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Aug 6, 2015 12:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Camp Relocates Counselors From Three Houses After Court Order

17 Ocean Boulevard KYRIL BROMLEY
Aug 11, 2015 3:33 PM

Two directors of an East Hampton summer camp were charged with more than 60 violations of town code last week after ordinance enforcement officers said they found 25 camp counselors living in a four-bedroom house off Springs-Fireplace Road.

Following the discovery, town attorneys and code officers inspected two other homes housing counselors at the same camp, Hampton Country Day Camp, and are seeking an injunction barring any more than four unrelated people from living in any of the houses.

East Hampton ordinance enforcement officers raided the first house, at 17 Ocean Boulevard, early in the morning of August 5 and found that the original four bedrooms had been illegally divided into eight rooms and were lined with bunk beads to accommodate sleeping arrangements for more than two dozen counselors at the Buckskill Road camp.

The directors of the camp—Doris Rosen, 60, of Jericho and David Skolnik, 32, of Plainview—were issued the violations related to the overcrowded housing situation at the house, which included citations for work done without building permits, a lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, poor property maintenance, and unsanitary conditions in the house.

On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Gerard Asher granted attorneys for the town a restraining order barring unsafe over-occupancy of the house based on state fire safety and building codes. The judge struck a proposal by the town to impose the town code’s much more strict limit of no more than four unrelated people living in the same house but said that limit will still be under consideration for the permanent injunction sought by the town.

Attorneys for the town and camp owner Jay Jacobs will meet in court on August 25.

Assistant Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said that the town’s calculations, according to state code, would allow 12 people to remain in the Ocean Boulevard house, and that the camp administration has agreed to immediately reduce the number of people residing in all three houses to comply with the levels dictated by the restraining order, and to the town-mandated maximum of four by the August 25 court date.

Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Skolnik and Ms. Cohen did not return requests for comment about the housing of their counselors this week.

The camp’s website advertises “dormitory style” housing for camp counselors from out of state or overseas. Campers pay between $1,000 and $1,700 per week to attend up to eight weeks of programs at the camp, according to the camp website.

The house that had been serving as a dormitory is owned by HCDC Holdings LLC, which is registered to the Glen Cove address of Mr. Jacobs, the owner and president of TLC Family of Camps, a group that operates seven sleep-away and day camps on Long Island and upstate New York.

The two other houses, at 209 Buckskill Road and 346 Three Mile Harbor Road, are owned by Mr. Jacobs and an HCDC-affiliated corporation also registered at his Glen Cove address.

Mr. Jacobs, the former chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee and the current chair of Nassau County committee, is a member of the New York State Camp Health & Safety Council.

Mr. Jacobs also owns the Southampton Racquet Club and Camp in North Sea, which has been at odds with neighbors for years over its attempts to expand its facilities and programs from a tennis club to a full-fledged summer camp.

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"Mr. Jacobs, the former chairman of the state Democratic Party, is a member of the New York State Camp Health & Safety Council." So much irony...So little time.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Aug 6, 15 12:45 PM
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By S'hamptonNative (81), Southampton on Aug 6, 15 3:07 PM
It costs $1,775 PER CHILD PER WEEK to attend this camp and they can only get one 4-bedroom house for 25 people?! I guess that's how the rich get richer! Good for code-enforcement for cracking down on these situations!
By S'hamptonNative (81), Southampton on Aug 6, 15 3:07 PM
"RAIDED" the house! That's dramatic. Hopefully they were invited in or had a warrant. This is still America.
By Eamonn (17), East Hampton on Aug 6, 15 3:16 PM
So as usual the question the press never asks is what happened to all the people illegally living in the house? Were they all just left there and this is just a big show, a cost of doing business? What's the point if they are still there? This will just go to court and a politically connected mouth piece will go in the hall with the ADA and it will become some token fine and in the end nothing changes.
By bird (777), Sag Harbor on Aug 6, 15 7:44 PM
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I agree with "bird"--the real problem is that the action only goes against the property owner and not the occupants of these illegal share houses--who are also violating the law.
The cases are heard in Oct, well after the summer season, and a fine assessed which is just the cost of doing business, sort of like a utility bill.
If the occupants had to haul out from NYC or beyond mid week for a court appearance, and face a fine or possible misdemeanor conviction which goes on their credit report ...more
By aging hipster (178), Southampton on Aug 7, 15 6:38 AM
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It's likely these tenants are young people from elsewhere (even foreigners). So they are unacquainted with local laws and accepted (sight unseen) what they were told by the greedy landlord/camp profiteer.
I think they are victims of human trafficking. And the landlord should be treated as the trafficker. Confiscate his property. Jail time.
By Bruno (3), East Hampton on Aug 11, 15 2:45 PM
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As indicated in other local newspapers, these were teenagers and young adults who were brought in as seasonal camp counselors under a guise of fun, sun, and a summer job in The Hamptons.
By PrintedWord### (16), East Hampton on Aug 20, 15 12:07 PM
Is unscrupulousness an absolute prerequisite for the postion of chairman of the NYS Democratic Committee or just ONE of the criteria?
By highhatsize (3959), East Quogue on Aug 7, 15 9:36 AM
it's an attribute of most Democrat Politicians, along with the desire to spend other people's money to purchase votes, so why not?
By bigfresh (4244), north sea on Aug 11, 15 4:28 PM
Yeah those Republic politicians are so much more scrupulous! They would never dream of spending other's money on anything shady, say like baseless wars, or subsidies to oil companies or anything like that...
By Arnold Timer (315), Sag Harbor on Aug 14, 15 8:47 PM
Why was my comment removed? I don't think that mentioning the tuition rates is in any way off topic or inappropriate content.
By S'hamptonNative (81), Southampton on Aug 7, 15 2:54 PM
The timestamps show your comments were submitted at the same time, so, one was removed as a duplicate. :)

"This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content."
By PrintedWord### (16), East Hampton on Aug 20, 15 12:04 PM
EH has shown they are willing and able to crack down on a bunch of camp councilors in an illegal rental property, now how about all the other over crowded illegal rentals in Springs?
By bigfresh (4244), north sea on Aug 8, 15 7:09 AM
Greed. Greed, greed, and greed. And, finally, greed.
By patricia hope (2), East Hampton on Aug 13, 15 9:17 PM