The alleged political persecution against former President Donald Trump is not limited to the previous commander-in-chief as a Long Island contractor argued his local politicians are blocking construction on his home for no reason other than “annoyance and discrimination.”
Vincent Franco, 62, is a construction contractor and resident of the village of Amityville on Long Island, N.Y. For more than two and a half years the “loud” supporter of Trump has been trying to complete an expansion of his home which he claimed in a lawsuit has been obstructed by residents and political figures, according to the New York Post.
The $1 million suit filed in Brooklyn federal court last week stated that since his renovations began in Jan. 2020, he has faced complaints from within the community “because they did not want an individual who supported Trump to build such a large house in the neighborhood, or be in the neighborhood at all.”
— New York Post (@nypost) August 14, 2022
It went on to assert that the initial complaints were based on unfounded claims that Franco was attempting to use the large home for commercial storage or as a three-family home, but it was actually a “veiled attempt to discriminate against a Trump supporter who flew Trump flags from his car, in front of the single family construction dwelling.”
The halted construction has left Franco and his wife living in a small three-room section of their original home upon which the expansion is being conducted. The incomplete state of the project he said makes it so, “When it rains everything comes through the ceiling and we get decimated.”
“All the squirrels and raccoons are getting in,” he explained. “My wife went to grab something from the attic and a raccoon jumped out and almost bit her.”
In addition to objection to his political views, Franco claimed that the town mayor has “openly said that he did not like having contractors and builders living in his community.”
“The people that live there have been there for 10, 15, 20 years. I was a nobody coming into their town and they didn’t give me a chance,” he told the Post. Through continued efforts to “dispel false allegations that a larger, beautiful home that would improve the neighborhood was being built for nefarious purposes,” Franco met multiple times with town officials and, in Aug. 2021, his permits were approved.
Those permits allegedly included an “exception” from the since terminated building inspector for the contractor to raise his roof three feet higher than permitted by code. Having spent $100,000 to finish the roof, a new building inspector told Franco in March 2022 that the roof was too high and, according to the suit, “made it extremely clear that this was due to personal biases on behalf of the trustees, mayor, personally, and professionally.”
“For no reasonable purpose whatsoever, except for annoyance and discrimination, did defendants deny [Franco] the variance which in at least four cases had been approved,” the filing went on to assert.
“What’s the harm in the community by allowing the guy to adjust [the roof] by several feet?” Franco’s lawyer, Victor Feraru asked in speaking with the Post. “You don’t have an aesthetic issue, you don’t have a health and safety issue–you have a problem with our guy.”
The Post reached out to the town lawyer for comment but had not received one at the time of this posting.
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