- October 29th, 2014Read more
By Angelo Young
Two years after Hurricane Sandy, billions of dollars in federal aid remains unpaid as thousands of households in New York and New Jersey struggle to repair the homes, businesses and lives the storm destroyed.
Some homeowners are still juggling both rents and mortgages while they wait for the wheels of the federal bureaucracy to gather momentum and start doling out property ...
- October 29th, 2014Read more
By James West
Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast two years ago this week, killing more than 150 people. It caused an estimated $65 billion worth of damage; more than 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Sandy’s powerful winds plus its sheer size — it extended 500 miles from its center — caused record storm surges, flooding, and ...
- October 10th, 2014Read more
By Laura Kusisto
Oct. 9, 2014 9:21 p.m. ET
It could take several more years to rebuild homes and reimburse about 14,000 homeowners hit by superstorm Sandy almost two years ago, according to a report issued Thursday by the city Department of Investigation.
The report says “a confusing, multilayered application process, among other issues, have caused bottlenecks that delayed the application process and critical assistance from ...
- September 17th, 2014Read more
By Alexandra Tempus
September 17, 2014 | 2:15 pm
Donna Panebianco’s home on Staten Island was among the many hit when Hurricane Sandy blasted the New York shoreline nearly two years ago. Two floors of her semi-attached Dognan Hills house were inundated and rendered uninhabitable. But despite what she’s heard of the science behind climate change and extreme weather patterns, Panebianco can’t fathom another ...
- September 15th, 2014Read more
New York City and key national unions like the Service Employees International Union and Communication Workers of America are stepping up to support the People’s Climate March in NYC September 21, in a broad coalition. But some green radicals from labor groups say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector.
September 12, 2014
There is a grinding nature ...
- September 03rd, 2014Read more
The Sandy home-repair program has begun repairs on 535 homes, exceeding its goal of beginning work on 500 homes by Labor Day.
September 3, 2014
(AP) — A Superstorm Sandy home-repair effort that was criticized for a sluggish start has now begun work on 535 homes, surpassing a goal set to show a turnaround, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Much more work remains for ...
- July 31st, 2014Read more
By Michael Gannon
July 31, 2014
More than 1,000 people, many of them victims of Hurricane Sandy, attended a meeting Tuesday night between city officials and more than a score of clergy with one demand — to make them whole again.
Faith in New York sponsored what it billed as a Sandy rebuilding summit at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica.
City officials ...
- July 18th, 2014Read more
By Jennifer Peltz
July 18, 2014
NEW YORK — An often-criticized initiative to rebuild Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes has started work on more than 130, finished 30 and dispensed more than $6.3 million to reimburse homeowners for reconstruction costs, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
While the 132 homes underway represent just over a quarter of the goal the city has vowed to reach within six weeks, ...
- May 24th, 2014
By Laura Jusisto and Josh Dawsey
May 23, 2014
About $1 Billion May Not Go to New York and New Jersey Region
New York and New Jersey will receive about $2.5 billion of the remaining $3.6 billion of federal rebuilding funds after superstorm Sandy, a government official said Friday.
That sum is less than what local officials say is Read moreApril 27th, 2014Read more
New York Daily News, By Erin Durkin, April 27, 2014. The report from Alliance for a Just Rebuilding estimates that impact of the proposal by Department of Housing and Urban Development to shift $1B or more of the $3.6B left of Sandy aid to a ‘national resiliency competition’ that other states could apply for. Local politician calls idea ‘absolutely outrageous.’April 20th, 2014Read more
Wall Street Journal, by Laura Kusisto and Josh Dawsey, April 20, 2014. Federal officials are considering spending more than $1 billion of the remaining $3.6 billion of rebuilding aid on disasters other than superstorm Sandy, money that New York and New Jersey are banking on to finish repairs to thousands of homes and complete major infrastructure projects.April 11th, 2014Read more
New York Times, By Michael M. Grynbaum, April 10, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeking to recapture the energy that propelled him to victory last November, marked his 100th day in office on Thursday with a rhetoric-heavy speech that called on his supporters to help him create a “people-powered government” in New York.April 10th, 2014Read more
City & State First Read, April 10, 2014. Fresh off of a sit-down at City Hall with the de Blasio administration’s Superstorm Sandy recovery team, the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding has released an “Action Plan” for rebuilding after the storm, hoping to influence the mayor as he revamps the slow recovery effort. The Alliance met with the mayor’s new director of the ...April 02nd, 2014Read more
