Legislators’ interest in New Hempstead course “political rhetoric?”
Legislators David Fried, Ian Schoenberger, Philip Soskin, Bruce Levine Patrick Withers and Vice Chairman William Darden, all Democrats from Ramapo, have issued a press release stating that they are planning to draft legislation that would call on County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef to investigate whether the county could acquire the New York Country Club in New Hempstead.
But Donald Tracy, the New City lawyer of country club owner Joe Cho, said today that his client has already signed a contract with S & G Golden Estates and that he was amused by all the recent political attention paid to the property.
The only way the county could get the 165-acre property now is through condemnation, he said.
“It makes good political rhetoric, for the constituents,” he said of the legislators’ push, “but it’s highly impractical.”
The Rockland Conference of Mayors last week voted to ask the county to buy, or acquire the property through condemnation.
“It sounds ridiculous,” Tracy said.
Jenn Profenna, a spokeswoman with the county executive’s office, said today that Vanderhoef had not received any details from the Legislature.