FREEPORT - Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted a conference today where a number of leaders presented New York Rising community reconstruction plans, but many Long Island homeowners are still waiting for their New York Rising funds to arrive.
Community leaders from across the state discussed green infrastructure projects and plans for coastal and wetland protection against the next big storm. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano says the state has been helping Long Island residents repair their homes. He says nearly 5,000 Nassau residents have received over $212 million in rebuilding funds so far. But homeowners in Freeport who are trying to rebuild say they are still waiting for their money.
"It makes me sick,” says Anna Ervolina, of Freeport. “My 3-year-old, my 5-year-old, we're still homeless. I don't even have an award letter from NY Rising."
Michele Mittleman, of Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA, says despite the recovery efforts, thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims remain homeless.
"The governor's very proud of fixing infrastructure and beaches and that's wonderful and eventually it has to be done, but it's crazy that they're not putting homeowners first," Mittleman told News 12.
The New York Rising groups in Oakdale, West Sayville and South Valley Stream were each awarded $3 million in Sandy aid for their communities during today’s conference.
For footage of the entire New York Rising conference, watch the clip to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.