About the Evictions Process in the Town of Patchogue
If you are a landlord, and your apartment is located in Patchogue, or anywhere else within the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, then your eviction proceeding will take place in the Landlord-Tenant Part of the Suffolk County District Court, Sixth District, located at 150 West Main Street, Patchogue, New York 11772-3014. The sitting judge in this Court is the Honorable Janine Ann Barbera-Dalli, District Court Judge, who will preside over your eviction proceeding. The entrance to the courthouse is located in the rear of the building (the side opposite Main Street), as is the parking lot. There are plenty of parking spaces and the Court has its own Suffolk County bus stop in the rear of the parking lot. The S40, S54, S61, S63, S66, S68, 7A, and 7B lines all stop there. You can find out more about this court, including available public transportation and maps, by clicking here.
Landlord-Tenant Court in Patchogue takes place every Wednesday and begins at 9:30 AM. At that time the calendar will be called for the first time, and will be called again at about 10:30 AM. This Court has the largest landlord-tenant calendar in Suffolk County, but do not be dismayed; it is also one of the most efficiently run landlord-tenant courts on Long Island and your case will be called sooner than you may expect.
When your case is called, if all parties are present, the Judge will direct you to step outside the courtroom into the courthouse lobby to discuss the matter privately in hopes of settling your case. The Judge’s law secretary is usually available to facilitate mediation of cases for those who want to settle but find themselves at an impasse.
If you settle your case, you must submit a written stipulation of settlement to the Judge, who will review it. If she finds it acceptable, your case will be settled. If you cannot settle, you will have a hearing later in the day, at which you must be prepared to testify. After hearing both sides, the Judge will make a decision. If the landlord prevails, a judgment of possession and a warrant of eviction will be issued. A monetary judgment may also be included for back rent. If the tenant prevails, the case will be dismissed.
Both parties are entitled to one adjournment as a matter of right. If the other side does not consent, then the maximum adjournment is one week and the case may be marked final against the party requesting the adjournment. A party who does not appear is in default. If the landlord fails to appear, the case will be dismissed; if the landlord appears but the tenant fails to appear, the landlord will win by default.
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Patchogue is a village in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, for which a U.S. Navy ferry, the U.S.S. Patchogue (in service from 1917 through 1922), was named. The Village of Patchogue is part of the town of Brookhaven, on the South Shore of Long Island, on the Great South Bay.
Patchogue, which is approximately sixty miles east of Manhattan, was incorporated in 1893. The current mayor of Patchogue, Paul Pontieri, was a vice-principal of the South Country School District’s Bellport High School for many years; and was also a vice-principal at Ward Melville High School, in the Three Village School District. He was elected in March 2004 to a four year term, then re-elected in 2008. He was also elected to an unprecedented third term in March 2012.
Patchogue shares its school district and library with the adjacent hamlet of Medford. There are primary, middle and high schools, as well as continuing education programs for adults. The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1923, was home to many Vaudeville acts. It was then renovated into a triplex, after which it was converted to a single movie theater, and then finally closed in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s, the Village acquired the theater and completely refurbished the building. It now seats 1,166 people and the lobby has a full service bar, which serves alcoholic beverages to the many thirsty residents of Patchogue.
Patchogue has many places of worship, and the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Rotarians and Lions, along with the diverse religious institutions, provide various services to residents and businesses in the town. The Patchogue Ambulance Company is an all-volunteer service. Currently, the Village is undertaking a large construction project called, “New Village on Main Street.” This project is costing the residents $100 million, and is expected to have residential units on the top levels and restaurants and retail stores on the ground level when completed.
Village of Patchogue
Village Hall: Patchogue Village Hall, 14 Baker Street, Patchogue, NY 11772 (631) 475-4300
Population: 11,369 (estimate 1/1/99, LIPA)
Area: 2.2 Square Miles
Year Incorporated: 1893