2013-02-22 / Top Stories

Goldfeder Continues to Fight for Residents

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is continuing to fight for residents as they recover after Sandy. He recently sent a letter to major corporate companies asking them to continue their generous disaster relief efforts. He has also introduced legislation to waive certain requirements so that Breezy Point residents can rebuild quickly.

Goldfeder has reached out to companies such as Home Depot, Lowes, Sears and Target, thanking them for their support following Sandy and asking them to consider increasing their relief efforts to ease recovery for residents.

“Any assistance would immensely benefit our families and small businesses, allowing for a rapid recovery,” Goldfeder said in a media release. “We appreciate all the generosity that has been shown to our communities but our families and children are still suffering and we need all the help we can get.”

Goldfeder has also authored legislation to speed up approval of Department of Buildings applications and waive the appeal process with the Board of Standards and Appeals. This should help hundreds of Breezy Point homeowners to rebuild their damaged houses immediately.

The bill also authorizes the reinstatement of previous work permits and waives certain requirements of General City Law for homeowners in Breezy Point.

Currently, Breezy residents have to request permits from the BSA in addition to submitting applications to the Department of Buildings, in a process that can take as long as 18 months. This bill would waive sections 35 and 36 of the General City Law which mandates BSA approval so that residents can start building without further delay.

“It is outrageous when you consider there are hundreds of homes waiting on approval from the Department of Buildings and the Board of Standards and Appeals,” Goldfeder said in a release. “Instead of requiring families to go through needless motions that ultimately lead to approval, they should be granted a waiver in order to start rebuilding and have their shovels in the ground as soon as possible!”

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