Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law – Mara Road, Huntington Station
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at about 1:45 p.m., the Town’s Public Safety Department received a call from someone identifying himself as Mangous Captain, who said he lived in an apartment at 12 Mara and that he had no electricity or water. Mr. Captain told town officials that the owners had moved out a few weeks before. The Town sent a code enforcement officer to 12 Mara and determined that Mr. Captain was living in an illegal rear apartment and that the apartment had been without electricity or water for some time (at least before Tropical Storm Irene; the Town originally surmised the lack of power or water was due to the storm). Mr. Captain also told Town officials he had not eaten for several days. The Town called Adult Protective Services and the Suffolk County Police Department; Mr. Captain was taken to Huntington Hospital.
The Town “placarded” the apartment, which is the technical way the Town declares a property as unfit for human habitation, because of the lack of water or electricity, and the Town will be issuing a summons for an illegal apartment.
Two days later, on the 9th, the Town received a call from the SCPD seeking further information about the house and its owner as they investigated a complaint from neighbors. The Huntingtonian will be following up with the SCPD.
12 Mara Rd
It seems the Town acted promptly in response to the complaints at this address. While we appreciate the appropriate action from the Town, we can’t help but wonder why the area surrounding the now shuttered Jack Abrams School is not deserving of the same immediacy in responding to dangerous violations. As far as we can tell, The Jack Abrams School is the only School in the entire Country that has been closed due to crime issues of the surrounding neighborhood. This should be a priority for every elected official from local to Federal levels. The Huntingtonian can easily find many examples of homes in the Jack Abrams vacinity that are at least as much of a safety issue as this home on Mara Road.
Again, we appreciate the Town acting promptly in responding to the safety needs of the quiet, tree-lined, neighborhood of the home on Mara Road, but we are requesting the same level of response to the residents of the neighborhood which is most in need of government intervention.
Above, right is a picture of the home on Mara Road. Below are examples of a home near the Jack Abrams School that we feel also need to be addressed by the Town.
28 Columbia St garage
28 Columbia Disarray