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First Superstorm Sandy, then a government shutdown hits New York woman

Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 01:21

Oct. 5 - ''I'm afraid to know what next October is going to hold,'' says Carol Diaz whose home was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, and is now furloughed from government job. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This was her home last fall after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City. Now, having just returned to her Staten Island house, Carol Diaz, a federal government employee, is now dealing with being furloughed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAROL DIAZ, FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AND SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIM, SAYING: "It just breaks my heart to see some people in the neighborhood where their houses are not rebuilt and they are not back in their house. And I just wonder where they are. We were fortunate enough to have friends that we stayed with. My sister found us an apartment, so we were fortunate that way. But I know there are some people who weren't as fortunate and some people lost family members, and so that's never going to be... They are never going to get back to where they were. Never. She says she and her husband do not have a financial plan for a long-term furlough, especially after spending a lot of money rebuilding their home (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAROL DIAZ, FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AND SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIM, SAYING: "I feel like I'm afraid to know what next October is going to hold. She is frustrated with Washington (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAROL DIAZ, FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE AND SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIM, SAYING: "It's really... It's sad. It's sad because if I don't do my job, I don't get paid. Most people, if they don't do their job, they don't get paid. And they don't seem to be doing their job. And they're still getting paid. " With no agreement in sight, the shutdown could drag on for another week or possibly longer.

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First Superstorm Sandy, then a government shutdown hits New York woman

Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 01:21