Next City, By Graham T. Beck, April 2, 2014. It’s is easy to measure rebuilding and resiliency efforts in terms of infrastructure: You can count the miles of bulkhead and tons of fill and point to the buildings improved and the systems made stronger.March 29th, 2014Read more
The Wall Street Journal, By Laura Kusisto, March 29, 2014. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that he plans to retool the city’s recovery efforts, appointing a superstorm Sandy “czar” and promising to significantly increase the pace of distributing assistance.March 29th, 2014Read more
New York Observer, By Jill Colvin, March 29, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of three new staffers who will lead his Sandy recovery and rebuilding team. Bill Goldstein will serve as senior advisor for recovery, resiliency and infrastructure, Amy Peterson will be the new director of the Housing Recovery Office and Daniel Zarrilli will lead the new Office of ...March 29th, 2014Read more
CBS New York, By Jim Smith, March 29, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new initiatives to speed the delivery of storm relief to those still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. De Blasio joined Sen. Charles Schumer in the Rockaways on Saturday to announce his new plan for the city’s Build It Back program.March 27th, 2014Read more
Epoch Times, By Genevieve Belmaker, March 27, 2014. Superstorm Sandy recovery advocates are beginning to lose patience with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Though the still new mayor has promised repeatedly to put forward a Sandy recovery plan, he has done nothing concrete in three months into his administration.March 25th, 2014Read more
New York Times, by Michael Powell, March 24, 2014. To walk east into Far Rockaway, or west along the south shore of Staten Island, is to reach storm-raked lands half healed. Seventeen months after Hurricane Sandy, bushes remain brown and brittle from the ocean waters that passed over them.March 24th, 2014Read more
City & State, By Hugh Hogan and Nathalie Alegre, March 24, 2014. Now is the crucial moment for Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his promise to address the needs of Superstorm Sandy survivors.March 13th, 2014Read more
City Limits, By Jarrett Murphy, March 13, 2014. Jose Maldonado wasn’t introduced to mold after Superstorm Sandy. But he was invaded by it. In his apartment at NYCHA’s Gravesend Houses in Coney Island, Maldonado had mold in his closet that moved to his ceiling. “ came out to fix the mold. But all they did was paint over it,” Maldonado writes in a ...March 13th, 2014Read more
Truth-Out, By Amy B. Dean, March 13, 2014. New York and Boston have elected mayors who have vowed liberal reforms. Two organizers discuss what it could take for social movements to turn such promises into reality.March 13th, 2014Read more
By NY1 News, March 13, 2014. A new survey shows that some New York City Housing Authority residents affected by Hurricane Sandy are still unhappy with the help they received for damages.March 11th, 2014Read more
New York Daily News, By Greg B. Smith, March 11, 2014. Public housing residents in developments affected by the superstorm were told to wait at least six months for repairs, according to a new survey.March 11th, 2014Read more
Wall Street Journal, By Laura Kusisto, March 11, 2014. Many of the city’s public-housing residents continue to struggle with mold, leaks and balky heat in buildings damaged by superstorm Sandy 16 months ago.February 28th, 2014Read more
The Nation, By Jarrett Murphy, February 28, 2014. Bill de Blasio, who has promised aggressively activist government when it comes to early childhood education, reducing traffic fatalities and constructing subsidized housing, was this week asked to take on a role that might be too ambitious even for the mayor’s taste: becoming a buyer of last resort for Staten Island homeowners who’d rather move ...February 26th, 2014Read more
Metro, By Emily Johnson, February 26, 2014. Speaking at Staten Island’s Borough Hall Monday — the same day a report revealed that none of the people who applied for Hurricane Sandy recovery funds program have seen construction begin — Mayor Bill de Blasio said his administration was in the process of reviewing the recovery effort.February 25th, 2014Read more
ABC 7, By Dave Evans, February 24, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked frustrated New Yorkers for patience on Monday as the city tries to reboot its efforts to help those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. But on the steps of City Hall, a rally was held for those still struggling to recover, 16 months after Sandy.February 25th, 2014Read more
AM New York, By Ivan Pereira, February 24, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials said Mondaymore time is needed to fully implement the city’s latest superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts. The mayor met with Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and other elected officials from the borough Monday to discuss plans to speed up programs and financial aid that ...February 25th, 2014Read more
El Diario, By Jose Acosta & Juan Matossian, February 25, 2014. Casi un año y medio después de Sandy, la vivienda del puertorriqueño Edwin Cosme en Coney Island, situada a solo una cuadra del mar, continúa prácticamente en el mismo lamentable estado en el que la dejó el paso del huracán: paredes desconchadas, suelos desnivelados y acumulaciones de moho se extienden por doquier.February 24th, 2014Read more
