Cornwall Commons

Lawsuit Filed by Cornwall Commons against Town of Cornwall

Cornwall Commons LLC has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Cornwall in the New York Supreme Court.  The notice was filed with the Town the day AFTER the election, November 5th.  To date [December 9th] this lawsuit has not been disclosed by the Town.  Is it a coincidence that Dumb and Dumber II has just been released in theatres?  Why would the Town Board keep news of the lawsuit from the public?

The Town Board has been called to the carpet and must organize itself forthwith.  The suit is frivolous and will not stand - but the Town  residents and the Town Board are on notice that the developer is determined to build.  Any opposition must be well-organized and well-prepared.  Follow this link to review the entire lawsuit.

Read on for the full analysis.



What is a PAC?

We need to better understand both the intent and the restrictions of what a PAC [Planned Adult Community] is.

Jon Chase's Cornwall Commons Speech

(July 8, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Town of Cornwall, NY Town Council meeting) In the eight years I have lived in this community, I have been reminded more than once of its longstanding traditions and the multi-generational heritage of many who live here. So I find it ironic and rather troubling that it should be necessary to remind the members of the Town Council of their responsibility to the citizens of the Town of Cornwall concerning preservation of the character and institutions of this community. Put simply, you have no greater duty.

Cornwall Commons June 2014 - Update

Michael Summerfield

[Michael Summerfield] The new counsel to the Cornwall Commons, Zarin & Steinmetz, appointed following a $5.5 million claim of malpractice against their previous counsel, Gerry Jacobowitz of Jacobowitz & Gubits, has submitted a new updated proposal purporting to work collaboratively with the Cornwall Town Board to fast-track the approval of the development. 

New SEQR Needed

Zoning Change Changes Everything.

Given the recent history in Mamataking, Bloomingburg, Monroe, and numerous towns in Rockland County, notably East Ramapo, it is incumbent upon the Planning Board to take into consideration the possibility that such a development could become an Hasidic community. It would be irresponsible to consider the developer's representation of two adults and a mere 0.5 children per household as the only likely scenario.

Appeal to Authority

Calling Out Cornwall Commons

Gerry Jacobowitz introduced Brian Gates, Vice President of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) at the August 6th, 2012 Special Meeting of the Town Board to support his assertion of the need to change the 55+ age restriction to age unrestricted.  Mr. Gates, age 56, was recently appointed to the GVEDC after a long career as a brand manager of Bacardi Rum for this region.  How that experience gives him any credibility as an urban planner or community management is unknown. 


Developer's numbers ... Myth or Truth?  The developer is correct in saying that the scale of the overall project allows 3 residences per usable acre and the developer states that 556 units are allowed. Simple math infers that the developer assumes 185 acres as usable.   But, is that number accurate?

Overview - Cornwall Commons

Cornwall Commons is the development to be located on a 197 acre site on the west side of 9W to the north and behind Orange Oncology - across from NYMA. The original plan was submitted and later approved by the Cornwall Town Planning Board which approved a conditional final subdivision for 10 lots in 2005.  Lot 10 would contain the residential portion, while lots 1-9 would be commercial lots.   

Town Supervisors and Council

20020-22  Richard Randazzo, Supervisor;  Council: Kerry McGuinness, Josh Wojehowski, Virginia Scott,  Helen Bunt* 

20016-19  Richard Randazzo, Supervisor;  Council: Kerry McGuinness, Michael Summerfield, Peter Russell (2018), Virginia Scott {2019),  Helen Bunt* 

20014-15  Randy Clark, Supervisor;  Council: Helen Bunt, Kerry McGuinness [1 yr], Betty Longinott, Peter Russell, Jim McGee* non-voting Deputy Supervisor

2012-13   Kevin Quigley, Supervisor, Council:  Randy Clark, Al Mazzaco, Betty Longinott, Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt*

20010-11   Kevin Quigley, Supervisor, Council:  Randy Clark, Al Mazzaco, Betty Longinott, Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt*

2008-09   Kevin Quigley, Supervisor; Council:  Randy Clark, Al Mazzaco, Betty Longinott, Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt*

2006-07   Richard Randazzo, Supervisor; Council:  Randy Clark, Al Mazzaco, Kerry McGuinness Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt*

2004-05   Richard Randazzo, Supervisor; Council: Randy Clark, Kerry McGuinness, [vacancy] Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt*

2002-03   Jim Sollami, Supervisor;  Council:  Daniel Rohe, Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt, David Lincoln, James Fanning*

2000-01   Helen Bunt, Supervisor; Council:  James Fanning, Daniel Rohe, Mary Beth Greene-Kraftt, David Lincoln

1998-99  Richard Randazzo, Supervisor; Council:  James Fanning, Helen Bunt, Robert Funck,  Karen Renfrey

1996-97  Richard Randazzo, Supervisor; Council:  James Fanning, Helen Bunt, Kevin Quigley, Robert Funck

1993-95  Kenn Brodmerkel, Supervisor; Council:  Anthony Cavallo, James Fanning, Kevin Quigley, Bryon Rostanzo


1989-91  Richard Randazzo, Supervisor; Council:  Irving Weeks, Graham Kelder, Curt Remfrey, James Fanning

 * indicates served as Deputy Town Supervisor