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A Long Island man’s laughter is no laughing matter to his next-door neighbor.
Robert Schiavelli, 42, has been issued a pair of tickets by police for disturbing the peace after next-door neighbor Daniel O’Hanian called the police because he said Schiavelli was laughing too loud out his window.
A detective wrote up two tickets for “disturbing the peace’’ on Feb. 12 and 13 for Schiavelli, who was born with a neurological impairment, according to his parents. Schiavelli lives at home with his parents in Rockville Centre on Long Island.
The complaint for Schiavelli’s laughing was the latest in an ongoing dispute between the neighbors that Schiavelli’s mother, Suzanne, said began over renovations and escalated when O’Hanian began to regularly make fun of Schiavelli for his neurological condition.
Schiavelli, who has a high-pitched laugh that he often does out the window in response to the alleged taunts by O’Hanian, has been issued several prior warnings for his behavior, according to Rockville Centre police.
He faces a total fine of $500 or a month in jail if convicted for the two disturbing-the-peace violations. At an arraignment earlier this week, the judge declined to dismiss the case, but Schiavelli’s lawyer said he will continue to fight the fines. Legal expert Karen DeSoto believes jail time is not likely for Schiavelli.