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Update from NYC Emergency Management and Citizen Corps

Please read the latest update from the city regarding winter storm Niko.

Snow Storm Niko February 9, 2017

Please check out our latest news blast about the snow storm.

NYC City Council Committee on Recovery and Resiliency  Oversight – Build It Back Program

Please be advised that the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. in the Committee Room, City Hall, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topic.

If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing. The Council is extending an special invitations to homeowners registered in the program. Your testimony will be limited to three minutes. You can rsvp to


Important Build It Back Deadlines July 31st


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Brooklyn Post-Sandy Mental Health Resources

The BLTRG Mental Health and Spiritual Care Committee has compiled this list of resources for Brooklyn residents. If you have additional resources to add please email

Annual Meeting, January 20, 2015 Bulletin of Reports

We are pleased to present the Bulletin of Reports for our Annual Meeting held on January 20, 2015.

Annual Meeting 2015 Bulletin of Reports

Smart MH – Mental Health Services for Sandy affected people 60 and over

Do you know someone, 60+, who is still suffering from Sandy? Call (212) 602-4163. They will come and provide free or low cost treatment and referrals.




Proposed Action Plan Amendment 8 to CDBG released 12/19/14

The city has finalized its execution of the HUD CDBG for the third and final tranche of federal money in this amendment. Click here to read the amendment in its entirety. Big changes have been fiercely advocated for by our elected officials with the testimony over several hearings by survivors, long term recovery groups, community based organizations, small business advocates and the NYS DCMP on behalf of their clients, among others.

Here is the joint testimony  presented at the NYC Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency that we signed on to with our community and long term recovery partners on 9/18/14, which includes specific foreclosure suggestions outlined by board member Will Fairhurst. Please note that many of the policies advocated therein were championed by our city council.
Board Member Elizabeth Malone also presented testimony on 11/15/14 on behalf of the BLTRG board of directors regarding Insurance titled “Risk, Resiliency and Reality”.

While we salute the work of our elected officials, we also wish to acknowledge the advocacy and depth of knowledge evidenced by our communities, the organizations who serve them and the ongoing labor of our membership and board. Bravo to you all.

PUBLIC HEARINGS are scheduled for January. Click here for the schedule. The Brooklyn hearing is on our events calendar. Remember to check social media or call 311 to confirm meetings.

Letter to Membership regarding Annual Meeting 1/20

2014 registration letter

1. If you haven’t already, fill out the mou for your organization and email it to or fax to Sue Fox at 516 908-7629. One vote per organization, alternates can be designated on the form.
2. We have revised the by-laws to allow for greater participation by the members, growing the board and opening membership to affiliate members who can participate, but not vote. Please review before the meeting.If you have any questions email or

FEMA Recoupment Letter – Guidance for DCMs

While guidelines for guiding response to FEMA Recoupment letters exist on their website, the Sandy Recovery Office has also provided specific directions for DCMs. You can find them at this Dropbox location.

 Client must:

  •  Respond to the Notice of Debt in a timely manner.

 Client may:

  • Request the FEMA records pertaining to the recoupment if they are in doubt.
  • Appeal the recoupment if they think it is unwarranted.
  • Request a payment plan, a hardship waiver, or other modification.

Of the NY cases appealed through the end of October, in 33.5% the recoupment was terminated and in another 5.9% were modified.

If DCMs have questions about the process, they can call the Recoupment Helpline at at 1-800-816-1122 or (TTY at 800-462-7585).