Suffern Residents Seek Explanation on Real Estate Deal with VFW

At a recent Suffern Village Board meeting many residents raised concerns about a conflict of interest regarding the sale of the VFW Post 2973 building, which board members voted to buy for $150,000 in February 2014. The deal would allow the VFW to stay on as tenants, but the building, which has a market value of $500,000 and brings in revenue with 36 parking spaces rented for $1,600 a month, would be owned by the village. In the past few months Trustee Robert Morris allegedly worked to convince the board that the purchase doesn’t make sense financially, and soon after the realty company David Hirschman of Paramus, New Jersey made the same $150,000 offer to the VFW. Residents are upset because Morris’s son is the Vice-President of Hirschman Realty, some claiming that the actions of board members Morris and Frank Hagen, who brought the company’s offer to the VFW, broke the Open Meeting Laws by discussing the village’s spending plans. Suffern Mayor Patricia Abato stated that she has asked the village’s Ethics Board to review the situation.

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