On the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, many homeowners and residents in New York’s Fourth Congressional District still have not gotten the relief that was promised to them – and that they desperately need to rebuild and restore their lives.
Bruce Blakeman, the Republican-Conservative-Independence nominee for Congress, called for reopening the application process for New York Rising, as many senior citizens, disabled persons and displaced families missed the April deadline to apply for benefits given to New York State by the federal government.
“In Congress, I will be the loudest voice to ensure neighbors of hardest hit communities on the South Shore receive the aid they needed to rebuild and recover. Many communities – like Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Bay Park, East Rockaway and other hard hit areas – need the federal government’s help. I join with Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg in supporting the reopening of relief applications,” Blakeman said.
Weisenberg wrote to Governor Cuomo on September 23, 2014 requesting the reopening of the application process for neighbors.
Blakeman has also called for Congressional hearings on Sandy-related issues, such as recovery financing, delayed insurance payments, US Small Business Administration loan repayments, tougher penalties for fraudulent out of state contractors and a look into the controversial Earth Movement insurance exclusion that has left thousands of families without compensation they deserve. Insurance companies had wrongfully denied claims for cracks in home foundations from the hurricane on this controversial clause.
“There are still people hurting out there and it’s time to get to the bottom of whether government is doing enough to ease Hurricane Sandy’s burdens on those devastated by the superstorm. Government should be helping, not hindering, recovery efforts,” Blakeman said.