“Gary and Pam Onorato of Progressive Construction of Long Island in Huntington are exactly what New York Rising might have had in mind when the program successfully auctioned off almost 140 storm-damaged properties on Long Island in May.

Although the program gives them three years to do it, the couple has nearly completed renovations and elevation of an Amity Harbor house, the first of two purchased at the auction. “The house should be ready for sale by the end of December,” said Gary Onorato, the firm’s president. They’d like to buy up to five more at the next auction of 155 properties on Nov. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge.”