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Frank Lettieri poses outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York

1, 2013. The suspect, who appeared to be homeless and emotionally disturbed, was taken into custody, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. All the victims were expected to survive, though one of the women was listed in critical condition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The Associated Press Crime scene investigators walk in New York’s Riverside Park South where a man earlier went on a rampage Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2013, stabbing five people, including a toddler. The suspect is in custody. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says he appeared to be homeless and emotionally disturbed. All the victims were expected to survive, though one of the women was listed in critical condition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The Associated Press Crime scene investigators walk along a path in New York’s Riverside Park South where a man earlier went on a rampage stabbing five people, including a toddler, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The suspect is in custody. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says he appeared to be homeless and emotionally disturbed. All the victims were expected to survive, though one of the women was listed in critical condition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The Associated Press

New York City bike path slashing victim says attacker never said a word

On October 29, 2012, Sandy devastated New York, New Jersey and other parts of the East Coast. The historic storm killed at least 159 people, and damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes. The storm surge from Sandy slammed Fox Beach Avenue, a warren of modest homes with cement stoops, tossing cars into tiny front yards and filling living rooms almost to the ceiling. All three people killed in Oakwood Beach died in their flooded basements on Fox Beach Avenue. In New York, the state is offering a $400 million buyback program for flooded communities that Cuomo said was meant to return “some parcels that Mother Nature owns.” The first home deal is set to close on Thursday in Oakwood Beach, but state officials declined to disclose any price information. It’s one of the 418 homes that were invited to take the buyout, said Barbara Brancaccio, spokeswoman for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. About 300 owners – some owning multiple properties – have filed applications, she said. A similar $300 million program in New Jersey, called “Blue Acres,” is expected to finalize its first house deal later this month, said Bob Considine, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Both buyback efforts piggyback on an existing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program. The programs would render New York’s Oakwood Beach on Staten Island and central New Jersey’s Sayreville and South River into the nation’s newest ghost towns. Instead of tumbleweeds rolling down empty streets, flooded stretches of wild grass would be traversed by Great Egrets and Canada Geese. The Lettieris live in the Fox Beach neighborhood, where realtor-turned-community-organizer Joseph Tirone Jr. has managed to get all but three of 185 households to agree to take the buyout. Frank Lettieri, 63, poses outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York September 20, 20 The estimated pre-storm value of the average home in Fox Beach is $375,000, and each buyback offer is based on the sale price of a comparable home before October 2012, Tirone said. To sweeten the deal, Fox Beach residents were offered a 10 percent bonus because their neighborhood was declared an “enhanced area” that if returned to nature could help protect the rest of Staten Island.