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Sep 23, 2009 1:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town says Riverside home was overcrowded and infested

Sep 23, 2009 1:55 PM

Southampton code enforcement officers searched a home in Riverside on Tuesday and turned up more than a dozen safety violations, according to a press release from the town.

Officers issued charges for infestation, overcrowding and lack of smoke detectors, among others, to the owners of the Ludlam Avenue home. Propane tanks and a hot plate in a bedroom were also found, a violation of town code, according to the release. At least 11 adults and five children were reported living in the 12-bedroom home.

The search was the latest since officers last issued many of the same violations against the property in October 2006. The names of the homeowners were not immediately available.

Supervisor Linda Kabot in a prepared statement said the hot plate was being used as a barbecue inside the house.

“Not only could the place burn down anytime, but the carbon monoxide from cooking could kill everyone inside,” Ms. Kabot said.

Citing the 2006 search of the home, which apparently has yet to come into compliance with town code, Councilman Chris Nuzzi said, “These egregious violations are yet another example of why bolstered code enforcement efforts are essential.”

Bryan Finlayson

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This is the very REASON why local citizens are upset with the large influx of illegal immigrants...we end up with neighbors that are faceless and do what ever they want...Does Nuzzi or Kabot listen to the local citizens about this very issue NO! Is it any reason that as local citizens we are fed up with the politics!!! It is our home! Not a place for any vagrant to lay his or her head to make a quick buck and have NO RESPONCIBILIITY! Our HOMES!!! We have worked and paid for the areas we live in ...more
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Sep 23, 09 6:17 PM
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The immigrants came here because of a demand for their labor. They came her because of an insatiable appetite for cheap labor. They came here because there was no one else to do the jobs they took. They came her and many have been mistreated, abused, worked without pay, etc. and they have had no recourse. Yes, their living conditions were dangerous - to THEM! Do you think they CHOSE to live that way? Do you have no sense of decency? Have you no humanity?
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 5:51 PM
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Yes, living conditions are dangerous to them and those living next to them! I am decent and my humanity has been fighting slumlords such as this! And for over 90% of the code violations I can bet that they are using illegal immigrants to live and make a lot of money off of them! SO ENOUGH OF YOUR PREACHING TO ME ABOUT DECENCY AND HUMANITY!!!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 1, 09 7:52 AM
Chris Nuzzi has been at the forefront of housing ordinance violations in this area. I assume you live elsewhere or you would know that .
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 1:44 PM
He still can do a heck of a lot more...but I guess Anna and the special interest groups she wants to get votes from aid in not getting everything done that needs to be done!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 1, 09 7:58 AM
Code enforcement spends most of their time on stupid stuff, like fining people for finishing their attic, or improving their deck without a permit.

Instead of penalizing people for IMPROVING their property, perhaps code enforcement should pay more attention to these genuine health hazard violations like this one
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 09 5:28 PM
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there is no reference to anyone's nationality in this article at all. there is a 12 bedroom house with some safety violations...what am I missing?
By hamptons surfer (79), southampton on Sep 24, 09 8:49 PM
Irregardless of your position on immigration, I think it is safe to assume that the occupants were Latinos, and were most likely undocumented.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:46 AM
Last i knew we were all human beings!!
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Sep 24, 09 10:01 PM
11 Adults in 12 bedrooms I don't see a problem.
By The End (13), Riverhead on Sep 24, 09 11:21 PM
well, based on the area (ludlum ave)-- its more likely a 3 bedroom house with illegal partition walls dividing up the rooms and the basement.

I live nearby, and I dont think there are any actual 12-bedroom houses in the area. This is Riverside, not Sagaponack!
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 09 12:40 AM
Good call nicole, a three bedroom house it is. How could the Press mess up the facts on this house so badly. It seemed to me to be a non-story, until they corrected the facts. But, low and behold, it was an extremely overcrowded house--I wonder if the Press will attempt to ascertain the names of the tenants (in order to put the immigrant rumor to bed)
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 28, 09 6:16 PM
I am an American citizen and while I don't agree with illegal immigrants being here, not paying taxes, getting free health care etc., I know there are alot (more then should be)of people living in the house next door to me. But I will also say they are VERY QUIET neighbors. Unlike the ones on the other side of me that are Americans and have me awake at all hours of the night partying and fighting.
By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Sep 25, 09 6:58 AM
11 adults living in 12 bedrooms? That decribes virtually every beachfront manor every weekend - with guests, kids, etc. Non story
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 25, 09 9:38 AM
Maybe so...but it is not ALL year long and usually they do not require DUMPSTERS AND PORTO_POTTIES!!!!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 1, 09 8:00 AM
This story was modified Monday afternoon to reflect corrections and clarifications concerning the numbers of legal bedrooms at the house and cooking appliances investigators said were being used in the home.
Brendan O'Reilly
Web Editor, 27east
By BOReilly (135), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 09 4:11 PM
This story looks alot different when the number of bedrooms changes from 11 to 3. Now it is certainly too many people in the house. Wouldn't you guys agree, littleplains, The End, and hamptons surfer?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 28, 09 6:05 PM
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your kidding me, these immigrants didnt choose to live this way?? 3/4's of them are pulling in more money then you and me. They are'nt paying income tax, there cheating our system and coming in through the back door. They ARE choosing to live in a sh*t hole because they are making living the cheapest they have to so they can pull as much money as they can. I guarentee that if you pulled one of there wallets out they hold more money in there pocket that you have in your account. We struggle to pay ...more
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 09 9:08 AM
11 bedrooms. what do you consider a bedroom? 4 walls up is not a bedroom. For a room to be considered a bedroom it has to have a closet. No closet no bedroom. Then it is called a room... may be a office, living room, dining room ect. So in this house it has 3 bedrooms. The rest is all illegal building. And if that propane happened to leak and you lived next door and this went up in flames, would you complain then about the problem? or would you like to take care of the problem BEFORE its your problem?




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By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 09 9:15 AM