By Eden Laikin
More than 100 residents marched from Island Park to Long Beach this weekend, despite the rain, to protest long delays in receiving government funds from the NY Rising Home Recovery program needed to rebuild their homes after damage from Superstorm Sandy.
At the front of the march, was local Legislator Denise Ford alongside Michele Mittleman – creator of a group of Sandy survivors. Members of the group carried signs like “I Survived Sandy – NY Rising is Killing Me” and “We Are Still Homeless, With a Mortgage, 18 months after Sandy.” As they crossed over the Long Beach bridge, they chanted in unison – Bring us Home! Bring Us Home!
Though the Federal government approved millions of dollars in rebuilding funds many months ago, the flow to residents in need has been bogged down in red tape.
In January 2013, County Executive Ed Mangano went to Washington, DC – joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Nassau Legislator Denise Ford and a group of residents displaced by the storm -to demand restoration dollars for Long Islanders. Mangano urged that Congress pass a pending bill, in its entirety, to help these families get back in their homes.