I couldn’t help but see the hypocrisy in Mark Bellissimo saying Wellington is wasting money on litigation (‘One Wellington’ Program Aims To Bring The Community Together, Oct. 5) while at the same time the village remains entangled in lawsuits stemming from his actions.
If not for Mr. Bellissimo’s egregious disregard for permitting rules, the village wouldn’t be spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars” (his words) on litigation related to his Equestrian Village project.
Mr. Bellissimo “failed to comply” with the village comp plan as well as application and permitting rules or “failed to request” certain permits on at least five occasions since 2011. Instead, he went ahead with developing the site as he pleased, regulations be damned.
But when the council voted in May to revoke approval of his commercial equestrian arena because of his continued refusals to meet village requirements, what did he do? Filed suit against it.
It’s ironic that Mr. Bellissimo wants us all to live as “one” in Wellington (hence, the name “One Wellington” he gave his charitable group), yet he does so much to divide it. In the “one Wellington” most of us live in, we live and play by the same rules, so we all can expect equal treatment under the law and by our government. Not so in Mr. Bellissimo’s Wellington, where the rules don’t apply to him. And when people get to pick and choose what rules they’ll follow, if any at all in his case, then we have a community that’s divided.