Lawsuit Filed Against Nyack

A Valley Cottage resident is suing the village of Nyack for 6.1 million dollar, claiming that negligence on their part led to the sinking of his water home during superstorm Sandy. According to Jerry Donnellan, who is the Director of Rockland’s Veterans Service Agency, his part- time, three bedroom home, which rested on a 20×40 foot barge, was listed for sale at the time of the storm, and was moored at the Nyack Municipal Marina. Donnellan stated that the pilings of the docks snapped and pierced the barge, leading to the house sinking. The lawsuit, which will be heard in U.S. District Court, is seeking 3 million dollars for negligence 3 million for damages, and $10,000 in rent that Donnellan stated he paid to the village, even though his home was moored on navigable water, not village property. The suit is claiming that the village did not complete proper stability and safety tests on the structures in the marina, and that the moorings and pilings were in a state of disrepair. The suit also claims that the village enlarged the opening of the marina that leads to the river; so more water flowed in faster.

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