Landlord: Social Services still sending checks for former tenant

A Freeport landlord says he's been receiving checks from the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) for a tenant who no longer lives there.Stephen

FREEPORT - A Freeport landlord says he's been receiving checks from the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) for a tenant who no longer lives there.

Stephen Celella, of Long Beach, says his former tenant in a Freeport apartment building was getting help from DSS to pay the rent.  However, Celella says the tenant moved out six months ago and that despite his attempts to get the agency to stop sending him checks, they keep coming in the mail.

DSS released a statement saying, "We appreciate the landlord coming forward with this information.  Unfortunately, the recipient moved and did not notify the DSS.  Confidentiality regulations prohibit DSS from providing any information related to client matters."

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