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Islip Town Board OKs resolutions to deal with 14 blighted houses

Islip Town Hall in 2011.

Islip Town Hall in 2011. Credit: Erin Geismar

A Bay Shore home that nearby residents say has been dilapidated for more than 15 years is one of a dozen properties the Islip Town Board voted to board up and clean up this week -- along with two that will be scheduled for demolition -- as part of the town's efforts to curb the nuisances of blighted houses.

Four residents who live on Manor Lane in Bay Shore spoke out against a vacant house on their street they say brings concerns of crime, and worries of diseases from raccoons on the property and from West Nile virus. They cite an abundance of mosquitoes there from several feet of standing water in an unused pool.

"I've lived on Manor Lane since 2003 and ever since I've been there that house has not been lived in; it's been unkempt, overgrown, an eyesore and a public problem," resident Suzanne Bove-Bast said at the meeting.

The town building inspector found the home to be vacant and "unsafe, hazardous and a public nuisance" with overgrown vegetation, litter and debris, according to the resolution.

The Islip Town Board voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to approve all the board-up resolutions that included four other homes in Bay Shore; two in Central Islip; two in Brentwood; and one each in Holbrook, Ronkonkoma and East Islip; and the two to be demolished, on Bay Shore Avenue in Bay Shore and Prospect Street in Central Islip.

"It takes an awful lot of work, research, everything has to be done very, very carefully so what happens is that we are making progress on some of these parcels," Supervisor Angie Carpenter said during the meeting after the resolutions had passed.

The last home demolished by the town, last November, was on Bayonne Avenue in Central Islip after the property owner granted permission to the town, officials said.

Last year, Islip Town spent more than $200,000 on its board-up and cleanup program.

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