Sailboat abandoned after Superstorm Sandy disturbs SI couple

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STATEN ISLAND (PIX11)-- I’ve been doing this a long time. But I’ve never seen a problem like the one Ed and Ann Piazza of Great Kills on Staten Island have.  There’s a big sailboat in their backyard and they can’t get rid of it.

“There’s a boat sitting here two years at the end of October, “Ann told me. “We can get no one to do anything about this boat!”

The boat got there courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. But Ed says the Army Corps of Engineers removed a lot of other boats uprooted from their docks.  Just not this one.  And at high tide when the boat rocks, the Piazza’s say it appears the mast could go right through their windows.

“We have a number on the boat, “Ann says. “We have reported that to insurance companies, the governor, the mayor, the borough president! They’re telling us they can’t remove the boat because it’s personal property.”

Personal property?  But whose?

I have a sneaking suspicion some insurance company paid off on this boat and now doesn’t want the expense of dealing with it.  I’m going to try to get to the bottom of this one.  In the meantime, if you have any interest in a beat up 32-footer….”