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Jose Diaz, 64, a day laborer from Freeport, (Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein)

Jose Diaz, 64, a day laborer from Freeport, rips out flooring to avoid mold growth for Massapequa homeowner Katie Linkner, whose home was flooded by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Sandy cleanup boosts day laborers

Day laborers -- a mix of workers of various immigration statuses -- are in high demand in the storm's wake at hiring sites in places such as Brentwood, Farmingville, Freeport, Hempstead and Huntington Station, workers and advocates said.

Jose Diaz, 64, of Freeport was hired by
(Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein)

Jose Diaz, 64, of Freeport was hired by Massapequa homeowner Katie Linkner to rip out flooring, walls and other hardware after her entire ground floor was flooded by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Katie Linkner calms her dog, Micky, as several
(Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein)

Katie Linkner calms her dog, Micky, as several day laborers tear up her home to avoid mold growth following superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Jose Diaz, 64, a day laborer from Freeport,
(Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein)

Jose Diaz, 64, a day laborer from Freeport, rips out flooring to avoid mold growth for Massapequa homeowner Katie Linkner, whose home was flooded by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012)

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Katie Linkner pauses outside her Massapequa home as
(Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein)

Katie Linkner pauses outside her Massapequa home as a day laborer she hired to help with superstorm Sandy damage transports remnants of her kitchen out to the curb for disposal. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Nick Moligano helps a cleanup crew remove debris
(Credit: David Pokress)

Nick Moligano helps a cleanup crew remove debris from a neighbor's house on East Shore Road in Lindenhurst. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Day laborer Fernando Coba works to remove material
(Credit: David Pokress)

Day laborer Fernando Coba works to remove material damaged by superstorm Sandy from a house in Long Beach. (Nov. 14, 2012)

Fernando Coba, a day laborer, removes material from
(Credit: David Pokress)

Fernando Coba, a day laborer, removes material from a house in Long Beach that was damaged by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 14, 2012)

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