More than 150 homeowners in hurricane-ravaged Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, found out Monday that their homes will be the first to be bought out by the state.
“No longer are people shying away from areas like living behind a cemetery,” said Long Island realtor Diane Andersen.
“It’s shocking. What can you think when you look at property and 221 stumps are in the ground? It’s a shocking event,” said Debbie Cantow, who owns the land where the trees were cut.
The homeowner, Maria Cardona, said the man made her nervous as he told her about his family and kept a hand in his pocket. She says he was “really polite,” but she just wanted him to leave.
Albany schoolteacher David Park was killed in March when he turned up in the man’s Amherst home at 1:30 a.m. Police say Park was drunk and had been attending a party next door.