Red tape still holding up some LI homeowners from rebuilding 19 months after Sandy

Although Sandy hit Long Island 19 months ago, red tape is holding back some Long Islanders from rebuilding.

Many Long Island homeowners still lack the funds

Many Long Island homeowners still lack the funds to finish rebuilding homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

ISLAND PARK - Although Sandy hit Long Island 19 months ago, red tape is holding back some Long Islanders from rebuilding.

Cathy Corbett’s Island Park home was destroyed by Sandy. Cathy, her husband Bill and their four teenage children now share an apartment across town. The Corbetts have had to take out loans against their pensions to pay their mortgage as they pay rent.

They received $90,000 from New York Rising to start their rebuild months ago, but still need money to finish the home. They are hoping more funds from New York Rising will come, but Corbett isn’t confident they will.

“When I call, they have no idea what I’m talking about,” she says.

Michelle Mittleman, of Sandy Victims Fighting FEMA, says many other Long Islanders are bogged down with red tape, whether they’re trying to sell their home, rebuild or get help with rent. Contractors like Ben Jackson, of Freeport, say they’re ready to do work, but that they can’t because so many haven’t received the funds to rebuild.

“We haven’t done any storm work in three or four months,” he says. “Considering where we are, that’s really what we should be doing.”

News 12 Long Island reached out to New York Rising about the status of the Corbetts’ case, but has not heard back.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Nassau Fire Officials say 2 people had to 1 2 hospitalized after car hit brick pillar in Port Washington
Holistic techniques and specially adapted equipment are used 2 Nassau BOCES Carmen Road School offers sensory treatment class
Nassau Police have arrested 17-year-old Jeustin David Maldonado 3 Police: Teen arrested in connection with fatal Uniondale shooting
A person was killed in a crash involving 4 Police: Person killed in crash with school bus in Ronkonkoma
Brian Conners, 25, was killed Saturday while snowboarding 5 Smithtown H.S. East mourns loss of assistant football coach

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Officials say many eligible Long Islanders have not NY Rising application deadline arrives

Today is last day to sign up for financial assistance from the New York Rising

The application deadline for NY Housing Recovery Program, Deadline for Sandy aid coming up

The deadline for homeowners to register for Sandy aid is approaching. The application deadline for

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.