New York Daily News, By Erin Durkin. Sixteen months after Hurricane Sandy, homeowners looking for help rebuilding are still waiting.February 24th, 2014Read more
NY1, By Josh Robin, February 24, 2014. It’s been nearly a year and a half since Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, yet damage remains at homes across the city and many fed up New Yorkers are questioning why the state’s rebuilding program has been so much more effective than the city’s and whether Mayor Bill de Blasio will honor his campaign pledge ...February 24th, 2014Read more
Epoch Times, By Ivan Pentchoukov and Genevieve Belmaker, February 24, 2014. Facing an avalanche of questions Monday about the city’s failing Sandy housing recovery plan, Build It Back, the mayor said he plans a complete review of the recovery work inherited from the previous administration.February 24th, 2014Read more
WNYC, By Matthew Schuerman, February 24, 2014. New York City’s troubled Sandy recovery program, Build it Back, unofficially became Mayor Bill de Blasio’s problem Monday. That’s when two Sandy-related groups, the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding and Faith in New York released a report showing that no homes in the city had been repaired with money from the federal Department of Housing and ...February 24th, 2014Read more
Sheepshead Bites, By Eric Jankiewicz, February 24, 2014. Build it Back, the city-run program to assist property owners in their recovery from Superstorm Sandy, has so far failed to help any of the 19,920 homeowners who have signed up for assistance, according to an analysis by Alliance for a Just Rebuilding.February 24th, 2014Read more
CBS New York, By Juliet Papa, February 24, 2014. A coalition of community leaders and New Yorkers whose homes were devastated by Superstorm Sandy showed up on the steps of City Hall on Monday to say they’re fed up with the lack of financial assistance they’ve received.February 24th, 2014Read more
News 12 Brooklyn, By Kevin McCabe, February 24, 2014. Sandy victims were at City Hall today to call for an extension to the city’s Build it Back program, claiming the program has been wrought with problems and delays.February 24th, 2014Read more
Associated Press, By Jonathan Lemire and Tom Hays, February 24, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked frustrated New Yorkers for patience on Monday as the city labors to reboot its efforts to help those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. “It is self-evident that the pace has been a profound problem. … I think everyone who experienced the effects of Sandy by nature should ...February 24th, 2014Read more
Capital New York, By Gloria Pazmino and Laura Nahmias, February 24, 2014. A coalition of people affected by Hurricane Sandy asked Mayor Bill de Blasio today to deliver on his campaign promise to rebuild their neighborhoods. The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding released a report Tuesday morning showing that most homeowners hit by the storm have yet to see any of the millions ...February 24th, 2014Read more
Capital New York, By Sally Goldenberg, February 24, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to deliver a blueprint for Hurricane Sandy victims “in the coming weeks,” during a press conference on Monday afternoon that was light on details about the city’s slow recovery effort.February 24th, 2014Read more
New York Times, By Kate Taylor, February 24, 2014. Three days after walking out of a news conference as reporters shouted questions at his back, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday finally fielded inquiries about his motorcade’s caught-on-camera violations of traffic laws — but he could not resist offering reporters some pointed criticism of his own.February 24th, 2014Read more
NY1 Noticias, February 24, 2014. Muchos inmigrantes indocumentados en Staten Island que fueron afectados por el Huracán Sandy, aseguran estar llevándose la peor parte en cuanto a la ayuda federal. Decenas de damnificados asistieron ayer a una manifestación patrocinada en parte por la organización “Make the Road New York” en Midland Beach.February 19th, 2014Read more
Staten Island Advance, By Kiawana Rich. Hurricane Sandy exacted a fearsome toll on the borough’s homeowners. But it also dealt a body blow to an oft-neglected subset of the population: Renters.January 07th, 2014Read more
Wall Street Journal, By Joshua Dawsey, January 7, 2014. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, detailing on Tuesday how New York will spend $17 billion in superstorm Sandy recovery money, vows to fix bridges, buttress the coastline, protect the city’s subway system and open a new college.December 26th, 2013Read more
Wall Street Journal, By Laura Kusisto, December 26, 2013. Superstorm Sandy has placed a spotlight on tens of thousands of basement apartments, attics and other informal living spaces which are forms of affordable housing that are often illegal but also vital in New York City.December 22nd, 2013Read more
Times Ledger, By Philip Newman, December 22, 2013. Three New York lawmakers have announced the availability of nearly $2 million in federal money to repair damage inflicted on a Howard Beach school by Hurricane Sandy.December 18th, 2013Read more
New York Daily News, By Clare Trapasso, December 18, 2013. Faith in New York is asking new mayor Bill de Blasio to make Sandy recovery a priority and get Build It Back funds to the storm victims who need itDecember 11th, 2013Read more
