Number of vacant homes, apartments on LI nearly doubles

? Officials say the number of vacant homes and apartments on Long Island has almost doubled, which is bringing down neighborhood valules. Newsday says there

WOODBURY - ? Officials say the number of vacant homes and apartments on Long Island has almost doubled, which is bringing down neighborhood valules. Newsday says there were 39,000 empty homes last year.

In 2000, there were 22,000 homes empty. Officials say the problem is a result of the mortgage meltdown. People who owe more than their homes are worth are walking away.

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