Brookhaven supervisor Ed Romaine and councilman Dan Panico have announced that a
temporary restraining order was served at Track Gas Station, located at 310 Neighborhood
Road in Mastic Beach, on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The TRO prohibits the operation of a taxicab business and that the three contiguous lots
are to be brought into compliance with residential zoning requirements as set forth in
Brookhaven Town Code, by removing all unregistered vehicles, debris, scrap metal and
cease the operation of a junkyard. The town was further authorized to conduct inspections
of the site to ensure compliance.
The subject premises have been a constant eyesore and an ongoing source of blight in the
community. Numerous violations of Brookhaven Town Code have been argued in Suffolk
County District Court for more than a year and have led to the issuance of substantial fines.
Despite the various enforcement efforts, the property owner failed to come into compliance
and continued to operate in contravention of town code, which prompted the town to seek
relief in the Supreme Court.
"We tried in good faith to work with the owners of this property in District Court over the
past several months,” Panico said. “They have continually thumbed their nose at the town
and the people of Mastic Beach, so we sought and obtained an order from a state Supreme
Court justice to effectively close down the illegal cab company at this property and also
force the remediation of a slew of code violations. We are not going away because the
people of Mastic Beach deserve better and this action should serve as an example to others
in the area. While our unprecedented blighted home demolitions garner much attention,
code enforcement on both residential and commercial properties like this is also ongoing
and will continue."