Does Town Undermine Justice System?

first_imgIf the owners of a nightclub or restaurant dare to challenge East Hampton Town’s “unconstitutional” code ordinances, the town rats the place out to the State Liquor Authority, a noted attorney charged this week.Lawrence Kelly, who has been busy the last couple years taking on East Hampton Town in court, said town police department officers are being forced to “compromise themselves” to defend the town’s selective code enforcement system. East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo and Town Attorney Mike Sendlenski both refuted Kelly’s take on the matter.Kelly is currently representing three Montauk nightclubs that are fighting citations from the town. He said in the course of his defense he uncovered backdated “referrals” made to the SLA by town police officers.Ruschmeyer’s was charged with violations of “over occupancy” during the summer, after code inspectors visited the establishment and said there were more than 22 people in the Eel Room inside the club. Kelly said placing an occupancy limit of the Eel Room is disingenuous to begin with, since crowds flow in and out of it unencumbered and it is inside the larger building. He said some of the summonses were dismissed “immediately” and the others “were baloney.” Kelly is fighting the charges in Suffolk County Supreme Court.Ruschmeyer’s also received a “report of disorderly conduct” on September 17 from the SLA. The SLA can suspend, and even revoke, a liquor license — the lifeblood of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.“We have a duty to report to the SLA,” Sarlo countered. “It’s routine. It’s part of the job.”Kelly later found out two other clients, Navy Beach and The Grey Lady, both suffered similar fates and had to answer the SLA in court.“The one common thread may be that EHTPD police reports from June and July had the common search term ‘fight’ listed in the paperwork,” Kelly wrote. “I believe that my clients were specifically targeted in this process, and that is why three of my clients, and only my clients, were scheduled for yesterday’s Supreme Court Mineola SLA hearings.”Kelly said the end result of this is that every bar and restaurant in East Hampton Town will be hesitant to call for any police assistance in the future, for fear that the simple act of calling for assistance will provide the foundation for retaliation against the establishment by the town.Kelly said there was an incident at Ruschmeyer’s in July 2017. It was outside the establishment, and handled by staff. In essence, an irate friend of a guest took a swing at someone and the matter was resolved without police intervention. However, Ruschmeyer’s called police and filed a report. Kelly said the police took no other action — until he decided to challenge the ordinance violations issued to Ruschmeyer’s in court.“It appears to me that following court proceedings in Suffolk Supreme Court last August, in which my clients challenged certain town attorney representations to the Supreme Court, my client Ruschmeyer’s was hit with a post dated ‘report of disorderly premises’ in late September 2017 for a purported incident from July 2017,” Kelly wrote.“It doesn’t matter if it was outside. It was on the property. The establishment is responsible for its premises,” Sarlo said.Both Sarlo and Sendlenski said it was standard procedure. “We have an officer who reviews the records and makes the filings to the SLA,” Sarlo said. “There is no postdating — the event date is on the report.”Sendlenski said the town follows the same procedure it always has. “Anytime there is an incident, the town makes a referral to the SLA. There are no instances when the town would file a report with the SLA solely because of ongoing litigation. If you have a fight, the SLA gets a referral,” he noted.There was a sharp upturn in code enforcement during the Montauk summer season after then Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell took office four years ago. Kelly represented several establishments and successfully had violations thrown out of court. He also recently challenged the town’s rental registry law and won a jury trial. He also acted on behalf of disgruntled employees that filed grievances against the town.“Until now, there has always been a sharp delineation, in my mind, between the professionalism of the EH Town Police Department and the security staffs at the Montauk establishments, and the political nonsense engaged in by the town attorneys and the code enforcement. The police department has always understood that their safety and the safety of the citizens is best served by keeping away from the petty and the underhanded acts which degrade the trust of the public,” Kelly wrote to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

‘Maybe minutes’ – Big Chelsea exit could be announced imminently, paperwork…

first_imgGetting everyone in Spain very excited on Wednesday with his claims that Eden Hazard would sign for Real Madrid ‘at the latest on Thursday’, Josep Pedrerol has done it again, and, true to his word, he seems to believe we’re in the endgame now. Expected to cost around €100m, the Chelsea forward appears to be on the verge of getting his dream move to the La Liga giants, finally getting to play under his idol, Zinedine Zidane.On his show El Chiringuito on Thursday, the presenter teased he was waiting for a message to give all the information needed, and after a quick report on the Neymar video, the notification appeared.Pedrerol explains the deal is ‘hours, maybe minutes away’ from being made official, with just ‘one detail’ left to be sorted.He then adds Eden Hazard’s contract has already been drawn up, and Chelsea are said to be going through and checking it.The Belgium international should therefore soon put pen to paper on a five-year deal with Real Madrid, finally putting an end to a seemingly never-ending saga.Unless the Blues find something fishy in the paperwork, but that seems unlikely at this stage.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameThis Game lets You Build an Ancient Greek Empire. No InstallGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameThe Must-Play City Building Game of 2019Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoCar insurance | Search AdsCar insurance rates for seniors might be surprising. Find resultsCar insurance | Search AdsUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

SUNDANCE: ‘Morris from America’ is a vibrant, fresh coming-of-age tale

first_imgPARK CITY, Utah | “Morris from America” isn’t your typical coming of age story.The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, focuses on a pair of Americans — a widowed father and son — living in Heidelberg, Germany. The father coaches a soccer team. The 13-year-old son, Morris, is trying to learn the language and make some actual friends. And, to make matters even more trying, they are essentially the only black people in town.The result is delightful.In “Morris From America,” Chad Hartigan, who came to Sundance previously with “This Is Martin Bonner,” avoids both the clichés and banalities of this tired genre and has instead made something entirely fresh. This big-hearted film about that strange time in life when adolescents dip their toes into reckless teenager-dom is not to be missed.Stars Craig Robinson (Curtis) and newcomer Markees Christmas (Morris) bring Hartigan’s vibrant story and script to life with their effortless chemistry and nuanced performances.Curtis isn’t a run-of-the-mill father, and Morris isn’t the prototypical rebellious youth either. They are profane, they are sentimental, they are difficult — they are fully drawn characters with complexities, contradictions and all.Morris isn’t having a great time in Germany until his sweet tutor (Carla Juri) suggests he hang out at a youth center to try to make friends. It doesn’t go very well — one kid gives him a hard time, while the others mostly ignore him. But he does become attached to a beautiful, troubled 15-year-old girl, Katrin (Lina Keller, an ethereal, beguiling Julie Delpy-type), who lets him tag along with her on her increasingly defiant exploits.The film never goes exactly where you’d expect, and Hartigan and his lovely cast keep the energy up and the scenes moving throughout, whether it’s just a language lesson or an awkward talent show.Hartigan also imbues the film with gorgeous cinematic flair that’s always interesting, if not always completely coherent within the language of the film. For example, in one scene, Morris is listening to a hip-hop song while touring a castle and everyone (even the stained glass windows and sculptures) bob their heads along with it. This surreal moment is strangely affecting, but it’s an odd one off, too.Christmas, in particular, is a real discovery. He adeptly handled everything the movie tosses at him — whether freestyle rapping, dancing with a pillow (or at a rave), or shedding a tear. Hartigan heard about the young newbie actor from a friend who’d seen his YouTube videos “Markees Vs.”After the screening, Christmas said he’s now trying to get an agent and a manager and wants to make sure he stays in movies. After a debut like “Morris From America,” that probably won’t be a problem.Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more