HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan (D, Hornell) wants the Steuben County Legislature to do more to help the city with the problem of abandoned properties. He says that the Steuben County Legislature is ignoring requests to get a land bank program going for Hornell. According to Mayor Hogan, the land banks program is a way to help towns get rid of “zombie” or abandoned homes, and empty lots (many of which are reportedly owned by out of towners).
Hogan says that for some reason, the county legislature ignores the Hogan/Weaver requests to get a land bank program going for Hornell. The mayor says it’s worked well in Allegany and Chemung Counties.
We caught up with Steuben County Majority Leader Gary Swackhamer (R, Hornell) who says that County Administrator Jack Wheeler brought it to the county finance committee, and that they’re working on it. Swackhamer also says he and the finance committee have no problem with Hornell getting a land bank program going. The majority leader maintains that the only objection to the land bank program was that Mayor Hogan wanted the whole county to become part of that program.
Swackhamer says if it’s Hornell only, no problem, we’ll all move ahead with it.
Subject: FW: Land Bank Allegany County, Chemung County
On Monday, May 16, 2016, Shawn Hogan - City of Hornell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Jack: The letter I received from Patrick Donnelly was not accepted by ESD as a valid tax enforcement agreement, I fought it but it was denied. The County Legislature really has to revisit this issue, there is no way around it, we are sandwiched between two counties that see the value in the land bank program, it really is a great tool for economic development, especially with the need for adequate housing in this county particularly in Hornell, and Bath. I respectfully implore you to please revisit applying for this important program.
Shawn D. Hogan
City of Hornell, New York