City & State, By Nick Powell, December 11, 2013. As Bill de Blasio prepares to take over City Hall in January, various interest groups are anxious to see whether the newest darling of the progressive movement can make good on his promise to unite the “two cities” he repeatedly referenced throughout the campaign season. While de Blasio will have many hurdles to surmount ...December 03rd, 2013Read more
TechPresident, By Miranda Neubauer, December 3, 2013. New York City on Monday unveiled the first iteration of an online platform designed to track the city’s dissemination of federal disaster recovery and resilience funds in connection with the aftermath from Superstorm Sandy.November 18th, 2013Read more
By Marc Bussanich, November 18, 2013, LaborPress. Councilmen Donovan Richards and Brad Lander held a rally before a hearing at City Hall to push for legislation that would track billions of federal dollars designated to rebuild communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Amid increasing reports of waste and fraud of money already spent, the Councilmen want the city to create an online database to ...November 18th, 2013Read more
WNYC, By Jackie Lam, November 15, 2013. New York City Council and labor advocates are urging the city government to include job-related information from contractors into the Sandy Recovery Tracker, an online system that the city is building to monitor the usage of federal funds for Sandy relief. Several City Council members proposed a bill that would create an online database where the ...November 16th, 2013Read more
NYCity NewsService, By Brianne Barry & Sierra Leone, November 16th, 2013. The federal government has pumped over $3 billion dollars into New York City recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But some critics say the money has been been slow in getting to storm victims.November 15th, 2013Read more
WNYC, By Hilary Russ, November 15, 2013. New York City’s Bloomberg administration intends to launch a database within two weeks to better track the billions of dollars of federal relief for Superstorm Sandy victims, even as city legislators hope to craft a system of their own. The competing plans come amid widespread concerns that many of the funds appropriated so far have evaded ...November 15th, 2013Read more
WNYC, By Jackie Lam, November 15, 2013. New York City Council and labor advocates are urging the city government to include job-related information from contractors into the Sandy Recovery Tracker, an online system that the city is building to monitor the usage of federal funds for Sandy relief. Several City Council members proposed a bill that would create an online database where the ...November 05th, 2013Read more
New School Free Press, By C.C. Carmignani, November 5, 2013. One year after Hurricane Sandy, some New Yorkers are still suffering from the storm’s aftermath. Local residents gathered outside of City Hall on October 26 for a protest organized by climate advocacy group 350.org and ALIGN NY, a coalition of local groups, to raise awareness about the hardships that disadvantaged communities still face, ...November 01st, 2013Read more
Times Ledger, By Christina Santucci, November 1, 2013. A group of hurricane victims commemorated the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by walking with clergy from Far Rockaway to City Hall to demand that the next mayor speed up recovery and create jobs as well as affordable housing in the hard-hit Rockaways. “We are still a community trying to get back on our feet ...October 30th, 2013Read more
A year after the storm, the food line is one of many reminders of the persistent vulnerability of New York City’s public housing and the hundreds of thousands of people who live in the projects. There are the unrepaired leaks and the recurring mold in apartments, and in the ground-floor units that remain empty and uninhabitable. There is the unreliable heat from portable ...October 29th, 2013Read more
MSNBC, By All In with Chris Hayes. October 29, 2013. For the last year, I’ve seen, up close, how much those those hit by Superstorm Sandy have struggled to put their lives back together. For the past year, I’ve been doing reporting for a special series on Showtime called Years of Living Dangerously which will premiere next year, and it’s about climate change ...October 29th, 2013Read more
WCBS/CNN Staff, October 29, 2013. Demonstrators rallied Sunday to demand better access to home rebuilding assistance – one year after the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and a related storm. The group Alliance for a Just Rebuilding said the disaster exposed major inequities in emergency response and aid programs.October 28th, 2013Read more
Gothamist, By Nick Pinto, October 28, 2013. Remember when Sandy hit New York, and you had a sleepover with your friends and watched TV waiting for the power to go out but it never did and then you went to brunch? Can you believe that was a year ago already? Neither can the hundreds of people from neighborhoods still suffering the after-effects of ...October 28th, 2013Read more
AM New York, By Tim Harerra, October 28, 2013. As New York commemorates the one-year anniversary of Sandy, many parts of the city are well on the path to recovery: The subways are almost back to normal, many shuttered businesses in lower Manhattan have reopened, and aid money continues to flow in from the government.
