Farmingville, NY – On August 24, Councilman Dan Panico (left) and County Legislator Jim Mazzarella (right) were on-hand when the Town of Brookhaven demolished a vacant and abandoned “zombie house” at 108 Poospatuck Lane in Mastic. The long-abandoned house was the source of resident complaints leading to numerous Town of Brookhaven housing code violations. There were also a number of abandoned vehicles on the property that were towed away by the Town. 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 and debris removal 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.
Councilman Dan Panico said, “Block by block, we are removing the blight and decay throughout Brookhaven Town, improving the quality of life and raising property values. It will be a great day when we can declare that there are no more demolitions to occur. We aren’t there yet, but I am confident we will get there.”
Report a “zombie house” in Brookhaven Town online or call 631-451-TOWN (8696).