New York City tells homeowners they will be fined for curbside debris from Superstorm Sandy

7 On Your Side with Nina Pineda

Seven On Your Side
April 22, 2013 1:42:00 PM PDT
Some outraged folks on Staten Island are outraged today after they got warnings about debris left on their curb. Debris from Superstorm Sandy. New York City stopped picking up bulk storm demolition last month.

Cement worker Lance Naringi was shocked to see posted notices from the New York City Department of Sanitation, warning homeowners and contractors to get their storm debris hauled away on their own dime or else.

"This is a disaster, it's not like these people are fixing their homes because they didnt like the way they look their houses were swamped by the storm," he said.

He just started work on this home off Father Capodano Boulevard where many homeowners are still waiting for Sandy insurance checks, yet residents say they're being told by the city to shell out their own money because FEMA is no longer paying for pickup.

"I think the city has enough money to drop containers off," said Anthony DiPaulo.

The city says it stopped doing bulk storm debris pick as of March 18th, DSNY states anyone hiring a contractor to gut their homes, must also hire a removal company to cart their stuff away.

"A lot of people don't have the means for a container that could range $450 to $700 they have just enough money get their lives back together that's not even saying get their homes in living condition," said Dan Jioia a licensed contractor.

After Eyewitness News called, DSNY said they'll still haul away small amounts of debris for homeowners, but for larger amounts, homeowners have to pay to haul it themselves.

One contractor, how didn't want his face shown, said he will have to charge the homeowners, the cost of container rental and pickup, like one that cost $700 each haul, way more than Sandy victims have to spare.