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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seniors raise post-Sandy safety concerns
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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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