2014-03-28 / Top Stories

Goldfeder Seeks To Extend “Breezy Point” Bill

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has introduced legislation that will waive the Board of Standard and Appeals (BSA) requirements for an additional year, allowing more time for homeowners in Breezy Point to make a full recovery quickly. The original bill that was signed by Governor Cuomo in July is about to expire this summer.

The original bill allowed many homeowners in Breezy Point to have an easier road to recovery after Sandy, however there are still many who are trying to deal with bureaucratic paperwork that has prevented them from starting to rebuild. The extended bill will continue to allow residents to bypass certain red tape issues, allowing them to rebuild quicker.

“It is outrageous that so many homeowners are still struggling with insurance companies and FEMA paperwork more than 17 months after Sandy, preventing them from getting their shovels in the ground and rebuilding,” Goldfeder said. “We have come so far in our recovery and I will continue to offer support and do everything possible until every family is safe and secure back in their own home.”

NYC homeowners are required to submit applications only with the Department of Buildings, however those in Breezy Point also have to submit to the of Standards and Appeals (BSA) for permits since the homes don’t have street frontage. The extra application process and review can take anywhere from 6- 18 months. The legislation allows Breezy residents to bypass this process and loss of precious time.

Like the last bill, the extended legislation seeks to waive the requirements of sections 35 and 36 of General City Law, which mandates BSA approval, for a period of at least 12 months. Due to the many hurdles that homeowners face while trying to rebuild homes that were destroyed by flood or fire in Breezy Point, Goldfeder has proposed extending the timeline of his previous legislation for an additional year. This will give Breezy Point residents additional time to quickly rebuild their homes after they receive money from insurance companies and FEMA.

"Superstorm Sandy completely destroyed 350 homes and severely damaged hundreds of others, all of which must file to rebuild, repair or raise on new foundations with the NYC Department of Buildings," Arthur Lighthall, General Manager of Breezy Point Cooperative said. "To date at least 200 have done so and the expedited review and approval process, without need to have a waiver approved at BSA, is a godsend. But the numbers clearly show we are not done rebuilding, which is why extension of the BSA waiver bill, introduced by Assemblyman Goldfeder is crucial to our community."

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