Farmingville, NY – On March 28, Councilman Dan Panico (right) and Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella (left) were on-hand for the demolition of three vacant ‘zombie house” located at 794 (top), 795 (bottom left) and 798 Riviera Drive in Mastic Beach. The houses had remained vacant and in disrepair since sustaining severe damage during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. They were purchased by Suffolk County from a designated pool of funds known as 477 Aquifer Protection Funding for which 1/4% of every cent that is collected in sales tax goes towards this fund in Suffolk County. They are earmarked specifically for open space acquisitions as well as other initiatives that can be used to protect the aquifer. The demolished houses were located in environmentally sensitive wetlands and the property will be preserved as open space.
Councilman Panico said, “It’s always great to partner with Legislator Mazzarella on helping the community and our environment. I look forward to working with him in the future to the benefit of our mutual constituencies.”