More than a year after Superstorm Sandy ripped through Queens, the efforts to repair damaged homes and business are finally starting to pick up speed, officials said Friday.
Build it Back
The long, dragged-out process of filling out applications and following up with Build It Back may finally get a little easier.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul to speed up Sandy recovery Thursday, along with the release of a detailed report on the city’s response to the storm.
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Sandy recovery money is now under close inspection, and one Queens pol wants accountability for every dollar moving forward. In November, Councilmember Donovan Richards introduced a bill that would track all funds related to superstorm recovery via an online database. Before former Mayor Michael Bloomberg bid adieu to City Hall in late December, he signed [...]
Jean Ferrara-Rodriquez is living in a construction zone 14 months after the superstorm destroyed her West Hamilton Beach home. “We are struggling from day to day,” said the single mother of a 14-year-old girl. “It’s been way too long of a process and way too slow.” Faith in New York, a city-based, interfaith federation, hosted [...]
The deadline for the city’s Build it Back program has been extended to October 31. Build it Back, a federally-funded program to assist those whose homes, offices and other properties were damaged by Sandy, was originally set to be capped off on September 30. The extension came after a great influx of new customers over [...]