2012-12-21 / Top Stories

Occupy Sandy Leads Far Rockaway March

By Miriam Rosenberg


Carlos, left, has received no governmental help so he, friends and volunteers are cleaning out his damaged home on Beach 29 Street and Lewmay Road. Carlos, left, has received no governmental help so he, friends and volunteers are cleaning out his damaged home on Beach 29 Street and Lewmay Road. The demonstrators marched from the Thriftway Shopping Center in downtown Far Rockaway to the ocean block of Beach 29 Street.

Along the way, several locals joined with the Occupy Sandy members and other groups to demand that the city, state and federal government step up its recovery efforts in assisting Far Rockaway residents. Linda Bowman’s home on Beach 13 Street, like many others in Rockaway, flooded. Although she has her power back she is concerned about her neighbors. “There are a lot of people out here that still don’t have heat,” said Bowman. “We don’t have electricity. We need the walls in these people’s houses with mold and mildew torn down and built up at least by December 31.” She added “We have people living in mold infested houses with the kids, and we need to do something about it. The mayor needs to do something about it.” Dian Allen, who lives in a bungalow on Beach 29 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, attended the march with her young son. She said her home is “demolished.” The water came in through the basement,” said Allen. “It came into the house. I can’t go back home until late February or early March.” While FEMA has given her rental assistance the agency did not provide funding to help replace her clothes or furniture. Plus she still no place to live. “I have eligibility for a hotel and I can’t find any vacancy,” said Allen. The march ended at the corner of Beach 29 Street and Lewmay Road where a group of people were in the midst of clearing out a waterlogged home. Carlos, who lives in the home, explained that they have received no help. “We have to do it ourselves,” said Carlos. “We started cleaning out the house. We started removing everything that was damaged, contaminated so we can get rid of the mold …getting a safe environment and we’ll see what happens then. But FEMA doesn’t help [and] the City of New York, we don’t see their help.”



Dian Allen holds her son’s hand as they take part in a march demanding more governmental help for post-Sandy recovery in Far Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Dian Allen holds her son’s hand as they take part in a march demanding more governmental help for post-Sandy recovery in Far Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

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