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NY Rising: Funds for Sandy Homeowners Coming Soon

A home on the rise on Pennsylvania Street in Long Beach in October 2013. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
A home on the rise on Pennsylvania Street in Long Beach in October 2013. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

Jon Kaiman, the head of NY Rising, said Hurricane Sandy victims still waiting for federal aid funds should receive checks in “coming weeks” so that they can start to rebuild their homes.

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Most of the $98 million in aid that has already been distributed has gone to reimburse people who have already rebuilt their homes, and NY Rising is waiting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to approve more funds before the state program can distribute them to homeowners, Kaiman told News 12. Said Kaiman:

"In terms of the order that HUD is allowing us to release the funds, there are different types of verifications that may need to take place from HUD's standpoint." 

In Long Beach, while many resident have rebuilt and returned to their homes after the storm that struck 14 months ago, many others remain displaced and still await funds from various government programs, including New York Rising.

Annemarie Connell, a Long Beach resident who is still waiting to move back into her rebuilt home on West Beech Street, wrote on the City of Long Beach’s Facebook page Thursday in response to the News 12 report:

“I received a phone call right before Christmas saying a check was being sent and to this day nada. I already put out $320,000 to have my house raised and still need this money to complete... My case worker knows nothing about the checks either. This phone call got my hopes up and now I give up.”

Another resident, Sherry Egan, wrote: “I received a check last Thursday. My case worker called and left a message stating that we needed to ‘go over’ the award letter. Turns out they ‘miscalculated’ and gave us too much. Now we have to go return the check and have a new (much less) one issued. Talk about a blow to the mind!!!!”

In protest of the red tape and other unresolved bureaucratic matters involved in receiving the funds, organizations such as Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA formed and staged rallies last year demanding that these programs make payments to eligible homeowners.  

