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Owner of sinking home plans to sue Islip, ferry co.

A Sayville homeowner blames the town and a ferry company for his sinking house, and he plans to sue both. Anthony Bernardis said part of his deck had to be ripped out because water was constantly sitting

News 12 Staff

Nov 26, 2007, 11:17 PM

Updated 6,074 days ago

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A Sayville homeowner blames the town and a ferry company for his sinking house, and he plans to sue both.
Anthony Bernardis said part of his deck had to be ripped out because water was constantly sitting under it. His kitchen had to be jacked up last summer after it sank three inches in mud.
"The west side of my property is mud," Bernardis said. "I'm 55 years old. I should be sitting on the deck with the dog and a beer."
According to Bernardis, a contractor suggested he raise his Terry Street house and rebuild the foundation to the tune of $240,000.
Bernardis believes the problem began when the Town of Islip started a drainage project that left only one storm pipe for water to drain into the river at the end of his block.
He also points the finger at a nearby ferry service that started using crushed concrete in its parking lot, causing water to backup onto Bernardis' property.
The ferry company, which transports people to Fire Island, would not comment on the story until it contacted its attorney. Likewise, town officials said they couldn't comment because the lawsuit will name Islip.


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