Patchogue tenants forced out of dangerous dwelling

Tenants of an apartment building in Patchogue are being forced to leave their homes after village officials have deemed the residence unhealthy and unlivable.

Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri says he wanted to give the tenants at 3 Lake St. time to find another place to live, but a judge ruled the residents must move out immediately because the conditions at the building are too dangerous.

Village officials say the owners, Atlantic Real Property, have neglected the building for the past 10 months, forcing the village to take on the cost of garbage removal.

Officials say social services will be at the apartment building tomorrow to help the remaining three tenants find housing.

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