Keeping cities out of the red with vacant buildings

August 21, 2019 05:06 PM

ALBANY – A bill to save local governments extra costs of maintaining vacant properties – so-called “Red-X” building – now awaits a signature by the Governor. It deals with urban blight.

Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) was joined by Assemblywoman Pat Fahy (D-Albany), Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan plus representatives from NY Conference of Mayors , Preservation League and Empire Justice Center. Sen. James Gaughran (D-Northport) sponsored it in the Senate.


“Zombie homes have plagued communities across Long Island for years, draining local governments of unpaid taxes and burdening them with maintenance and security costs,” said Gaughran. “This bill lessens the time required for local governments to reduce the redemption period from two years to one, a critical improvement that will benefit communities and municipalities alike. I am proud to have the partnership of Assemblyman McDonald on this initiative to save local governments costs associated with maintaining vacant properties and improve our communities.”

McDonald: “After many years of hard work and advocacy for this bill, I am glad to see that it has passed both houses of the Legislature and hope that it will be signed into law to provide our localities with another tool to address blight. As a former Mayor, I understand firsthand the challenges that local officials face when attempting to move properties into responsible ownership to allow our neighborhoods to thrive and grow.”


WNYT Staff

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