It’s been four months since the super storm. And folks are still at loose ends or living in unhealthy conditions. The elderly living in mold infested homes. Kids getting sick from living without proper heat. The delay of aid is unthinkable, the suffering of Americans exacerbated by politics and bureaucracy.
If you could, you would probably want to tell whoever is in charge of housing them to get the job done, wouldn’t you?
Sandy wrecked Far Rockaway’s boardwalk, as well as the homes along the shore.
Please follow the links and sign the petition in the email I pasted below.
Unbelievable. Four months after Hurricane Sandy devastated so many neighborhoods across New York City, over 2,000 hurricane victims are still homeless (I heard many of their stories during my run for City Council last month). These families want to move into permanent housing, but are being told that they don’t make enough to afford the “affordable” housing available.
Hurricane Sandy was a once in a lifetime weather event for the New York, in fact, the tri-state area. New Yorkers proved remarkably resilient and kind to one another in this crisis. We have seen and appreciated the outpouring of help and volunteerism from our fellow Americans, that saved many lives. And some of the lucky people have been able to try and return to normalcy with flood insurance checks and funds from FEMA. But what about the folks who are stuck in horribly unhealthy conditions, awaiting the long overdue monies that Congress held up? The folks in Far Rockaway, Queens can’t forget about Sandy, as the wreckage of their homes, lives, and the very moldy air they breathe is a constant reminder.
New Yorkers, please check out a petition to help folks in Far Rockaway HERE. Let your Mayor know what your wishes are for Far Rockaway.
Kids, an email I received recently made me think about how I would advise Michael Bloomberg about effectuating recovery efforts beyond signing a petition. I think I would start by saying, “Mayor Bloomberg, I am confident you will make the recovery a hallmark of your time as mayor, by leaving this city more just, prosperous, and beautiful than you found it. You know you have to do the hard things that some of your friends and colleagues won’t be behind. You will be criticized, they won’t understand about how it will benefit everyone in the long run, but you will be remembered as a forward thinking leader who put his people first, if you heal the wounds that the storm exposed and improve our wonderful city for rich and poor alike.”
Below is an email from the Brad, Melissa, and the NYC Council Progressives team, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,The past few weeks have been deeply trying ones for New Yorkers, with many lives and thousands of homes lost. The storm exposed not only our vulnerability as a city, but widespread inequality as well. Wall Street reopened one day after the storm, but many in public housing waited three weeks for heat, and many others remain without adequate shelter. I’ve heard many of you call it a tale of two cities.
But we’ve also seen extraordinary acts of generosity and courage, as people have come together to provide food, blankets, money, helping hands, comfort, and hope on an incredible scale. Continue reading →
Lest we forget, Sandy devastated countless lives, and took lives as well. I thought it was important to share this message from the Working Families Party with you.
We really are all connected. Hurricane Sandy was an equal opportunity destroyer, whether in New Jersey or New York. Listed below are groups that are working to provide aid to the “power-less,” especially poor people living in public housing. No light, no heat, no water. We urge you to donate as generously as you can.
It has been two weeks since the storm, but our hearts are still heavy. We want to take a minute to also talk about those who died, and what this all means. Sandy killed nearly 200 people in the U.S, in Haiti, in the Bahamas. Each death tore apart someone’s heart. Continue reading →
The Sandy recovery efforts here in the Tri-state area are ongoing, and many still need help. Here is another path to helping those in need from our friends atMoveOn.org.
Dear MoveOn member,
Hurricane Sandy landed a week and a half ago. My family in New York and New Jersey was lucky. Relatives had their houses flooded, and others were without power or heat until last night. It’s bad, and it’s going to take time to rebuild. But everybody’s ok. Continue reading →
This email was sent to me on November 3, 2012, I am home alone while my partner is checking on good friends out in Broad Channel, Queens, which was severely damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Americans are incredibly kind, and looking for real ways to help, so I decided to post this email.
Dear MoveOn member,
Storm recovery is moving ahead, but millions of people, including many of our loved ones and neighbors, are still suffering from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation—and some are in desperate need of basics like diapers, food, and batteries. Continue reading →
Sandy has just devastated the New York and New Jersey, particularly in the coastal areas. I have very limited access to the internet, so my posts may continue to be intermittent for the next few days at least. Rather than attempt to describe what it was like, I am just going to post some video shot by resident Stormchaser Scott McPartland.