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Staten Island Man Won’t Give Up Despite Losing Home, Business

Destruction from Sandy in Midland Beach, Staten Island - Nov. 17, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Destruction from Sandy in Midland Beach, Staten Island – Nov. 17, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A man on Staten Island isn’t letting the devastation of superstorm Sandy take away his spirit.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

Part of this street next to John Toto’s restaurant of 28 years has collapsed, the utilities are still out, and it seems half of Midland Beach was deposited there.

“Been a month now and there hasn’t been any progress at all,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Toto’s business was devastated.

“Well, we had roughly about eight feet of water inside, okay. My whole lower level was completely compromised,” he said. “All my refrigeration units, compressors, walk-in box, supplies, bathrooms.”

To make matters worse, he also lost his house.

“That was ripped off the foundation and pushed about a hundred feet down the street,” he said.

“If it was just the home, then I would be focusing on that. If it was just the business, then I would be focusing on the other,” he added. “But since it’s both, right now I have to focus on trying to get this [business] operating.”

But Toto insists he will not give up.