Song Brings Attention To People Still Struggling 2 Years After Superstorm Sandy

ISLAND PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Superstorm Sandy sent many people struggling to survive, but for others it was a source of inspiration.

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“Mary Magdalene,” a song co-written by Dan Beck, Gary Lucas and Jann Klose, was created in part to bring attention to the people still struggling to get back to normal two years after the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.

“Some people dealt with Sandy that night, but there’s many people that the storm still rages two years later,” Beck, who lives in Rockville Centre, told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

The song is about survival and resurrection, Beck said.

“It’s really like an old Irish drinking song. The thought is people work to get over things, they work together,” Beck said, adding that the song is not only about coming together, but also finding a new beginning.

Ed Madden, the first assistant fire chief in Island Park, said there are still about 75 abandoned homes in the tiny village and yet he believes the future is very bright.

“We’re trying to through the village board and the civic associations to reestablish the village as a place to do business,” Madden said. “Some of the businesses are starting to come back, there’s still a lot that aren’t here. Some left, didn’t want to come back, you know, afraid. But if you’re looking for a great place to raise your kids, this is it.”

Madden said two new fire trucks have been ordered for the fire department and Island Park is slowly becoming whole again.

“Houses are going up, people are repairing what they can and coming back,” Madden said.

Beck said he hopes the song will help raise money for the Island Park Fire Department.

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