Several residents from the Old Mill Court apartment complex were on hand for Monday night's Rockville Centre Village Board meeting in an attempt to keep two of their own from being evicted.
Residents say that Denise and Pamela Enoch are in Nassau County court fighting their possible eviction. The two residents are being evicted for allegedly breaking one of the rules set forth in their contract as tenants -- a rule residents have been fighting for a long time.
According to village officials, the rule being argued against is the eviction of a resident if a friend or family member is arrested and charged with any kind of criminal activity.
No specific information on the relating charges was available, however, Denise and Pamela were not arrested themselves, village officials said. Multiple residents fought on behalf of the Enochs Monday night, asking the mayor and board to somehow intervene with the Rockville Centre Housing Authority.
However, the decision is not for the mayor or board to make.
The Rockville Centre Housing Authority Board directs the affairs of the Rockville Centre Housing Authority. The board has five of its seven members appointed to five-year terms by the mayor.
According to the village website, the other two members of the board "are tenant representatives elected by the tenants. The Authority operates a 164-unit low-income complex on Old Mill Court and a 50-unit apartment building at 579 Merrick Road for low-income seniors."
Among the residents defending the Enochs Monday were Christine Welch (see video) and Cynthia Boyd, a 15-year resident of Old Mill Court who was elected to the same housing authority back in September.
The Herald reported:
After an FBI raid on the Old Mill Court complex in June 2011, which involved more than 100 law enforcement officers, Boyd led tenants in a meeting with Mayor Francis Murray to protest the “invasion” that she said frightened its children and seniors in an “overkill” operation that yielded very little in the way of illegal activity.