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HOME-WRECKED [Video]

For Sandy victims in the South Shore of Long Island, the National Flood Insurance Program is not the only recovery agency that may have cheated them out of millions of dollars. Homeowners also relied on a state program, also financed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to raise and recover their battered houses. But two and a half years later, the agency keeps changing the rules, the families are in debt, and the properties remain destroyed. [LINK]

A film by Arianne Alcorta. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2015.

[NY RISING] Awesome news from Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky: The changing of 50/50

Dear Fellow Community Members,

I have an important announcement concerning NY Rising’s 50-50 payout program:

I am happy to announce that the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery has decided to reform the grant payout system so that applicants will no longer receive 50 percent of their grant at the start of construction and 50 percent after completion of the lengthy closeout process, commonly known as 50-50. Changing 50-50 has been a top priority of mine since my first day in office because, as we all know, the original system did not provide homeowners with adequate assistance to rebuild, causing undue stress and financial hardship.

Whereas the original payment structure provided 50 percent of grants at the start of construction and 50 percent after completion, the reformed structure will provide an initial payment of 50 percent of the total grant, an interim payment, upon request, of 25 percent after substantial construction is completed, and the remaining 25 percent after construction and the close-out process is completed.

The new payout system will divide these applicants into two categories: 1) applicants whose total remaining award is less than $20,000; and 2) applicants whose remaining award is greater than $20,000.

Applicants in the first category will automatically be eligible to receive an interim payment after self-certifying that they have completed substantial construction, and will receive the final 25 percent after the close-out process has been completed. Those in the second category who request an interim payment will undergo an inspection (which we are told will happen quickly) to ensure that work has begun and has yet to be completed. Such recipients will then be placed on track to receive the interim payment, followed by the final payment after close-out.

I am hopeful that this change will aid storm victims in their recovery process. However, this is only one more step in the right direction. I will continue to fight for our community to ensure that every resident is finally able to return home. I am not so foolish as to believe that all issues with this program will be magically swept away. But I do know that this reform represents some progress, and that constant advocacy on your behalf can produce results. I will keep fighting.

Sincerely,

Todd Kaminsky
Assemblyman, 20th District

NY Rising’s Acquisition Program in question [Guest Author]

Anthony,

Long time reader, first time poster. Thank you for agreeing to post the following information that I hope your readers will find valuable.

Last evening I approached our City Council and the city’s management with concerns I have with NY Rising’s Acquisition program.  For those of you who are unaware, this program is in the process of purchasing 60+ properties in the City of Long Beach. According to their website (http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/ny-rising-buyout-and-acquisition-programs) the “properties purchased as acquisitions will be eligible for redevelopment in the future in a resilient manner to protect future occupants of this property.  The State in consultation with local officials will determine the development of acquired areas to ensure that the properties best serve the future goals of the community.  In some cases, the properties will remain undeveloped and be transformed into parks or other non-residential uses, while others will be redeveloped in a resilient manner.”

I brought up various issues and concerns with the program as I detail below.  I was told last night concerning these properties that “the rules are the state will bid them out to developers to be developed as resilient homes at market rate, that is what we (the city) have been told, and your concerns about low income housing should not be a realistic concern, and any concern about that property laying fallow and not being on the tax roll should not be a concern it is something we are watching quite closely.”

I was glad that our city representatives were aware of this program and had some of the same concerns as I did and were able to share their thoughts on it.

Since this program is being administered by NY Rising I do have reason to believe that what the state told the city will be modified/changed/altered/reshaped/revised/tweaked/transformed/reworked/adjusted/converted/mutated as many NY Rising Programs have been.  In fact yesterday afternoon the city itself posted on their Facebook page their concerns with the NY Rising program including the “Intermediate rule and procedural changes by NY Rising”, while the city tried last night to allay my concerns with the program as they further explained how it now exists there is no definitive way to assure me that NY Rising will not modify/change/alter/reshape/revise/tweak/transform/rework/adjust/convert/mutate the rules of this program as well.

I have attached a map I obtained from the NY Rising Funding Portal (http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/funding-portal) which details the location of the properties in the NY Rising Acquisition Program.  I have also attached a list of 11 properties (as of Jan 23) that have been closed on and their sale price. These real estate transactions conducted by the state are public record and were provided in response to a FOIL request.

While my hope is that these properties will be sold for market value, I think the city should remain vigilant with this program and make sure that it does not morph into non market value housing options.

