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Busted Sewage Pipe Pits Legion Against Local Businessman

Mahopac’s American Legion Post 1080 has had to use Porta-Johns since its sewage pipe broke nearly four years ago. Credits: Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A conflict between Mahopac’s American Legion Post 1080 and a local businessman over a broken sewage pipe could soon be headed to court if a compromise can’t be reached.

The Legion Hall is located on Buckshollow Road and the root of the story dates back more than 60 years when the building and neighboring parcels were located on property owned by the now-defunct New York and Putnam Railroad (Old Put). The railroad subdivided the land and sold off the individual parcels. American Legion Post 1080 bought the building that is now the Legion Hall in the ‘60s, not realizing that the sewer pipe that connects to its bathrooms runs under the neighboring property.

Nearly four years ago, that sewage pipe broke and needed to be replaced, but neighboring property owner Dave Nicholas was reluctant to allow the construction, which would disturb his parking lot, contending it would have a negative impact on the businesses that rent from him.

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“I can’t have that. It would put my tenants out of business,” Nicholas told Mahopac News. “That’s not fair.”

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