City promises progress on Sandy recovery three years after storm

CITY HALL — At least one Staten Island family was satisfied with Build it Back’s progress on Hurricane Sandy’s third anniversary Thursday.

Frank and MaryLou Barcia’s New Dorp Beach home was one of the fastest elevations through the city’s housing recovery program.

Happy Homeowners

“He did my house — fuggedaboutit — it was great,” Frank Barcia said of private contractor Ducky Johnson Home Elevation LLC. “Had it up in 90 days.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio and borough elected officials visited the Barcia’s home on Maple Terrace where they promised Build it Back efforts would be over soon.

“We will not be satisfied until everyone who was dislocated is back in their home,” de Blasio said.

The city’s recovery program for single-family homes will complete by the end of 2016.

Officials said the city needs homeowners’ cooperation in relocating during construction to make sure this schedule is met.

“We will go the distance to make sure they have a good place to be while their home is being elevated or rebuilt,” the mayor said.

 
 
Just over 60 percent of Island homeowners have already been served by Build it Back as of this week.

This includes more than 1,200 Staten Islanders who were reimbursed over $19.9 million through for repairs. Construction has started on 402 borough homes and 339 projects have completed through the program.

Local officials said the deadline will help hold the city accountable for recovery.

“The only way we are going to get folks home as quickly as possible is for this mayor to have done what he did,” Borough President James Oddo said.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) said, “There is a light at the end of this tunnel.”

“It is a process and the logistics are complicated but we’re going to get there and we’re going to be a stronger community because of it,” State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) added.