But for the people who live in the areas ...October 27th, 2013Read more
By NY1 News, October 27, 2013. Dozens of Hurricane Sandy victims clergy, and relief workers embarked on a two-day, 21-mile “Sandy Sojourn” Saturday. The group is walking through hard-hit communities in Queens and Brooklyn as they head toward City Hall. Once at City Hall, they will call on the next mayor to invest billion of dollars in Hurricane Sandy funds to spur job ...October 27th, 2013Read more
NY Daily News, By Chelsia Rose Marcius , Jamille Sutton & Simone Weichselbaum, Sunday, October 27, 2013. The destruction ‘made Staten Island a center for people coming together to care for each other,’ says Dolan. Timothy Cardinal Dolan told Staten Island churchgoers Sunday that humanity has triumphed over disaster a year after Hurricane Sandy struck. “What we most remember at this Mass ...October 27th, 2013Read more
Metro, By Emily Johnson, October 27, 2013. When Goldi Guerra set off on foot for City Hall from Staten Island Sunday morning, carrying his guitar and traveling by foot, it was just him, a couple of friends and, he estimates, about 20 cops. But by the time he had finished making his way through Cedar Grove and Midland Beach to board the Staten ...October 27th, 2013Read more
AM New York, By Tim Harerra, October 27, 2013. Hundreds of New Yorkers still suffering from the impact of Superstorm Sandy gathered at City Hall Sunday night to rally for a more equal recovery effort that they say has forgotten many low-income and immigrant families. Organized by the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, community leaders and politicians spoke about the so-called “tale of ...October 26th, 2013Read more
New York Post, By Lia Eustachewich and Kate Briquelet, October 26, 2013. A year after Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaways are still fighting for help from the city — and along some stretches of sorry roadway, it looks like the storm hit only yesterday. Throughout the storm-tossed neighborhood, beachside bungalows are boarded up and rotting, covered in graffiti and tangled telephone wires.October 01st, 2013Read more
DNAinfo.com, By Katie Honan, October 1, 2013. The deadline to register for Build It Back, the city’s program to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy, has been extended to Oct. 31 — after an influx of new interest during the past two weeks, it was announced Monday. Brad Gair, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, announced the extension on ...September 30th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Erin Durkin, September 30, 2013. Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio toured Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway neighborhoods Sunday and pushed to use federal storm aid to tackle the inequality that has been the theme of his campaign. “We have to . . . not just right the wrongs of Sandy but start righting some greater wrongs,” de Blasio said. “Because the ...September 30th, 2013Read more
The New York Post, By Beth DeFalco, September 30, 2013. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told residents of the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways Sunday that he’d use the billions of dollars in federal funds meant for rebuilding homes and businesses to “right greater wrongs.’’ De Blasio gave few specifics, but said he’d create affordable housing and community health centers in the city’s storm-ravaged areas.September 30th, 2013Read more
The Epoch Times, By Kristen Meriwether, September 30, 2013. Hours before it was set to expire, the deadline for the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program called NYC Build It Back was extended by one month. “With an influx of new registrants in the past two weeks, we are extending the deadline so that more New Yorkers have the opportunity to sign up for NYC ...September 29th, 2013Read more
The New York Times, By Michael Barbaro, September 29, 2013. Bill de Blasio on Sunday said he would seek to use the recovery money heading to New York City’s storm-battered coastline to achieve liberal aims at the heart of his mayoral campaign: creating living-wage jobs, affordable housing and community health care sites in areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.September 29th, 2013Read more
Metro, By Anna Sanders, September 29, 2013. Democratic nominee for mayor Bill de Blasio discussed his plans for resiliency and recovery post-Sandy Sunday in Far Rockaway, one of the neighborhoods most affected by the storm. “Eleven months after Sandy, our challenge to rebuild and recover remains greater than ever,” de Blasio said in a statement.September 29th, 2013Read more
Newsday, By Emily Ngo, September 29, 2013. Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota’s campaign sought to paint a visit by his Democratic rival Bill de Blasio to Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway Sunday as a publicity stunt, accusing the front-runner of “blatant political maneuvering” and doing little to help residents before running for office.September 29th, 2013Read more
The Epoch Times, By Kristen Meriwether, September 29, 2013. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his administration’s rebuilding and resilience plan in June, it was a comprehensive report over 400 pages long. But Bloomberg conceded that the next mayor, not him, who would be in charge of putting the plan into action.September 29th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Erin Durkin, September 29, 2013. Mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio toured Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway neighborhoods Sunday and pushed to use federal storm aid to tackle the inequality that has been the theme of his campaign. “We would give anything to go back a year ago in time and change what happened. We would have loved to have never heard ...August 09th, 2013Read more
Sheepshead Bites, By Willie Simpson, August 9th, 2013. A coalition of labor unions, community groups, environmental groups and faith-based organizations have banded together to form the Alliance For A Just Rebuilding (AJR). The goal of the AJR is to make sure the federal dollars sent to New York City via the Sandy aid package are distributed equitably with an emphasis on creating jobs ...August 01st, 2013Read more
Participatory metropolis, brooklyn and beyond, By Michael Menser, August 1st, 2013. What a great march! A couple hundred people showed up at South Ferry–from tenants fighting incredibly unfair rent hikes to day laborers who cleaned up flooded basements in unsafe conditions and were never paid for their work; from homeowners to public housing residents, construction workers to students, environmental artists and democracy ...July 31st, 2013Read more
NY1 News, July 31, 2013. Hurricane Sandy victims marched Wednesday to send a message to the candidates for mayor. The citywide coalition also includes labor unions and community organizations.
