Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group February 4, 2014
Meeting called to order at 9:36
Introduction of board members in attendance
Eric Williams, Will Fairhurst, Richard Vernon, Peter Cavadini, Elizabeth Malone – 2nd vice chair
1. Advisory Committee to encourage participation
Details will follow at March meeting
2. Introduction of new attendees
Richard Rosario construction manager for NHS working out of Canarsie
Laurie Benblatt Disaster Distress Helpline
Robert McCool FAC
Foreclosure event at PAAC Canarsie, 2/8
Rebuild Symposium 2/13, Centennial Temple TSA
Citifield is hiring seasonal workers
We Care New York Care for the Caregiver presentation 2/6
Laurie Benblatt – MHNY grant from disaster distress hotline – for workers, survivors, dcm’s offering long term
support & care. Helpline offers local resources and 100 languages. disaster distress helpline
Sandy Help desk in Red Hook (+ Insurance counseling) architects, engineers
ANHD loan options for elevation , 50 Broad St. 2/20, 3p-5p, RSVP to Eric Williams.
4. Elizabeth Malone: Committee Review
White paper from Elizabeth Malone re: insurance If you have 20 linear feet in basement and have drywall
it will be considered a living floor. That is how the NFIP will consider the lowest living floor. Your flood
insurance will be calculated accordingly.
How will this be communicated to homeowners? Homeowners should speak to their individual NFIP.
NHS of East of Flatbush has a vetted list of NFIP Agents.
Senate approved delay of provisions for Biggert Waters. While it gives breathing space, it doesn’t hold back
the ocean. The issue of $25 billion debt. It has not passed the house. The hope is that the 4 years delay will
help coastal home owners become more resilient. 40% of NYC homeowners are low and moderate income
homeowners, not wealthy owners..
Brooklyn Recovery fund report: Jacqueline suggests that it is studied
DCM’s want to bring cases to the LTRG for funding and put energy behind the table.
Rev. Anthony Contact Manny and Rev. Hall re: resources: Lawrence Blaber is in contact with Alan Fong &
Construction: one rebuild org per ‘hood.
DCM’s need resources
FEMA has a grant bulletin, Sergey to distribute
Suzan – Local grants: Costco, Target, Banks
Fundraising is combined with volunteer coordination: dormant, Dana Nelson, Monica Coleman,
Write a description of Fundraising committee: grant. Donations
Fundraisers: Madeleine, Peter (Jill???)
go to organization for dues
Time for individual cases. BTLRG should be an Unmet Needs
List of Committees, extant and
DCMcapacity building is focus for dcm committee. best practices. DCM has policies and procedures
(subcommittee can help) if not solvable witihnin committee, they take a vote and then bring to the larger
Jill needs to step down from chair of Policy and Advocacy.
Marina – Brighton Beach, 6pm-8pm Housing Meeting.
Deadline for NYDIS capital grant for volunteer housing is Monday. See Peter C.
Next Meeting 3/4. 9:30 TBD
Introductions: matt Baker TSA
Sara Martin CNYCN. Training and Support Coordinator. just beginning involvement. liaison between
city and Botg agencies. Works with ANHD. May have capacity building grants for communities affected
by disasters. RISA from World Cares Center – lots of trainings for volunteers, community members and
Groups who want to make presentations or topics of interest
Meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.