Brookhaven Town demolished a vacant “zombie house” at 7 Laurel St. in Mastic Beach on May 20.

The long-abandoned house was the source of resident complaints leading to numerous Town of Brookhaven housing code violations. The cost of demolition and debris removal is the responsibility of the
property owner, and the town places a lien on the property that is then placed on the tax bill. The county
reimburses the town and then they collect the money from the property owner.

“This neighborhood is cleaner and property values rose instantly with the demolition of this decrepit house,”
Councilman Dan Panico said in a statement. “The town has aggressively pursued zombie houses like 7 Laurel Street and in
the coming months, we hope to close out all demolitions in the Tri-Hamlet community.”