Among the questions I raised last evening were

  • What is the status of the GOSR’s consultation with our local officials regarding these properties and is there any timeline for decisions and actual development?
  • What impact will the loss of these 60 properties from the city’s tax rolls have on future budgets and services?
  • Who is responsible for maintaining these properties?I know for a fact that one of them has not had snow removal done this year.  Will they become eyesores with overgrown weeds this summer or is there a plan for maintenance and cleaning, and at whose expense?
  • Will these properties be developed as market value housing or are plans under way to develop these as “Low/Moderate/Insert Buzzword/Workfare/ Income” housing
  • What impact on the property values will the “dumping” of these 60 properties onto the sale market have?
  • Since these properties are owned by the state, are they required to follow our zoning laws or will they be allowed to build 2 family or if space on the property allows, a 3 family building?

Over the last 2 years, we have all heard stories of our neighbors who have sunk their life savings into rebuilding not only their homes but our community, I wonder if the same level of investment would have taken place knowing that the property next/beside/across to them was part of this program and what I see as the uncertainty surrounding it.

Unfortunately this shows another level of NY Rising’s failure. They purchased a 30X60 lot in the West End for over $504,000 to help one family move out of our community.   Yet the same family one door down is forced to jump through hoops to get a portion of that amount to stay and help rebuild our community.  Can anyone imagine what kind of house could have been built on that lot for $500,000? Just imagine what you could build for even a fraction of that amount.

GOSRFOIL NYRFundingMap(Click on map to enlarge)

Take the Sandy Recovery Survey [NY Rising is not meeting its objective and goals]

nyrisingNY RISING is FAILING many in Long Beach and the South Shore of Long Island. Take the Sandy Recovery Survey and take action:

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W5CHM5Y

“The South Shore Recovery Coalition is a joint task force of the most influential community groups formed after the storm across the south shore of Long Island. Joining these community groups under one umbrella provides a strong and unified voice with local, state, and federal politicians. Our members are well respected in the communities and have received numerous awards and recognition for their efforts to restore and rebuild the areas devastated by Super Storm Sandy.

Continue reading Take the Sandy Recovery Survey [NY Rising is not meeting its objective and goals]

New York Rising Public Meeting (May 12th)

NY_RisingCommunity members of the City of Long Beach are encouraged to attend the 4th and final New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program public meeting on Monday May 12, 2014 to hear about the final plan for these communities, including the proposed and featured implementation projects.

When: Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY
Who: The City of Long BeachPlanning Committee, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
Contact: Governor’s Office of StormRecovery,  info@stormrecovery.ny.gov Continue reading New York Rising Public Meeting (May 12th)

Long Beach NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan [A Quick Rundown]

A reader named Patrick was kind enough to do a quick rundown of the recently released Long Beach NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan. There are some really awesome and interesting ideas on the table here. Most for protecting our city by the sea, while others are aesthetic & sustainable improvements.

I’ve had this report for a few days now and there is so much to absorb. Every now and then I will try to highlight a topic for us to talk about, but in the meantime, enjoy: Long Beach NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan (PDF). A major thanks goes to all the members of the NYRCR Long Beach Planning Committee. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

PLEASE NOTE: ‘Proposed’ projects are the ones they asked for money for. ‘Featured’ projects are either already paid for through other means or sitting on a ‘wish’ list for funding down the road.

  • Bulkheading – North Shore (Proposed Project) p. 103
  • Drainage Improvements (Proposed Project) p. 107
  • Critical Facility Resiliency (Proposed Project) p. 111
  • Establish Office of Emergency Management (Proposed Project) p. 115
  • Protection of Community Centers (Proposed Project) p. 119
  • Park Avenue/Beech Street Streetscape Drainage Study and Infrastructure Improvements (Proposed Project) p. 123
  • Parking Garage for Emergency Vehicles (Proposed Project) p. 127
  • Protection of Wells and Sewer Pump/Lift Stations (Proposed Project) p. 131
  • Protection of Public Housing Units (Proposed Project) p. 135
  • Protection of Senior Housing Units (Proposed Project) p. 138
  • Stormwater Project Phase 2/ Stormwater Force Main Project (Featured Project) p. 141
  • North Shore Protection of Critical Utilities (Featured Project) p. 143
  • Canal Gates in the East End (Featured Project) p. 146
  • Park Avenue Complete Streets Phase 2 includes the
    redevelopment of Kennedy Plaza (Featured Project) p. 149
  • Bayfront Revitalization Plan (Featured Project) p. 152
  • Revolving Loan Fund for Elevating Homes (Featured Project) p. 154