On most days, Anjad Brijlall tends his garden and small lawn outside his tidy Ozone Park home twice a day.
But the beauty of Brijlall's garden stands in stark contrast with the seediness of the vacant, foreclosed home across the street where refuse mingles with knee-high weeds.
"Nobody has been living there for about six months," Brijlall, a 72-year-old retiree, said of the eyesore, now owned by a large bank. "I'd be glad to see a good neighbor buy it and keep it nice and clean."
With southeastern Queens emerging as the epicenter of the city's subprime mortgage crisis, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo is drawing attention to a stalled bill that would help rid blocks like Brijlall's of such blight.
Addabbo pushing bill to fight foreclosure blight
Addabbo, who is trying to unseat veteran GOP state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale), blasted the Senate's Republican leadership...for failing to pass a bill that would allow the city to clean up foreclosed homes and bill the banks that now own them.