MASTIC BEACH, NY — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of abandoned and foreclosed homes in Suffolk County continues to rise.
With an eye toward addressing an issue that has created significant blight and quality-of-life concerns in communities, the Suffolk County legislature, on Monday, approved a measure sponsored by Legislator Rudy Sunderman to create a task force convened to address the “zombie home” crisis, he said in a release.
“We have a widespread problem with vacant and foreclosed homes throughout Suffolk County,” Sunderman said. “Since taking office, I have worked hard within my own community to combat vacant homes through programs such as the Suffolk County Landbank Corporation, but more needs to be done.”
Over the past 15 years, the number of zombie homes in Suffolk County has increased due to the financial crisis of 2008 and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy in 2011 and 2012, he said.