They took the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan and marched to City Hall. The group said the new mayor’s first task should be to tackle the economic inequalities that existed before the storm and ...July 31st, 2013Read more
WFUV, By Kelsey Schappell, July 31, 2013. Alliance for a Just Rebuilding announces 4-point plan. A coalition of New Yorkers, including labor unions and environmental organizations, is laying out post-sandy priorities for the next mayor.July 31st, 2013Read more
Metro, By Ann Sanders, July 31, 2013. Dozens of Sandy survivors and community activists held a rally Wednesday, calling on mayoral candidates to adopt their plan for rebuilding in the areas hardest hit by the storm.June 21st, 2013Read more
The Times Ledger, By Chris Engelhardt, June 21, 2013. Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, mayoral candidates were grilled last week on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Democratic candidates Anthony Weiner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), city Public Advocate ...June 14th, 2013Read more
The Huffington Post, By Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin. When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in the fall, faith leaders rose to the challenge of attempting to provide basic needs — not only for our own congregants but for the greater community as well. Unfortunately, the families who were hit hardest were the most vulnerable. These families were already trapped in an economic ...June 14th, 2013Read more
WNYC, By Anna Sale, June 14, 2013. Two days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his post-Sandy resiliency plan to the city, the Democratic candidates for mayor gathered at a Queens forum before an audience that was highly critical of the mayor’s record. Anthony Weiner was a crowdpleaser.June 14th, 2013Read more
The Queens Chronicle, By Josie Bartlett, June 14, 2013. How will the next mayor use federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to create jobs and give needed support to poorer communities? That’s what about 2,000 church, synagogue and union members wanted to hear Thursday night as they crowded into the narrow pews of the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst. People ...June 14th, 2013Read more
The Times Leger, By Chris Engelhardt, June 14, 2013. Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, clergy and Hurricane Sandy victims grilled mayoral candidates Thursday on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Candidates Anthony Weiner, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), Public Advocate Bill ...June 13th, 2013Read more
The New York Observer, By Ross Barkan, June 13, 2013. A revved up Anthony Weiner strode into a Baptist Church Thursday night and told a minority-heavy crowd that he would build bowling alleys and movie theaters in the Hurricane-ravaged Rockaways. And he even, to enthusiastic applause, took on the jargon of a preacher.June 13th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Erin Durkin, June 13, 2013. Mayoral hopeful says he’s had “enough” of NYCHA chair John Rhea, whose firing he demanded Thursday. “Enough, just, it’s enough,” Thompson told the crowd at a mayoral forum focused on Hurricane Sandy recovery. Thompson called for Rhea’s head citing as the last straw what he called a failure to prepare for federal funding cuts, ...June 12th, 2013Read more
The New York Times, By Kia Gregory, June 12, 2013. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s $20 billion program to armor New York City against climate change over the next decade includes extensive details, right down to the size of the concrete bulkheads proposed for the coast of Queens. How can we better protect New York City from flooding? Yet even though the mayor is ...May 11th, 2013Read more
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, By Jack Curran, May 11, 2013. Six months have passed since Hurricane Sandy struck the shores of New York, and as a recent report put out by several Sandy advocacy groups shows, many residents are now faced with mold problems. According to “Sandy’s Mold Legacy: The Unmet Need Six Months After the Storm,” thousands of homes have developed mold ...May 10th, 2013Read more
The Times Ledger, By Steve Mosco, May 10, 2013. Hurricane Sandy left behind an ongoing health threat in the Rockaways that lingers long after the water receded. A persistent and pervasive mold infestation creeps up the walls of gutted residences, as families douse the fungus with bleach in a futile attempt at eradication. More than six months after the superstorm surged through the ...May 10th, 2013Read more
The Wave, By Miriam Rosenberg, May 10, 2013. On Tuesday I joined Councilman Donovan Richards and the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding on a tour of homes in Rockaway which are infested with one of Sandy’s calling cards – mold. It is hard to imagine how homeowners are living with this health hazard, as I know I am still feeling the effects, the ...May 10th, 2013Read more
The Wave, By Miriam Rosenberg, May 10, 2013. Six months after Sandy chased numerous local residents from their homes as a result of flooding and damage, it is still not safe to live in many of those homes. Toxic mold, a serious problem for many, was ad-dressed at a press conference and tour of several homes in Far Rockaway and Arverne earlier this ...May 08th, 2013Read more
The Staten Island Advance, By Jillian Jorgensen, May 8, 2013. Despite attempts to tackle the pervasive problem of mold in homes soaked by Hurricane Sandy, some advocates say certain residents are falling through the cracks. “Sandy’s Mold Legacy,” a report released by a coalition of groups called The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, urges the city to develop different programs to tackle the ...May 07th, 2013Read more
