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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
NY Rising releases award letters
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Courtesy New York State
When residents receive their award letter, it will mark the third of a nine-step process that NY Rising has outlined for grant recipients on its website.

But those who don’t feel the grant is comprehensive enough are left with few options. Debbie Gialanze, a displaced Long Beach resident, said that her house was deemed “unsafe” by a NY Rising inspector. It needs to be demolished, and she and her husband are planning on putting a modular home in its place.

But when she opened her NY Rising grant letter, Gialanze said, she was shocked. Her estimated cost of reconstruction was $156,000, but after her insurance payout was deducted, her award was reduced to $80,000, much less than she needs to demolish and rebuild, she said. If she were to take on an SBA loan to make up the difference, however, the total of her loan would be deducted from her NY Rising award, and she would be back at square one.

“So either I take the money from SBA and try to rebuild a home on that, or take the $80,000 and try to rebuild a home on that,” Gialanze said. “This whole thing is a farce, and it is disgusting what our government is doing to us.”

Taking the next step

For many, the award letter will signal the start of a rebuilding process that has been stalled for months. Now homeowners must select architects and contractors — and fill out more paperwork to accept the grant.

“This will be an ongoing process, and we will be working with homeowners over the next several months,” Diamond said. “We’re anxious to get started and have them begin work, but it will take some time for people to engage the right people to do the work and move on from there.”

One fear expressed by residents was that NY Rising would make homeowners choose from its list of contractors, and that the work would not go to a homeowner’s preferred contractor or local businesses. Diamond said that that is a misconception. The program does have requirements for contractors doing work with grant money, but they are very basic, he said. They must be insured, bonded, have at least three years’ experience and be licensed in the community in which they will be working. Contractor interested in working on NY Rising projects may easily register with the program.

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Sandeep

I don't understand why the women from Long Beach is concerned. Take the 80K from NYS rising and instead of SBA loan do a 401K loan, HELOC, take from savings, sell your cars, borrow from Mom etc. You just cant borrow from NYS rising AND SBA as it is double dipping in their eyes.

My only question on program is, ok lets say you open mail box today and it says you are entitled to 50K for work done and 100K for work to be done.

What's next. When do I get my check for 50K and what is process to go ahead and hire a contractor?

It is a shame the money is so late in coming. Folks with no flood insurance and only the $31,900 from FEMA did not expect anything. Many threw like 70K into house fixing it best they could.

Most would have done nothing to house. And build a new house. Now trouble is they dont have enough to build a new house. They have splits etc where part of house is below BFE, as such their flood insurance rate will go through roof in a few years if they dont raise house. But now they dont have enough to raise house as they blew money making their home livable.

Still great the state is doing this. Long Beach in like three years will be ten times better due to Sandy.

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Sandeep

Many of the small long beach bungalows with detached garages are hit by fact NYS rising does not cover damage to detached garages and repairs are often based on "unit" costing, length, width, height of rooms etc.

If you have a house under 1,000 square feet with a detached garage and you neighbor has a 1,800 split with a 200 square foot attached garage the checks are going to be very different.

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