Which is the same amount that zoning board counsel Chris J. Coschignano's law firm on gave March 25.

Which is the same day that the Forchelli firm gave $375.

But Forchelli's clout didn't matter. A decision on Sabino's request was delayed until July 15. In the meantime, Biggins wrote to Venditto and other officials that the the proposed new house "would seem like a huge monster towering over the houses that are already here." And a couple of days before the hearing, Gugerty sent photos that seemed to show workers in town uniforms clearing space on the Sabino property in the middle of a workday. Gugerty called it a "stark appearance of impropriety."

As July 15 neared, the residents were told by Baranello that there was no need for them to show up because more testimony wouldn't be allowed. But a cadre of the residents did show up, and, in a rare occurrence for a zoning board meeting, so did a cameraman for News 12 and a reporter and photographer for the Long Island Voice. If the board was going to go along with Sabino, it would have to do so in front of witnesses.

It didn't. Three and a half hours into the meeting, only the Evergreen residents, the cameraman and the reporter remained. The board members whispered among themselves, and Libert acknowledged the presence of the Evergreen cadre. With minimal discussion, the board unanimously rejected the variance.

Gugerty and the residents, their shock turning into joy, embraced one another. "It was the mouse that roared," Gugerty says. "They used their little Kodak camera to fight back against a larger system."

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