Islip adds 6 properties to new blight list

ISLIP - The Town of Islip has added the first six properties to its new blight list in an effort to improve the quality of life.

Among the properties deemed eyesores by the town is an Islip Terrace house in foreclosure. Patricia McGuire, who lives nearby, says the dilapidated property is bringing the neighborhood down.

"If I wanted to sell my house, they would look at the other house and say, 'Oh my god, what am I living next door to?!'" she says.

The Sayville Lamplighter Inn also made the list of properties that negatively impact the community.

The town says it uses a point system to fairly determine what is a blight in the community. Commercial properties on the list also get a $5,000 fee added to the property tax bill, while residential properties are issued a $2,500 fee.

The town says the new fees are designed to get owners to clean up their properties.

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