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Penn Yan resident sues village over property claim

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A Penn Yan resident is suing the village, accusing officials of illegally taking his Champlin Avenue property by declaring it a public street.

Douglas Marchionda, represented by attorney Laura Ayers, filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Yates County, according to reporting this week by the Finger Lakes Times.

The lawsuit challenges the village’s Board of Trustees, which declared Champlin Avenue a public street in March. Ayers argues that Champlin Avenue is a private driveway with no public purpose and is too narrow to be a village street.

Village attorney Ed Brockman told the Times that Champlin Avenue has been treated as a village street for decades, with public use and maintenance.