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.


Friday, April 5, 2013

There Is a God

As you may have heard, I sued the Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals pro se (without an attorney).  I lost.  The article 78 petition I filed was thrown out on a technicality.  Even though I was solely challenging decisions made by the ZBA and served them properly, I was unaware of obscure case law that required me to serve the property owner--Faith Bible Church.  The case was not decided on its merits. The judge dismissed it based on that failure to serve and I couldn't challenge it because zoning variances have an extremely short statute of limitation of 30 days (in NY state).  Live and learn.

As luck would have it, I just discovered a zoning section the applicant (FBC) does not comply with.  The net result is that instead of 63 parking spaces, they can only provide 33.  What does this all mean?  At a minimum, I'll have the pleasure of making a reasoned argument against a ginormous zoning variance that will ruin the residential character of the neighborhood. I had some good times with the ZBA and look forward to at least a couple more:)

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