Complaints about homeless in Hamptons

April 20, 2009 4:39:50 PM PDT
Homeless day laborers have made a hidden encampment in the woods near multi-million-dollar houses in New York's exclusive Hamptons. Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley says the laborers can't find work. In better times, they could afford rent.

Epley says he's received death threats over the issue. He says there are complaints about property values, and crowds of laborers hurting business.

The campers endured a harsh winter. Some say they fear shelters because of their immigration status.

The squalor lies on church-owned land, just beyond sprawling homes with swimming pools.

Police Chief William Wilson said officers check on the area periodically. Several arrests have been made.


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