LT. GOV. GUADAGNO VISITS MOONACHIE BUSINESSES REOPENED AFTER SANDY
By Natasha Lindstrom/The Record
May 7, 2013
Nick and Maria Ressa still grimace as they recall the first time they surveyed their 37-year-old dry cleaning business in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Dead fish rotted in the parking lot. Inside, the smell was so putrid that the couple could barely last five minutes without escaping for fresh air. Mud clung to the walls, mangled-up equipment littered the floor and water clogged the cash register. The customer information they’d spent more than three decades accumulating had been obliterated.
“It was like a bomb had come through here and just turned everything upside down,” said Nick Ressa, who relied on credit cards and do-it-yourself repairs to reopen in early December. “I was never optimistic… but I was never ready to pack it in.”