Category Archive: Staten Island Advance

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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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┬áthe home buyout zone in a portion of Oakwood Beach┬áravaged 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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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 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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