Negotiators for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey say talks with Federal Emergency Management Agency have stalled.
FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government. FEMA contracts with regulator insurance companies to process the claims. Homeowners say engineers hired by insurance companies allegedly falsified damage estimates and that homeowners aren't being repaid for the actual damage that Sandy caused.
Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.
Speaker Heastie says when it comes to helping young New Yorkers with paying for college, there’s a double standard.
As cars and trucks rumble on I-95 near Connecticut’s shoreline, they spew emissions into the air. On hot summer days, those emissions, along with the emissions from power plants and factories, cook in the sun, which turns them into ozone. Ozone is the chief component in smog.
Southern Connecticut’s ozone is some of the worst in the nation, and, while it’s much better than it was back in the 1980’s, it’s been getting worse.
After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Kathy Hanlon's life crumbled. Her Long Beach, N.Y., home had no electricity, her family was traumatized and one of her sons was getting sick. On top of that, there was the bureaucratic maze of flood insurance.
"I cried many times because I was so angry when I got off the phone with the insurance company," Hanlon says. "It was demeaning. We had to send them things repeatedly. We had to wait for phone calls. We had to wait for people to come visit the house."
Long Island is experiencing a spike in "zombie" homes—properties that are often abandoned after their owners receive a notice of foreclosure. They can fall into disrepair, reducing the values of surrounding property and serving as magnets for crime and vandalism.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is re-introducing legislation to combat the rise of abandoned properties. The bill is aimed at closing the gap of responsibility when a homeowner defaults.