Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Area Man Granted Oral Arguments Before Supreme Court of the State of NY, Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department

Hi Team,

It's kind of crazy that it got this far.  I have fully briefed an appellate court and been granted oral arguments. You would think that the Town of Yorktown would just walk these arbitrary and capricious decisions back and mediate a reasonable compromise.  You would be wrong.  We can talk about that at length at another time, but, in the meantime:

On April 17th, 10am (16th on the docket, so it could well be after noon?), Evan Daniel Bray will stand before 4 justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial department, and argue his arguments--and probably answer a lot of probing questions (kind of hot, right?).  It's in Brooklyn Heights. That's the fancy-fancy part of Brooklyn. Please come and root for me. 

This is the scariest thing I've ever done in my life, ever.  Nobody wants to be a litigant, and certainly not pro se. To be honest, I just want to raise my four (4) daughters lakeside--next to a church.  God is good, but I digress.  In summary, I would do it all again because what's right is right.

Please keep our family in your prayers,


P.S. Just finished watching "The OA" on Netflix.  Preparing for the oral arguments by practicing the 5th movement. This may get awkward on the 17th.   #OMG #ProSeAllTheWay

P.S.S. Anyone who wants to attend oral arguments is invited to breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Warren Street in TriBeCa at 9am.  Breakfast will be my treat. We will then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Appellate Court. #HomeCourtAdvantage

Warren Street is at the top-left.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Important MLID Meeting Update

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As it were, MLID will not be meeting with Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli this Thursday March 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  This is so he can attend the State of the Town of Yorktown speech by supervisor Grace.    The MLID meeting is being rescheduled for a Thursday in the near future that can accommodate the Mr. Paganelli's schedule. Hope to see you there.

As an alternative to the MLID meeting this Thursday, we here at Save Mohegan Lake encourage you to attend--if not tune in on the municipal channel--to hear what supervisor Grace has to say about the state of the Town.  I bet he would love to hear your opinions, especially as they pertain to the northwesterly quadrant of Yorktown. There will be a question and answer period afterwards.

Note from Ken's original email:

The next meeting of the Mohegan Lake Improvement District will be on Thursday March 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Hart Library community room in Shrub Oak.  Dave Paganelli, the Yorktown Highway Superintendent, will be attending as a special guest.  Among other things, we will be asking him about the impending work on the retaining wall along Mohegan Avenue, about the cleaning of catch basins that empty into the lake, about the completion of the work at "Rock Hill Park" left over from the demolition of the buildings there, and about our old boat house demolition.  Please join us and bring your questions for the highway super.  We will also be discussing our plans for the lake this summer, in a difficult regulatory environment with DEC.  Please join us on March 2nd!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome To Mohegan Lake?

Hi Team,

Have you noticed our new neighbor smack dab at the entrance to our community?  This guy:
Oh, the irony of dumping this trash pile next to a "No Dumping..." sign, about ten feet from a NYS Class I wetland.  
This pic is about 4 days old and the pile of trash has grown.  Feel free to add to it?

Yes, we are welcoming people to our community with a giant metal bin overflowing with trash.  Imagine if we lived in Yorktown and they passed a law that regulated where these piles of garbage could be located.  Oh, wait, we technically live in Yorktown. Oh, hey, the Yorktown Town Board actually did pass a very good law requiring permits for the placement of said metal monstrosities and garbage piles, but we live in Mohegan Lake so perhaps there is an exemption carved out in the law for this part of the Town of Yorktown.

Below is  the Town meeting minutes of the meeting where the public hearing on the law was closed and, presumably passed.  Good work Town Board.

Since the official Town meeting minutes are so sparse, below are former Town supervisor Siegel's notes on the meeting (link to same for legibility); she's much more thorough on meeting notes than the Town (ed. note: that's probably by design on the part of the Town):

So, you're saying to yourself: "Save Mohegan Lake, but I'm only one person, there's no way I can affect positive aesthetic change in my neighborhood.  There's no way to fight against our new overlord/giant metal bin overflowing with trash--even if it's placed in a protected wetland without a permit; the goggles NYS Department of Environmental Consulting does nothing."

That's not true.  Here are three concrete actions you can take to attempt to remedy this situation:

  1. Write to the Town of Yorktown inquiring as to whether or not a permit was applied for and obtained to dump the clothing and shoe bin that recently appeared across the street from 3500 Mohegan Avenue. Email:,,,,,,, (Yes, do include all of them on your email)
  2. Wait for a reply; this may take some time.  If the response is "no, there is no permit for the pile of garbage at the entrance to your community," then email this person, who is supposed to enforce the Town code, the Town code enforcement officer:
  3. Email with your results.
It's that simple.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 (5th Annual) Mohegan Lake Ice Skating (and Fishing) Extravaganza

Wow.  So it's been a while; slightly more active on the facebooks.  Had some personal issues come up and won't be able to talk about them for some time.  Unimportant though, considering The 2017 (5th annual) Mohegan Lake Ice Skating (and fishing) extravaganza is upon us.  Sure, we got some skating in over Christmas, but it's been so warm.

Thankfully, it looks like the good lord is bringing the big chill back our way.  We're probably going to pull out a generator and some lights and play hockey on Saturday night with this forecast.  Won't you join us?  None of us really know how to play that well; perhaps you can teach us.  Feel free to consult the ice growth charts here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Cautionary Tale: Don't Steal From Sears

Hi Mohegan Lakers,

It's been a great summer.  So summery.  Back to work though.  There are a lot of issues we have to discuss this fall.  Don't you want to know when oral arguments are calendared for the legal appeal in the 2nd Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department? So nervous [both hands wafting air towards face].

