WOODBURY - Neighbors are worried about what's next for the Sandy-damaged homes in their East End communities that were bought out by the state.
Some residents told News 12 Long Island that New York Rising bought the homes in their community, only to leave them as what they call "vacant eyesores."
They want to know what is being done to keep the homes from becoming havens for squatters. New York Rising says these home are not eyesores, and that they are monitored constantly for security reasons.
New York Rising Chief John Kaiman admits the program got off to a slow start. He says the plan is to either demolish the homes and leave the lots vacant, or repair and flood-proof them before reselling them.
Of the New York Rising purchases, 573 of them are in Suffolk County, and 383 are in Nassau County. Areas in Suffolk most affected are Flanders, Mastic Beach, Babylon and Lindenhurst. In Nassau, Long Beach, Island Park and Freeport are most affected.
Kaiman predicts most approved New York Rising applicants will receive notification and/or get their money before the end of the summer.