Suffolk wants land bank for polluted sites
GalleriesSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
It's Suffolk County's $20 million black hole.
There are 124 contaminated properties -- former gas stations, dry cleaners and junkyards -- on which the county has liens for back taxes but doesn't own. The county has not been able to collect property taxes on them, sometimes for decades. Moreover, Suffolk as required by law has forked over a total of $20 million to schools, towns and other taxing...