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Foreclosures put Canarsie homeowners on edge

Hard-pressed Canarsie homeowners struggling to keep their American Dream alive turned out for State Senator John Sampson’s Community Advisory Meeting held this weekend at Holy Family Church on Flatlands Avenue.

Those who attended the rainy Saturday morning event heard from members of ACORN and others who talked about special programs designed to help homeowners stay in their homes.

With as much as 60 cents of every homeowner dollar going to pay down their mortgages, many in Canarsie say they are finding the challenge daunting.

Many are barely hanging on. Hundreds of Canarsie homes are presently facingforeclosure -- the most in any other part of Brooklyn, according to those in attendance.

Some are looking to the federal government, hoping that the Obama administration will come through with the help that they need.

Sampson, who was recently installed as Senate Majority Conference Leader, did not return requests for comment.

Last week, Sampson announced the formation of a special committee of inquiry to investigate the conduct of fellow State Senator Hiram Monserrate after the Queens representative was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.

Update: Despite initial reports, State Senator John Sampson did, in fact, attend the Community Advisory Meeting discussed above. Although late, the senator was able to address issues involving foreclosure, housing, police brutality and more with those in attendance. Check back next week for more on Sampson’s efforts to address the foreclosure crisis and other important issues facing Canarsie residents.

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