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Babylon, Long Island residents still struggling after Superstorm Sandy

Kristin Thorne reports on their long wait for help
October 29, 2013 4:37:59 PM PDT
Babylon resident George Bein's story is similar to so many others who have yet to get back inside their homes - no help from insurance and very little or no help from FEMA.

"We're at a standstill. It's like time is frozen here, it's like it is October 29th, 2012," says Bein.

Yet strangely right across the street his neighbor got a huge lump of money from FEMA.

"It doesn't make any sense ? there is no rhyme or reason to how any of this works," Bein adds.

Neighbor Laurie Mitzman says the only reason she is back in her house is because she got sick of dealing with the government and doled out 100 thousand dollars of her own money.

"The fact that I had a little savings and had little family it was a God send," says Mitzman.

It is also not uncommon in this neighborhood to see people still living in mobile homes where their homes used to be.

Kristine Murillo has been living in a trailer for the past few months.

Some of the money people are waiting on is supposed to come from New York Rising - the state group tasked with handing out hundreds of millions of dollars to affected homeowners. Eyewitness News stopped by one of their eight call centers on Long Island today. Jon Kaiman is the head of the group.

"It takes time to get a program like this up and running. There are a lot of rules and regulations," says Kaiman, "we want to make sure we do it right, and want to make sure when people get our check they get to keep it."

Kaiman also adds that the Red Cross are really the only people who have come to his aid so far. They helped him seal up his house to keep the wild animals out.

"I've lost total faith in the government they've completely dropped the bomb on this," he adds, "it's been a lot of paperwork and a lot of money for the paperwork - waiting to get things disconnected, waiting for the town to approve, it's just a waiting game."

To get in touch with New York Rising you can call their hotline at 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263)


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