YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department is investigating an alleged incident that took place at Constellations Recovery on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Yorktown News has learned.
Neighbors of the sober living residence located at 482 Underhill Ave. said they noticed several Yorktown police cars at the property between 4 and 6 p.m. What prompted police response is unclear.
Yorktown News requested records documenting all police activity that occurred at Constellations Recovery on Tuesday, Oct. 27, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Lt. Tom Gentner, the department’s FOIA officer, denied the request on the grounds that the incident is being “actively investigated.” When asked to elaborate on the investigation, Gentner declined, saying it would be “irresponsible” for him to comment.
The Underhill Avenue facility was granted a special use permit by the Town Board on March 24 following a lengthy and contentious approval process that began in December 2013. During the process, both the neighbors and owners of the facility sued the town.
Thomas McCrossan, co-owner of Constellations Recovery, declined comment when asked about the alleged incident.
“We have no comment whatsoever and there’s nothing to discuss,” McCrossan told Yorktown News. “That’s the bottom line. I can’t give you any information because there’s nothing to talk about.”
Neighbors, however, requested an “emergency meeting” with the Town Board and representatives from Constellations Recovery to gain clarity on the situation.
McCrossan downplayed the alleged incident and said it will become public knowledge after the investigation concludes sometime this month. His attorney, Al Capellini, wrote a letter to the Town Board in response to the neighbors’ request.
“My client understands completely and shares neighbor concerns that a police investigation was instigated and is cooperating fully with the Yorktown Police Department,” Capellini wrote. “We hope that the town and neighbors will allow the investigation to be completed before reaching any conclusions based on hearsay.”
Capellini said there has never been an “emergency” at the residence, despite rumors to the contrary.
“Rather, there was an alleged incident, which is the focus of the police investigation,” he wrote.
Constellations Recovery, which officially opened in May, is allowed to house up to 14 recovering drug and alcohol addicts at a time. Owners of the property offered more than a dozen conditions on the special permit to ease the concerns of the neighbors. One stipulation of the special permit requires representatives from Constellations Recovery to meet with the Town Board six months after accepting its first resident. That date is Dec. 15, according to Capellini.