Senate Panel Probing Ramapo Housing Conditions

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -

The Investigations and Government Operations Committee of the state Senate launched a review of housing conditions in several municipalities including Ramapo.

The chairman of the committee, Sen. James Skoufis, said Friday that the investigation was launched in January to expose bad landlords and highlight effective ways local governments and the state can crack down on illegal housing practices. It is also looking into Albany, Newburgh and Mount Vernon.

Skoufis, whose district includes the city of Newburgh, says the results of the investigation could prompt legislation intended to crack down on landlords who take advantage of their tenants or fail to follow the law when it comes to housing safety or upkeep.