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.