A Glenville town judge will hear from bank lawyers next month concerning a Fredericks Road property in Glenville where squatters have been living for years. The hearing had been scheduled for January 2022.
The bank that owns the property has been trying to evict the family squatting in the house since October 2019 — a process that has been stalled by the COVID pandemic and moratorium on evictions.
David Seibert, a bank attorney, appeared before the judge on Sept. 16.
During that hearing, the judge rescheduled the case until January 2022, after the state’s moratorium on evictions was set to expire. However, Seibert said he received a letter from the courts indicating they would hear the case sooner — Oct. 28.
A spokesperson for the bank was happy to hear about the change.
“The squatters are not eligible for any COVID protections because they are not tenants, they failed to file a hardship declaration, they didn’t even bother to show up at the hearing,” he said in an emailed statement. “They have been unlawfully squatting since 2019 (long before COVID) and they never had any right whatsoever to live there in the first place.”
MFA Financial, a real estate investment trust, foreclosed on the property in 2019. MFA Financials said they aren’t sure how long the family has been living in the house. Before the company foreclosed on the property, multiple people had been in and out of the house over the years, said Mike Kane, who lives at 49 Fredericks Road. The family — two children, a man and a woman — has been squatting there for a couple of years, he said.
One of the squatters is Jason Sacks, the former building manager convicted of recklessly causing the death of four people in the Jay Street fire in downtown Schenectady.
MFA Financial said they started the eviction process in October 2019. A notice was sent to Sacks and Andrea Quagliano, who is also squatting in the house.
Seibert said the next hearing is a default hearing, which means that whether or not Sacks or Quagliano show up, the judge will make a ruling.
Kane said he is ready to see the case resolved and the squatters leave the property, which continues to be in disarray.
“It’s just as overgrown as it has been,” Kane said. “The shrubs haven’t been touched. They don’t do any yard work or upkeep.”
Attempts to reach the people living at the property were unsuccessful.
Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or [email protected]
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