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Judge Rules Against Cortland Landlord’s Lawsuit Against ZBA Decision

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A State Supreme Court Judge has ruled against a Cortland landlord who challenged the city over the expansion of a parking area at a neighboring student rental.

In a decision released Wednesday, Supreme Court Judge Philip Rumsey has rejected landlord Gerry Ruggiero’s lawsuit against fellow student landlord Chris Calabro’s expansion of parking at 89 Tompkins Street.

Ruggiero claimed that the city improperly allowed Calabro to expand to expand the parking area at his Tompkins Street rental.

Ruggerio said that Calabro violated city lot coverage rules requiring certain amounts of green space.

In the lawsuit Judge Rumsey said Ruggerio lacked standing to bring the lawsuit because he did not demonstrate how he was harmed by the expanded parking.

Ruggerio had argued that the increase was in violation of zoning laws and created and increased the risk for flooding and more traffic.

Ruggerio has filed or has been a part of several lawsuits against the city concerning housing regulations.

Recently, he was a party in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s rental registry program.

Judge Rumsey also ruled that in this latest lawsuit Ruggerio, who represented himself, committed plagiarism by not properly citing source material in his filings.

Ruggerio said today that the Judge never ruled if the parking expansion was legal and will continue to pursue claims against the city for what he believes is uneven or preferential code enforcement.

Read the lawsuit here: Ruggiero v City of Cortland 06-04-15

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