Farmingville, NY – On September 30, Councilman Kevin LaValle (pictured) was on hand for the demolition of an abandoned “Zombie” house at 27 Radburn Drive in Farmingville. The house, which was vacant for many years, was the source of numerous resident complaints and Town building code violations. It was demolished by the Town 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 LaValle said, “Like so many zombie houses, this one was in a nice neighborhood where people take care of their homes and property. A house like this one lowers the property values of nearby homes and has a detrimental impact on everyone in the neighborhood. I commend our Law Department for their efforts to improve the quality of life in my Council District and all throughout the Town of Brookhaven.”