The Town of Oyster Bay has allocated more money to continue the fight to overturn a judge's order to allow a proposed luxury mall in Syosset.
In a 6-1 vote, the board yesterday agreed to pay a total of $70,000 to the Kew Gardens-based law firm of Giaimo Associates and to Joseph Bellacosa, a former judge for the state court of appeals, which is the highest court in the state.
Including this disbursement, the town has spent $375,000 on attorney's fees since 2001 when it became the defendant in a lawsuit initiated by Michigan-based Taubman Centers Inc. over the developer's plans for a $500-million mall, on a site known as the Cerro Wire property, that would include Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Town Supervisor John Venditto said the money has been well-spent.
"What price do you put on safeguarding the town from a misguided development?" Venditto said. "This is a project that can have tremendous adverse effects on our environment and quality of life."
In June, acting State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner slammed the town for delaying the development and ordered it to issue a permit for the project and approve its site plan.
Oyster Bay spends more in legal fight against developer