A request for a restraining order against salvage yard owner John Doxey's company was granted Thursday in , prohibiting 4 Park Place Corporation from continuing its operations at that address until Doxey's trial is over.
Doxey was arrested in May for at the site, where his company disassembled commercial vehicles and machinery.
The city commenced a Zoning Enforcement Action on June 16 on the grounds that the location was not zoned to be used as a salvage yard and that no permits, licenses or site plan approval from the city which would allow such activity had ever been issued.
Judge Richard McCord issued Thursday's order based on a "likelihood of success" that the city will prove that Doxey's operation was in violation of the city's zoning laws, and that permitting such use to continue in lieu of a verdict could result in imminent danger to the city and its residents.
Hearings included testimony from representatives of the city's Building Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Glen Cove Police Department.
Richard Summa, director of the city's Building Department, said officials are eager to proceed with the case to make sure the order becomes permanent.
"It is an illegal use, and Mr. Doxey should not be able to profit from it while putting the health and safety of the people of Glen Cove at risk," he said.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi said in a statement that the ruling was a move in the right direction concerning the operation, which had been under investigation since at least October 2011.
“This order protects the city’s sensitive waterfront and upholds the integrity of our zoning laws," said Suozzi. "Judge McCord’s Decision will ensure that 4 Park Place Corporation and Mr. Doxey shall not be able to continue demolishing commercial vehicles loaded with hydraulic fluid and motor oil adjacent to Glen Cove Creek, and that this property shall only be used in a manner that does not violate the City’s zoning laws, does not threaten the environment, and only for such activities that are permitted and lawful.”
Doxey's company brought an "order to show cause" against McCord last week, as well as a lawsuit to be heard in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
Doxey's arraignment in City Court on the Zoning Enforcement Action is set for Tuesday afternoon.