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Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 receives nearly $2M in storm recovery funds
Howard Beach’s P.S. 207 receives nearly $2M in storm recovery funds
South Maggie Hayes 12/16/2013 at 1:46PM

Twelve feet of water rushed into the basement of P.S. 207 during Sandy, leaving the Howard Beach school with over $2 million worth of damages. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder announced Monday roughly $1.82 million is on the way for repairs. “It’s been over a year since Sandy tore apart our schools [...]

FEMA releases preliminary flood insurance rate maps
FEMA releases preliminary flood insurance rate maps
South Maggie Hayes 12/10/2013 at 2:22PM

Preliminary flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) were released Thursday as the next step in FEMA’s coastal Flood Insurance Study. Insurance rates could go up by hundreds of dollars for homeowners in flood-prone areas, specifically those in south Queens affected by Sandy. Maps will go into effect in 2015. Following this release, a 90-day appeal and [...]

Mayor Bloomberg signs building code bills
Mayor Bloomberg signs building code bills
News Maggie Hayes 11/25/2013 at 1:35PM

Living and working in Queens flood zones will be safer thanks to new building codes and zoning resolutions recently signed into law. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed several bills intended to strengthen the city’s infrastructure on November 20. Councilmember Eric Ulrich sponsored one bill he hopes will ensure that future construction meets “the highest level of [...]

Bill could delay flood insurance hikes for Sandy victims
Bill could delay flood insurance hikes for Sandy victims
Top Stories Maggie Hayes 11/04/2013 at 2:43PM

Flood zone residents can rest easy for now ‑ as impending increases in flood insurance have been put on the backburner. Congressmembers Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries co-sponsored the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Care Act of 2013, legislation meant to address the flood insurance rate increase and “keep residents from being priced out of our [...]

SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Co-ops, condos still waiting for disaster aid
SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Co-ops, condos still waiting for disaster aid
News Melissa Chan 10/25/2013 at 11:11AM

A proposed federal law that would bring disaster aid to co-op and condo communities has not come any closer to being passed nearly one year after Sandy. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. “It’s just prolonging the financial hardship on co-ops. Right now, we’re stuck footing [...]

Red Cross donates $1M to extend hotel program for Sandy victims
News Maggie Hayes 10/07/2013 at 4:45PM

An anonymous donor has funded the almost-terminated Hotel Program, thereby allowing families displaced by Sandy to be housed past the original end date. The donor, later revealed as the Red Cross, donated $1 million to the city program, which was previously funded by FEMA. That federal aid was set to stop on September 30. “Hundreds [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 10/02/2013 at 7:57AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 82. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 63. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Shop Alive Astoria ‘Pop Up’ Boutique Local designers and vendors come together for [...]

Residents protest flood insurance hikes
Residents protest flood insurance hikes
South Maggie Hayes 10/01/2013 at 4:37PM

Skyrocketing flood insurance rates could “do more to destroy the community than any storm has ever done,” say hundreds of residents who came out to protest the looming costs. In July 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which called on agencies such as FEMA to change the way the National Flood Insurance [...]