Metro, By Dale Elsinger, May 7, 2013. When Hurricane Sandy hit Jackie Rogers’ home in Far Rockaway, the last thing she was worried about was a mold infestation. Situated on the island between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, she packed up and left her home of six years as the storm rolled in. “I heeded Mayor Bloomberg’s words,” Rogers, who is in ...May 07th, 2013Read more
The New York Times, By Christopher Maag, May 7, 2013. Kelly Lotz sits in her house on Moreland Street on Staten Island and smells mold in all directions. Since Hurricane Sandy, the house next door and all its contents — books, couch cushions, a refrigerator overturned in the hallway — have been sitting and rotting. The house on the other side has black ...April 29th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Jennifer Fermino, April 29, 2013. The nearly 200 Hurricane Sandy families who were supposed to be kicked out of their temporary hotel lodgings on Tuesday can sleep easy — at least for one night. A group of the evacuees filed a lawsuit against the city, demanding it continue the program that funded their hotel stays. That program was supposed ...April 29th, 2013Read more
CBS News, April 29, 2013. Six months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Tri-State Area, the region continues its steady, but sometimes slow, pace to a full recovery. Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage and left tens of thousands of people homeless after coming ashore Oct. 29. half a year later, major issues including housing, business, tourism and coastal protection still remain. For ...April 29th, 2013Read more
The Gotham Gazette, By Chester Soria, April 29, 2013. A group of evacuees left homeless by Superstorm Sandy are suing to stay in hotels that the city says they need to leave by tomorrow. Six months to the day that Sandy hit New York City, five individuals filed a lawsuit today to prevent the city from following through with its deadline to end ...April 29th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Jennifer Fermino, April 29, 2013. The bill – co-sponsored by Councilmen Brad Lander and Donovan Richards – would force contractors who accept public money for Sandy work to publicly disclose everything from what wages they are paying to where workers live. The info would be posted on a searchable database of all Sandy construction work. The number of jobs ...April 29th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Jennifer Fermino, April 29, 2013. Nearly 200 families who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy will be homeless once again on Tuesday when the city ends a program that paid for their hotels. The families who are getting kicked out either did not want or didn’t qualify for public housing, according to the city’s Department of Homeless Services. Alliance ...April 19th, 2013Read more
The Wave, April 19, 2013. The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding (AJR), a citywide “coalition of community, faith, labor, environmental and policy organizations,” released a new report which, according to the group, exposes major flaws in the City’s Action Plan for Disaster Recovery and Sandy rebuilding effort. The report, titled “After Sandy, Prioritizing the Vulnerable and Displaced: Fixing Major Flaws in City Hall’s ...April 15th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Erin Durkin, April 15, 2013. Many Sandy victim families will be left with no place to go when the city pulls the plug on its hotel program at the end of the month, advocates warn in a new report. Some 592 families are still in hotels six months after the storm, according to the latest city data, and the ...April 09th, 2013Read more
Long Island Newsday, By Celeste Hadrick, April 9, 2013. Nassau Democrats joined park and labor advocates Monday to press Republican lawmakers to invite County Comptroller George Maragos to explain his review of Sandy-related county contracts. “There is a lot of money coming into Nassau County related to superstorm Sandy and we need strong oversight of this process,” Charlene Obernauer, executive director of Long ...April 08th, 2013Read more
Long Island Press, By Timothy Bolger, April 8, 2013. Members of a key Nassau County committee debated Monday whether to approve seven-figure contracts to companies hired for Sandy recovery following reports that some are subject to audits and criminal investigation. Democratic lawmakers accused the legislature’s Republican leadership of rushing to approve funds to firms under scrutiny and refusing their request to have County ...April 08th, 2013Read more
WNYC, By Cindy Rodriguez, April 8, 2013. When Sandy hit, it exposed an underclass living marginal lives in basements and other rundown homes, many inhabited by people who entered the country illegally. And because many don’t qualify for federal aid, they’re at a greater disadvantage. Ana Vega had been renting a room inside a small house in Midland Beach Staten Island when Sandy ...April 01st, 2013Read more
Newsday, By Nicole Fuller, April 1, 2013. Workers’ advocates alleging wage violations on a post-Sandy Fire Island debris removal job Monday called on state and federal officials to investigate and exercise stronger oversight of Sandy recovery contracts. “I want to say to these contractors: Stay out of our communities if you’re going to abuse our people,” Lenny Tucker, president of the Brentwood Association ...March 26th, 2013Read more
Newsday, By Candice Rudd, March 26, 2013. Workers hired as part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to clean up post-Sandy storm debris on Fire Island say they are not being paid the wages they were promised when the job was advertised. In a news conference outside the Central Islip offices of Coastal Environmental Group and DS3 Enterprises, Inc., the main ...March 25th, 2013Read more
