WOOODBURY - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on FEMA to pressure private insurance companies to process Hurricane Sandy claims.

Schumer says thousands of Long Islanders whose homes were destroyed haven't been able to rebuild yet due their insurance. Only about half of New Yorkers' flood claims have been fully processed.

The senator is laying fault with some of the insurance companies that are supposed to administer the National Flood Insurance Program. The flood program is run by FEMA, which pays private insurance companies to go to homes, assess the damage and process the claims.

Calls to FEMA have gone unreturned.