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Marion Avenue zombie house

In front of the garage at the abandoned 7 Marion Ave. in South Glens Falls, underbrush and trees have completely covered the driveway.

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Sunday an expansion of the grant program set up to deal with abandoned and vacant buildings across the state.

The expansion will make an additional $9 million available to municipalities for stricter code enforcement, monitoring of the vacant properties and increased legal enforcement on banks and mortgage companies.

“Far too many communities throughout New York continue to be blighted by zombie homes,” James said in a press release. “These abandoned houses significantly decrease property values and threaten the safety of surrounding neighborhoods.”

The additional funds are a continuation of her 2016 initiative and will allow previous recipients to continue work or give new governments a chance to begin projects.

Attorney General Letitia James announced on Sunday an expansion of the grant program set up to deal with abandoned and vacant buildings across the state.

The expansion will make an additional $9 million available to municipalities for stricter code enforcement, monitoring of the vacant properties and increased legal enforcement on banks and mortgage companies.

“Far too many communities throughout New York continue to be blighted by zombie homes,” James said in a press release. “These abandoned houses significantly decrease property values and threaten the safety of surrounding neighborhoods.”

The additional funds are a continuation of her 2016 initiative and will allow previous recipients to continue work or give new governments a chance to begin projects.

Applications are due Friday, March 8 and recipients are expected to be announced April 12.

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Attorney General Letitia James announced on Sunday an expansion of the grant program set up to deal with abandoned and vacant buildings across the state.

The expansion will make an additional $9 million available to municipalities for stricter code enforcement, monitoring of the vacant properties and increased legal enforcement on banks and mortgage companies.

"Far too many communities throughout New York continue to be blighted by zombie homes," James said in a press release. "These abandoned houses significantly decrease property values and threaten the safety of surrounding neighborhoods."

The additional funds are a continuation of her 2016 initiative and will allow previous recipients to continue work or give new governments a chance to begin projects.

Applications are due Friday, March 8 and recipients are expected to be announced April 12. 

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