Associated Press: July 10, 1970
MOUNTAINDALE FETE IS BLOCKED BY COURT
MONTICELLO, N, Y., July 10 (AP) Justice Russell Hunt of the State Supreme Court served decision today on an injunction motion, effectively blocking plans for a rock music festival this weekend at Mountaindale, in the Catskills.
The move leaves in effect a restraining order granted in Albany against a series of musical events scheduled by Orwell Ventures, Inc., for the Mountaindale site. A concert by Van Cliburn scheduled for last weekend was precluded by the order. This weekend's program was to include several rock music bands.
Justice Hunt reserved decision on a motion by Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz to have the festival brought under the new mass-gathering law.
The statute requires promoters to make special arrangements for events expected to attract more than 5,000 people for more than 24 hours.
A Health Department spokesman expressed concern that prospective festival-goers were moving into the Mountaindale area despite the ruling barring the festival.
The justice gave no indication of when he would rule on the injunction motion and the Attorney General's motion.
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