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Public Hearing On Property Maintenance

Village seeks proper upkeep of foreclosed homes

On Monday, June 11, the Village of Massapequa Park will hold a public hearing, where the board of trustees will attempt to ensure what it calls “property maintenance” in the village.

The proposed law is a response by the village to the continued existence of foreclosed homes in Massapequa and their upkeep, which village officials are displeased with. If approved, the ordinance would require that all individual and bank-owned homes be properly maintained. More specifically, the proposed law would cover the maintenance of pools, shrubbery, windows, siding and general upkeep of the property. 

“The law will have strict maintenance requirements so that the residents of Massapequa Park do not have to live with the mismanagement and ill will of those institutions, rental property owners and negligent homeowners who hold title to properties within the Village of Massapequa Park,” said Mayor James A. Altadonna. “A message needs to be sent that we will no longer tolerate poor property maintenance in our community or any community and that the hardworking people who maintain their homes should not have to live with adverse conditions next door to them.”  

The June 11 meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in Village Hall, 151 Front St.  Village officials said the meeting would “discuss the law in detail,” but they did not say if the BOT would seek passage.

At recent meetings, the BOT has approved a $10,000 transfer in funds from the contingency account to the unemployment insurance segment of the village budget.

It has also referred the Planning Commission to study the possible installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Park Boulevard. The BOT, in May, authorized the village administrator to sign a cash management direct service agreement with Flushing Bank to install an IronKey trusted solution device for internet banking. It also approved the annual stormwater management plan’s annual report, plus cabaret licenses for both Il Classico Restaurant and The Good Life, located respectively, on 4857 Merrick Rd. and 1039 Park Blvd.

Finally, two new banners will be waving from Massapequa thoroughfares this summer. The BOT approved a request to hang a Massapequa Hall of Fame banner at the Massapequa Park Long Island Rail Road station from June 1 until Aug. 1. Similarly, a banner from the Ancient Order of Hibernians for Irish Night will be placed at the same location from Sunday, June 17 through Saturday, June 30.