FEMA

Sandy families out of hotel program
News Maggie Hayes 9/27/2013 at 5:09PM

Displaced families whose homes were destroyed by Sandy still remain housed in hotels thanks to the city’s Hotel Program. This temporary housing, however, is coming to an end next Friday, October 4, according to a city official. The city’s Department of Homeless Services initiated a Hotel Program that provided evacuees with housing in the interim [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 9/04/2013 at 7:34AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 79. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 68. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Good Ol’ Freda Come to a preview screening and discussion of the new Beatles documentary “Good Ol’ [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 8/06/2013 at 7:25AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 81. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 72. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime The 30th Annual [...]

Co-op owners still fighting for FEMA money months after Sandy
News Melissa Chan 8/01/2013 at 12:31PM

Newly proposed legislation aims to make co-op and condo associations eligible for federal storm recovery grants. “A storm does not discriminate where it hits, and FEMA should not be discriminating what type of homeowners it helps,” said Congressmember Steve Israel, who penned the bill. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in [...]

Howard Beach school without fire alarm system since Sandy
Howard Beach school without fire alarm system since Sandy
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 7/30/2013 at 1:35PM

The Howard Beach community and concerned parents are tired of dealing with a hot issue at local school P.S. 207. When Sandy swept through the region, it took the school’s fire alarm system with it. Since reopening on January 2, the school has operated without any fire alarm. “First their homes are destroyed, now they [...]

South Queens residents seek help at post-Sandy town hall
South Queens residents seek help at post-Sandy town hall
South Maggie Hayes 7/01/2013 at 2:54PM

Carl Teresa drained his retirement savings to pay for Sandy home damages and is tired of getting the runaround from city and state agencies, he said. Eight months after the storm, south Queens is still not whole, and Teresa said he is just one of many still struggling. Homeowners gathered at a town hall forum [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 7/01/2013 at 7:09AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 79. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72. [...]

Op-Ed: Allow houses of worship to receive Sandy aid
News Op-Ed 5/24/2013 at 12:42PM

BY U.S. CONGRESSMEMBER GRACE MENG When Sandy slammed into our region late last year, homes, businesses and mass transit systems were not the only things devastated by the storm. More than 200 houses of worship throughout the tri-state area – including many here in Queens – were damaged or destroyed as well. But when these [...]

Community voices post-Sandy frustrations at FEMA meeting
News Queens Courier Staff 4/16/2013 at 2:55PM

Gina Borrello used to live in a one-story home in Hamilton Beach. But since Sandy hit almost six months ago and submerged her house underwater, it has been infested with toxic mold, leaving her and her six children displaced. “I need help,” she said. Her daughter, Donna Sirota spoke about how they have been getting [...]

Howard Beach discusses plans for Sandy funds, rebuilding
News Queens Courier Staff 4/15/2013 at 3:06PM

They met for rebuilding — and for prevention. Howard Beach community leaders sat down with representatives of New York City’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) last week to discuss how funds would be appropriated to recover from Sandy, as well as plans to improve the community’s defense against future natural disasters. Representatives from [...]