MASTIC BEACH - In his budget speech last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed using federal Sandy aid to snap up certain properties that were devastated by the superstorm.
Cuomo stated that he wanted to target homes and properties that are vulnerable by storms in general. Under the proposal, the state would keep the land vacant.
Some residents worry that the proposal might mean a loss in tax revenue for municipalities and local school districts.
The state has yet to provide further details on the proposal, and local officials are withholding final judgment until they hear more information about the plan.