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On the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Senator
Senator also pushed for the STRONG Act, bipartisan legislation she authored to strengthen the resiliency of
"On the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we remember the lives lost and the countless others who are slowly piecing their lives back together.
Amid the destruction, I have seen the best of
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Senator Gillibrand's Remarks Today, it has been exactly one year since Superstorm Sandy hit my home state of
But there is something else to remember today. In the days, weeks and months that followed Superstorm Sandy, we also saw the absolute best of
We know that New Yorkers are a resilient bunch. We get knocked down, but we get right back up. And as I traveled all across
In the Rockaways, I saw hundreds of residents create an impromptu bustling plaza of hot food and warm clothing for those in need.
I remember talking to one small business owner in
I also asked him that day to have dinner in that very spot where that boat was resting. And he said yes. We did that just a few months ago and it was amazing.
While the road to recovery is very long and very hard, New Yorkers will rebuild and they will rebuild stronger.
But we also have to do our part. Too many communities are still recovering and rebuilding - some families are actually still homeless, living in trailers or confined to the second floors of their homes, still waiting for additional assistance.
Too many homeowners have not yet received the funding to repair their homes and their businesses, and too often, those that are struggling to rebuild have been caught up in red tape.
Throughout the past year, I have pushed to change some of the Federal policies that have stood in the way of recovery, and we have had some successes.
We were successful in pushing
We were able to get the
And we received assurances from the
<p>But that's really not enough. Because, for all of our successes, we still are facing so many challenges. There is still far too much red tape getting in between families and recovery. My office hears every single day from homeowners and families who are struggling to just move forward.
Many of us are working on a bipartisan bill to postpone the potentially disastrous flood insurance rate increases coming into effect as a result of the Biggert-Waters flood insurance reform law. So I urge my colleagues in the
Some homeowners - even as they do rebuild - have started seeing their rates increase. This could cause many of my constituents to be forced out of the homes and communities that they love.
This is why the Menendez-Isakson bill is so critical, and why I strongly urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this common-sense legislation.
As we focus on providing communities with all of the resources they need to rebuild from Sandy, the federal government is partnering with States, local governments, the private sector and academia to develop solutions that will protect us from the next disaster. We know that for every dollar spent to make our homes, businesses and infrastructure more resilient,
Earlier this year, Senator Wicker and I introduced the STRONG Act - which stands for Strengthening the Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground.
This bipartisan bill to build on the progress that is being made locally, requires the Federal government to develop a national resiliency strategy and assess where the gaps are and opportunities for improvement lie. It would also create a new information portal for both the public and private sectors to share information on how to strengthen our communities against future extreme weather threats.
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