This is what you get for $3,500. in Hicksville. The typical rent for a nice clean house in Hicksville would be more like $7,000./month You're paying 1/2 that, so you need to expect damages, insects, etc. Hicksville is a really nice neighborhood and owners know they can charge a lot for rent. If all you can afford is $4,000. or less per month, then you need to move to a different area where rents are cheaper. I know the towns are not as nice as Hicksville but it will be affordable for you.
This is what living on Long Island is like. The more desirable the town and especially the school district = higher home prices, higher rent prices, etc.