09/26/14 8:00am
09/26/2014 8:00 AM

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Ask around about the former labor camp on Cox Lane in Cutchogue and the reaction you’ll get is often the same: a slight frown, a widening of the eyes or a small shake of the head. The history of the camp — which housed hundreds of migrants during its heyday in the 1950s and ’60s — is now seen as an embarrassment, longtime farmers and local residents say.  (more…)

09/22/14 8:00am
09/22/2014 8:00 AM
Marybeth Mundell says she won't pay rent to live in an apartment complex that the town has deemed illegal. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Marybeth Mundell says she won’t pay rent to live in an apartment complex that the town has deemed illegal. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

A Cutchogue business owner being accused of illegally renting apartments at his industrial property in Cutchogue in violation of town code is now taking a tenant to court for refusing to pay rent.

Last month, Robert Hamilton, owner of Prime Purveyors, pleaded not guilty in town Justice Court to six counts of violating town code related to leasing six apartments at 8305 Cox Lane  — the site of a former labor camp.

The town is currently seeking to take Mr. Hamilton to trial if the tenants do not vacate the property.  (more…)

08/08/14 10:00am
08/08/2014 10:00 AM
Two of four buildings that house six numbered apartments at the Cutchogue business property where town officials say people are living illegally. The buildings were described in the 1960s as being part of a 'labor camp' where farmworkers lived. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Two of four buildings that house six numbered apartments at the Cutchogue business property where town officials say people are living illegally. The buildings were described in the 1960s as being part of a ‘labor camp’ where farmworkers lived. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Southold Town is preparing to bring charges against a Cutchogue business owner accused of renting out apartments at his Cox Lane property in violation of town code, officials said. They also claim the landlord has ignored notices to vacate tenants.

Robert Hamilton, owner of a company called Prime Purveyors at 8305 Cox Lane, where the tenants live, will face six counts of violating town code when he appears in Southold Town Justice Court on Monday, Aug. 25, said assistant town attorney Lori Hulse, who is handling the case. The property has four buildings with a total of six numbered rental units, plus a warehouse.

Mr. Hamilton had appeared in town court on July 28, but that hearing was put off, town officials said, to better prepare the violations. (more…)