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  • From left: James Oddo and Sandy damage in Staten Island

    From left: James Oddo and Sandy damage in Staten Island

    A portion of South Beach in Staten Island could be transformed by a plan to rebuild homes damaged during Superstorm Sandy on a common elevated platform.

    The South Beach Civic Association has proposed replacing vulnerable bungalows and two-story houses in Sunnymeade Village with about 50 elevated homes, the Wall Street Journal reported. The plan has the backing of borough president James Oddo, who has advocated for elevated housing in other low-lying areas including Midland Beach and Ocean Breeze, according to the newspaper. [more]

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  • A home being razed on Fox Beach on Staten Island

    A home being razed on Fox Beach on Staten Island

    Following Hurricane Sandy, the community of Fox Beach on Staten Island was deemed too dangerous and too expensive because of the rising cost of flood insurance. Now that neighborhood is being raised, and locals bought out. But some are still fighting to save their homes.

    “I don’t know if they are offering me enough money, where I could buy something else for us. The guy down there moved into a studio. I don’t want to do that once I’ve owned a house,” Franca Costa told NPR. Costa is now one of only a handful of holdouts left. [more]

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  • Mayor Bill de Blasio at press conference on Superstorm Sandy recovery

    Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Superstorm Sandy recovery

    New York City officials believe they can quadruple the pace of repairing and renovating homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy by hiring additional contractors.

    The city intends to hire dozens of contractors who would be paid with federal funds to rebuild storm-ravaged properties through the Build It Back program, the Wall Street Journal reported. The city will seek proposals for services that include elevating houses above water levels to prevent damage from storm surge, according to the newspaper. [more]

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    Damaged homes in the Far Rockaways section of Queens

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling for the repayment of more than $5.8 million in Hurricane Sandy aid.

    The agency is investigating about 4,500 households for allegedly receiving improper funds after the 2012 storm. Of the households, 850 have been asked to return $5.8 million. The remaining households are still under review. [more]

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  • Former mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Poor program design and execution by the Bloomberg administration resulted in long waits for New Yorkers seeking funds to rebuild homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, an investigation by the New York Times found.

    The newspaper found that in trying to prevent the corruption that plagued New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Bloomberg’s office created a complicated program that yielded gridlock. The investigation also points blame at the administration of Bill de Blasio for failing to promptly make changes to the program, dubbed Build It Back. [more]

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the state's coast following Superstorm Sandy

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the state’s coast after Sandy

    UPDATED, 3:56 p.m., September 4: The Garden State managed to steer clear of major errors in its handling of post-Superstorm Sandy ads promoting the shore and featuring Governor Chris Christie, the federal government found. But the state didn’t make the grade with its procurement of a marketing contract worth up to $25 million, an audit by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general found. [more]

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  • New York City Housing Recovery Build It Back program

    The latest numbers from the New York City Housing Recovery’s Build it Back program

    After getting off to a slow start, a program to help New York City homeowners make repairs to houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy is gaining momentum. [more]

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    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration plans to use federal Hurricane Sandy grants to complete a 13-year initiative to map every building along the city waterfront.

    The final leg of the project will cover private, federal and state-owned buildings. The city Economic Development Corporation, which has handled mapping for many city-owned buildings thus far, issued a request for proposals today to find a private firm to wrap up the project. The firm would also have to update all the mapping data collected since 2001. [more]

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  • Hurricane Sandy damage on Staten Island

    Hurricane Sandy damage on Staten Island

    WEEKENDEDITION It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York. And now, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, some Staten Island and Brooklyn victims are finally able to repair their homes. [more]

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  • NYU Langone Medical Center at 550 First Avenue

    NYU Langone Medical Center at 550 First Avenue

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $1.13 billion in funds for repairs and mitigation projects for NYU Langone Medical Center.

    The federal aid will account for 90 percent of the project’s total costs, Crain’s reported. A planned budget allocates $540 million to repair NYU’s Smilow Research Center, Schwartz Care Center, the Medical Science Building, Skirball Institute, Tisch Hospital, Alumni Hall, Rusk Institute, Perelman Building, Schwartz Hall and Coles Student Laboratories. [more]

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  • New York City flood zones

    New York City flood zones

    New building requirements that protect against flooding have put landlords of public and regulated multifamily buildings in a catch-22 situation, according to a new report from the NYU Furman Center.

    New flood insurance rates imposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy leave landlords with a tough choice: pay higher insurance premiums or embark on costly retrofits that would lower those premiums, the New York Observer reported. The dilemma affects 1,500 buildings with 90,000 units of public, subsidized or rent-stabilized housing. The report concludes that the only viable choice for many landlords is to make them market rate. [more]

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    Hurricane Sandy damage in New York, and Scott Stringer

    The city Department of Homeless Services paid $19.9 million in emergency contracts during Hurricane Sandy for services that were never provided, according to a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office cited by the Wall Street Journal.

    The contracts were intended to give victims a temporary shelter. Instead, the agency “made the city vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse,” Stringer wrote in the report. [more]

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  • Hurricane Sandy damage in New York (left) and New Jersey (right)

    Hurricane Sandy damage in New York (left) and New Jersey (right)

    New York City is back on track with post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Nearby New Jersey, however, is under fire for spending nearly $100 million in federal funds on contractors, including one that was later fired for poor performance, according to a report released Wednesday. [more]

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  • The Gowanus Canal

    The Gowanus Canal

    From the July issue: In this month’s roundup of government-related real estate news, TRD checks out the city’s search for engineers to study the feasibility of tidal barriers in the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek. We also have news on Hurricane Sandy victims who repaired or renovated their homes in the storm’s aftermath, who will receive nearly $4 million in tax relief thanks to a new bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Click here to read these items and more.

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    Larry Cantwell and Sandy in the Hamptons

    The Hamptons and a stretch of the South Shore on Long Island lack storm protections nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy.

    The state and federal government have yet to review a $750 million Army Corps of Engineers project – known as the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study – that would reconstruct dunes and salt marshes. The plan would also allow for houses to be bought out from Montauk to Fire Island. Work is slated to start in September. [more]

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    Rendering of a prototype home replacing Sandy-ravaged site

    The Department of Housing Preservation and Development applied for several zoning permits late last month in order to rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

    The Board of Standards and Appeals is expected to decide whether the seven special permits are acceptable. Before that vote, the local community board will vote next week. The new storm-resistant properties would be constructed in place of homes that were built prior to the existence of building and zoning codes. [more]

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  • From left: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hurricane Sandy damage on Long Island

    From left: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hurricane Sandy damage on Long Island

    The slow pace of aid distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims is largely due to a bureaucratic tangle meant to weed out fraud, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday. [more]

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  • Prototype of OEM's post-disaster housing units

    Prototype of OEM’s post-disaster housing units

    The city’s Office of Emergency Management unveiled the first products of its Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Program in Brooklyn Heights today — prefabricated units meant to be shipped and assembled in a flash following a disaster like Hurricane Sandy.

    The prototype exhibited today was made out of three apartment units, one holding three bedrooms and two with one bedrooms, ranging in size from 480 square feet to 813 square feet. One is handicap-accessible. [more]

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  • Rendering of flood barriers along the Gowanus Canal

    Rendering of flood barriers along the Gowanus Canal

    The city is on the hunt for engineers to study the feasibility of constructing flood barriers along the mouth of the Gowanus Canal and along Newtown Creek. [more]

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  • From left: Design for Big U project and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

    From left: Design for Big U project and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

    The federal government will spend nearly $1 billion dollars on structures intended to protect New York and New Jersey from severe storms like Hurricane Sandy. [more]

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