Sunday, April 28, 2013
PAY TO FIX A HOUSE. THEN PAY TO TEAR IT DOWN
This is what I was told when I was at Oakland Beach on Staten Island. One of the neighborhoods hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. One of the neighborhoods where Gov. Cuomo is offering federal money to buy the people out - to tear down the homes.
I spoke with a woman who said she first got federal assistance from FEMA. That money was to fix her house up. She took the grant and is in the process for making repairs.
Now Cuomo is offering federal money through the state to buy the house and tear it down. So, according to her at least, the government pays twice. Once to fix the houses. Then to buy them and demolish them!