Feb 24, 2024
Feb 24, 2024
by T. A. Ramesh
More by : T. A. Ramesh
|Please help me save my home,
No I am not behind on my mortgage.
No I am not going to file for bankruptcy.
No I am not getting a divorce from my wife.
The fact is my own village is slowly destroying my home.
How is a disabled man suppose protect his property from "city hall" when city hall uses my own tax dollars to hide behind their Insurance Company? After attending every board meeting, pleading with each board member to see how the road work was destroying my foundation.
All because the X-mayor and I have had this feud for the past 45 years. All he had to do was say "that looks pre-existing."
Then to have all (board members, Assemblymen, Senators) tell me that I would have to get a lawyer to force the village to do the right thing.
Since I am disabled, unable to work at my trade anymore I have sold 90% of my tools and truck to hire a lawyer, after which my village board turned this "situation" over to their Insurance Co. which is being paid for with my tax dollars! ???????????
To make things even worse all of those (board members, Assemblymen, Senators) who told me to get a lawyer are now telling me that they can't help me because I got the courts involved?
In 2006 my village re-engineered the road in front of my house, new water, sewer, road drainage, sidewalk and blacktop. One of the main reasons for this was because the old sewer line was collecting too much ground water and over working our newly up-dated sewer treatment plant.
Shortly after they had switched everyone over onto the new sewer line the capped both ends of the old line "ONLY" leaving the rest of the old line in ground, still collecting all that extra ground water but now it is bubbling up from under my foundation. This was pointed out to everyone before any brick, cement or blacktop was put down.
There idea to fix this problem was to install a "french drain" in behind my house after it bubbled up from under the foundation and pipe it to the river. My lawyer said if I didn't allow them to do this then they could always claim that they tried to fix it and I would not let them. Even after I told him that this fix would only make things worse, that allowing the water to move faster from under my foundation would only cause faster erosion.
3 1/2 years later Justice Muller (Essex County Supreme Court Justice) in chambers told both my lawyer and the village Ins. Co. lawyers that this case had dragged on long enough. For both parties to get act together and give this man his day in court. It was at this time the village Ins. Co. filled a third party complaint against the construction co. that did the work. This side stepped the judges orders, brought in a second Ins. Co. and their lawyers which just flooded my lawyer into submission. He told me that this was just too much for one man He told the judge that he and I where not getting along and asked to be released as attorney of record.
Now every lawyer I contact want a huge upfront deposit ($5,-7,000.00) plus $180.per hr. A few of them told me that even then I would be throwing good money after bad, that there was no way either one of these Ins. Co. would ever allow this case to get in front of a judge. This is how they win cases that have all of the evidences against them. "To Litigate them"
After all of this I have come to realize that the only way to get this Village to do the right thing is to shame them into it.
In doing this I plan to hang my American Flag, union down as is permitted by the United States Code; Title 4, Chapter 1, § 8 - Respect for Flag. And on both sides signs stating those involved with the project responsible for the damages to my home.
I pray that this does not offend you.
P.O. Box 255
Lake Placid NY, 12946
(518) 523-2417 - home
(518) 527-1138 - personal cell