Monday, November 30, 2015

US Town Knocks Down Veteran’s House While He is Having Surgery

© AP Photo/ Frank Eltman

In what must be filed under “Absolute Nonsense” is the way officials in a suburban New York town has treated a US Navy veteran, razing his house while he was in the hospital

Philip Williams left his house last December when he traveled to Florida for a knee replacement. However, the recuperation period took longer time than expected because of surgical complications and he went back to New York only in August.

And what did he see?

Nothing, the place where his house supposed to be was empty as the Hempstead town administration decided his modest two-story house was unfit for living and completely wiped it out.

"I'm angry and I'm upset. It's just wrong on so many levels," he said. "My mortgage was up to date, my property taxes were up to date. . . everything was current and fine."

William's case has been delivered to the court as he requires reimbursement not only for the house but for all the belongings left there.

His first thought was a fire left him homeless but he didn't find any confirmation of that. The explanation for the knock down house was much easier. Neighbors found Williams's house in need of repair while complaining it was blight on the community. When inspectors sent by town officials stated the house was a "dilapidated dwelling" unfit for habitation, it was simply decided it would be knocked down.

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