BY LYNN EDMONDS
Just when it appeared the plans to make the Bayside Jewish Center into a high school were finalized, the deal hit a snag.
The Jewish Center violated protocol by failing to alert the Attorney General’s office of the sale, State Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) office said and sources confirmed.
The senator reached out to State Attorney General Eric Shneiderman’s office as part of an ongoing effort to support residents who have come out against the proposed school site.
Assistant Attorney General Karin Goldman responded to Avella, “By failing to issue a petition regarding its proposal to sell the Center, the organization did not give the Attorney General the opportunity to review whether or not the deal was compliant with existing statutes.”
The law requires that religious organizations must petition the court before selling their primary asset.
“Pursuant to the Religious Corporations Law and the Not-for-profit Corporation Law, religious corporations must petition the court for approval of such sales and give notice of the petition to the Attorney General,” the letter from Goldman read.
The School Construction Authority and the Bayside Jewish Center signed off on the sale in early September, the Times Ledger reported, to the consternation of Community Board 11 and some nearby residents, who said a new high school would harm quality of life in the neighborhood.
But the School Construction Authority denied that a sale was finalized.
“The purchase agreement has not been completed. The SCA has and will follow all necessary requirements,” a spokesperson said.
The Bayside Jewish Center could not be reached for comment.
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