Retired Hempstead employee sues town over access to feral cats

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A retired Hempstead Town employee who fed a feral cat population at the town's Oceanside landfill has filed a federal lawsuit against the town.

Stanley Lombardo and his attorney Jonathan Tan say Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has denied him access to the landfill over a past grudge. He has not been able to feed the cats since June.  

"My concern is they're going to vanish, die or be exterminated," says Lombardo. 

In June, the Nassau County SPCA visited the property and said there was evidence that the cats were being properly cared for. Lombardo and groups that have protested to get access to the cats don't believe it. 

Lombardo believes he's been denied access because he's been critical of Supervisor Santino in the past.

"Him and I don't see eye to eye on a lot of issues," he says. 

In a statement, town representatives called the allegations "frivolous and without merit."

Lombardo and his attorney say they are seeking monetary damages for the stress Lombardo has been going through.

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