Lawsuit: Residents denied membership renewal

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Since: Apr 09

Center Moriches, NY

#1 Jun 21, 2012
More than a dozen Mastic Beach residents, including former Mayor Paul Breschard, have filed suit against the local property owners association, alleging the group caused them financial loss and emotional stress when it declined to renew their memberships.

The lawsuit, filed June 1 in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, also alleges the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association board of directors caused Breschard and 13 other plaintiffs embarrassment, humiliation and mental and physical anguish, court documents show.

"We've been blacklisted," said Breschard, noting the names of 27 individuals, including the 14 plaintiffs, were posted in a local marina last June 30, with an advisory that none of those listed be allowed to use certain village facilities.

Breschard alleged the association, which has about 200 members who pay annual dues of about $80, prevented him and others from using the clubhouse, boat docks, marina slips and pump-out stations.

In the suit, the plaintiffs say they were members of the decades-old property owners association for at least two years ending in 2010.

But the plaintiffs say they were denied a 2011 renewal membership after they signed a petition opposing the spending of membership fees toward a campaign against the incorporation of the village, which took place 22 months ago.

Breschard, 62, became the village's first mayor. He abruptly quit in February, citing an "untenable relationship" with the board of trustees as a critical factor.

Breschard said a letter he wrote to the association board complaining of the membership denials did not receive a response.

"What kind or organization is this, where you can't disagree with the association?" he asked.

The association was created several decades ago to administrate and allow property owners access to the water, the clubhouse and other amenities, the former mayor said.

Robert Debona, a board member named in the suit, referred questions to Port Jefferson attorney John Andrews.

"There's a lot of lies going on here, and we're going to handle this to the best of our ability," Debona said.

Andrews, reached by phone, described the dispute as "sour grapes. It's a private organization; you're not guaranteed a membership."

Breschard acknowledged the private nature of the organization but said it shouldn't be held up "like a country club."

The former members, who say they were denied readmittance without explanation, say they have suffered lasting emotional damage and that the association board engaged in reckless, malicious and unlawful actions, the suit states.

They seek a jury trial along with financial and punitive damages, attorney fees and further relief the court deems proper, court records show.

Since: Apr 09

Center Moriches, NY

#2 Jun 21, 2012
The main reason we have a village today was to try th get the marina away from the POA. All the other reasons were secondary. Now we all pay so they can fight over the marina's.
Hey I heard the village is considering opening a land fill like Crookhaven to make more money for the lawsuit.
ha ha ha

Mastic, NY

#3 Jun 21, 2012
what a crock. first of all membership is 40.00 a year, not eighty. secondly, it is a private organization. people are not entitled to membership just because they exist. also, there is another marina in the area they could have used (owned by gary stiritz) there is a pump out station there and a dock and ramp. they just didnt want to pay stiritz prices. these people who filed the lawsuit slandered the mbpoa on numerous occasions. these same attended meetings at the clubhouse this year and were not asked to leave. this is all a crock designed to continue a ridiculous fight over marinas and docks. GROW UP
ha ha ha

Mastic, NY

#4 Jun 21, 2012
also, this lawsuit was already thrown out of court once. why bring it again? just to stir the pot
Not on my dime

Mastic Beach, NY

#5 Jun 21, 2012
At least this lawsuit isn't costing me, a Mastic Beach taxpayer money, unlike the other lawsuit that the Village is pursuing against the property owners. Seems like all the pro village people are sue happy. Just like they all love the bureaucratic mess that is the village of Mastic Beach. About how long and how expensive is the learning curve for people that don't like to do their homework (village trustees) going to end up being for the average village tax payer?
MBPOA member since 1988

Sound Beach, NY

#6 Jun 21, 2012
You should Praise Gary Yo!
Brady

Moriches, NY

#7 Jun 22, 2012
Give Frank back his dock
Give Rhonda back here DECK-dock.

Since: Dec 07

Mastic Beach N.Y.

