Leg. Steven Rhoads tries to extend mortgage deadline for Sandy victims

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A program that's been helping some south shore homeowners pay their mortgage after Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island is about to expire.

Nassau County Leg. Steven Rhoads (R) is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend the interim mortgage assistance. The program provides homeowners direct mortgage help while they are out of their homes.

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Rhoads is also asking for the governor to eliminate the deadline for optional and mandatory home elevation.

"The reality is it's no fault of the homeowners, there have been incredible delays," he says. "Contractor fraud, delays in obtaining building permits and a limited amount of contractors that can actually perform the work. " 

The currently deadline is set at Dec. 31 for homes to be off the ground, and June 30 for homes to be completed.

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

Rhoads says the deadlines need to be removed so they can work with homeowners on a one-by-one basis.

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