U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks stood before community leaders in the St. Albans section of Queens on Monday to explain how the federal sequestration spending cuts could cripple the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort at home. “When you talk about sequestering even some of the emergency fund money, that is going to be absolutely devastating because we need every dime that we can get,” Meeks ...March 01st, 2013Read more
The New York Times, By Sarah Maslin Nir, March 1, 2013. At a mayoral debate in January, candidates vied to outdo one another in their dire warnings of a growing threat to public health that they said was hurting families all over New York City. Soon afterward, public and private groups pledged that millions of dollars would be spent to fight the scourge. ...February 27th, 2013Read more
LaborPress, By March Bussanich, February 27, 2013. A coalition of community-based groups held a presser on the steps of City Hall to offer solutions to get families displaced by Hurricane Sandy out of hotels and back into affordable housing. Errol Riley, a displaced Far Rockaway resident, said that city agencies are failing the storm’s victims by forcing families to move back into mold-infested ...February 21st, 2013Read more
ABC News, By Jeff Pegues, February 21, 2013. “How would you describe the day Superstorm Sandy moved through here?” Eyewitness News asked. “Actually it changed everybody’s life I believe,” said Jorge Gonzalo, a Rockaways resident. Nearly four months after the storm Jorge Gonzalo is still cleaning up. In the Rockaways, water from the ocean flooded his home.February 12th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Lore Croghan, February 12, 2013. Mold left behind after Superstorm Sandy will run wild in Gerritsen Beach when warm weather comes, relief groups warn. Storm-ravaged neighborhoods citywide face a health menace from mold lurking in improperly cleaned homes, the Daily News revealed in a front-page special report Sunday. The danger is especially acute in the blue-collar waterfront community because ...Mold plagues homes flooded during Hurricane Sandy; deadly spores cause breathing and other health-related problemsFebruary 10th, 2013Read more
The Daily News, By Greg Smith, February 10, 2013. In a gutted basement on Beach 59th St. in the Rockaways, ominous, black splotches cover gypsum board, plaster walls and wooden support beams. Breathing itself is difficult. Upstairs tenant Alberto Lespier, 56, says the ghastly rooms were supposedly “cleaned” by untrained workers who left behind toxic conditions he fears are ruining his health. “I ...February 08th, 2013Read more
The Staten Island Advance, by Maura Grunlund, February 8, 2013. Staten Island immigrants as a group were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and continue to suffer economic and emotional hardships.But most, perhaps 60 percent, haven’t applied to FEMA for help, with the fear of deportation a major factor. And even if they have filled out the paperwork, chances are they’ll be denied, according ...February 06th, 2013Read more
In These Times, By Michelle Chen, February 6, 2013. Three months have passed since Hurricane Sandy battered New York and trashed the New Jersey coastline, and she hasn’t left. She’s still stalking the landscape strafed with mold and broken homes, and local activists worry that the government’s promises of tens of billions of dollars in federal funding will flood the storm-battered regions with ...February 04th, 2013Read more
The Times Ledger, By Karen Frantz, February 4, 2013. Members from several labor unions are putting pressure on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to address a growing problem in homes ravaged by Hurricane Sandy: mold. “It’s been nearly three months since Hurricane Sandy, yet thousands of residents are still out of their homes because they can’t go back because of the mold infestations in their ...February 03rd, 2013Read more
Yahoo!News, By Eileen Aj Connelly and Katie Zezima, February 3, 2013. Esther Tauscher stood outside her Staten Island home, leafing through boxes of family photos that had been steeped in storm water. She paused to point out life events — her honeymoon, holding her baby boy in a hospital bed. The photos are just about all she has left. Behind her, the home ...January 31st, 2013Read more
DNAinfo.com, By Julie Shapiro, January 31, 2013. The city is cracking down on the mold that has spread in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday. Bloomberg unveiled a $15 million program that will clean up 2,000 homes that sprouted mold after being inundated with Sandy’s floodwaters. He also announced dozens of free training sessions for the public on how ...January 09th, 2013Read more
The Village Voice, By Nick Pinto, January 9th, 2013. Nearly two and a half months after Sandy devastated New York City, there are still residents in affected areas without reliable heat and electricity. And while governmental reports on just what went wrong and how to plan for the future are beginning to trickle out, New Yorkers are starting to get restless. This week, ...January 08th, 2013Read more
LaborPress, By Joe Maniscalco, January 8, 2013. The special commission charged with helping to map out New York State’s response to Hurricane Sandy’s horrific devastation has submitted its recommendations. But some grassroots organizations and organized labor groups are not happy with the results, saying that the communities hardest hit by Sandy are being “woefully” underrepresented.January 08th, 2013Read more
The Epoch Times, By Zachary Steiber, January 8th, 2013. Community groups concerned with funding decisions regarding Hurricane Sandy recovery have formed a coalition to strengthen their cause. Matt Ryan, executive director of The Alliance for a Greater New York said that decisions need to be made with more representation from hardest hit communities, as well as labor, faith, and community groups. Ryan said ...