Updated 01/17/2013 10:42 PM
Family denied opportunity to buy back foreclosed home
After a lengthy battle to get their home back, a Binghamton family hits another dead end. YNN's Chris Whalen tells us why Broome County won't budge and what the homeowners plan to do next.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. --The house at 9 Arthur Street in Binghamton is the epitome of the 'American Dream.' Ukrainian immigrants flee to the United States, save enough money to buy a home, then leave it to their children after they pass.
But after falling on hard times and failing to pay their taxes, it's now a nightmare for the owners.
"I found out several days before Christmas that my twin sister's home and my disabled brother's home was foreclosed on by the county," said Volodymyr Kurylo.
Kurylo traveled from his home in the state of Maine to Binghamton, willing to pay all back taxes, interest and penalties, but was told the due date had already passed.
"To take every last penny from someone and leave them without their main assets or any proceeds from their main asset is really reprehensible," Kurylo said.
The only option left: Special consideration from the Broome County Legislature, which the family hoped to receive Thursday.
"When the family themselves are willing to pay, right now at this time, I feel I have an obligation to stick up for the people I represent, if they're willing to pay, to keep a roof over somebody's head," said Broome County Legislator Tony Fiala.
But other legislators felt that making an exception for one family would lead to more residents asking them to bend the rules.
"We have to fix this, but fixing it for one person isn't the way to go about it. We have to fix this so it doesn't come back here again and we can't help not just these individuals, but there's others that are in this situation right now," said Broome County Legislator Ron Keibel.
In a nine to five vote down party lines, the legislature voted against letting the Kurylo's buy back their home. Now, they say they'll pursue litigation in hopes that the courts will rule in their favor.