NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Staten Island man whose home has been condemned by the city said he does not know where to begin to get his life back in order.
Michael Gatti’s house in Midland Beach has been marked with a red sticker by the city’s buildings department, declaring it unsafe.READ MORE: Protesters Attempt To Storm Entrance Of Barclays Center Over Nets' Refusal To Allow Kyrie Irving To Play Due To NYC Vaccine Mandate
WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports
“Our whole family, we’re 32 years in one home. Christmases, birthdays, parties, barbecues ” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “Everything’s destroyed inside.”
Gatti has put up a tent on his property, refusing to leave.
“The city’s coming to knock down houses, so I wasn’t going to let that happen,” Gatti told Haskell.READ MORE: NYPD: Knife Fight Spills Into Midtown Pizzeria, 2 Taken Into Custody
Gatti said he is struggling to recover, one month after superstorm Sandy cost him his home.
“Been a month of being cold and depressed, nightmares like you can’t imagine,” Gatti said. “It’s a terrible shock and I don’t wish it on anybody.”
Insurance will not help Gatti rebuilt, he said.
“Full replacement value that we had on the house only covers the house if it burns down. We don’t read the small print, but I guess shame on us,” Gatti told Haskell.
Gatti said he hopes he will be bought out – but is having a hard time getting definitive answers from officials.MORE NEWS: With Less Than A Week Before NYC's Deadline, Municipal Workers Hold Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally On Staten Island
“Give us some direction… not ‘call us back next Friday,'” he told Haskell.