Legal Holdups Continue for Roslyn Country Club Levitt Park Real Estate Deal

via RCCCA

COURT DATE: WEDNESDAY 2/5 AT 9:30AM
NASSAU SUPREME COURT

CONTRACT BETWEEN CORONA AND THE TOWN REQUIRES DISMISSAL OF LITIGATION BEFORE SALE OF RCC LAND TO TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD.

We are in Court Wednesday at 9:30 AM.
At our last court date, it became apparent that our community would receive notice of the motion by newspaper publication. Although we had hoped to learn more about the motion Corona’s lawyer plans to file, to date, we have received no details.

As a general matter, some have indicated a willingness to join Corona in making the motion if a dismissal would become effective only upon a transfer of the property to the Town of North Hempstead, and if the motion is not otherwise objectionable.

Hopefully on Wednesday, we will learn more particulars about the motion and any related developments.

If you wish to attend, it is called for 9:30 a.m. at Nassau County Supreme Court in Judge Janowitz’ courtroom (info here). You should be able to sign in upon arrival.

NOTE THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE JOINT COUNSEL. IF YOU ARE A PARTY IN THIS LITIGATION AND DO NOT APPEAR IN PERSON OR BY ATTORNEY, YOU WILL HAVE NO ONE ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF IN COURT. NEITHER THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS CAN PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE TO YOU. IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL ADVICE YOU SHOULD SPEAK WITH A LAWYER THAT YOU ENGAGE.

Roslyn Country Club Litigation Update; Court Date: January 15, 9:30AM

via RCC Civic Association

LITIGATION: CONTRACT BETWEEN CORONA AND THE TOWN REQUIRES DISMISSAL OF LITIGATION BEFORE SALE OF RCC LAND TO TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD.

As we indicated previously, we have another court date tomorrow, Wednesday at 9:30 AM. As you know, disposition of our litigation is one of Corona’s conditions to allowing the Town of North Hempstead to purchase the RCC property under the contract they each signed. Only after the Town completes its purchase of the land can it reopen the Roslyn Country Club.

At our last court date, the focus of discussion was exploration of means that would provide for dismissal of our litigation, but NOT become permanent until a transfer of the RCC property to the Town. We think that conversation will continue. The rationale in achieving this would be that the litigation many saw as a means to force the Club open would be a key tool in doing just that. However if the transfer does not occur under such a plan the litigation could be continued by those wishing to do so.

If you wish to attend, it is called for 9:30 a.m. at Nassau County Supreme Court in Judge Janowitz’ courtroom (info here). You should be able to sign in upon arrival.

NOTE THAT AS WE NO LONGER HAVE JOINT COUNSEL, IF YOU ARE A PARTY IN THIS LITIGATION AND DO NOT APPEAR IN PERSON OR BY ATTORNEY, YOU WILL HAVE NO ONE ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF IN COURT. NEITHER THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES CAN PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE TO YOU. IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL ADVICE YOU SHOULD SPEAK WITH A LAWYER THAT YOU ENGAGE.

RCCCA Updates The Neighborhood

via Roslyn Country Club Civic Association, January 6, 2014

LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS AND NEXT COURT DATE
COUNTY DEFUNDING EFFORTS DEFEATED BY TONH

CLUB REOPENING EFFORTS AND LITIGATION
Town of North Hempstead and Corona Realty signed agreements to transfer the RCC to the Town

Key “closing condition” in contract requires dismissal of the litigation (by parties formerly represented by our jointly retained lawyer and otherwise) if the land sale is to occur.

As you know, we’ve been in court many times; most recently, possible forms that a dismissal allowing the Town takeover might take were discussed and we anticipate this dialogue will continue.

NEXT COURT DATE
Our next date in court will be January 15 (Nassau Supreme Court-Judge Janowitz’s courtroom).

Because we have no attorneys representing us jointly, you will need to attend in person if your interests are to be represented in Court.

TOWN DEFEATS COUNTY EFFORTS TO DEFUND RCC
You may know the County inexplicably sought to defund the RCC by refusing to levy taxes.

Many were puzzled by the County’s efforts without any apparent basis other than politics.

The Town took the County to court and Nassau County was promptly handed a stinging rebuke by the Judge, who wrote that County “misstated the law” and that the County’s claimed legal basis was “illogical” and “fallacious.”

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
If and when we learn of developments relating these matters or other items of interest, we will let you know.

