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Oct 4, 2017 11:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Owner Of Remsenburg Rental Home Gets 90-Day Prison Sentence

The house at 28 Club Lane in Remsenburg. PRESS FILE
Oct 4, 2017 11:17 AM

Club Lane in Remsenburg is lined with wrought-iron fences, brick walkways, gravel stone driveways, and accented with flower beds. But neighbors say one home is not like the others.

Back in 2014, 28 Club Lane was home to a party where a man was seriously injured when he attempted to jump into a backyard pool from a second-story window, according to Southampton Town Police.

According to a press release issued by Southampton Town on Tuesday, the owner of the house, Michael Hurley, 59—whose home address is listed as a Remsenburg post office box—was successfully prosecuted on September 26 by Town Attorney James Burke after failing to pay $15,000 in fines. Mr. Hurley was immediately sentenced to 90 days in jail.

“This was a party house,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said in the same press release. “We won’t tolerate this in any neighborhood in Southampton Town.”

Mr. Hurley was subject to numerous misdemeanor charges for illegally renting the property on a transient basis, meaning less than 14 days at a time, according to authorities. After his rental permit was revoked by the town, he disregarded the action, and continued to rent the house, town officials said.

In 2016, Mr. Hurley was found in contempt of the court when he violated a permanent injunction issued by the State Supreme Court, town officials said. He paid $27,000 in fines but continued to rent the property in violation of the rental law, they added.

“We understand that property owners may want to seek rental revenue benefits from their properties,” added Mr. Schneiderman, “but they must do so in a way that doesn’t ruin the enjoyment of neighboring properties.”

“This is a quiet, beautiful area,” one resident, named Paul, who lives a few houses down from 28 Club Lane and asked that his last name not be published, had said in a previous interview. “It shouldn’t be this way.”

It was not immediately clear who represented Mr. Hurley during the proceedings.

The permanent injunction against Mr. Hurley remains in place, preventing him from “allowing or permitting … the subject premises for any other uses or purposes other than as set forth on the certificate of occupancy,” according to town officials. His rental permit remains revoked, they added.

“It is our hope that violators of the town’s code understand that where there are repeated and blatant violations, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Town Councilman Stan Glinka said in a prepared statement. “Let this serve as a warning to others who would choose to rent out a home in violation of the town’s rental laws.”

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Yes!!! Let's hope this is just the first of a long list of slum lords heading to the big house. To bad it wasn't for 90 days for each violation.
By bird (824), Sag Harbor on Oct 5, 17 6:45 PM
“We understand that property owners may want to seek rental revenue benefits from their properties,” added Mr. Schneiderman, “but they must do so in a way that doesn’t ruin the enjoyment of neighboring properties.” Does that also include the houses rented to multiple latinos in HB? What about those neighbors?
By Babyboo (292), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 17 6:53 PM
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You probably meant "multiple families" because this just makes it sound like you have problems with brown people.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7970), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 6, 17 9:08 AM
This was probably the only "animal house" in prestige tree-lined Remsenbrrg. As soon as the neighbors complained, the Town acted. If this was in Hampton Bays, they probably would have ignored us like they have done for years. ..like Rodney Dangerfield would say"we get no respect". Time for new leadership at the Town that respects everyone equally even those that don't live in WHB or SHV or come home with a little dirt under their fingernails. Money shouldn't define respect.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 17 7:40 AM
Quality of life is a big thing. 90 days must be enacted to stop more of this...
By knitter (1893), Southampton on Oct 7, 17 7:23 PM
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