Community groups discuss impact of Sandy
More than 15 community groups that formed after Superstorm Sandy met at Molloy College Monday to discuss what has worked, what hasn't worked and what still needs to be done after the storm.
The Friends of Long Island raised close to $500,000 to provide aid to residents through grants and fundraisers. Some say the funds are not enough.
Jenn Mattison, of Lindenhurst, says she is still waiting on grants and NY Rising money two years after the storm. She is currently paying her mortgage on her uninhabitable home while renting another property.
"[NY Rising] made lots of promises. We keep hearing the money's coming," Mattison told News 12.
Others, such as Patti Kelly, of Patchogue, have been able to rebuild their homes after receiving $140,000 from the NY Rising program. Flooding had completely destroyed the first floor of her home after the October 2012 storm.
The grassroots organizations say it's helped many families rebuild but that more needs to be done, including upgraded emergency plans, infrastructure improvements and a significant increase in case managers at New York Rising.