First home demo of New Year

On Jan. 2, councilman Dan Panico and supervisor Ed Romaine were on hand for the town’s first zombie home demolition of 2019. The house, located on environmentally sensitive wetlands at 9 Montauk Drive in Mastic Beach, was vacant for many years and had become a dilapidated and dangerous eyesore in the neighborhood. The land was cleared of all debris and will be preserved as open space by the town. In 2018, the town demolished 67 vacant and abandoned houses covering all council districts. “The quality of life suffers in a neighborhood when people have to live near a house like this one,” said Romaine. “We will continue to crack down on property owners who do not maintain their vacant houses and we will demolish them if necessary, especially those that are on wetlands. Thanks to the work of our law department, we continue to make great progress in our effort to clean up the town.”

“The people of Mastic Beach know the difference between rhetoric and results,” Panico added. “They know the difference between pandering and producing. This work will continue until all such homes are down.”

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