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Mar 13, 2017 6:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Summer Camp Pays $12k Fine For Overcrowded Counselor Housing

This house on Three Mile Harbor Road is one of those East Hampton Town said were used at dormitories for camp counselors. PRESS FILES
Mar 14, 2017 2:04 PM

The owner of two South Fork summer camps paid East Hampton Town $12,500 in restitution on Monday for converting an East Hampton house he owns into a staff dormitory—and pledged to never again use the house as a residence for more than four people.

Attorneys for Jay Jacobs, who owns Hampton Country Day Camp, as well as Southampton Camp & Club in North Sea and several other summer camps on Long Island and upstate, agreed to a stipulation of settlement with East Hampton Town attorneys on Monday, who levied the fine and barred the camp owner from using the home as housing for more than four unrelated people.

The stipulation dispenses with both the host of zoning violations before the Town Justice Court and a civil case brought by the town in State Supreme Court seeking the injunction against the house being used as a dorm.

Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said that town building inspectors have certified that the violations at the property, on Ocean Boulevard, have been remedied and that the restitution has already been paid by Mr. Jacobs’s company, HCDC LLC.

Mr. Sendlenski said he’s been told the house is currently listed for sale.

“We’re satisfied that this property is no longer in violation of our code and that we now have a mechanism, under court order, for it to remain in compliance,” Mr. Sendlenski said Monday.

The directors of the Hampton Country Day Camp on Buckskill Road were charged with dozens of fire and safety code violations in the summer of 2015 for illegal alterations made to the house and lack of required safety equipment.

Code officers found as many as 25 camp counselors living in the house, which had been altered from its approved four bedrooms into eight bedrooms.

A judge in 2015 issued a temporary injunction ordering the camp to stop using the house. Attorneys for Mr. Jacobs had argued that the counselors constituted a “family unit” as town officials have deemed students from the Ross School, who live in groups of a dozen or more in various parts of East Hampton and Southampton towns.

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Justice served...
By knitter (701), Southampton on Mar 13, 17 8:06 PM
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Justice served...
By knitter (701), Southampton on Mar 13, 17 8:06 PM
Hmmmm....and whatever became of the notorious Ross School boarding houses in residential neighborhoods...? Lots and lots of students, now actually year-round due to their camp program, living in clearly compromised and potentially unsafe situations.
By candyw (20), wainscott on Mar 13, 17 11:09 PM
Drive down millstone rd near the noyac and in the morning and especially summer. I counted 32 kids at the end of one driveway.
By bubby (235), southampton on Mar 21, 17 7:05 PM
$12k seems pretty low considering there was 25 people who were placed in a potentially dangerous situation....what if a fire broke out?! IMO 25 peoples lives should warrant a much higher fine . How about at least a $1000 fine per person. I mean, look at all the $ he saved in housing for his staff of young adults. An example needs to be made . A business man , in charge of operating a camp full of children should know better. $12k is prob pocket change for this guy. He'll just find another house ...more
By toes in the water (482), southampton on Mar 14, 17 7:37 AM
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If they all sleep in tents, is that a housing code violation? Shouldn't camp counselors sleep in a tent anyway?
By dfree (255), hampton bays on Mar 14, 17 11:01 AM
is that the same Jay JAcobs that was NY Stae and Nassau County Democratic Chairman???

By pluff (15), East Hampton on Mar 14, 17 9:01 PM
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yes, one of our upstanding liberals
By apb (1), Shelter Island on Mar 15, 17 11:58 PM
This is the same man who sued the Little Fresh Pond Association for 65 million dollars to keep them from protesting his expansion of the tennis courts on Major's path into a full time summer camp. The little fresh pond association had just organized them selves to clean up run off into the pond from residential lawns etc, prior to Jacob's proposed camp expansion on Majors PAth. His lawyers have kept his project in front of the SOuthampton Town board in spite of the neighborhood's objections. LFPA ...more
By AL (59), southampton on Mar 16, 17 10:16 AM
Toes in the water has it right. that is why someone should connect the dots and see that Cantwell and Justice gave a slap on the wrist to a Party Bigwig.

By pluff (15), East Hampton on Mar 16, 17 10:39 AM
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Thank you pluff! These slaps on the wrist really need to stop! Its happening all too often. It seems if I go break the law for a profit these days, that the fines wont have a big impact on my wallet . Or at least thats the message they're sending out here. Look what Happened at the Picnic Area with the Surf Camp!! After 8 years of illegally operating at other local beaches an getting kicked out , Shane relocated to the Picnic Area to run his business illegally for 2 years. Multiple Health Department ...more
By toes in the water (482), southampton on Mar 17, 17 8:19 AM
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