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Medley battle moving to court

Irondequoit, N.Y. -- Just minutes after a 5 p.m. deadline, Irondequoits fire marshal filed a criminal complaint against the Medley Centres owner, soon bringing the long-running controversy to court.

The town had given Bersin Properties, LLC, owned by developer Scott Congel, a three-day deadline Monday to prove it fixed several code violations. Pictures released Monday showed standing water, burst pipes, ceiling damage and suspected mold, among other problems.

The notice filed Thursday said the building doesnt have working fire alarms or sprinklers, and has combustible material in many spots of the mostly vacant mall.

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello said the building is a giant safety hazard he doesnt want the town and its taxpayers to be liable for.

If they're going to ignore the town's calls to fix the problems on the property, then it's our responsibility to take legal action, he said. You can't ignore the Town of Irondequoit anymore. It's been five years and we're not going to let anyone ignore the Town of Irondequoit if there are safety issues on the property.

A judge was expected to sign the paperwork Friday. If the code violations hold up in court, Bersin could face fines of up to $1,000 per day until the mall is brought up to code.

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