5 Homes in Verplanck Trailer Park Condemned Due to Storm Damage

The town is giving a $1,500 relocation payment to the residents of five mobile homes that were severely damaged by Sandy. The homes have been condemned and are being removed Monday.

Editor's Note: This release was sent out by Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi earlier today.



Linda D. Puglisi, Supervisor

Thomas Wood, Town Attorney

Ken Hoch, Code Enforcement Division, DOTS Cortlandt Manor, NY, November 2, 2012



Hurricane Sandy's devastation has extended to properties along the Hudson River. The Riverview Trailer Park in Verplanck was one of these properties that were hardest hit. Many of the mobile homes were submerged under the water and lifted from their foundations. This flooding has resulted in many repairs and reconstruction being required. One of the biggest issues is the electrical systems. The system servicing the five (5) homes on the seaplane base side has been destroyed. The system for the Riverview Park needs to be tested and re-certified as its safety is in doubt. The site was visited by a N.Y. State Certified independent electrical inspector who made these determinations. Other code issues exist.

In light of these issues, the trailers on the seaplane base side have been condemned and will be removed on Monday. The residents will be assisted with finding new housing by the Red Cross, FEMA and Westchester County. The Town will assist with a relocation fee of $1,500.00 to each trailer owner.

For those remaining residents the Town will purchase their trailers for $3,000.00 and remove them if they cannot repair them. The payment is part of the program previously established by the Town to remove the trailers within the next three (3) years. The Town owns the property and the trailers have the right to remain for three (3) more years based on an agreement with the prior owners as part of the gift of the land to the Town. The Park residents will have the same relocation services and benefits available to them.

The Town is attempting to assist at this time to help make the residents recovery as quick as possible for their safety.

Kate Boccheciamp November 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So sorry to learn of their troubles. I walked by the trailer park just last week, for the first time, and thought that it was so good that they had a nice place to live in an economy where everything goes to people with money. Such a shame. Verplanck is such an interesting and historic place. Too bad, once they overcome this crisis, they don't have more nice stores and restaurants. It is a lovely place.
Kate Boccheciamp November 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
$3,000 isn't going to be enough to help them start over. I hope they are helped by FEMA in addition. This was such a very well kept up trailer park, as far as I can see. However, these storms are going to come again, and it is probably safer to move more inland, hopefully to a nice place. Must be heartbreaking...
Victoria Metz November 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
This woman is an idiot...Mr. Martin left the land to the town with the stipulation that the people that reside in the trailer park get to stay for 10 years....why can't the town just compliy with this man's wishes!!!!!! THEY WILL BE OUT IN 3 YEARS.......LEAVE IT BE....P.S. HOPEFULLY LINDA WILL NOT GET HER WISH....HOW CAN YOU THROW PEOPLE OFF THE LAND THREE DAYS AFTER DEVISTATION, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.....
Kate Boccheciamp November 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I don't know who got called the "idiot", but I'm done commenting from here on in, if this is a forum for angry/rude comments.... Whatever the law says, or the donator of the land stipulated, is what has to happen. I didn't know anything about this.... I was just walking by....
K. November 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
You SHOULD stop commenting then, Kate. If you had any idea what this horrible woman, Linda Puglisi, has been putting these people through - who lost EVERYTHING by the way - then you would agree that "idiot" was a kind description. The people that have been wrongfully kicked out of the Riverview Trailer Park have spent years following Mr. Martin's wishes by keeping the park a serene and beautiful place for everyone in the community. The deal made by Mr. Martin and the Town of Cortlandt states that these residents, who consist of VETERANS, SENIOR CITIZENS and TWO CANCER PATIENTS, are to remain on the property for another 3 years. My family has been there first hand to help with the cleanup and to attempt to piece back together what remains salvageable on the land - which is what Linda Puglisi should have been doing considered she was elected BY THE PEOPLE of this community. And for this woman to sit comfortably in her warm office ordering people's homes to be condemned in order for her to build ANOTHER park - which will surely include a plaque or a bench with her name on it - is disgusting. She is supposed to work for the GOOD of the people of the Town of Cortlandt, right? Well, throwing someone - who has lost everything and has nowhere else to go - $1,500 to leave their home, does not serve the good of these Town of Cortlandt residents! Victoria is 100% correct ... PUGLISI SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF!!!


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