2003-11-14 / Columnists

From the

Editor
By Howard Schwach
From the Editor’s Desk By Howard Schwach

Tom Young is a very unhappy man. He says that he has reason to be unhappy. Young, a Breezy Point resident, has been at odds with the cooperative for years.

He fought the cooperative on sewer issues. He fought the cooperative on housing issues. By conservative estimates, he cost the cooperative owners in Breezy Point more than a million dollars in legal fees, fighting his lawsuits.

Young, for his part, says that the people who live in the gated community fought back.

Young says that the harassment against both him and his family got so bad that his wife, an executive with the United Nations, recently left him to go back to her native Argentina.

Two years ago, Young says, he was arrested by Federal Park Police for posting a notice in the post office at Breezy Point. He says that he spent two weeks in jail for his "crime."

He has sued Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes, who has a home in Breezy Point, for harassing him and lying about his case.

He has repeatedly sued the cooperative over a number of issues. He continues to sue today.

Just last week, Young filed his latest lawsuit against the cooperative. Because he has no money, Young’s suit was filed "pro-se," which means he has no lawyer, that he is on his own. Because of that fact, experts say that he has little hope of collecting the millions he is asking for the pain and suffering he claims he has suffered at the hands of the cooperative.

In his pro-se lawsuit, he claims, "The Breezy Point Cooperative, by the way of their private police force, exclusive media, humane resources... has and is causing Marta and Thomas [Young] great fear, resulting in being stressfully ill, causing Marta’s early retirement, causing Marta to temporarily relocate, causing Marta to be separated from her husband, unfounded, malicious vengeful harassment, causing racial discrimination and sexual harassment against Marta, causing Marta’s and Thomas Young’s life to be endangered."

Young claims in his suit, "Breezy Point Coop is notoriously known as a racist community for their active biasness against Blacks and Hispanics (Marta is Hispanic)."

Young says that his home has been broken into on four occasions by the Breezy Point security force, without a warrant and in violation of the coop’s own rules.

He says that he has been wrongfully arrested on four occasions and that he has been barred from the grocery store, the coffee shop and the post office facility.

Young says that he has tried to sell his house and move from Breezy Pointon any of a number of recent occasions, but that the cooperative has turned away all buyers, although, at one point, years ago, the cooperative offered to pay him a half-million dollars to buy him out.

In his complaint, Young says that a Black prospective buyer of his home was told by a real estate broker, "A Black person would never be able to buy your home."

When Young came to The Wave for help in telling his story, he brought with him documents and pictures that he believes document his case against the cooperative.

He says that he was parked on Queens Boulevard recently for a court hearing when he heard somebody say, "watch out, he’s coming." When he got to his car, Young found that it had been damaged with a baseball bat or another similar implement. His headlights and front grill were extensively damaged.

Later, Young found his boat, docked at a local marina, sinking at the stern, holed by person or persons unknown.

Young sees those events as part of the harassment and degredation he has suffered.

He badly wants to sell his home and reunite with his wife and family.

Is Young telling the truth? He has indeed had a history with the management of the Breezy Point cooperative over many years. He has caused them more than $1,000,000 in legal fees.

Everything else is denied by both the cooperative and the park police. They blame Young for the majority of his problems, although officials refuse to say anything about Young on the record.

Meanwhile, Young says that he remains at home in Breezy Point, fearing to go outside, trying without success to sell his home and leave.

He says he has no money left, no car, no wife, no boat, no family.

He is not a happy camper.

Whose fault is that?

I will allow you to decide that for yourself.


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