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Sandy victim still displaced more than 2 years later

An Island Park woman is still struggling to recover more than two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of Long Island. Thursday marked the third Christmas since Mary Ellen Malone's home of

News 12 Staff

Dec 27, 2014, 11:32 PM

Updated 3,439 days ago

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Sandy victim still displaced more than 2 years later
An Island Park woman is still struggling to recover more than two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of Long Island.
Thursday marked the third Christmas since Mary Ellen Malone's home of 27 years was destroyed during the storm. Her property is now nothing more than a vacant lot.
Malone says she is still paying her mortgage and taxes on her home, despite living with family members since Sandy hit.
She says she was offered a loan from FEMA to rebuild her house, but it was withdrawn because she did not have the proper documentation from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
Malone says she has struggled to navigate through what she calls red tape and changing standards of New York Rising. She applied to the state's buyout and acquisition program, and would receive the pre-storm value of her home in exchange for the rights to the property if she is accepted.
In response to this story, Jon Kaiman from New York Rising said that Malone was issued an award to rebuild her home earlier this year. He says she instead switched to the acquisition program, which could net her a significantly larger amount of funding if approved. He says her new application is under review at this time.


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