NY and NJ Town Hall: Using Sandy Aid

Friday, January 18, 2013

We will be checking in with local communities and discussing how the FEMA aid should be distributed throughout their neighborhoods.  Domenic Recchia, City Councilman for the 47th district, Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, and Jack Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach, Long Island, will each talk about what the approval of FEMA aid for Sandy recovery will mean in their communities.


Domenic Recchia, Jack Schnirman and Dawn Zimmer

Comments [6]

Who is helping the NYCHA tenants who are STILL surrounded by mold. These tenants and their children and elderly have no respite. This City cares only about its rich who have forgotten about humanity and common decency.

Jan. 18 2013 10:38 AM
Kat from Astoria

I love the beach. Take me to a beach on a summer day and I'll be the happiest person you know. But I wouldn't build on the beach. Nature will always be stronger than whatever we build. I wish Brian had asked the Long Beach city manager what he would say to taxpayers who ultimately become responsible for rebuilding. What else would he say to those who fault people who didn't leave their homes in Long Beach, thereby putting emergency personnel at risk? Common sense tells us not to build in floodplains, tidal areas, or near faults. But cheap housing prices induce us to do it anyway. I'm tired of paying for other people's bad decisions when the money could go to better things.

Jan. 18 2013 10:36 AM
John A

Let's get David Childs to design "The Freedom Boardwalk". It would be hardened against all DHS rated threats up to it's fifth story. I'm saying that I think rebuilding is rather absurd.

Jan. 18 2013 10:31 AM

I believe storms have been less frequent over the last 30 years. If you live on the shore you will get water damage. Businesses should plan on it not the gvt.

Jan. 18 2013 10:29 AM
ann from Bay Shore, Long Island

I'm a homeowner whose first floor is 8 inches below grade because it is a split level. Our insurance company is calling this a basement, which isnt covered, even though it is a room that was finished when the house was built, has no door between it and the rest of the house and is in no way a basement. in addition, it is about 5 feet above the road and the general neighborhood grade because our property is on higher ground. We had 37.5 inches of water on this first floor. We were covered for demolition costs and the heating system, but we are not covered for rebuilding the rooms or for the contents. There are many homeowners in this same situation, where living space that is not a finished basement is being called a finished basement and not covered

Jan. 18 2013 10:25 AM
Bruce Lambert from Long Island

A terrible injustice in FEMA aid rules currently excludes co-op residents from receiving aid for storm repairs that are granted to other homeowners, up to $31,900 per home for damages not covered by insurance. Co-op owners deserve the same help, under the equal protection clause of the constitution, not to mention logic, fairness and humanitarian need. Co-op groups are calling for redress. Congressman Israel of Long Island and other officials agree. A case in point: Seaview Terrace, an 84-unit co-op in Long Beach has been vacated since the storm and is undergoing repairs approaching $2 million, with only $1.25 million covered by insurance. Currently, all the co-op is entitled to under FEMA is a low-interest SBA loan -- no aid grant.

Jan. 18 2013 10:05 AM

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