After sitting half-built for months, the Town of Oyster Bay forced the demolition of a zombie home in Hicksville recently. After multiple non-maintenance complaints, the Town took legal action against the absentee landlord, which resulted in a settlement agreement that stipulated the demolition of the home at 57 Bobwhite Lan by the owner.
“This home has been an eyesore in this community for too long, as residents in this neighborhood had to deal with this blight for many long years,” said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “Since my administration took office, we pledged to protect and preserve the quality of life of our residents.”
Quality of Life laws to combat zombie homes and fine property owners and lending institutions in violation of Town Code were established by the Saladino administration, resulting in recouping of costs associated with Town maintenance of vacant properties.
Town Councilman Lou Imbroto, co-chair of the Town’s Quality of Life Task Force said that as a result of its work, the Town has demolished nearly 20 zombie homes in our local communities.
“...and together we will continue to take back our Town by addressing code violations and cleaning up dilapidated and abandoned properties,” said Imbroto.