|FRANK ELTMAN and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press|
"A lot of people need that help," said
Mannion described himself as skeptical of government programs, but predicted it will be of interest to many, especially those "people whose houses are wiped out, and they had no insurance. Those people could use that help and I'd like to see them get it."
A Cuomo administration spokesman confirmed that the proposal calls for the state to use a portion of the
If approved, the program would offer pre-Sandy full market value for homes in the 100-year flood plain substantially damaged by the storm and related flooding. State officials have estimated that 1,000 to 1,500 homeowners might apply. Cuomo earlier raised the buyout proposal and other new measures to protect
A spokeswoman for
Each year since, one storm or another has sent water back in but never as much as Sandy, which submerged the entire first floor.
Langello acknowledged that it was her choice to live in the neighborhood but said her sister had lived three doors away for several years and never had a problem.
"You just don't think of
Langello sees a buyout as perhaps the only way to avoid financial ruin.
"We have no intention of going back whether we get bought out or not," she said. "It's clearly not a safe place to live."
But not everyone supported the buyouts.
"This is our city. Our houses make up our city and our people make up our city," she said. "They're going to rip down those houses and not rebuild? That means those people are going to go away more than likely."
Castellano said people should stick it out. "It's been done before, time and time again, from the time my grandfather was here in the `30s and the ocean met the bay and everything was decimated. We came back," she said. "Why not live near the water, where it's beautiful, and hope that it doesn't hit again?"
"It's a program that should be considered and, if applied correctly, will actually enhance neighborhoods and protect the public's health safety and welfare," Mangano said.
He also said he was not worried about a significant impact on the county tax base, saying those participating could like number in the dozens. "We're not expecting whole neighborhoods, but rather smaller, flooded pockets of areas that may qualify."
Homeowners who chose to relocate within their home county would get an additional 5 percent incentive under the proposed buyout.
Virtanen reported from
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