2013-11-22 / Top Stories

Pols Speed Displaced Homeowners Recovery

With many residents still not back home after Sandy, local politicians, Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and Councilman Eric Ulrich have been working to help residents cut through the red tape and speed up the building process. They recently announced that they’ve successfully collaborated with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) to help nearly a dozen Rockaway families get through the process of completing construction.

“It was devastating to see our families, whose homes were burned to the ground unable to rebuild due to unnecessary bureaucratic red tape,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said in a press release. “I commend our city agencies, DEP and DOB, for listening to our community and working together to correct the issues that will help our families rebuild and return back home as soon as possible!”

“Rockaway residents have overcome many roadblocks since Hurricane Sandy. I am pleased that this meeting was able to help resolve some issues which have stood in the way of people rebuilding their homes,” Councilman Ulrich said. “I am looking forward to the day when every family is fully restored and made whole again and I will continue to do everything I can to make that happen.”

The elected officials were alerted of the problems facing homeowners on Beach 130th Street in early November. Among their problems were questionable water meter placement, proper storm sewer connections and optional or required detention tanks. In an effort to resolve the inconsistent information for redevelopment requirements and to improve communication between agencies, Goldfeder and Ulrich organized a meeting with the agencies, residents and contractors. At the meeting, Beach 130th Street families had the opportunity to meet the appropriate officials and have their concerns addressed.

“On behalf of the families on Beach 130th Street in Belle Harbor, whose homes were lost in a fire storm due to Hurricane Sandy - I would like to THANK Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and Council Member Eric Ulrich, and their staff for finally getting us the answers we so desperately needed from various city agencies regarding the rebuilding requirements of our homes,” resident Mary Ellen Olsen said. “Their quick action in getting a meeting together with DOB and DEP proved to be a huge success for the families.” “Without further delay, our Rockaway families will finally receive the relief and peace of mind they deserve,” concluded Assemblyman Goldfeder and Councilman Ulrich.

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