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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reconstruction committee hosts first public meeting
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Maureen Lennon/Herald
Steven Bresin from the Oceanside Sub-Committee discusses some issues with Amy C. Engel, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island.- rethink-rebuild-renew.

Oceanside resident Jill Weber, a manager for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation who manages the parks and beaches on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, knows all about recovery and sustainability. Her house was devastated by Sandy, but she has spent a great deal of time ensuring that the rebuilding and recovery process in Rockaway will allow for sustainability.

Weber was supportive of the discussions at the community meeting. “This is what we’re doing in New York City,” she said. “You’re on the right track as long as you’re looking at sustainability as well as recovery and repair. You have to look at what surrounding communities are doing, because the entire South Shore is interconnected, and what happens in one community will impact all the others.”

Many of the comments and priorities that were listed at the four stations mentioned storm drains, bulkheads and water treatment plants. One, however, drew a bit more attention. “Buy out 7 houses on the west side of Royal Avenue,” it read. “Everyone there is interested.”

While a schedule of future public meeting has not yet been set, it will be made available at stormrecovery.ny.gov.

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