Nolan takes aim at illegal Central Islip rental
Widespread disregard for town housing laws and problems stemming from one house in particular has Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan taking action.
A house zoned for single-family use has been turned into a rental, neighbors of 230 Clift St. in Central Islip said. Tenants of the home, sold in January to a new owner, are the source of repeated violent outbreaks and Suffolk police visits.
Neighbors, who asked for anonymity because they fear retaliation, said they want the town to enforce the codes and reestablish their security.
As for 230 Clift St., Nolan confirmed an investigation has been opened, but wouldn't divulge any specifics. Nolan said he's hiring part-time officers to aid in the overall code-enforcement effort. Amending town laws regarding illegal rentals, including an increase in landlord penalties, is a priority, Nolan said.
A public hearing on potential changes to the town code's rental policies is scheduled for May 22.