BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Patricia Brown seemed to be living in a bad dream that she couldn’t wake up from. The North Buffalo widow’s house on Edge Park Avenue had been sold at a city foreclosure auction to pay back property taxes owed.
With help from family members, Brown paid her bills, including her taxes. “Every time a bill came I would pay it, and I’ve done that for my whole life,” said Brown. “There is never anything that I would not pay, because you are supposed to.”
But Brown’s daughter Debra Nasca obtained records showing the property tax bills, and the subsequent foreclosure notices were sent to Brown’s previous address, not the address on Edge Park Avenue. “Losing her house would have been devastating, she would have died,” Nasca told News 4.
Faced with losing her mom’s home that the city auctioned off for less than half of what the property is worth, Nasca contacted Call 4 Action, and then hired Buffalo attorney Jeff Bochiechio to stop the sale from going through.
Bochiechio obtained a court order reversing the sale of Brown’s home, ending the nightmare for her and her family.
“This is a permanent order of the court, of the county court, rescinding the sale completely, and returning the house back to Mrs. Brown,” Bochiechio said.
To close the loop, Debra Nasca paid the back property taxes for her mom; a relief, but the ordeal has still left a few emotional scars, “My mother, it has affected her quite a bit mentally.”
Nasca recalled, “The only time she really thought about it was when she saw us on Channel 4, and she called me up crying, ‘They are going to take my house. What am I going to do, I can’t live on the street?'”
Now, Pat Brown’s home, full of precious keepsakes and fond memories, is staying in the family for good.
Nasca credited Bochiechio and family friends for helping to save her mother’s house from the foreclosure sale. “I am so grateful,” she said.
A family friend is moving in with Brown, who is an aging grandmother and widow, to help her get past this trying ordeal, and manage her personal affairs.
Now that the foreclosure debacle is behind Brown and her family, what about future tax bills? What if the city sends them to the wrong address again?
Bochiechio says he’s assured that future tax bills will be delivered to the proper address. “We have gone about, personally, both myself and Ms. Nasca, have made sure that all future bills are going to go to the right address,” he said.