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Suffolk leads state in new foreclosure cases

Suffolk has more new foreclosure cases this year than any other county in the state, followed by Brooklyn and then Nassau, according to New York state court officials.

Suffolk also ranked first in number of cases wrapped up this year, which means the houses were auctioned off or the suit dismissed by a judge or withdrawn by the lender or investor. It had the second-highest pending caseload of any county, the courts said.

As of Oct. 11, Suffolk had 7,457 new cases filed, 12,326 pending cases and 3,711 cases closed this year, the data show.

Nassau so far ranks third this year in the 4,482 new cases filed and also in the 10,708 pending cases, figures show. It had the second-highest number of cases wrapped up, 2,300, the courts said.

Those numbers reflect the two counties’ demographics. They’re more developed and populous than most of the state and are dominated by single-family homes.

Brooklyn got 4,684 new cases this year, has 14,351 pending cases and closed 1,685 cases, figures show.

The numbers provide a glimpse into the backlog of cases in the courts, which will be losing about 2,000 positions statewide to help close the projected $9 billion budget gap next year.

State court officials on Long Island say they’re already swamped by foreclosures and that court employees have been diverted from regular duties to work on such cases, from negotiating settlements to pressing families and lenders to submit evidence.

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