Amityville Mobile Home Residents Being Forced Out

AMITYVILLE, NY (WCBS 880) – Some of the more than 500 residents of a low-income mobile home park in Amityville, Long Island say they don’t know where they’ll go if forced to move to make way for a new apartment and retail complex.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

Ken Burgh has lived there for ten years and says, “There are around 300 trailers in this trailer park. I mean how many homeless people are there going to be? It’s low income. That’s the way we live here. The rent is $635 a month.”

The owners of Frontier Park are offering residents up to $2,000 moving expenses, but many say that means nothing if you have no place to move to.

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  • Buddy

    new York had fund to tenants to buy trailer parks at low interest, before land can be sold. “It’s called right of first refusal” Will someone contact L.I Housing Services and Chuck Schummer. I use to live in Frontier Park

  • TomTom

    This is what happens when you rent property and not buy it.

  • Emily

    Hell! I can remember when the trailer park use to be a amusement park back in 1959 to early 60’s. Kids would ride the pony and they also had rides. It was a great place to spend the day. Now, after fighting to keep crime and drugs out of your home, now you have to fight to keep your home. The offer of $2000.00 is a sin. Amityville does not need another apartment complex. They have them. No more. Fight the fight and I wish you good luck and God speed. They have no clue to what the common folk is all about or they have forgotten.


    SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD OFFER $2000 to move the trailers.they knew that the trailers are so old that they can not be moved and they also know there is know where to move them to.they tryed to make them self look good.GOD IS LOOKING OVER THEM AND ALL OF US

  • Anonymous

    My Family lives in the trailer park,it’s not that bad.When I first moved there,it was so peaceful,until criminals and robbers moved in. Many people are going to become homeless and paying 2,000 for that?Pathetic. But they only have 18 months to move out of there. I got the letter and at first, I thought it was great.But after 18 months pass by, where are they going to live? They’re going to be completely homeless.I say we have to do something to actually help the good people. I would support the people that don’t want to pay 2,000 for moving the trailer.

    • KAREN

      things are not like you think .i have lived here for 5 years .when i moved here i was thinking ,what am i doing but i was so wrong.a week after i moved in i saw a cop in front of my trailer and when i spoke to him he said,things are so much better here now that they got alot of the trash out and alot of the people here are working people.on my day off from work it is so peacefull because people are working to fix there trailers up on The weekends.ITS A SHAME THAT THEY ARE DOING THIS

  • Denise

    As a resident of Frontier Park for over 20 years I have to say that I work very hard at a job I,ve had for over 23 years. When I bought my home I looked into the area and the park itself and I have to tell you it was a quiet, nice family park. I wanted to be sure it was a safe home for my family. Over the years due to no fault on the park the area changed as do many area,s when the economy drops and people become desperate. I am very sad to think I will lose the home I,ve lived in for over 20 years, I do understand the difficulties that the owners would have to conform to the current fire and health codes in the year 2011. Please keep us in your thoughts and hopefully we will be able to get a fair deal to help us re-locate.

  • harmsway

    i know someone who used to live in this trailer park. Yes, the rent was affordable but the crime rate is high there and she always feared for her safety. Is it worth continuing to live like this? She sold her mobile and moved to Florida 8 yrs ago when life was still affordable.The $2,000 offer is pathetic for the inconvenience & disruption this waill casue the residents there..

  • karen

    frist of all its not low income.i know people who live there that are pretty well off but a single person with a pet that no landlord wiill take pets its a good place to be.

  • Joshua

    When people only pay $635 a month for rent what is the incentive to get a job and better their lives?

    • karen

      most of these people are old.think before you make a dum comment

      • NotKaren


    • Jason

      DUMB comment!

  • Lindsay Lohan

    I need this space.

    • Michael Lohan

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  • dave

    Oh Long Islands is Full of Billionaires like Howard Stern and Christie Brinkely, John SImons and Hedge fund manager John Paulson made 2 billion last year , surely they can give away a few million to help these people.

    Nice Generous Jewish People helping the poor white in Nassau county thats the way its always been …



    • Pat

      Are you serious? Do you understand the concept of a trailer park? The rent is for the plot and utilities. They own the trailers, which are not actually on wheels. I would be surprised if you can move a trailer these days for $2,0000, not to mention that you have to find some other trailer park. How many do you know of in Nassau County?

    • junkyarddog

      The only better deal for the renters would be a cardboard box under a highway overpass.

      • karen

        these people are old.shoud we put your mother in a box.

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