Category Archive: News

Apr 06

State Expands Sandy Buyout Program to Graham Beach

The state is expanding its buyout program to a third Hurricane Sandy-affected neighborhood on Staten Island. The state’s enhanced buyout area will now include Graham Beach on the island’s east shore. Under the program, homeowners who had their properties wiped out or heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy can receive the pre-storm value of their homes …

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Apr 04

S.I. Homeowners Hope Buyout Committee Will Spur Action

NY1 VIDEO: A group of homeowners on Staten Island who submitted an application for state buyouts months ago but have yet to hear back have formed a committee in hopes of getting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attention.  Watch the video at the link below. source: http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/206433/s-i–homeowners-hope-buyout-committee-will-spur-action

Jan 29

In a Global Warming World: Protect and Rebuild or Retreat?

Where Joe Tirone’s house in Oakwood Beach on Staten Island, New York, used to stand. Tirone’s house was sold to the state and demolished as part of a buyout plan that will turn his neighborhood into greenspace that the state hopes will serve as protection from future storms. (Joe Tirone) Hurricane Sandy decimated coastal communities. …

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Jan 20

After Sandy, Staten Island Community Chooses State Buyout

As demolitions begin, Staten Islanders still grappling with reality of returning land to nature By Genevieve Belmaker, Epoch Times | January 20, 2014 Last Updated: January 21, 2014 4:29 pm NEW YORK—Under gray skies last Thursday morning in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach, the fifth home in this neighborhood to be demolished under the state’s buyout program gave way …

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Jan 10

Coastal Recovery Plan Emphasizes ‘Living Shorelines’

By Jane Gray and Genevieve Belmaker, Epoch Times A part of a house that floated off its foundation when Superstorm Sandy hit sits in the middle of a coastal estuary in the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island, New York, in November 2012. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)   NEW YORK—Staten Islanders are among the beneficiaries …

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Jan 02

Ocean Breeze Buyout Map

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Source: http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/OceanBreezeBuyoutArea_10-11-13.pdf

Dec 02

Second House In Oakwood Beach Demolished After Sandy Buyout

By: Aaron Dickens 12/02/2013 01:28 PM NY1 VIDEO:A second house in Oakwood Beach has been demolished after a state buyout of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. State officials say there will be many more in the coming weeks. NY1′s Aaron Dickens filed a report. See the video here: http://www.ny1.com/content/pages/199640/second-house-in-oakwood-beach-demolished-after-sandy-buyout

Nov 27

State tears down second house in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach under buyout program (with photos/video)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “It’s coming down like it’s a little doll house,” said Joe Tirone Wednesday morning of the rental property he owned at 87 Fox Beach Ave. in Oakwood Beach. The home, a one-bed beach bungalow built in 1940, was torn down by a backhoe that appeared bigger than the house itself. Its …

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Nov 18

Ocean Breeze Houses Devastated By Sandy To Be Bought By New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of a flood-prone area battered by Superstorm Sandy are getting a financial lifeline, with state officials announcing a plan to buy all 129 homes in a neighborhood sandwiched between a tidal marsh and the Atlantic Ocean. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state was extending its Sandy buyout …

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Oct 28

One year later, Oakwood Beach is lost to Sandy

A year on from Sandy, many communities have at least started the process of repair.  Twenty-five thousand New Yorkers have applied for assistance, mostly to repair homes. But some communities are throwing in the towel entirely. Patti Snyder’s home – a one story white bungalow type house – is picturesque. Cute even. An American flag …

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