Caterer Abandons Facility and Patrons After Failing to Pay $215,503 in Licensing FeesISLIP, NY--Officials today announced the removal of Forlano Enterprises as the licensee caterer of the Town of Islip’s Brentwood Country Club because of the firm’s failure to pay more than $215,503 in license fees over the past two years. On Tuesday, officials successfully employed emergency measures to ensure that scheduled events will go on as planned.
Forlano Enterprises operators, Samuel and Roberta Vergari, were notified of the termination on October 16th and were given 15 days to vacate the premises. This was the third and final attempt Town officials made to resolve the financial delinquency, beginning in February, where officials contacted Vergari to address the tremendous outstanding debt. Despite Vergari’s several postponements toward termination, and a last attempt resolution effort by Town officials in September, Vergari continued his operations and collected roughly $40,000 in event deposits throughout this time period.
“We have spent the better part of 2012 reexamining contracts from the past and getting the money owed to the taxpayers. Islip Town is in a fiscal crisis and we cannot afford to allow vendors to operate at a profit while the Town loses revenues,” Supervisor Croci said. “The manner in which the vendor managed and abandoned the Country Club is particularly distressing for those who have in good faith paid their deposit for a party or family event.”
Through his attorney, Walter Anderocci of Brooklyn, Vergari provided the town with a letter disclosing his intent to relinquish possession after only six days of the termination period had elapsed. Yesterday, Town officials took possession of the premises after Mr. Vergari failed to show or turn over the keys and seemingly abandoned the catering hall. Employees of the firm were left unaware of Vergari’s abandonment.
On Tuesday, Town officials hired a locksmith to drill out existing building locks, and were left to sort through paper and computer records in an attempt to reach Forlano Enterprises employees and any scheduled event holders. Officials spent the day fielding questions from worried patrons and reached out to the organizers of four events this weekend to explain what transition plans were in place as well as contacted any scheduled event holders. The Town successfully employed emergency measures to ensure that scheduled parties, such as weddings and family events, will go on as planned. An RFP for a permanent operator will be issued by Thanksgiving.
Any concerned citizen should contact Islip Town Constituent Services at 224-5380 with any questions. Golf course operations remain unaffected through this transition.
The Town Attorney’s office will pursue nonpayment proceedings in Suffolk County Supreme Court.