Sandy victims struggle without FEMA aid

Long Islanders say they're not getting enough help from FEMA. (12/28/12)

WANTAGH - Saturday marks two months since Sandy socked Long Island, and many who are still out of their homes say they aren't getting much help from the federal government.

Wantagh resident and Korean War veteran George Skidmore says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would not give him assistance because he declined flood insurance. Skidmore says he never received a letter about the insurance offer.

FEMA Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne says the agency is doing a good job in Sandy's wake. In the past 60 days, he says FEMA has handed out $813 million, the Small Business Administration has loaned $320 million and the federal flood insurance program has given out $800 million in assistance.

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After News 12 Long Island's requests and at the urging of Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), FEMA officials say they will take another look at Skidmore's application.

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