alleged code violation's validity awaiting a hearing. Conversely, this past weeks ...more
By Greg Celi, EQVEC (5), East Quogue on Aug 3, 18 12:53 PM
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Keep raiding. This is the tip of the ICEberg.
By even flow (777), East Hampton on Aug 6, 18 12:38 PM
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Hee...hee...I love this topic!
Let's not forget that we have lots of "white skin" people illegal in this country as well and they're effuse among us.And remember we have lots of Americans living illegally in other foreigns countries and taking their jobs away. So,chill people!!!
By scApa (1), East Hampton on Aug 9, 18 11:39 AM