2014-04-04 / Letters

Locals Heard At City Council

Dear Editor:

The New York City Council held a hearing regarding Build it Back. The hearing was run by council member Mark Treyger who chairs the Recovery and Resiliency Committee. He along with committee chairs Williams and Richards did a wonderful job. They gave their opening statements along with Tish James, public advocate and the Speaker of the Council also spoke.

They were followed by the first round of testimony and I was the first speaker. I spoke along with three other speakers and we got the message across and started the party. Amy Peterson and her staff followed us and answered all questions they were asked by the council. Councilman Ulrich asked some very tough questions and wanted assurances that we will be seeing money ASAP.

Miss Peterson seems like a very capable woman. I spoke with her when she was done and she asked for a copy of my handout which I had given to all of the council mem- bers. It contains 15 pages of my family's frustrating dealings with Build it Back. I was joined in testifying by John Cori, Dan Marzano from Rockaway. Broad Channel was represented by Sophia Vailakis DeVirgilro, Mike DelPino and the legendary Dan Mundy Sr. Community Board 14 manager Jon Gaska also spoke and we were supported by Dan Brown and Roger Gendron, another legend from Hamilton Beach.

Stop FEMA Now was well represented by Andrea Sansom, Sophia and I. There were approximately some 25 to 30 people giving testimony.

Hats off to Committee Chairmen Treyger and Donavan Richards who sat with us for all eight hours. The council answered and asked some great questions. The people who gave testimony also brought their A games, especially Tim from Red Hook and the people from Staten Island and Canarsie.

Let's hope this leads to some positive movement by the BIB program. There were also some positive signs of easing some of the rules and hopefully taking your salary and SBA loans out of the equation.

Stay tuned!


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