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Sandy-Damaged Oceanside Senior Center Reopens Following Renovations

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - More evidence of recovery from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, as a senior center on Long Island has reopened six months after the big storm.

The Oceanside Senior Center has been renovated and is now back in business.

Hundreds of seniors were enjoying the newly opened center on Monday. The facility was badly damaged in the flooding from Sandy.

"Oh, beautiful. We waited a long time but it's nice that it's open now," one man told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Sandy-Damaged Oceanside Senior Center Reopens Following Renovations

The man added it's nice to have a place to go and see old friends again.

"Oh, it's great. We really missed it. To see all our friends, we're happy to be back," a woman added.

Oceanside Senior Center Reopens
Women sit in the newly renovated Oceanside Senior Center, which was damaged in superstorm Sandy, May 6, 2013. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

"This is their lifeline, this is their social. It's a really wonderful day for Oceanside," Town Supervisor Kate Murray told Xirinachs. "It really can't be overstated how important this senior center is. It is literally a lifeline for them."

Murray joined other officials and seniors for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the Oceanside Senior Center.

"We're happy," a woman told Xirinachs. "We're going to play bingo!"

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