We hope to hold a public meeting after any key developments in these items (hopefully soon!).

PLEASE NOTE THAT RESIDENTS ARE NO LONGER REPRESENTED BY JOINT COUNSEL. NEITHER THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS DIRECTORS CAN GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE OR ACT AS YOUR ATTORNEY IN ANY MATTER INCLUDING IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB. IF YOU WANT TO BE REPRESENTED IN COURT YOU MUST ATTEND IN COURT IN PERSON OR BY AN ATTORNEY YOU HAVE ENGAGED. PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR LEGAL ADVISER IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL ADVICE ON THESE MATTERS.

RoslynCountryClub.org is an independent website devoted to Roslyn Country Club neighborhood, and is NOT part of the RCCCA, ToNH, or the Royalton.

The Two Top Proponents of the Roslyn Country Club have left the Town of North Hempstead…

[Tom] Dwyer had also been a passionate proponent of Levitt Park in Roslyn Heights – also known as the Roslyn Country Club – during his last year in office.

“It was probably the project I worked hardest on and worked most on. I think we’re at a point now that we could potentially have one of the best parks on Long Island.”

Source: This Island Now

What’s Next For Levitt Park?

The Town of North Hempstead board, as expected, has given approval to a bond resolution appropriating $7.5 million for the establishment of a Levitt Park At Roslyn Heights park district. The motion, which was taken up at the Sept. 10 meeting, passed with unanimous support.

The park, when constructed, will feature a 7.3 acre site, complete with an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi/spa area, water slide and plunge pool, kiddie pool and splash pad, playground, concession and outdoor seating area, bathhouse, lower and upper poolside promenades and resurfaced tennis courts with viewing area.

For now, what’s next for Levitt Park? Will put-upon residents of the Country Club neighborhood have a pool and tennis courts to use by the summer of 2014?

Read on at The Roslyn News

“Better days are coming”

Park District Approved, Purchase Delayed

The North Hempstead Town Board voted Tuesday to officially create a new park district around the shuttered Roslyn Country Club in Roslyn Heights, but put off approving the contract to buy the property and issue bonds for the improvements until next month.
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The town board still must approve the contract to purchase the roughly 7.3-acre property from owner Manouchehr Malekan for $2 million, and issue $7.5 million in bonds to pay for the improvements to the property, which it plans to do at its Sept. 10 meeting.

Read on (via $Newsday)

Next Tuesday: The Town of North Hempstead’s Roslyn Country Club

The Town of North Hempstead board will meet next Tuesday morning to ratify a $2 million contract to purchase 7.3 acres of property for the Roslyn Heights Park District.

At Tuesday night’s board meeting, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said the board plans to ratify the contract and authorize issuing a $7.5 million bond to refurbish the park district facilities at the Aug. 20 meeting.

Kaiman said the board’s action follows certification of the park district, also known as the Roslyn Country Club, required by the state comptroller’s office.

“We couldn’t approve it because we didn’t have certification,” Kaiman said.

Kaiman said the state comptroller’s office reviewed documents the town provided to verify the 728 households to be included in the park district. Kaiman said the board will also ratify the park district as the state comptroller’s office defines it.

Kaiman said the board needs to “ratify everything just to make sure we dot every “˜I’ and cross every “˜T’ to close its $2 million deal to buy the property from owner Manoucher Malekan and issue the bond.

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What’s in a name? Proposed “Levitt Park” raises questions…

What do you think about the proposed name for the proposed town owned Country Club park district? This is one man’s take. Feel free to share your perspective.

What We Name Things Matters by Michael Miller for Anton News

“The Levitts were wrong. They didn’t need the race clauses to sell their houses. In 1963, two weeks before Dr. King gave his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, there was Bill Levitt, Spokesman of the Industry, in headlines across America defending the right of builders to refuse to sell to African-Americans where segregated neighborhoods were the custom. He considered Long Island to be one of those places, and Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, where Levittowns II, III and IV went up, amid picket lines and state government lawsuits. There’s no clear evidence that Bill Levitt was personally bigoted. He made it clear that it was strictly business, which probably makes it all worse.

Levitt & Sons finally adopted an open-housing policy in April 1968, five days after Dr. King’s assassination.

It wasn’t Bill Levitt’s job to enlighten a population or broaden people’s minds. The Levitts made houses. It was the people who lived in those houses who made communities. The park’s name should reflect that.”