Farmingville, NY – On February 27, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilwoman Jane Bonner (left) were joined by local resident John Sciacchitano (center) as the Town demolished a “zombie house” located at 9 Audrey Street in Miller Place. The house was the source of resident complaints leading to numerous Town of Brookhaven housing code violations. It was demolished in accordance with Chapter 73 of the Town Code which provides a “fast track” to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures. The cost of demolition, debris removal and backfilling is the responsibility of the property owner, and the Town places a lien on the property that is then placed on the tax bill. The County reimburses the Town and then they collect the money from the property owner.Supervisor Romaine said, “A house like this one lowers the property values of nearby homes and has a detrimental impact on everyone in the neighborhood. I commend Councilwoman Bonner for her efforts to remove this house and for cleaning up neighborhoods throughout the 2nd Council District.”“The residents on Audrey Street have lived with this eyesore for too many years and it’s great to now have it cleaned up,” said Councilwoman Bonner. “There are other ‘zombie houses’ in my district, and I will continue to work with our Law and Building departments to move quickly and rid our neighborhoods of blighted properties like this.”Residents who want to report an abandoned house in their neighborhood should call 631-451-TOWN (8696) or go to visit our website.
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