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Thursday, September 3, 2015
NY Rising hears public comment
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Bill Kelly/Herald
Patricia Dougherty, left, with her mother, Cathy, brother, Patrick, and Robert Wright, all Island Park residents, rallied outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building last week.

In the action plan, the state allocated $1.2 billion to its housing programs, including grants to repair and reconstruct damaged homes as well as the buyout, mortgage-assistance and low-income housing assistance programs. These programs were given over $838 million in the first appropriation of aid money. Some $440 million more will be awarded to the community reconstruction program, which allows storm-ravaged communities the opportunity to undertake storm mitigation projects. Another $430 million will go to infrastructure, and $104 million will cover administration and planning costs.

The action plan also details changes or clarifications to the recovery programs, though it did not include anywhere near the scope of changes audience members at the meeting were suggesting. For housing programs, the state is no longer requiring homeowners to own their homes after they are repaired with state grant money. For homeowners who have already paid off their mortgages and were previously ineligible for the Interim Mortgage and Homeowners Assistance Program, NY Rising will now cover other housing costs resulting from residents’ displacement. Previously, the award covered the lesser of either the monthly mortgage payment or monthly rent payment. Now it will cover the higher cost.

Prior to the meeting, Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA, an advocacy group for storm victims, held a rally to draw attention to a problem members say has been forgotten.

A Bellmore resident named Orlie said she received just $333 from NY Rising to repair her home. Every time an inspector comes to assess her house, she added, the report comes back incorrect and missing information. She said she has $212,000 worth of repairs, but her flood insurance paid her only $40,000, which is where, she said, the problem originates.

“The thing is, I have more than sufficient coverage that I bought from my government. I shouldn’t need [NY Rising],” Orlie said. “They deflected all of the blame from the [National Flood Insurance Program] to the state. ‘We’re not going to pay you, but were going to give them some money. Go beg over there and leave us alone.’”

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SamSung

If the firefighter was going bankrupt and loosing money than why did he retire so young? Do other Sandy victims have the right to retire also?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Report this
Paul3086

Do the other Sandy victims have the same retirement plan? If so, then YES they DO have the right to retire so young, if not then they DON'T. You have the typical, "waa, waa, he gets a pension so young, he should get nothing", attitude that most jealous people do. Of course I'm sure you'd have the same attitude if YOU had the same pension opportunity, right?? Don't like it? Take the test, pass it and get the same pension. All the pure jealousy about police and fire pensions is sickening. And spare me the "pensions are making my taxes so high" nonsense. Most of your taxes are from school taxes, and in the case of this fireman, he works in the city and unless you send your taxes to NYC, his pension doesn't affect you one bit.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Report this
LORMAR2003

Chill boys. NY Rising requires a lot of patience and persistence. The process is long and arduous. We are survivors of Irene and Sandy. This is a generous program. It has been developing during this time since Sandy. NYS has accomplished so much. Just look at the process still going on after Katrina; still horrendous. We have not received an accurate assessment yet. I don't know what any of you think but we are veryvgrateful for the help we have received and each day we can stay in our town. Keep in mind that life is not "fair" and we are not "entitled to anything". We are fortunate that the government has chosen to invest in us and our community. Life's a beach." So let's get out and enjoy it while we can.

Friday, March 21, 2014 | Report this
LORMAR2003

Chill boys. NY Rising requires a lot of patience and persistence. The process is long and arduous. We are survivors of Irene and Sandy. This is a generous program. It has been developing during this time since Sandy. NYS has accomplished so much. Just look at the process still going on after Katrina; still horrendous. We have not received an accurate assessment yet but it will come. I don't know what any of you think but we are very grateful for the help we have received and each day we can stay in our town. Keep in mind that life is not "fair" and we are not "entitled" to anything. We are fortunate that the government has chosen to invest in us and our community, in the process of distributing the nation's taxes. Life's a beach." So let's get out and enjoy it while we can. Everything will be settled in time.

Friday, March 21, 2014 | Report this
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