The owners of an Islandia horse farm are now asking the village to stand down as efforts on their property continue.
Officials have been looking to purchase a piece of property owned by Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, including through eminent domain. They say they need it for their Public Works Department.
Suffolk Legislature granted agricultural status to the land Tuesday.
That move can’t stop the village from buying it, but lawyers for Pal-O-Mine say Mayor Allan Dorman should reconsider.
“I’ve never seen a politician go after a successful, a successful charitable organization that’s serving the community. You never do that,” says attorney Brad Gerstman.
Pal-O-Mine is a place where animals have a powerful and calming effect on the disabled, abuse victims or those who’ve witnessed the horrors of war. There’s also a garden area that becomes a kind of sanctuary for visitors.
News 12 reached out to Dorman for comment, but has not heard back.