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Denenberg: Nassau “Lease” with Molloy Is Improper

Legislator says parks deal is alienation and subject to full vote.

Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, called a proposed agreement between the county and Molloy College a “lease” that requires approval of the full 19-member Nassau Legislature and the New York State Legislature.

Denenberg stated the agreement, which would allow Molloy the right to use playing fields at Mitchel Field in Uniondale at half the public fee, a 30-year “lease.”  According to the county charter, leases are required to be implemented by ordinance after a public hearing and must be approved by a majority of the full legislature.  Additionally, state law requires that alienation of parkland be approved by the state legislature.

Denenberg noted that, “New York State Court decisions make it absolutely clear that even a so called permit that provides exclusive use is an alienation of parkland that requires state legislative approval.  This 30-year agreement to provide exclusive use of a ball park at Mitchel Field is the same as a lease and therefore an illegal alienation of parkland.”

“This is an attempted 30-year give away of county property by the Mangano administration,” said Legislator Denenberg.

Denenberg will be sending letters to the State Attorney General and the Comptroller for their opinions regarding violation of state law and the county charter.

The deal was tabled during a hearing of the county Rules Committee on Monday for a report to be drafted from the independent budget office so that legislators can better explore the issue and hear from the public.  The next full meeting of the Nassau County Legislature will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25 in Mineola.

Anthony March 08, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Sounds to me like the County, which last I remember is broke, is trying to make some money fast. Why not let the school use the ball fields and generate some money? Does Legis. Denenberg have someother school, sports team, etc that wants to use the land also and is willing to pay a higher price? If not, then what is he complaining about? He should help the County make money anyway he can so maybe our insane property taxes can see some relief!!!!
Dan H March 08, 2013 at 07:08 PM
why the discount ? Thirty years ? How about an adjustment for inflation.
Frank March 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Since Albany hates Long Island, Albany will kill this deal. Why doesn't Denenberg concentrate on keeping the "extra" billions of taxes sent by LI (which LI never sees a cent of) to Albany instead of poo-pooing leases for a LI based educational organization simply wanting to increase its appeal to potential students?. Honestly people, if he were my representative, I would hand him the riot act.
Bobep34 March 08, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Why not have Mr. Dennenbrrg watch out for Merrick and not go after a quality school of higher education that serves the greater good for the County.!
Anthony March 08, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Why not? Who else is beating down the door to pay for using the field? Get the money where you can! Havent you noticed Nassau County is dead broke?????

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