Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Qaddafi Pitches Tent on Trump Estate; N.Y. Town Orders Stop

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Libyan government has pitched a tent in suburban New York that leader Muammar Qaddafi may use for entertaining, according to a State Department official.

And it appears the property was rented from Donald Trump.

However, an attorney for the town of Bedford, around 43 miles north of Manhattan, said the town ordered work to be stopped at the site late Tuesday.

"We believe the erection of a tent on the ... property violates several codes and laws of the town of Bedford," Attorney Joel Sachs said.

Sachs said officials found workers constructing the tent but could not communicate with them because they didn't speak English. He said they gave the order to stop the work to the property's caretaker.

"There is no such thing as diplomatic immunity when it comes to complying with local laws and ordinances," Sachs said. "This is a private piece of property and they have to comply with the laws of this municipality."

Town officials will return to the site Wednesday to make sure the Libyans are complying with the order, Sachs said.

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