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Post-Sandy recovery program: Acceptable, yet heart wrenching to some

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - It's a post-Sandy recovery program that residents say is financially fair.

Yet emotionally heart-wrenching.

"This is where we lived for 25 years" one resident said.

Marty and Theresa Kuczynski are moving on.

"Looking at what happened is never wanted to go through it again, and we were able to move on and put all of this behind us" Theresa said. 

Across the street, Janice Porcaro decided to stay.

"We looked around to see what was there but we would've had to do everything we did here. We had a new kitchen; we got a new bathroom, so we decided to stay" Porcara said.

The majority of homeowners in the neighborhood were offered a buyout under New Jersey’s Blue Acres Acquisition Program, which uses up to $300 million of Federal disaster recovery cash.


Under the program, homes in flood prone areas are bought by the state, demolished, and the land turned into open space that officials hope will then serve as a natural barrier to future floods.

According to officials, it allows people to move on with their lives and protect their livelihood overall. The second part is to protect first responders who have to go out to the homes repetitively in a lot of cases because they flood quite often.

But while it may make practical sense, it's not easy on any of the residents.

"This is where people grew up and what they remember, it's their childhood and this is where they raised their families. And it's all going to be gone" one concerned resident told us.

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