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North Hempstead Targeting Unsightly Properties

Property Maintenance Law Invoked

The high quality-of-life enjoyed by residents in the town of North Hempstead is a principal reason the municipality was named in 2008 by “Money Magazine” as one of the top 100 best places to live in America.

 While the expansive waterfronts and top-ranking schools are key reasons why North Hempstead is such a highly sought after address, its aesthetic cache also plays a major role.

That, in part, is the reason Supervisor Jon Kaiman has joined with town Councilman Robert Troiano to bring into compliance a property that is in violation of North Hempstead’s property maintenance law.

“If you don’t clean up your property, we will,” Kaiman said. “And it will cost you.”

Troiano echoed the supervisor’s sentiments. “We are committed to maintaining the quality of life that North Hempstead residents deserve and are accustomed to,” said Troiano. “I would like to thank North Hempstead’s highway department for their extraordinary work in removing over 20 tons of concrete and debris.”

North Hempstead’s property maintenance law requires owners of residential, commercial and industrial premises to be vigilant about the upkeep of their properties by:

• Maintaining steps, walks, driveways and parking spaces to allow safe passage under normal use and weather conditions

• Keeping yards clean and free of physical hazards

• Eliminating heavy brush, plant growth and trees that may pose a potential threat to public safety

In instances where an offender fails to clean up their property after being issued a notice of violation, the town has a right under the law to conduct the cleanup at the owner’s expense; the Holly Lane parcel in New Cassel falls into that category.

Following up on complaints filed into North Hempstead’s 311 Call-Center from the local community, Kaiman and Troiano instructed North Hempstead code enforcement inspectors to survey the property and subsequently directed the highway department to clean up the property after filing all necessary provisions as required by law. The property, which had a sizable trench in front of the house, overgrown vegetation, loose concrete and debris in the front and backyard, posed a safety hazard to residents, town officials said.

Residents are asked to call 311 to report unkempt properties in their neighborhood.