Suffolk Legislature OKs creation of task force to tackle county’s zombie home crisis

The Suffolk County Legislature has approved the creation of a task force to combat the problem of blighted homes known as “zombie houses.”

The group will examine the problem of zombie homes — defined as houses in disrepair that have been abandoned and are in foreclosure — and develop strategies to reduce the number of these properties, promote homeownership and increase community revitalization.

“This was something that was important to my community when I first came in, and now with COVID and future concerns I think we have to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible,” said Legis. Rudy Sunderman (R-Shirley), who sponsored the bill, which was approved 17-0 Monday by the Legislature.

According to ATTOM Data Solutions, a California-based real estate information company, New York leads the country in zombie homes as of October, with 2,131, more than double that of the next closest state of

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