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Stockade home that spurred legal fight sold by city

Stockade home that spurred legal fight sold by city

Neighbor file claim over property's condition
Stockade home that spurred legal fight sold by city
The foundation at 122 N. Ferry St. in Schenectady shows signs of deterioration.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY -- A dilapidated, city-owned home that prompted a notice of claim from a neighbor over its condition has been sold.

The new owner of 122 N. Ferry St. is real estate agent Renee Farley. She said she closed on the home Wednesday, with plans to rehabilitate it.

Schenectady's Deputy Corporation Counsel Rachel Ward said the home was sold for $6,200. The sale was approved by the City Council during its April 23 meeting.

While the home she recently purchased on North Ferry Street is in the historic Stockade neighborhood, is has been involved in some current events.

Cosimino Marusso, who lives next door, filed a notice of claim against the city on Aug. 9, saying the two-story structure had been vacant for more than 10 years and that the majority of its foundation is missing. He also said the home is filled with mold and that wild animals and birds were living inside.

Most notably, though, Marusso said the the crumbling home has caused the walkway between the two properties to pull away from the foundation of his home. He said in the claim that the city cited him for the problem in 2016, but he couldn’t do any of the repairs until the condition of the property next door was addressed.

City Corporation Counsel Carl Falotico said he has contacted Marusso’s attorney, Brian Mercy, about the property,

“I don’t think the city has any liability in this matter, and I don’t see any reason to discuss a settlement,” Falotico said.

Mercy did not return a call seeking comment.

The city's vacant home had previously been listed on Realtor.com by Lisa Rupinski, with Bicentennial Realty, for $6,000.

Farley actually was close to purchasing the home earlier this year, but she said someone from the city Historic District Commission was giving her a “hard time.” She said that person is no longer with the commission, which is why she came back to buy the home.

A call to the historic commission seeking comment was not returned on Thursday.

Farley previously purchased a home at 28 North St. and rehabbed that structure. She said she enjoys doing the projects because of her love of history. She also said the homes are “beautiful buildings in a beautiful place.”

Farley is in the process of selling the home on North Street.

Her love of history stems from her father, Leo P. Dean, who she said served in World War II and was known for his skydiving expeditions. Farley said Dean died at the age of 91.

“We were really into history and old veterans’ letters,” Farley said. “Anything to do with history I love.”

Farley also said she likes saving homes that are slated to be demolished, like the homes on North Ferry and North streets.

“All of the families that have lived in these two homes -- how many family stories are there?” Farley said. “To tear that history down is sad.”

Farley said she was aware of Marusso’s claim against the city and has even talked with him about the home. She said when she fixes up the foundation, the hope is that will stop any further damage to Marusso’s property.

“I’m sure a lot of his problems will go away when I’m fixing my home,” Farley said. “I think [Marusso] and I will work it out.”

Marusso said he knows Farley will be able to fix up the home, but he still wondered how much it will cost to fix up his. He said he still wants the city to pay for whatever it will cost him for repairs.

“They were the owners when the notice of claim was served,” Marusso said in a text message. “I can’t imagine the responsibility would transfer to the new owner.”

Even with the legal trouble surrounding the property, Farley said the city has been helpful with her. She said she looks forward to fixing up the home with her son, Ian Farley, and selling it to the right homeowner.

“I want someone to buy it that loves the Stockade and loves the quality of the work we do,” Farley said.

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