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One of the earliest lawsuits against a mortgage industry company for its handling of a zombie home looms for a Town of Boston property. Town Supervisor Jason Keding said the town is close to going to court against a mortgage servicer because the home is not being kept up.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James has announced $9 million in grants from her office to address what are called “zombie homes” - or vacant, abandoned homes - across the state. The “Zombies 2.0” program provides funding to municipalities, including nearly $2.5 million to Western New York this round.

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So far this year, nearly 500 foreclosure applications have been filed in Erie County. That is why County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been pushing so hard for his program to tell people they do not have to move out and to help local governments deal with the notoriously complicated foreclosure process.


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Cities, towns and villages in Erie County will soon be notified weekly about foreclosures in their communities, potentially allowing them to look for "zombie" homes, buildings in the process of foreclosure which have been abandoned by the homeowners, bringing down neighboring property values.


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Unkempt houses are not uncommon locally, especially those known as zombie homes. Williamsville is tired of one in particular and will be in court to ask a judge to let the South Long Street house be knocked down.

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

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Erie County is asking Albany for some help in dealing with the problem of zombie homes. Officials believe the county is home to 800 zombie properties, vacant homes allowed to deteriorate as the foreclosure process grinds to a conclusion.


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A statewide action to address the growing problem of zombie homes will benefit local municipalities.

More than $2M in 'zombie' funds coming to WNY

Oct 11, 2016

New York is allocating $12.6 million to 76 municipalities across the state to address the problem of vacant properties and so-called zombie homes that are not maintained during a prolonged foreclosure.

A new law will crack down on '"zombie houses."  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law this past week. It  now means new requirements for mortgage lenders. They must maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

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Despite the Buffalo area's resurgence, thousands of  "zombie properties" continue dragging down neighborhoods. Because of that, Assemblyman Michael Kearns is stepping up his Bank Shame Campaign.

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With abandoned homes dragging down communities across New York, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing legislation that would make lenders responsible for maintaining so called "zombie properties."

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There's a house on McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo with neighbors cutting the grass because they can't get any action from a Michigan bank which owns the property and won't sell.