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Letter: Land bank idea will worsen market

The home of Patrick Killen in Mastic Beach

The home of Patrick Killen in Mastic Beach in 1970 (left) and the abandoned home at 80 Lynbrook Drive in Mastic Beach on September 19, 2014. Credit: Killen Family Photo / Joseph D. Sullivan

Nassau County's new land bank to purchase so-called zombie houses, rehabilitate them and sell them is misguided ["Buying zombies," News, July 14].

This plan places government in the improper role of a private entrepreneur and avoids the real problem: government policies that impair private entrepreneurs from purchasing abandoned properties to improve and sell.

Nassau County's land bank is ripe for the usual government corruption and dysfunction, and it will only worsen the already ineffective and inefficient Long Island housing market.

Clifford Sondock, Jericho

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Land Use Institute, a policy organization.