Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi to cut down on the increase in foreclosed "zombie" houses has passed in the Assembly.

The Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act mandates that bank and other mortgage holders maintain properties that are in foreclosure.

It would also require a state registry of foreclosed properties be maintained so the public knows who owns the property.

"Zombie properties have become a major quality of life issue in the Mohawk Valley and elsewhere, because one abandoned home can suck the life out of an entire neighborhood." Brindisi said.

Brindisi introduced the legislation last year in front of a foreclosed home in Rome.

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