Since January, Mayor Bill de Blasio has put forth efforts to make up for the too little, too late response of the government after the storm. His office has revamped the Build it Back program and made other legislative changes, making it easier for victims to get the help they need.
Now local politicians are looking to do their part, including Councilmember Mark Treyger, who recently announced that he would offer free legal aid and Build it Back assistance for those who are still struggling in the storm’s aftermath.
“With so many New Yorkers still struggling to recover nearly two years after the storm, the city has a responsibility to provide all of the help needed to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses,” Treyger said. “It is important to make government as convenient as possible and to bring services directly to the community, which is why I am offering these free programs right from my Coney Island district office.”
A representative from the Legal Aid Society will be at Treyger’s office every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-September.
Residents can get help with landlord and tenant disputes over repairs and rent abatements, Temporary Disaster Assistance Program vouchers or Section 8 vouchers, consumer debt collection, flood insurance issues, Small Business Administration loans and contractor fraud.
A case manager from the Build it Back program will also be available from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every other Monday, to answer any questions residents may have about the program or their applications.
Both of these services are also available by appointment if residents contact Treyger’s Coney Island office.
“Many storm victims still have difficult and important decisions to make, so it is imperative that they have someone they can turn to for reliable information and advice,” Treyger said. “I urge anyone who needs legal assistance as a result of Superstorm Sandy or help navigating the Build it Back program to take advantage of these programs available right here in the community.”