There was a meeting held at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y., last night. Local and federal officials were there to answer residents’ question about the recovery effort a month after Superstorm Sandy hit.
According to local news reports, the auditorium was filled to over-capacity. The residents who attended the meeting, to paraphrase Shakespeare, came not to praise officials, but to bury them.
People here are asking why is it, after a disaster that is not of their own making, are they being forced to take on a heavy debt burden to become whole again?
Insurance is proving inadequate. Many homeowners don’t have flood coverage, and if they did, it doesn’t cover what many lost in their basements. It may come as a surprise to others around the country, but in the New York and New Jersey area, people live in their basements. They have lost everything and are receiving minimal help.