Category Archive: News

May 01

Hurricane Sandy Buyouts Cause Storm Of Confusion, Worry From Politicians by David Howard King

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Fox Beach community of Staten island sits only a few blocks from the ocean on wetlands where tall reeds sprout across the landscape. After the lives of three of its residents were lost during Hurricane Sandy and flooding destroyed a number of the small bungalows that make up the community, more …

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Apr 26

Rep. Grimm Applauds Approval of NYS Recovery Plan, Providing Funding for Staten Island Buyouts

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-SI/Brooklyn) applauds today’s announcement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval of the NYS Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, which clears the way for home buyout programs: “I applaud Secretary Donovan and Governor Cuomo for expediting the approval of the New …

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Mar 12

Governor Cuomo Seeks Federal Approval of NY State Plans for Housing and Business Storm Recovery Programs

Andrew M. Cuomo – Governor Governor Cuomo Seeks Federal Approval of NY State Plans for Housing and Business Storm Recovery Programs Albany, NY (March 12, 2013) NYS is First State or Local Government to Release Action Plan for Initial $1.7B in Federal CDBG Funding for Disaster Recovery Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today submitted New York State’s proposal …

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Feb 27

Staten Island area hit by Sandy chosen for buyouts BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 141 homeowners in storm-ravaged Oakwood Beach will participate in a state program, in which the state will buy their homes at pre-storm values. (AP) — A Staten Island neighborhood where three people died during Superstorm Sandy will be the first to get state-sponsored home buyouts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined the planned …

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Feb 25

Governor Cuomo Announces Staten Island Buyouts

Feb 21

Buyouts for Staten Island’s Sandy victims inching toward reality By Kiawana Rich

STATEN ISLAND, NY — A plan for storm-weary Staten Islanders, whose homes have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, to sell their residences to the government is definitely a go, according to local and community representatives. “The buyout is happening,” said Michael Arvanites, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), to a …

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Feb 17

Hurricane Sandy final blow: Staten Island neighborhood abandons all hope as residents seek buyout BY MATT LYSIAK AND GREG B. SMITH

Eighty percent of the 183 homeowners in a six-block section of Oakwood Beach have banded together to ask Gov. Cuomo to buy them out — all of them at once. DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Residents of Fox Beach ask the government to buy them out of their houses at pre-storm rates and use the …

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Feb 15

Should We Cease to Build in Harm’s Way with Warren Olney

Click here to listen to part 1 of the program Click here to listen to part 2 of the program Click here to listen to part 3 of the program New York’s Governor Cuomo says the lesson of Superstorm Sandy is the vulnerability of coastal development to climate change.  Instead of rebuilding damaged properties, he wants to …

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Feb 06

Mr. Cuomo’s Sandy Plan Editorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York wants to spend as much as $400 million to buy and raze damaged homes in the floodplains of New York State. These properties, victims of Hurricane Sandy, would then be turned into parks, bird sanctuaries, dunes or simply stretches of open beach, serving as buffer zones to protect residents inland from …

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Feb 05

Staten Island lawmakers back Cuomo proposal to buy and demolish homes destroyed by Sandy By Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Give the shoreline back to Mother Nature. Staten Island lawmakers on Monday said they backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious proposal to buy and demolish homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and permanently preserve the land as underveloped coastline. “Some portions of Staten Island should be ceded back to Mother Nature,” said City …

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