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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 [...]

$50 million to protect Howard Beach from storms
$50 million to protect Howard Beach from storms
South Maggie Hayes 12/02/2013 at 3:51PM

Howard Beach homes will now be protected, starting at the coast. Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay will undergo a multi-million dollar resiliency project that Governor Andrew Cuomo said will better protect homes and businesses from destructive storms. “Like several other communities located by the water, Howard Beach suffered incredible damage from storm surges during Sandy,” [...]

Howard Beach storm survivors lend hand to Typhoon Haiyan victims
Howard Beach storm survivors lend hand to Typhoon Haiyan victims
South Maggie Hayes 11/24/2013 at 12:14PM

A local toy drive is going international. Several medical practices from an area devastated by Sandy are collecting toys for children stateside and sending aid to those affected by the latest disaster in the Philippines. Cross Bay Physical Therapy, Cross Bay Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PC and Cross Bay Foot Center have partnered with Toys [...]

Retired FDNY lieutenant featured in documentary series highlighting ‘unsung heroes’
Retired FDNY lieutenant featured in documentary series highlighting ‘unsung heroes’
Entertainment Maggie Hayes 11/23/2013 at 4:05PM

John Nolan, retired FDNY lieutenant, worked to rebuild homes in Sandy-devastated communities after the superstorm and became one of the area’s many “unsung heroes.” Now, Shell Rotella, an engine oil organization, has highlighted Nolan and several others in a short-form documentary series, “Unsung Heroes,” that tells the stories of these overlooked saviors and how their [...]

Bill calls for storm fund tracking, accountability
Bill calls for storm fund tracking, accountability
News Maggie Hayes 11/20/2013 at 10:45AM

One Queens pol wants to track storm recovery funds, promote accountability and avoid any potential of fraud for people still recovering from Sandy. A new bill introduced by Councilmember Donovan Richards will monitor where the billions of federal, state and local dollars for superstorm recovery are being spent. “The tracking bill will ensure contractors who [...]

Pol asks AG to investigate Sandy contractor fraud
News Maggie Hayes 11/19/2013 at 11:54AM

Sandy brought a wave of fraudulent fixes to south Queens, and one elected official wants them wiped out. Following the superstorm, many affected residents fell victim to fraudulent contractors who “promised to rebuild their homes, but have either left before completing the job or disappeared with [their] deposit without performing the necessary repairs,” said Assemblymember [...]

Cuomo announces $37M in projects to keep LaGuardia from flooding
Cuomo announces $37M in projects to keep LaGuardia from flooding
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 11/18/2013 at 5:00PM

After Sandy forced LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to close last year for three days, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $37.5 million in storm mitigation and resiliency projects to protect important infrastructure from future flooding. “Sandy forced us to reevaluate how we prepare for and respond to major natural disasters in New York,” said Cuomo. “The question [...]

Church destroyed by Sandy is rededicated to Howard Beach
Church destroyed by Sandy is rededicated to Howard Beach
South Maggie Hayes 11/14/2013 at 2:15PM

After Sandy destroyed their church, St. Barnabas wasn’t sure they would ever get back on their feet. “Whenever there was a disaster, we’re the ones people come to,” said Debra Pignatelli, St. Barnabas official. “We couldn’t help anyone, we were totally devastated ourselves.” The church sustained roughly five feet of water and the majority of [...]