SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Officials with a state buyout and acquisition program that deals with flood-prone areas, has admitted it recently made a mistake in Suffern by purchasing half of a duplex and not the other half, according to lohud.com.
The duplex, at 110 Lonergan Drive, in the Squire Gate neighborhood, was bought through the storm-related recovery program, New York Rising, earlier this month. After the purchase, program officials realized how complicated it would be to destroy the home, leaving the other attached duplex intact, said lohud.com.
Program officials, who said they will now buy the other duplex because they are participating in the program, said they will not be making the same mistake again in the future, added lohud.com.
The homeowner at 110 Lonergan Drive, received $311,000 buyout for their duplex from New York Rising, which manages New York's storm-related recovery. It is was not announced how much the other homeowner will receive, said lohud.com.
The "mistake" was admitted during a recent meeting of angry Lonergan Drive residents and New York Rising officials in Suffern, added lohud.com.
Homeowners on the flood-prone road, which borders the Mahwah River, have been trying to receive funds from the program to either buy-out their homes or repair them. A total of 47 residents applied for the program. Those who didn't apply, cannot do so now. And that can cause a big problem for many who own duplexes who applied for the program but their neighbor did not, said lohud.com.