#8 Jun 22, 2012
Beach Man wrote:
The main reason we have a village today was to try th get the marina away from the POA. All the other reasons were secondary. Now we all pay so they can fight over the marina's.
Hey I heard the village is considering opening a land fill like Crookhaven to make more money for the lawsuit.
Speaking of marinas , are they renting camper spots at marina 1?
Brady

Moriches, NY

#9 Jun 22, 2012
whoopsing wrote:
<quoted text>Speaking of marinas , are they renting camper spots at marina 1?
Yes, but the trailers have to be Stirritz pink. And, the spots will not be available to MBPOA members.
ha ha ha

Mastic, NY

#10 Jun 22, 2012
it's all ridiculous. if you belong to an organization and bad mouth everyone in it, why would you expect to be asked back?

just wondering...
comeonpeople

Mastic Beach, NY

#11 Jun 22, 2012
The whole reason Breshard dreamt up the village was to stick it to the MBPOA. When he couldn't get that done with his own hand-picked team, he whined, quit being Mayor, and in his pout, filed a lawsuit. He should have ran for office in the MBPOA---and actually volunteered to help his country club---rather than sue them.

Breshard is a real primadonna doesn't get his way and throws a temper tantrum. MBPOA and all of us are better off without him and his ambulance chaser buddy Prokof.

Since: Dec 07

Mastic Beach N.Y.

#12 Jun 22, 2012
Brady wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, but the trailers have to be Stirritz pink. And, the spots will not be available to MBPOA members.
Great, then I qualify!...P.S. is that a Benjamin Moore color? But really, whats up with the camper parked there for the last month? Anybody?
Brady

Moriches, NY

#13 Jun 22, 2012
whoopsing wrote:
<quoted text>Great, then I qualify!...P.S. is that a Benjamin Moore color? But really, whats up with the camper parked there for the last month? Anybody?
If it is illegally parked, the owner of the lot (MBPOA) should call police. My bet is that the trailer is owned by someone visiting the former president of the MBPOA who happens to live across the street.
just found out

Dobbs Ferry, NY

#14 Jun 22, 2012
Brady wrote:
<quoted text>If it is illegally parked, the owner of the lot (MBPOA) should call police. My bet is that the trailer is owned by someone visiting the former president of the MBPOA who happens to live across the street.
The trailer is a temp guard building.
Brady

Moriches, NY

#15 Jun 22, 2012
just found out wrote:
<quoted text>The trailer is a temp guard building.
That was supposed to be a secret!
just found out

Dobbs Ferry, NY

#16 Jun 22, 2012
Brady wrote:
<quoted text>That was supposed to be a secret!
Opps

Since: Dec 07

Mastic Beach N.Y.

#17 Jun 22, 2012
Objects
Sec. 2 The objects of this association
are:
The promulgation of acquaintance,
good will, protection of its interest
and the interest of its members.
To encourage and promote action by
the property owners and residents of
Mastic Beach in the improvement and
general welfair of the community.
To promote, maintain,foster interest
and participationin the civic affairs
of our community.
To promote and preserve harmony,
cooperation and communication among all members.
To promote activities for the social
entertainment and recreation of its members.----LOL !

Since: Dec 07

Mastic Beach N.Y.

#18 Jun 22, 2012
Constitution and by-laws of the MBPOA..circa 1989......REALLY ???? Has there been any revisions since then?
still a putz I see

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Jun 22, 2012
whoopsing wrote:
<quoted text>Great, then I qualify!...P.S. is that a Benjamin Moore color? But really, whats up with the camper parked there for the last month? Anybody?
Please! The "village" threw a hissy fit when the MBPOA built a new shack and had them shut down construction. It they allowed them to finish the shack, there wouldn't be a trailer there. You know this being so close knit with the village crooks. Thanks for your concern though. I hope this clear things up.
PS Hows that law suit by Frank F coming along?
still a putz I see

Brooklyn, NY

#20 Jun 22, 2012
Brady wrote:
<quoted text>If it is illegally parked, the owner of the lot (MBPOA) should call police. My bet is that the trailer is owned by someone visiting the former president of the MBPOA who happens to live across the street.
Wow you are an idiot! Go ask the Vision Team why it's there, they know, they are responsible for it being there. More sour grapes by the crooks of the village. Hey Paul! How's that dock of yours??? HAhahahahahahaha. Ask Frank if you can borrow his!!!

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