New State Initiative Offers Info, Resources on Zombie Homes
January 19, 2022
New Yorkers are getting some help on “zombie” housing from Columbia Law School and its students.
Those vacant and decaying buildings of vague ownership are a problem everywhere in the state, as local governments gradually admit there are problems.
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns has spent decades on the issue, starting from issues with one home in his South Buffalo neighborhood, to pushing a new law to regulate the problem while in the state Assembly, to helping local government officials figure out what to do.
Now, Columbia Law students have set up a new website with information to help small governments and communities. It’s called the New York State Zombies Initiative.
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