Yorktown Town Board Revokes Permit of Sober Home

The sober living residence formerly known as Constellations Recovery is located at 482 Underhill Ave. Credits: Facebook

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - In a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, the town board revoked the special use permit that allowed for the operation of a sober living residence at 482 Underhill Ave.

At dispute had been whether the special use permit for a convalescent home should transfer from the previous owners to the new ones. The ownership of the property changed hands on Thursday, May 11, when Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick sold it to Justin Gurland, Matthew Rinklin and Zachary Clark.

The town board and Town Attorney Michael J. McDermott argued that, as per conditions of the special use permit approved in March 2015, a change in ownership meant that the permit was null and void.

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Attorneys for the new owners, however, said that McCrossan and McGoldrick were staying on as operators of the sober living residence, which, they argued, satisfied the conditions of the permit.

McCrossan and McGoldrick purchased the home in April 2014. After a contentious and lengthy approval process, which included multiple lawsuits, they operated a sober living residence, called Constellations Recovery, out of the home for about a year before closing last summer in the wake of the overdose death of Hank McWilliam, an 18-year-old resident of the home.

The town board made its decision to revoke the permit following a public hearing, in which several people spoke, including the parents of McWilliam.

Robert L. Schonfeld, attorney for Gurland, Rinklin and Clark, declined to immediately comment on the board's decision to revoke the permit.

This story will be updated.

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