FILE– In this photo from Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, a storm-damaged beachfront house is reflected in a pool of water in the Far Rockaways, in the Queens borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend up to $400 million to buy and demolish homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy and permanently preserve the land as undeveloped coastline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend up to $400 million to buy and demolish homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy and permanently preserve the land as undeveloped coastline, an idea that received generally positive reviews Monday from New Yorkers in some of the storm’s hardest hit communities.
“A lot of people need that help,” said Long Beach resident Tom Mannion. Homes in the Long Island oceanfront city were inundated with 6 feet or more of water during the height of October’s storm.
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.”
Cuomo administration spokesman Rich Azzopardi confirmed that the proposal calls for the state to use a portion of the $51 billion disaster relief package approved by Congress last week for the buyouts. The plan, first reported Monday by The New York Times, was presented to federal officials Login to read more