Eugene Contrubis heard the many warnings about Hurricane Sandy but decided to ride it out in his bungalow at 162 Kiswick St., eight blocks from the beach in Staten Island. Soft-spoken and frail, he was a retired Police Department clerk who wrote poetry, enjoyed chess, and adored his nieces. Contrubis had lived alone since his mother’s death a few years ago. He had outlasted storms before. This one would be no different.
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