Lenders took back 91 Long Island homes last month, according to RealtyTrac, an online showcase of foreclosure listings.

The split was 81 in Suffolk and 10 in Nassau, the December report said.

There were 916 newly-started foreclosure cases, 338 in Suffolk and 578 in Nassau, data show.

The number of auction notices once again showed that Suffolk faces a bigger crisis than Nassau. There were 103 for Suffolk and seven for Nassau, RealtyTrac reported.

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Suffolk ranked second among the state’s counties last year in percentage of households, including renters, that got some sort of foreclosure-related filing in 2009.

Public officials and housing counselors attribute that partly to more first-time home buyers in Suffolk, which generally has lower home prices than Nassau.