Category Archive: News

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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Sep 13

Sandy buy-out offers in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach are ‘on the money’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, battered homeowners in Oakwood Beach have begun receiving buyout letters from the state — and they say the offers are “right on the money.” The Advance has learned the average buy-out offer is in the $400,000 range. Despite assurances from the Cuomo administration …

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Aug 19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expands Staten Island Sandy buyout zone in Oakwood Beach

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Cuomo administration has enhanced the home buyout zone in a portion of Oakwood Beach ravaged by superstorm Sandy. About 120 homes on the periphery of Fox Beach were added by the state, bringing to 300 the number of homes eligible for a buyout, with a potential expansion to 510 homes. The area, …

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May 06

Staten Island homeowners in limbo

May 03, 2013 10:29 am Staten Island resident Joseph Tirone brought the idea of a buyout group to his neighbors. Photo credit: Buck Ennis A few weeks ago, in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island, it looked almost as though some sort of neighborhood reunion was taking place. Former residents milled about and chatted amicably …

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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 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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