BUFFALO, NY - A state lawmaker says his so-called "bank shaming" campaign is all about improving the quality of life in the Queen City.
Assemblyman Mickey Kearns placed the first lawn sign on a property in Buffalo that's been vacant and in foreclosure since 2010.
Kearns says the signs will be used to expose which banks are preventing properties across the city from going to auction.
Said Matthew Fisher, Development Coordinator in the Old 1st Ward: "They're deciding to hold onto this house. This house has been in the process for five years. Many of the bankers will say, well, New York State has the longest laws, the most liberal laws, it takes us forever to foreclose. And what they'll say is maybe 18 months. This is a lot more than 18 months. So shame on them for their behavior and for not being a good neighbor."