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Blue Point vacant home torn down by Brookhaven Town

A Blue Point house that Brookhaven Town officials said had been occupied by squatters and drug abusers has been torn down.

The vacant house on Montauk Highway was demolished July 26 by town crews because it had been deemed unsafe and uninhabitable, town officials said in a news release.

The home had been the subject of numerous complaints from residents who reported suspected drug activity and squatters, officials said. Housing code violations at the site dated to 2014, they said.

The town has razed dozens of abandoned homes in recent years, many of them so-called “zombie houses” that were in the foreclosure process.

“Nearly every community in Brookhaven Town has seen an increase in ‘zombie’ houses, and many are not secure like this one,” Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement. “We have been very aggressive in our efforts to issue violations and will continue to demolish these dangerous eyesores throughout the town.”

Councilman Neil Foley, who represents Blue Point, added that squatters in the house “created a dangerous situation for the nearby residents and businesses along Montauk Highway.”

The property will be cleared of debris and graded by town workers. The costs of demolition and debris removal will be added to the property owners’ property tax bill, officials said.

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