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Police probe sorority house sale

By EMMETT NENO
Staff Reporter
eneno@cortlandstandard.net

As the sale of the Nu Sigma Chi sorority house went through July 11, sorority alumnae are determined to see a police investigation of the proceedings.
The efforts to sell the house might not have been done legally, alum Kathy Steuber of Lagrangeville said in a recent interview. She said alumnae first heard about the sale on the afternoon of July 11 through an email they received from SUNY Cortland personnel.
State Supreme Court Justice Phillip R. Rumsey approved June 10 the sale of the sorority’s house at 52 Prospect Terrace for $100,000 to Robert L. and Sarah B. Stacy of Cincinnatus.
The Stacys will pay the city $43,000 in back taxes, according to court documents.
A foreclosure sale had been planned in March but was put on hold to finalize the couple’s purchase. In May 2003, the sorority’s board of directors created in its bylaws a clause stating the alumnae had a right of first refusal when the house was to be sold, Steuber said.
When treasurer Ashley Vogt informed the Stacys about the proposed sale of the house, as court documents state, she circumvented the alumnae’s right of first refusal, making the sale illegal, Steuber said.
Steuber had been in contact with Lt. Richard Troyer of the city police about investigating the sale, and she filed June 15 a police report on behalf of the alumnae, she said.

 

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