Pheffer Amato, Addabbo Add 2 Years to Breezy Work Permits
Today, June 8th, 2017, a two-year extension to Chapter 100 of the Laws of 2013, sponsored by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Breezy Point), was unanimously passed by the New York State Assembly. Chapter 100 provides exemptions for Breezy Point work permits for resiliency and recovery in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The companion extension bill had been passed two weeks prior, sponsored by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Breezy Point).
“Considering the delays that thousands of our residents have been subjected to under Build It Back, Rapid Repair and other programs at the City level, it was so urgent that we give our residents at least two more years to rebuild with relief from red tape,” said Pheffer Amato. “I appreciate my colleagues in both houses for understanding that my neighbors deserve to live in structurally sound homes and that that they deserve every chance to rebuild. This vote will make a huge difference for Breezy Point families, seniors, laborers and the overall community.”
“Almost five years after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, many Breezy constituents are still attempting to rebuild their lives and their homes in the community they love,” said Senator Addabbo. “While the storm wreaked havoc and devastation throughout my Senate district and elsewhere, this neighborhood was battered beyond imagination. With the passage of this initiative, we are helping the people of Breezy Point to continue to go forward and succeed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and to spare them the frustration and expense of reinventing the wheel when it comes to dealing with City bureaucracy.”
“This is great news,” said Denise Neibel, Assistant General Manager of the Breezy Point Cooperative. “Thank you to Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato and to Senator Addabbo for your support. Extension of this legislation will continue to enable our homeowners to more expeditiously progress through the rebuilding process and return their families home.”
A. 4068, as the two-year extension was called in the Assembly, was the second bill passed by Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato, who took office this year.