Town to Trump: You're Fined!

Lease made tenant responsible for permits

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    Donald Trump's firm was smart enough to pass the responsibility off to the Libyans.

    Bedford is raising heck over the tent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pitched in their town last month.

    The suburban town's attorney said the firm that rented Donald Trump's estate for Gadhafi's encampment has been fined $1,000 for violating zoning codes.

    But Bedford Town Attorney Joel Sachs also noted Trump is off the hook because the lease made the tenant responsible for permits.

    The tent, which the Libyan leader never visited during his United Nations stay, was taken down Sept. 23 at the town's insistence. But it was put up again the very next day -- and that triggered the lawsuit.

    Sachs said Belleweather Strategies LLC pleaded guilty Thursday night and a judge levied the maximum fine. Sachs said Belleweather was an agent for the Libyan government.

    Robert Gaudioso, who represented Bellewether in court, said Friday he could not comment.