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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Adoption of flood map was only choice
(Page 3 of 3)
Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Robert D. Barra is the Valley Stream village clerk.
Certain individuals have formed a “civic” organization. They have held sparsely attended meetings on the FEMA issue. They even brought in an expert to discuss challenging the FEMA maps at the village’s expense. This process would cost millions of taxpayer dollars to challenge every parcel of land in the village. Even their own expert, who would have loved to take the village’s money, stated that challenging the FEMA maps would be an “impossible undertaking.”

In the past we have tried to work with the “civic” organization to reach an understanding on the FEMA issue. It has been fruitless. There are too many hidden and not-so-hidden agendas to reach an accord.
As I stated earlier, FEMA, love it or hate it, appears to have its act together, and the state DEC concurs. Valley Stream has joined Lynbrook, Cedarhurst and the Town of Hempstead in adopting the new flood maps. We are in FEMA Region ll. All of the municipalities in Region ll have voted to accept the maps. Valley Stream was the last to adopt because the board wanted to explore all options thoroughly before it took action.

The flood map issue is an ongoing process, and the fight goes on for our residents who we feel are unduly placed in flood hazard areas and who do not qualify for the preferred risk policies. In the weeks and months ahead, the village will continue to work with federal officials on both sides of the aisle, with FEMA and the state, to help the 855 properties left in the high-risk flood zones.

Robert D. Barra is the Valley Stream village clerk and a former state assemblyman for the 14th District.

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gerald4868

Mr. Barra is either clueless or a fraud. His comments here:

"Through the diligence of Mayor Fare, the Board of Trustees and village personnel, Valley Stream was able to work with FEMA to reduce the number of village residents who pay exorbitant flood zone insurance rates from 2,404 to 855."

and here:

"We will continue the fight to help as many of those 855 residents and businesses that are still in the flood zone as we possibly can." can not be farther from the truth. I am a family member and friend of 4 families in Gibson. These family and friends have been involved in the fight against FEMA from the beginning, and if it was not for these so called "civic" assoc. members, Mr. Barra all but slanders here, every family would still be paying astronomical insurance premiums to FEMA. Not only does he slander these heroes of 1,549 families, but actually takes credit for this incredible victory by these "civic" members, and gives it to his cronies. Shame on you Mr. Barra.

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