- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general is bringing his campaign for “zombie homes” legislation to Long Island.

Eric Schneiderman held a press conference in Mineola on Thursday to discuss proposed legislation to help stop the spread of so-called “zombie homes.”

They are properties that are abandoned, often during prolonged foreclosure proceedings.

Schneiderman says zombie foreclosures increased 50 percent from 2013 to 2014, bringing the total statewide to 16,701.

He says there were 4,048 zombie homes on Long Island in 2014 - the highest number in the state

The legislation would require notifying homeowners they have the right to stay in their residences until a judge declares the foreclosure complete.

It would require lenders to take responsibility for properties soon after they are vacated, not at the end of a foreclosure process.

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