WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A Long Island veteran is suing his town for its less than welcoming actions.
Phil Williams, a 69-year-old veteran, lived in his home in the Town of Hempstead before undergoing knee surgery in Florida.
After his months-long recovery, he returned home to find that his house had been demolished.
“They went too far- this house should not have been demolished, and they went too far,” said Bradley Siegel, Williams’ attorney. “They had all the signs to know that someone was living here.”
However, city officials say they followed “all proper procedures” and sent numerous letters to the home, beginning last October.
Williams says he didn’t receive mail while he was hospitalized and had no idea his home was in jeopardy.
“Somebody could have called me, somebody could have notified me and said, ‘Hey, listen, here is what’s going on,” Williams said. “But the town, they took everything. It’s just gone.”
Town officials claim the home was a hazard and was demolished as part of the efforts to get rid of ‘zombie’ houses. Neighbors agree, saying the home was in need of repair.
“He was paying the mortgage,” Siegel said. “There was no foreclosure – it was not a zombie house.”
Now, Williams is suing the city.