Chronology

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

Residents of Fox Beach react to news that the government will be buying them out of their houses at pre-storm rates and use the land as a barrier to protect the rest of Staten Island from future storm damage.Three residents lost their lives the night of Hurricane Sandy..Friday, February 15, 2013 (photo Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News).

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...Read More »


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...Read More »


Governor Cuomo Announces Staten Island Buyouts

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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...Read More »


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

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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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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

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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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


Ocean Breeze Buyout Map

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

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Coastal Recovery Plan Emphasizes ‘Living Shorelines’

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)

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)