In a dramatic move supported by the governor and historical precedent, the State of New York is expanding its post-Hurricane Sandy buyout offer to an entire Staten Island neighborhood. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that all 129 developed properties in an at-risk neighborhood called Ocean Breeze would be eligible, with prices based on their values before the storm. Some 117 owners already have indicated they will say yes.
We've heard the phrase "What a summer!" repeated in alarm several times already this season, and summer is still more than a week away officially. The cry has gone up: too much traffic, too many ambulance calls, too little courtesy, too much happening at once. The litany is familiar, but it comes earlier than usual.