Islip Demolishes Zombie Home

Islip, NY - Supervisor Angie Carpenter announced today that the Town of Islip has been awarded $339,100 in grant money from New York State to combat vacant and zombie homes in the Town of Islip. The grant money comes on the heels of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent announcement that $13 million will be distributed to 76 towns, cities and villages statewide as part of the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative. 

“We are serious about improving every aspect of our neighborhoods, and in many places, that begins with addressing these derelict and hazardous properties that have been plaguing our communities,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “On Monday, the zombie home at 7 Prospect Street in Central Islip was demolished. Houses like these aren’t just an eyesore that bring down the property values of responsible homeowners and neighborhoods, but are also health hazards. We are going to continue to work vigorously to eliminate this threat to the welfare of our town. We are grateful to Attorney General Schneiderman for awarding this grant to the Town of Islip,” she added. 

The Central Islip property suffered extensive damage in a May 2013 fire, including a collapsed in-ground swimming pool. The Town of Islip passed a resolution in September 2015 to demolish the house. After addressing all of the necessary legal steps and requirements, the eyesore was finally able to be torn down.

The grant initiative is made possible by AG Schneiderman’s $3.2 billion settlement agreement with Morgan Stanley. Grants ranged from $52,500 to $350,000, and were awarded to municipalities as large as New York City and as small as the Town of Ticonderoga. The work was performed by Panzner Demolition.