Judge Glenn Mondo ruled in the center’s favor, but the DeLongs did not appear at the hearing. Mondo said he had received a message that Gregg DeLong was unavailable due to a medical issue, and noted that the case may require a second hearing if he becomes available.
DeLong did not return calls seeking comment.
Attorney Michael Lanphere said if the DeLongs did not voluntarily leave the property, he would file for a writ of possession, which would mean bringing in law enforcement to ensure their eviction. He said he hoped the DeLongs would remove the horses on their own, but noted that if they did not, the center would make arrangements to care for the animals temporarily.
“The health and welfare of the horses will be considered at all times,” Lanphere said. “We hope Mr. DeLong will remove the horses, but if he doesn’t, the horses will be taken care of.”
DeLong, a first-time contender for the council, filed a claim in January stating that businesses operating at the center, which he considers subcontractors, owe the city more than $1.5 million in revenues per a 1982 agreement.
He also claimed that center officials have employed undocumented workers, arbitrarily changed prices for services and intimidated him and other boarders.
Center officials have denied the claims, and earlier this month, a Superior Court judge ruled that annual operating statements from the center, which DeLong had attempted to make public, could remain sealed.