Not even 48 hours after the Village Elections, the halting the much-discussed at the Four Corners has been dismissed.
The Patchogue Village Facebook page has announced the news, stating that Justice Paul Baisley has ruled that the Village prevailed in the case and has dismissed the lawsuit.
Tritec's was in April 2011 for 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space to be placed at the Four Corners intersection in Patchogue Village.
The plan has been met with both support and dissent from Patchogue Village residents, resulting in a heated election campaign primarily divided among the issue.
The lawsuit was filed by a number of local business owners, including of the , , and Elisabeth McGuire, who was one of the mayor candidates running in opposition of the plan.
Kevin Brosnahan, an attorney working for those that filed the lawsuit, said that the plaintiffs do intend to appeal the decision as they feel the Judge's decision doesn't reach the merits of their argument.
"Respectfully to the judge, I disagree, I believe on the merits my clients would prevail," Brosnahan told Patch Thursday.
Village attorney Brian Egan said that such an appeal would not stop the New Village plans from moving forward.
"If they decided to undertake that very expensive endeavor, I am confident based on the judge's decision that the appeal is meritless," Egan said.
Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri told Patch Thursday morning that discussions with Tritec Real Estate Company have resumed, and that plans for scheduling the demolition will be made over the next 10 days.
"Tuesday's election was at that point was the highlight of the week," Pontieri said. "Add this to it, it's been a wonderful week. Just on a personal level, the amount of time put into this development is what we need."
Pontieri also said that the judge's decision was officially made on Tuesday, but the court's office initially held it back from release as to not affect the election.
The full documentation of the decision is attached in the PDF section.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
Update 3:41 p.m.: Added the PDF of the judge's decision, comments from plaintiff's attorney Kevin Brosnahan and Village Attorney Brian Egan.
Update 5:55 p.m.: Added information on when decision was made.