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Smithtown Considers Forcing Resident To Clean Up Property

Home of Charles Richie on 21 Heather Drive in the Kings Park section of Smithtown, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Home of Charles Richie on 21 Heather Drive in the Kings Park section of Smithtown, Long Island (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Officials in Smithtown are responding to complaints that a home is so littered with junk, it’s an eyesore.

Charles Richie’s property at 21 Heather Drive in the quaint Kings Park community is littered with piles of scrap metal, wood, and broken furniture.

Imagine being Carolyn Nedwick, his next door neighbor.

“We’re embarrassed to invite people to our homes because inevitably when people come to our home, that’s the topic of conversation. It’s ‘How do you live next door to this?'” Nedwick told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

After 30 years of complaints about the mess, the town is finally considering a forced cleanup.

They’ll act on the plan later today, however, knowing that a vote was coming, Richie was seen moving some of the junk on Tuesday.

Either way, the action can’t come soon enough for the Nedwicks.

“Because we have to look at the day in and day out,” Carolyn said.