New York, NY —
Long Island families facing foreclosure and members of the advocacy group ACORN gathered outside the sheriff's office in Nassau County today. The group demanded that he suspend all evictions from foreclosed homes until President Obama's homeowners' recovery package goes into effect. They also insisted that the entire state stop foreclosures for one year. Long Island accounts for one-fifth of all foreclosures in New York, the state's highest rate. Diane Goins is a member of ACORN who was at the protest.
Goins: We want the publicity for people to start thinking about. This is really a crisis. People are really in trouble. A change has to come.
The sheriff's office says that it's up to courts to decide which homeowners get evicted. Then Nassau county's deputy sheriffs are legally obligated to carry out those eviction orders.