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New York City Opening Seven Restoration Centers To Help Those Impacted By Sandy

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Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many New Yorkers are still struggling to get basic services like power and heat back two weeks after superstorm Sandy.

For those who have been fortunate enough to have power and heat restored, there are still a wide variety of needs yet to be met.

To help, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the city is launching “NYC Restore,” including seven “Restoration Centers” offering assistance with a variety of services.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

“Our main concern is to get everybody up with heat, hot water and electricity, particularly as the weather gets colder. That’s our number one priority,” Bloomberg said.

Services include:

  • NYC Rapid Repairs, a program designed to send contractors and inspectors to neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy to repair damaged homes fast
  • Food and nutrition assistance
  • Temporary housing information
  • Health and medical benefits
  • Business restoration
  • Counseling services
  • Financial assistance
  • Personal records and information

The centers are open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

“We are taking our ongoing relief efforts an important step further by setting up one-stop city offices that make it simpler and more convenient for New Yorkers get the help they need,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Restoration Centers will be an invaluable resource for the New Yorkers most impacted by the storm – and for the communities hit hardest.”

Four centers opened today. They are located at

Coney Island

Our Lady of Solace

2866 W. 19th St.

Brooklyn, NY 11224

Gravesend

SSA Building

10 Bouck Ct.

Brooklyn, NY 11223

Staten Island

1976 Hylan Boulevard

Staten Island, NY 10306

Far Rockaway

10-01 Beach 20th St. at Cornaga Ave.

Queens, 11691

Additional centers will open in Red Hook, Breezy Point and Throgs Neck-Pelham Bay later in the week.

For more information on how to get help after Sandy, check out CBSNewYork.com’s Disaster Relief guide. If you want to donate or volunteer, click here. For more information about the Restoration Centers, click here.