Letter: Ralph's Schmalph's

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To the editor:

A couple of weeks ago it was great relief to residents of the Village of Mamaroneck when the Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in favor of both the residents and Ralph's Italian Ices ensuring the business would stay open while they worked through applying for the properly required permits to operate its business. But things change quickly. 

During the meeting in July all parties appeared to be willing to work with one another. However, now Scott Rosenberg, the owner of Mamaroneck Ices, a/k/a Ralph's Ices and Ice Cream is not willing to cooperate. 

On Aug. 4, Mr. Rosenberg filed a request for a preliminary injunction and restraining order against the Village of Mamaroneck, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Dan Gray and residential neighbors inclusive on the complaint, who were only made aware of this situation after 5pm ET on August 3. 

This should not be a surprise since Mr. Rosenberg immediately claimed he would issue a lawsuit. On Mayor Rosenblum's Facebook page it is evident that the Mayor is in full support of Ralph's and is enabling his business unlawfully much to the disgust of Village Residents who have witnessed the Mayor shaking hands with visitors of Ralph's rather than knocking on their doors expressing interest in their concerns and livelihood. 

One thing I know for sure is that Ralph's was erroneously permitted to operate its business. The Village Planner further enabled it. In doing so, the Village of Mamaroneck was put at risk for yet another lawsuit. The Mayor instigated Mr. Rosenberg blatantly supporting him on his Facebook page. 

The ZBA, a very balanced and appointed board clearly saw the issues revoking the Certificate of Occupancy but issued a stay provided the owner of Ralph's showed good faith in trying to rectify the situation. Apparently he has been doing so well he can throw money at Attorney's to enable him to stay open. Residents of Mamaroneck have plenty of options for Ice Cream. Make your choices wisely - your choice is all you have. 

Ilissa Miller

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