By ANDREA GRYMES | Fox 5 News
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -- You can see and hear the rebuilding in Long Beach, Long Island. But four months after Superstorm Sandy, one family said their quest to start over in the city they love has not been easy, to say the least.
New York City Firefighter Chris Princiotta found himself with another full-time job post-Sandy: working to rebuild the home he and his brother bought only one month before the storm hit.
Firefighter friends helped the Princiotta brothers renovate before they initially moved in. But all that hard work got swept away.
His father, Chuck, himself a contractor, said there was so much damage that the city of Long Beach gave them two choices after the storm: either raise the existing structure or demolish the home.
So they decided to knock down what was left and start over by raising the home to meet FEMA regulations.
Chris said they're getting some insurance and FEMA help but not as much as they'd like .
The family estimates rebuilding will cost upwards of $200,000. Despite that Chris said there was no doubt about starting over.
The family said one of the silver linings in all of this has been the generous people and groups who have helped them rebuild, including Home Depot, 84 Lumber and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.
The family said they hope to have the house finished by May.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has been ousted and replaced after an investigation by the district attorney. The investigation was over a report that Dale told cops to pull over a county bus and arrest a witness involved in an election year dispute, according to Newsday.
Police have cited a Long Island woman for allegedly neglecting her two dogs, authorities said. A Suffolk County cop and an SPCA worker on Wednesday responded to a 911 call to the Deer Park home of Sharon Martinez, 55, where they found two pit bulls, Nina and Papa, severely emaciated and chained to a tree in the back yard, police said.