It’s been a year and a half since Hurricane Sandy struck, and for many people in South Queens and the Rockaways, the rebuilding process remains stuck in neutral. That’s ridiculous.
A major problem is the abject failure to date of the city’s Build it Back program. As of March 1, not a single house had been repaired under Build it Back, despite $648 million having been allocated to it. The lack of progress just may be the single worst failure of the last days of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration.
Now Mayor de Blasio has the chance to set things right, and it appears he’s trying to, appointing a new team of people to oversee the effort, shifting funds to make it easier for homeowners to access them and taking other steps we hope will finally get people in South Queens, Rockaway and other areas the help they need.