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Friday, August 28, 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.

Priscilla Dougherty, of Island Park, said that her family got permits to demolish and rebuild their home last May. They knocked the house down and put up a foundation, but construction has stalled for the past five months while they wait for funding from NY Rising. She also said that the program’s reports are riddled with errors, and after months of applications, the most recent award letter still had the square footage of the house wrong.

“They want to roll the program out and say they gave out a certain amount of money by a certain date,” said Michele Mittleman, founder of the group Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA. “They don’t want people saying that, yeah, they gave out millions, but it was all wrong and they need to redo it.”

Inside the meeting, the same sentiment prevailed, and many spoke about the numerous inefficiencies of the program. “The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing,” one Oceanside resident said of how the rules of the program constantly change and, she said, information is not disseminated correctly.

A Massapequa Park man said that the program must separate the funding awards for repairs and elevation. The way the program is written, he said, insurance money that was meant for home repair is being deducted from the amount people can receive for elevation, leaving them without enough money to do either.

One woman from Baldwin said that while NY Rising claims it will pay to elevate a home two feet above base flood elevation, the NFIP requires homes to be raised four feet above base flood elevation to avoid massive premiums.

Additionally, NY Rising currently pays residents $160 per square foot for repairs, a figure many say is far below the industry standard on Long Island.

“Contractors won’t even get out of bed for that,” said Island Park resident Cathy Dougherty.

“They just hope we go away,” said Freeport resident Steve Parke. “That’s what they’re waiting for — they’re waiting for us to go away. Declare bankruptcy, leave our properties, and then it doesn’t cost them anything. It’s only a business decision, and I’m sure it’s been made. Stall, stall, stall, don’t pay, let them walk away.”

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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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