Abandoned home in Cohoes is a headache for the city, eyesore for neighbors
COHOES - A vacant home located at 250 Saratoga Street is not only eyesore, but it's a danger, neighbors say. The white, two-story Victorian-style home sits in the middle of a neatly manicured residential street, but neighbors say it's a haven for rodents, transients and trash dumping.
"Who wants to live next to this? I mean, look at the trash. Look at the broken windows. The city just mowed the grass yesterday, after who knows how long. Something needs to be done about this place on a more permanent basis. We can't even sit outside for the smell. The raccoons and things have made a home there, not to mention the vagrants that come in and out. It's just not safe," says Jeffery Bagley, who lives two doors down from the property.
Cohoes Director of Building and Planning Melissa Ashline-Heil says the property is owned by a woman who no longer lives in the state of New York. She declined giving the woman's name, but says she abandoned the property years ago. The city has since been trying to track her down. Ashline-Heil says city officials can't just go into someone's property and make changes without notifying the homeowner.
"It's hard. We're working out hardest to find her and notify her of what's going on, so we can start planning a next move. We can't just make changes to her property. She still technically owns the place. We want to do what's best for all parties involved."
Until the homeowner is located, city officials say they will continue to maintain the lawn, and add the cost to what's already owed to the city by the homeowner.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police and Fire Crews are on an active scene on 112th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. According to police, there appears to be a one car accident. They believe an older male driverMore >>
Troy Police and Fire Crews are on an active scene on 112th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.More >>
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A former rape suspect whose charges were dropped because of a paperwork mistake is due in court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at John Halacy'sMore >>
A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake appeared in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning only to be arrested on an Albany County warrant for a felony Burglary charge in Colonie.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Over a month after the casino referendum passed in New York, a full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region. On Wednesday, community members and local business ownersMore >>
A full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region after New York voters approved the measure in November, and many want to expand a current casino rather than build a new one.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss. Associate Professor T.H. Reynolds, PhD and his formerMore >>
Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss.More >>
ROTTERDAMN, N.Y. -- The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community. The town voted more than a month ago to open up the bidding process in an effortMore >>
The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community.More >>
GLENMONT, N.Y. - A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft. Heng Li, 27, was sentenced to two and a third to seven years in State Prison for using a credit card skimmerMore >>
A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft.More >>
By DOUG FEINBERGAP Basketball Writer The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals. TheMore >>
The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals.More >>
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name of a person with a suspended license during a traffic stop. New York State Police say they initiated a traffic stopMore >>
A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name during a traffic stop to avoid arrest, but the name she gave still led to her arrest.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Capital Region has won in the Economic Development Awards. The area will receive $82.8 million in state funding and has been named a top performer. The focus on technology and makingMore >>
The Capital Region has won in the Economic Development Awards.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony, According to District Attorney David Soares, Domonick Fish, 61, admitted to driving with aMore >>
A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony,More >>