The State Senate has passed a bill aimed at battling homes in foreclosure that fall into disrepair.

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that reduces the tax redemption period for abandoned buildings from two years to one year. The legislation is targeted at “zombie” homes — houses that have been abandoned by their owner that are stuck in the state’s long foreclosure process, often becoming blighted properties. 

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The bill, which received bipartisan support, was sponsored by Sen. Kathleen Marchione (R-Halfmoon) and co-sponsored by Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) and local Sens. John Brooks (D-Seaford), Tom Croci (R-Sayville) and Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach). 

Under the bill, properties that have been certified as abandoned by a building department official will have their tax redemption period expire one year after the lien date. According to the bill, this will ultimately serve as a benefit to not only neighborhoods where decaying properties result in lowered property values but also local governments, which will see a reduction in outstanding tax delinquencies.

A version of the bill is now with the Assembly.