LIers recall Sandy's destruction on 6-year anniversary

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Monday marked six years since Superstorm Sandy wrought havoc on Long Island, flooding thousands of homes, demolishing waterfront properties and leaving much of the Island in the dark.

Some Long Islanders are not finished picking up the pieces. For Susan Goldstone and her 88-year-old mother Jeanne, Superstorm Sandy is a nightmare that won't end.

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When the storm hit, water came right through their Oceanside home. Since then, a combination of unscrupulous contractors, red tape, complicated paperwork and unrealistic deadlines have made returning home seem impossible. By Goldstone's count, she's had at least 13 case workers in the past six years.

During the grueling process of trying to get the home raised and repaired, her father passed away. She doesn't know when she'll be able to return home with her mother, but she hopes it will be sometime next year.

The Goldstones' tragic tale is not an uncommon one along the South Shore. Several residents who lost their homes during the storm described similar woes.

Teri Dunbar says besides being ripped off by a contractor she is now bracing for a December deadline that will end a program that helps pay for her mortgage while she pays the rent.

MORE: These photos show Sandy's devastation across Long Island

Displaced Sandy homeowners and local lawmakers are now asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend the state's assistance to affected residents. Several Nassau County legislators have sent a letter to Cuomo asking him to extend the Mortgage Assistance Program.

News 12 reached out to the governor's office for a response, but has not heard back.

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