NJ Officials Scramble With Spike in Foreclosures

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In New Jersey, the spike in foreclosures has officials scrambling to deal with what often comes next - abandonment and worse. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Paterson Mayor Jose Torres says having well over 2,000 properties in foreclosure undermines his city in several ways.

TORRES: Increase of homelessness, increase in the reserve for uncollected taxes, increase of theft of precious metals, increase in abandoned property.

REPORTER: Torres says it can be a nightmare for tenants when their landlord is in foreclosure. Paterson renter Tracy Dawson, mother of two knows. Her rental is in foreclosure and Dawson says the owner has left the country. Now security is an issue and she can't leave her home unattended.

DAWSON: I quit school because they broke into my door right there, this is the second time they did it.

REPORTER: And then there is the utility shutoff notice. Dawson says it came in the mail and was simply addressed: Occupant. For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by