Back to the subject: do not steal from Sears at the Jefferson Valley Mall.  While we prefer you don't steal at all, because it is wrong, don't steal from Sears.  They will press charges against you and put your name in the paper--for any amount of merchandise.  It's not worth it.  So in summary, don't steal from Sears.  Just look at this link to a Daily Voice search for "Sears." Several a month. 

Be good,

Monday, June 27, 2016

Let's Go Lakeland!

How about that?  We're getting a good chunk of change for the Lakeland School District.  Well deserved!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Bad Man Continues To Be Bad

This is the true story... of a bad man... who sells kittens and puppies...and tortures them... to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...The Real World

Wait, that's not the right copy. 

Hat tip to the Daily Voice, a fine local Yorktown newspaper.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Yorktown Men Win 25 Cent Legends Suite Tickets From John Oliver


Basically John Oliver is making a point about Yankee elitism by purchasing, and then reselling for 25 cents, tickets behind home plate, which is the Legends Suite.  Yours truly actually has his facebook profile photo set to a shot of himself sitting alone (the guy under the towel is the radar gun guy, so he doesn't count since he's working in the Legends Suite

Read it, it's a funny story.  And to think the Salt Lake Tribune scooped all local media on this story (less, of course). 

They even get a shout out in the Raleigh, NC Observer.  

Deadspin even has a piece about our masked heroes.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Man Charged With Abandoning A Disabled Animal

Sounds heavy.

Maybe he hit a deer and only wounded it and drove away.  Unlikely.  Sounds more devious.  Considering our community's commitment to animal welfare and safety, it's appropriate to highlight this newsworthy item from the North Country (not North County) because it's Yorktown related since the kid that is accused is from Yorktown.

Got no real good reason to leave you with this, other than a unicorn chaser, so--two snaps up anyway!  Ain't that the truth, Ruth!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Yorktown Really Does Treat Mohegan Lake As the "Red headed step-child."

You should be aware that Yorktown wants to rezone about 5 acres to allow 220 units of housing on Route 6 across from the "Winery."  It's such a large site it has frontage on Strawberry Road.  The biggest problem seems to be that grandma won't be able to make a left on Route 6 to make it to the JV Mall for morning coffee.  She'll just have to take a right and turn around at the Winery, or Mobil, or CVS.  Great Town Planning.  What's important to note here is that the owner could build about 10 single family homes as-of-right, meaning no rezoning required.  That's not enough ROI though.  Need a big return to "Move Yorktown Forward," I guess.

Effed in the A.  Have you ever driven around here during a holiday weekend?  Even a normal weekend with normal traffic  = shit.  Wait until we have "220 units" meaning like 400 people--really old people that don't know how to drive--AND that can't make a left on to route 6 to get to the JV Mall for coffee at Subway. 
Yorktown really does seem do just want to "eff" Mohegan Lake, in a bad way.  Re-zone an acre (1) to allow 36 bedrooms over 2 buildings of of over 16,000sf.  That's totally normal, apparently.  Re-zone 5 acres for 220 units?  Totally normal.  You live in the northwesterly part of Yorktown?  Be afraid; be very afraid. 

The Yorktown Town Board appoints volunteer appointees to the the Planning and Zoning boards, and all the advisory boards.  They serve at the the pleasure of the Town Board.  The Town Board sets the the tone and the boards follow suit.

Let's be a little more careful in the future about who we elect to head up the Town Board which sets the tone of our town planning policies.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How Does The Re-Zoning of Lexington Ave. Affect You?

The Town of Yorktown Town Board is considering  re-zoning a one acre parcel to allow 36 bedrooms in 12 three bedroom units at 1,344 square feet per.  That equals SIXTEEN THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT square feet (excuse me, my caps lock got stuck there).  That's 36 bedrooms.  ON ONE ACRE.
What's really upsetting is that this proposal requires major zoning variances.  Eliminating 50% of the required side yard to build a multi-family building of this scale is notable.  I'd say objectionable.  The fact that the building separation is not correct,* yeah, that shakes may faith in the competency of the planning director. 

Does the rezoning consider anything other than this random one acre lot?


Does Yorktown have a master plan of the areas they propose to re-zone to R-2 and R-3 multi-family zoning districts?


Should the Town consider re-zoning all of the parcels adjacent to this one acre hemmed in by Lexington Avenue, West Road,  Ellis Street, and the Access Road at the Nursing Home?


At least let that block cash out and move to a town of more reasonable planning goals.  Heck, we could probably fit at least 344 units on that block.  It's right next to the elementary school too.  Perhaps we could make it a dormitory for the school which would be an as-of-right use in an R-3 Zone.  I would so love it if GWES was a boarding school.  I have four daughters.  We'd be so close. It wouldn't be that bad, right?

Oh, hey, and did I mention that the applicant and Yorktown incorrectly calculated the front yard required.  Yes, another variance is required (the Town doesn't really like to look closely at planning and zoning applications, in my opinion).**

*The Planning Director incorrectly notes the building separation between the buildings as 90 feet, where the code is clear that the separation between two main buildings is 100 feet, if it's based on table 300a.  Would also note that the buildings--as designed--would exist completely within land requiring variances for them to be there.  That's not normal.

**What's funny is that I literally got the applicant/town to agree to recalculate the front yard of FBC .  Short memory.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016