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Sep 22, 2009 1:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town fines Riverside homeowner for numerous code violations

Sep 22, 2009 1:14 PM

Southampton Town investigators slapped the property owners of three homes in Riverside with over 100 code violations on Tuesday, according to a press release issued by the town.

Investigators fined homeowners Andrew Boico and Michael Wilcox more than $15,000 after inspecting three homes on Old Quogue Road on Tuesday morning. The homes were overcrowded with more than a dozen people and had overflowing cesspools and junk vehicles in the yard, officials said. The homeowners also lacked proper permits for building and electrical work and for renting the homes.

This is not the first time the town has taken steps to clean up the same Old Quogue Road properties, Southampton spokesman Ryan Horn said. According to town documents, Mr. Boico and Mr. Wilcox both pled guilty to three misdemeanor and 18 violations for substandard conditions at the properties in Southampton Justice Court in 2008. In addition, both men were fined $7,500 and were each sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

But after receiving complaints regarding overcrowding and other quality of life issues, town investigators returned to the properties to serve Mr. Boico and Mr. Wilcox with many of the same violations they faced last year, Mr. Horn said.

“They have been in court before on this,” Mr. Horn said. “Some of these things they have already been charged with or they just didn’t fix it up.”

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The Southampton Town Board consistantly turns a blind eye on over-crowding housing and illegal developement in communities...Time and time again -members of the community go to the town hall meetings and ask for more enforcement of LAWS in our communities...THE WHOLE BOARD NEEDS TO BE THROWN OUT IN NOVEMBER!!! (WE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!)
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Sep 20, 09 6:33 AM
What about the house in Speonk on Nizyn Ave where a murder was just commited? Is SH Town going to issue anything there?
By hhhub (10), speonk on Sep 21, 09 1:17 PM
Chris Nuzzi, whose legislative assignment is "Quality of Life Task Force" or code enforcement should know all about this. If we know about these landlords, why doesn't he?

Maybe if "code enforcement" officers would get out a little more, the town could fine these landlords and improve the conditions at these rentals. It is also a way to pay the salaries of code enforcement officers and help reduce the budget.
By Bob Whyte (48), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 09 5:56 AM
I'm sure the $15K fines are a small fraction of the small fortune these landlords make from selling out to the undocumented/ day laborer crowd. I woudnt be surprised if we hear about this same house 1 year from now.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 09 1:19 AM