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Response to foreclosure on Gantt property
Rochester, N.Y. -- Assemblyman David Gantt won't return phone calls from 13WHAM, but he spoke with a Gannett newspaper reporter about a story involving a property that he owned for nearly 30 years before the city foreclosed on it because he didn't pay taxes.
Gantt told the reporter he spent as much as $20,000 fixing up the property but the property was stripped of pipes, a water heater and a furnace.
At some point, Gantt decided to stop throwing money into the home and stopped paying the taxes, too.
Neighbors on Central Park, where the vacant home sits, told 13WHAM that it's an eyesore and a public safety risk.
Many spoke of people entering the home, fighting in the backyard, and attracting crime. One called it a shame that the assemblyman let his property get like this, especially when all he owes in taxes is $720.
Gantt told the Democrat and Chronicle, quote: "Why would I keep paying taxes on it? I've done nothing wrong. All my other taxes are paid. The city is tearing down houses all over. Here is another house you can tear down."
The city might demolish the property at taxpayer expense, but a representative from the city said plans for the 200 properties obtained through foreclosure are not yet know.