Lenox: Couple faces eviction

The town board decided to hold off taking Supreme Court action against homeowners Elia Harosia and Marsha Bisson in an attempt to get the couple and their two children to vacate the premises.

"Somebody should make one last ditch effort to make them move," said Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica. "I'll go down with Rick [Stagnitti, town codes enforcement officer].

Lenox Attorney Peter Finocchiaro said the property owners, who reside on Lewis Point Road "break all kinds of codes."

"Once we start this action, who handles this matter?" asked Councilman Anthony Palamara.

"The Supreme Court does," Finocchiaro said. "This is not a police powers act."

The Bee-Journal published a story on Harosia and Bisson in May of 2005. The couple purchased the property, 8.9 acres in 2003 and obtained a zoning permit in 2004 to construct a garage on the property. Harosia built a 16-by-24-foot garage on the property and then moved Bisson and their two children into the home. The town of Lenox issued a stop work order and revoked all permits.

Harosia placed a holding tank in the ground for waste water, but the home has no running water or electricity.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has indicated the property is a wetland and Harosia would have to apply for a wetland permit.

Lenox charged Harosia and Bisson each with six zoning/code violations including failing to obtain permits for the work they've done.

Finocchiaro said that once the paperwork is filed, the town could receive the order by mid-summer, and if Harosia and Bisson don't leave the premises, they would be held in contempt of court.

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