WASHINGTON — A federal task force will hold its initial meeting next Tuesday to begin tackling the problems of Hurricane Sandy victims not being properly reimbursed for their damage from the storm.
U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are to be joined by New York's two U.S. senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer; Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Sandy victims and others.
Three grassroots groups join forces and become Yellow Boots. It's kinda like The Avengers. Or The Justice League. Maybe X-Men.
Guyon Rescue, Yellow Boots, Siller Foundation, HOPEWorldwide and many other orgs help rebuild The Collins family home ravaged by hurricane Sandy. 18th month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dedication to serving others inspired dozens of volunteers on Staten Island on Saturday.
They gave their time and muscle to help several people who are still trying to rebuild nearly 15 months after Superstorm Sandy.
More than 80 volunteers suited up in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The New York City Church of Christ, joined with Yellow Boots and Hope Worldwide for the day of service.
Dario and Antoinette Veggian were all smiles on Saturday. The New Dorp couple has struggled since their basement was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy more than one year ago.
"It's still emotional, it's still hard to cope with," said Veggian, 68, a Vietnam veteran. "I did a lot of work to patch the house -- the best I can. I didn't have the money to tear it down and start from scratch and rebuild, so you patch it up and somehow try to get back to normal."
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-SI/Brooklyn) sent the following letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of families and homeowners that have yet to see a dime from ‘Build-it-Back.’ The letter demands answers to critical funding questions and slams city for dragging its feet and letting the clock run out – passing the recovery effort on to the new Administration:
“Christmas is just around the corner, and some Staten Island families will spend a second holiday season after Sandy without a home,” said Rep. Grimm. “This is completely unacceptable. My constituents are at their wits’ end waiting in limbo on action from the City. They deserve answers on when they will be receiving funds and how much. The City cannot buck its responsibilities any longer or run the clock out until the next Administration. To do so would be a disgrace and permanent blemish on the Mayor's legacy.”
The text of the letter is below the flip:
On November 30th and December 1, Port Authority send two dozen volunteers to help Yellow Boots rebuild a home in Midland Beach. Read on to see a promotional video created from the event for the Super Service Challenge.
Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-Staten Island/Brooklyn) issued the following statement:
“Today marks one year since President Obama came to Staten Island and toured the damage in New Dorp Beach. On that day, promises were made by our President, our Governor, and our Mayor. While the State’s housing recovery program seems to be in full swing, far less can be said about the City’s Build-it-Back Program.
“On Staten Island, most homeowners have yet to see a dime of federal funding distributed through Build-it-Back, while some have yet to move back home. For the first time in their lives, they may be wishing they lived on Long Island.