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Court Action for Alleged Illegal Dorm in Brick is Postponed Again

91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

91 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

In what has become something of a trend that has now dragged on for months, the owner of a Brick Township home that officials allege was being used as an illegal dormitory for an illegally-operating private high school was able to push back court action.

A hearing was held at 10 a.m. Monday in Brick Township Municipal Court during which it was expected that David Gluck, a developer who is also behind Congregation Kehilos Yisroel, the organization running the school, would enter a plea in the matter of the property at 91 Hendrickson Avenue. Neighbors have said they witnessed about 20 men residing in the home; the township estimated about a dozen people were living in the single-family residence. It has been empty since violation notices were served on Gluck, which carried a threat of daily fines as long as the alleged violations continued.

In court Monday, however, a discovery issue between the prosecution and defense was behind yet another adjournment of the case, which first came before the court Oct. 4. Gluck’s attorney, Adam Pfeffer – the same attorney who will be appearing at a Dec. 20 zoning board hearing on the illegal school – argued Monday that the case should be adjourned until Brick Township Police bodycam video of the inspection of the alleged dormitory is produced.

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Lani Lombardi, the township’s special land use prosecutor in the case, told Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti that the footage was expected to be transmitted to the defense later this week.

A resolution to the case will now have to wait about two months, at least. Grisanti scheduled a pre-trial conference Jan. 10, 2022 and a trial date for Feb. 7, 2022.

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