Cortlandt May Seek To Tear Down 'Dangerous' Buildings

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Town of Cortlandt officials could seek to deem this property "dangerous," which eventually could give them the option of condemning it. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Town of Cortlandt officials could seek to deem this property "dangerous," which eventually could give them the option of condemning it. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Town of Cortlandt officials could seek to deem this property "dangerous," which eventually could give them the option of condemning it. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Town of Cortlandt officials could seek to deem this property "dangerous," which eventually could give them the option of condemning it. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Town of Cortlandt officials could seek to deem this property "dangerous," which eventually could give them the option of condemning it. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - Cortlandt town officials may attempt to have two privately owned properties deemed "dangerous" and have them repaired or torn down at the owners' expense.

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  • Yes, they're a threat to public safety.

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The properties are owned by two different individuals. One of the properties is a stand-alone home at 270 Furnace Dock Road. The second is a former service station at the corner of Travis Avenue and Route 9A, at 2134 Albany Post Road. What the two properties have in common are broken windows, boarded up entrances and what appears to be easy access to the buildings.

"Even though Tom [Wood, town attorney] has been writing them legal letters, asking, 'what are your plans?' nothing is happening," said Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi.

The listed owner of the single-family home is Anthony Carbone. Government records show the service station is owned by a "company that basically is defunct," Barrier Oil, Puglisi said. The company's contact information is listed as a post office box in Tarrytown. 

Whatever the town decides, the process will take time. "If you deem a building dangerous, you don't just go tear it down overnight," Puglisi said.

According to Wood, Town Engineer Ed Vergano and Code Enforcement Manager Ken Hoch, would need to write a report on the buildings and present it to the town board.

If Vergano and Hoch find the structures are dangerous, and the Cortlandt Town Board agrees, then a public hearing must be conducted  After the public hearing, the town board can require improvements be made to the structures and, after a period of time, if the owners do not respond, the town can condemn the buildings. If the buildings are torn down, the expense would be reassessed back onto the owners' taxes.

"It's a long process," Puglisi said.

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nuhorn:

I, for one, would be interested in turning the gas station into a new business. It's in an excellent location, for the right thing.

andreacranerabe:

It would be a shame to tear down the house on Furnace Dock road, with some restoration, it could be beautiful

Mac376:

Miggs,
That property is a mess and something needs to be done. If they don't pay their taxes the town would have the right to seize the property. But they shouldn't be able to take the property just because they don't take care of it. The truth is the town doesn't want to seize the property because they couldn't afford to clean up an old gas station. That's why they want to condemn it and make them pay the costs. What we should do is organize a group and protest the owners to do something about it. That is a good constitutional way of dealing with it that won't waste taxpayers dollars. I'm in if you are!

miggs:

As far as "rights" go if the owner stops paying taxes and lets the property become derelict, he or she has given up their rights as a property owner.
All property owners have the responsibility to pay taxes so their fellow owners don't have to shoulder the burden of addition taxes to make up for the unpaid ones.
With rights come responsibility.

Mac376:

Cortlandt Jamie,
Thank you for your comments. It is good to see that there is at least one other person in this community I can agree with.

Mac376:

Miggs
I would feel that way. You are obviously a person in favor of a government that picks sides. I perfer a government that protects the rights of all people.

douglase:

Yes, these buildings are dangerous. And, yes they have been abandoned for years! As for the house on Furnace Dock Road, it is a drag on all our property values as well, and unfair that the owner be allowed to impose his neglect on the rest of his neighbors. That Mr. Carbone works in City Hall, at the Tax Assessor's office, is the height of irresponsibility. Ms. Puglise, you run a better ship than that. Take action now without burdening us taxpayers with the formality of a drawn out process.

Bryrow:

If a town employee that owns one of these buildings can't get straightened out i can't see how the supervisor expects others to do much of anything. The building owner works in Town Hall!!!

fedupinny:

Miggs agree. Not only are these eyesores but they are dangerous because there are always people who are going to try to get into unattended buildings like this. I'm all for the fact that these are owned by individuals but then what are the options? I would be happy with HUGE fines that are levied on these properties but 9 times out of 10 these people aren't paying their taxes either so at what point does the government have the power to step in and say the property is condemned? If there aren't laws on the books allowing that, then that is what should be done first. Property owners should be given fair notice and then failing to comply with laws on the books should allow the local governments to step in.

CortlandtJamie:

I find it bizarre that a politician should have any input into deciding whether a building is dangerous. They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.

Mac376:

Queen Linda it is wrong for you to send your soldiers in and bully people around using my tax dollars to fight a political battle to satisfy the people that cry in your ear about that garage. What's next are you going to sick Tom Wood on people who don't cut their grass enough? Why not spend some of our tax money and clean the curbs and sidewalk on Albany Post rd. that is something within your power. As for Carbone, he works for the town tax acessor so why don't you just cross the hall and work something out.

miggs:

I have to wonder if you would feel the same way if the gas station property was next door to your house or on your corner. Also, it is a place of danger to kids and could even be a fire danger.

CortlandtJamie:

The road is a place of danger to kids. The trick is not to play in it.

miggs:

At last! This gas station building is not only dangerous, but a huge eyesore.
Recently, I noticed many broken windows. Too bad it takes so long, but glad the process is beginning.

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