Joel Hoffman loses custody of Nevele

In the Times Herald-Record today: State Supreme Court judge Mary Work has deemed developer Joel Hoffman unfit to continue to manage the famously decrepit Nevele Hotel, and given the property to Hoffman's former business partner, Mitchell Wolff.

In her decision, Work said she awarded the properties to Wolff because he was the Nevele's largest creditor, adding that Wolff also ran the hotel better than Hoffman and had a better shot of selling it.

"Hoffman's reputation in Ulster County is terrible," Work wrote. "A prospective buyer would have to be barred from reading a local newspaper, surfing the Internet, visiting the County Clerk's Office, and sitting in the coffee shops of Ellenville to remain ignorant of Hoffman's reputation."

At the risk of stating the obvious: The Nevele Sucks.

Earlier: Nevele bought at auction, Nevele sale too good to be true