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Massapequa Park Aims To Prevent Foreclosures From Becoming Eyesores

Foreclosed home - Massapequa Park, NY - Jun 5, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Foreclosed home – Massapequa Park, NY – Jun 5, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - When a home goes into foreclosure, the task of maintaining it can often fall by the wayside.

That sparked the mayor of the village of Massapequa Park to take action, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Mayor James Altadonna has proposed a new law that would charge a bank $500 every time a village employee has to clean up an unkempt property.

There will be public hearing on June 11.

But it seemed like there are already at least one supporter.

Everyday for at least the past two years, when resident Steven Epstein walked outside his well-manicured home, he saw what he called “an eyesore” around the foreclosed home across the street.

He said the grass grew to be at least two-feet-tall.

“It was just cut last Friday for the first time all spring with all the rains we have been having,” he told Hall. “It got pretty high and pretty buggy and pretty mosquito-y… you name it.”

He said there was even a feral cat colony in the high weeds.

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