It has been nearly 17 months since Sandy roared ashore and devastated homes and businesses. Some of those who are affected by the storm made their voices heard Tuesday.
Life after Hurricane Sandy is going to get a whole lot easier for New York City homeowners and businesses ravaged by the storm.
“As I walk around and there’s an mixture of confusion and grief and just so much uncertainty, that’s exactly what we felt six months ago.”
The donations collected after Sandy struck on Oct. 29 will go to communities in seven states: Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
The grassroots charitable group Friends of Rockaway is helping those who need work done on their homes and those who need a place to work.
Pedro Correa has been living in a rental but said he really can’t start over unless or until the government buys him out.
Gov. Christie was blunt as he talked to an audience in the hard-hit bay shore community about the government’s handling of the National Flood Insurance Program. The governor said the program has funding, but has not yet released it to the state.
The Robin Hood Foundation has already sent checks to more than 160 organizations involved in the relief effort. The charity has been thinking small in its distribution of the funds.
The grant will allow the state to pay for roughly 120 new positions for up to 20 weeks for clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of public structures and property damaged in the storm.
The Occupy Sandy volunteer movement by Occupy Wall Street members has been growing in Brooklyn.
She tells the crowd at her Atlantic City concert that “anything I make [from this show] is going right back into the community.”