Susan Berland and Kensington Estates
On January 11, 2011 the Town Board passed two resolutions, offered by Susan Berland, by a vote of 3-2 to approve the building of a project called Kensington Estates at the border of Huntington and Oyster Bay. The company that submitted the application for a change of zone was Triangle Equities 496 West Jericho Tpke. LLC. It just so happens that this company donated a total of $5,000 (in three separate amounts) to Susan Berlands re-election campaign after her vote. While it is not illegal for this company to make this donation it certainly does raise eyebrows. There is another company listed on the statement called Grand Metro Building Company that donated $5000. What we find interesting is that these two companies do not appear to have previously donated to Susan Berlands campaigns.
It is interesting to note that Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson voted against these resolutions.
Below are the brief descriptions of the resolutions
2011-31. ADOPT a findings statement pursuant to SEQRA for Zone Change Application #2006-ZM-363, Triangle Equities (Kensington Estates), requesting to change the Zone from R-40 Residence District to R-RM Retirement Community District in the Town of Huntington and R1-1A District to RMF-10 District in the Town of Oyster Bay for property located on the southeast corner of Jericho Turnpike and Plainview Road, West Hills/Woodbury. (SCTM# 0400-226-01-001 and NCTM# 13-D-114 & 115)
2011-32. ENACTMENT: ADOPT the Local Law Introductory Number 7-2010 considering Zone Change Application #2006-ZM-363, Triangle Equities (Kensington Estates), to change the Zone from R-40 Residence District to R-RM Retirement Community District for property located on the south side of Jericho Turnpike, east of Plainview Road, West Hills. (SCTM# 0400-226-01-001 and NCTM# 13-D-114 & 115)
The full text of these resolutions is here.
The Friends of Susan Berland New York State Board of Elections financial statement is here.