MASSAPEQUA PARK - The Massapequa Park Village Board voted tonight to approve a plan to force homeowners to maintain their properties.

Officials say that unkempt properties can lower the value of surrounding homes and that tall grass and unmaintained pools can create a health and safety hazard.

The law would also force banks that own foreclosed properties to maintain their properties as well.

First-time violators of the new law can face fines up to $1,000, second-time violators will see the fine rise to $2,500 and third-time violators face a whopping $10,000 fine.