State A.G. discusses ‘zombie’ houses in CNY

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The State Attorney General was in Syracuse Thursday, where he renewed his pledge to fight “zombie properties” in the community.

He announced that the state will be providing $13 million in grants to help cities in Central New York and across the state.

The goal is to combat vacant and unkept homes to improve the neighborhoods around them.

“Local governments can beef up local housing code enforcement by putting more boots on the ground to find and repair unsafe conditions. They’ll be able to increase their enforcement capacity to ensure that banks and mortgage companies are complying with local and state law,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

Zombie properties bring the value of homes down and make it difficult to sell and rent.

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