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Annie LaSalle in December with James Hodge, far right, who was among the many volunteers who delivered food and supplies to the residents of 415 National Blvd.

Goodman said he does not “make it a habit” to post notices in the building or contact tenants directly to update them on progress on storm repairs. But, he said, tenants come into the Housing Authority office, on Centre Street, on a regular basis to find out what’s going on in their buildings, and the information is there if they ask for it.

“You can come in here on any given day, and you can walk right into my office,” he said. “I guarantee it.”

Brian Young, the Long Island director of New York Communities for Change, said that the organization has seen similar situations in nearby storm-affected areas. “We want to see the Housing Authority take care of these tenants,” Young said. “These tenants have been really patient.”

The group helped the seniors organize and “march” to City Hall for the Long Island Regional Planning Council meeting. There, many tenants got up and aired their complaints with community members and local legislators.

“If people don’t get up and talk about it,” Young said, “it’ll be another year until anything gets fixed.”

Anthony Rifilato contributed to this story.


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I wonder how Goodman would feel if it were his mother and he thought it was ok to put his mother in a wheelchair instead of a stretcher? Not being on a stretcher delays care, takes time to later transfer to the ambulance from the chair. It makes it difficult if not impossible if a heart stops to give CPR . Pull them off the chair lye them on the floor?of or when instructed administering fluids and a lot more. Carry his mother down the stairs? You have to be kidding! The elderly have serous medical conditions and this issue could be the difference of life and death. Sounds like Goodman is overworked and very patronizing

Contact the Mayor's office and the Governors office and your State and Federal representatives ask to speak to a person on his staff and then ask that they get back to you ASAP. I have done this on important matters to me and they have called me back, answered my question and treated me with respect.

Do this and good luck!

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