OAKDALE - An elderly couple who lost their home during Superstorm Sandy has finally received the insurance money they need to rebuild their home.
Joe Gaeta, a World War II veteran who lost his riverfront home in Oakdale during Sandy, filed an insurance claim and was awarded only $140,000, despite having a policy worth $340,000.
Gaeta turned to Touro Law School's Disaster Relief Clinic for help. The clinic, which is staffed by students, helps Long Island Sandy victims wade through daunting paperwork and red tape.
The students filed a supplement claim and Gaeta has now received a check for $320,000.
Gaeta says he cannot wait to bring his wife Anita, who is paralyzed from a stroke, back to the home that they love so much. The couple expects to be back in their home by mid-January.
"Living by the water is like having a piece of heaven," Gaeta says.