Sandy victims say contractor has abandoned them

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MASSAPEQUA -

Several homeowners who turned to a contractor to lift their homes after Superstorm Sandy say he left them high and dry when Nassau County pulled his license.

Mia and Jerry Vogt of Massapequa say they hired Cody Lawrence from TurnKey Contractor Solutions to raise their home. But after almost two years of construction, the work remains incomplete and Lawrence has allegedly made himself hard to find.

The Vogts say his company did lift their house -- but to a height a foot short of what FEMA and other agencies require.  That's just part of the allegedly shoddy workmanship.

Dozens of other customers also complained about TurnKey's work, prompting Nassau Consumer Affairs officials to suspend the company's license, according to the Vogts. 

The county says TurnKey is still liable to complete all outstanding contracts that were signed prior to having its license suspended. 

The Vogts say they now can't reach anyone at TurnKey Contractor Solutions, which they paid $200,000 in money from storm-recovery grants.

"He's off the grid," Mia Vogt says. "Cody Lawrence is off the grid. TurnKey, I don't think they exist anymore, because over the weekend his website was gone. His Facebook page was gone."

The couple says they're appealing to the governor's office of storm recovery for some more assistance to get another contractor to raise the house up to the proper level.

The company's attorney did not respond to a News 12 request for comment.

County officials also pointed out that there is another company called Turnkey General Contracting that has no affiliation with TurnKey Contractor Solutions.

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