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(NEW DORP, STATEN ISLAND) – Residents in the New Dorp Beach and Midland Beach sections are complaining about squatters taking over the now abandoned homes in their neighborhoods that were battered during Hurricane Sandy.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re squatting where someone has electricity and heat.  They’re going to whatever homes they can open the door and sit,” said Donna Graziano who runs a relief center in New Dorp Beach.

Graziano said some of the squatters have tried to get a hot meal in the center, and she’s turned them away.

“They’re using drugs and alcohol and stuff like that.  That’s the type of squatters we’re seeing,” Graziano said.

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“They’re using drugs and alcohol and stuff like that. That’s the type of squatters we’re seeing,” Graziano said.

Families forced out of their homes can’t stomach the thought of squatters moving in.

“If I was to learn that someone was squatting in my home that I’m not able to live in right now, it would add insult to injury,” said Sandy victim Lorraine Gonzalez.  “They’re a danger to my neighbors.”

As the residents get warmer, residents expect the problem to get worse, and they’re calling for a greater police presence. Civic groups are urging people to check on their vacant homes more frequently.

16 comments

  • Maureen Morisano

    Hopefully people are going to keep an eye on empty properties and notify the police. Thanks for the information.

  • Robyn

    Where is the editor? "As the residents get warmer…" Really?
    And, hungry people are being turned away from a rlief center. Shame on the reief center!

    • Robyn

      The computer did not spell check.
      What I meant to say was And, hungry people are being turned away from a relief center. Shame on the relief center! Who are they to pick and choose who will go hungry?

  • bear

    They want a place to stay? Arrest them and throw them in jail. That is someones home, not theirs. They have no right to it. People are still trying to recover from Sandy and don't have to or need to deal with trespassers

  • GUEST

    IF U R IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP AT A CTR Y WOULD U TURN THEM AWAY DUH..AT LEAST TRY TO OFFER HELP N ASSISTATNS….FIND SOME WHERE FOR THEM TO GET HELP AND LIVE SMH…IN SANDY PPL WONDER Y YALL GOIN THROUGH WHAT U GOING THROUGH LEARN TO HELP OTHERS NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE ….WHERE IS ….. UNITED WE STAND

  • MrFrost

    ''Graziano said some of the squatters have tried to get a hot meal in the center, and she’s turned them away…''

    HOW does she know this ???

    “They’re using drugs and alcohol and stuff like that. That’s the type of squatters we’re seeing,” Graziano said.

    SO again , being a not perfect person allows you to decide who is worthy of a meal, I thought that anyone starving deserved your help.
    Grazano you are a hypocrite

  • jackie

    Yes, anyone who is hungry should be fed, anyone who needs a roof over their head should be housed . In today's climate we see more and more banks taking homes illegally, but do they have to answer for their crimes, no. So unless you stand up against all crime, including those committed by banks and Wall Street, then you have nothing to say about those that have been forced by society (us) to be homeless, hungry, no change of a job,

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