At least two Syracuse Common Councilors are starting to take a stand against the almost automatic sale of hundreds of tax delinquent properties to the land bank and not giving others the option to buy. About 30 properties were on this week's agenda, and Councilor Nader Maroun voted no on all of them. At the council's previous meeting, Kathleen Joy issued a similar protest "no" vote on land bank properties.
The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank. Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation. Executive Director Kathleen DiScenna says the couple met in 1881. She says his late niece Cynthia told her,
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Home Headquarter's Executive Director Kerry Quaglia and Near West Side resident Haydee Rolon speak about revitalizing the area.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pointed to a homeowner and a neighborhood on Syracuse’s Near West Side today as an example of how he plans to dedicate money to the state’s land banks. He stopped by Haydee Rolon’s house on Marcellus Street to announce his intention to allocate $20 million more in relief for the neighborhoods by addressing vacant properties.