Kaiman will hold a public meeting about the funds at the South Nassau Unitarian Congregation, 228 S. Ocean Ave. in Freeport, at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.
larry teague January 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM
kaiman. a Nassau croney. great buddy od zapson. a suozzi buddy. part of the patronage machine that gets their own elected. wheels keep turning with lots of grease. then a disaster occurs and the breadth of the incompetence is exposed. NY Rising, IRS, Obamadontcare, Benghazi, the list is endless. after all is said and done, we get shafted by these people. keep this in your memory banks
Rachel January 11, 2014 at 06:42 AM
I recvd a check for 1/10th amount originally granted to me and an award to lift 10,000 less than originally quoted to me and still half of what is needed to lift my home. When I asked my case worker why the #s changed and why although she says the lift would be totaly covered up to $300k they still only say i would get only 50k
Patrick Smith January 11, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Nysinking ,Thats what we should call it
Just a Resident January 11, 2014 at 09:03 AM
The bottom line: it's a jobs program.
Sandy Man January 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Pretty much the inspector uses same software nfip uses so if you had full flood insurance and were paid fairly it should technically net to a award of zero The lift part is up to 50k and the icc amount is backed out as dob However in homeowners handbook certain things as new sewer and sump fall in neither AA or ECR and you can use it to lower fema or insurance amount Devil is in details
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Benghazi It's Benghazi fault. Benghazi,Benghazi,Benghazi, oh wit it's ACA,ACA,ACA, and Benghazi,Benghazi,Benghazi. Doyou hear yourself?
Sandy Man January 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Also if you are awaiting check call NYRising general number and see if you application is in completed status Everyone is still in vob even folks who got checks but you need to be in completed status to get check Very important to read handbook and faqs on stormrecovery web site prior to receipt of check Once you receive it you go to closing and cash and waive right to appeal. If check is wrong you can't cash if you want to appeal and it could be weeks or months Jan 21 ny rising is issuing new info so check back online for further clarity on process to get paid for work to be performed Right now they are focusing on work already done
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Eddie imposter above..
Eddie January 11, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Sandy man is a imposter victim. He lives in his moms basement. Does not own a home.
Sandy Man January 11, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Checks issued now are for work already completed. It is a reimbursement so you can just deposit in bank For work to be completed ny rising plans to pay contractor directly
Larry January 11, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Ever hear the phrase "if it's too good to be true, it probably is"?! No one is just giving away boatloads of $$ to raise your home. And they WILL deduct ANY reimbursement you have received from ANY insurance source. You can be very sure of that. My sister-in-law received an "award" of $4300! And that is because she received $98,000 from her insurance company. Even though she used all of those funds just to make her house whole again. NY Rising was not willing to give her anything additional to raise her home Just the $4300. And keep in mind, you're at the mercy of the GC. THEY are the ones who receive the funds so if they decide to scrimp on materials, you suffer. And they will tell you all those little things, like "knobs on your cabins" are considered "extras at the homeowners' expense". Put your house up for sale; and sell to a contractor. Especially if you're in Long Beach. The entire landscape there has changed anyway.
Sandy Man January 11, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Larry your sister in law if she did not have flood insurance would have got a check for around 75k Ny rising offered her a little over 100k but it backs out insurance money
Eddie January 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM
And you should believe Sandy man because he built his mansion with Sandy money that he got before anyone else because he knew how to fill out the application better then anyone else. His case manager was a genius too.
Ronald February 05, 2014 at 12:28 PM
It looks like what Larry is saying that the promise for help with building back higher and stronger doesn't apply to those who must elevate due to substantial damage. Larry's sister in law has somewhere between 100-200k of unmet needs which NY rising did not address. Not fair to someone who may have paid their flood insurance for many years. Their premiums go to FEMA. I do feel for those without insurance and believe they should be helped. But to not pay into a flood program and then expect to be first in line when it happens is ludicrous unless you can prove a financial hardship. Those who paid their premiums played by the rules.
Sandy Man February 05, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Ny rising is taxpayer funded and had absolutely nothing to do with flood insurance. Folks with higher incomes who pay higher taxes are paying for it. Most folks with low lying houses had subsidized insurance and were actually the ones bankrupting nfip in first place.
Ronald February 05, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Yes Sandy Man. Your house is lower than mine and now you want to be compensated with the taxpayers dollar without paying into a system designed to protect against a flood? You want something for nothing. When I purchased my flood insurance it was not stated how much of a subsidy was included. These subsidy numbers are something made up as the risk is not equal in all parts of the country. The citizens in this country were not told how much that subsidy was. Most would not have bought that home. They rolled out the red carpet to yank it out from under with Biggert Waters 2012. Now it is forced mitigation for many. But I believe you don't have insurance so that now makes you one of the lucky ones. You don't have to mitigate!
Sandy Man February 08, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Back during Katrina a lot of aid was help back as a senator commented why are the abled bodied men under 65 who own these homes not working to fix their own homes and neighbors homes. They are just sitting around. Folks who got reimbursed for work done often worked their butt off doing much work themselves and watched costs. These folks got reimbursed 100 percent from ny rising and are happy
Ronald February 08, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Again the Sandy Man looks down and judges the lazy peasants who are malingering about below him. This is not New Orleans or Katrina. It is unrelated what a Lousiana senator says. It is a state filled with backwards politics. The middle class homeowners have jobs .many have long commutes and work long hours. Most of them ate not in the home construction business and are unlicensed
Ronald February 08, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Typo...are not ate in my post above. Elevation and tear down projects are way beyond most homeowners. NY Rising requires licensed contractors.
Ronald February 08, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Maybe you should change your screen name to Boogeyman .
Sandy Man February 08, 2014 at 06:21 PM
For the AA portion work does not need to be done by licensed contractor or do you even need receipts. As long as ny rising can verify work was done you get paid I did electrical and mold abatement myself as there is a thing called the Internet and Home Depot and in inspection it was verified and I got paid The ECR portion requires licensed folk for work to be done In this case folks who moved ahead got rewarded
Ronald February 08, 2014 at 08:06 PM
You're beating a dead horse now. Most areas require licensed contractors for plumbing,heating and other areas. Yes ,those who have a ton of time on their hands may be able to learn new trades and pass their municipalities test which allows them to do their own work.Otherwise work was done without a permit and no CO. Lots of people did their own mold abatement. Those with insurance who did will not save anything . the amount received for abatement in their flood claim will be subtracted from the NY rising award.

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