The Suffolk County real property auction will be held virtually this year on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The auction will be conducted starting at 9:30 a.m and will end by 3:30 p.m., according to a press release from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. Registration for the auction is mandatory and ends on Nov. 23. [Click here to register.]

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us just how valuable implementing new and emerging technology is,” Bellone said in the release. “As we work to bring county government into the 21st century, the virtual property auction is our latest effort to streamline resources and create greater efficiencies, while simultaneously increasing access.”

In previous years the auction was held in-person over the course of two days. The new virtual format will help reduce staff time and resources, and encourage greater participation, according to Bellone. 

There are 159 parcels available for purchase. Three properties are up for auction in the Town of Riverhead, 707 Harrison Ave., 431 Griffing Ave. and a property near Oak Dr and Doctor’s Path. [Click here to read this year’s brochure.]

The auction is hosted by Realauction.com, which was selected in Oct. 2020. There is no cost to the county, but winning bidders will be required to pay a $300 fee to the website.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]