Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Superstorm Sandy
“Today, we remember the friends and neighbors who were lost three years ago. We also contemplate the lives that were torn apart, and how work has progressed to put them back together.
“Three years after the storm, homes are still destroyed or in disrepair. Non-profit providers and volunteer organizations have selflessly done everything within their capabilities to help their neighborhoods recover, but the government’s response has been lacking. No one person or administration is to blame, but one thing is clear: government promised recovery, and government failed to deliver it quickly. Government must rethink the way it delivers disaster relief, and do so before the next storm hits.
“Here, out of the fatigue and frustration, there is hope on the horizon. I’m encouraged by the City’s work with state and federal partners to make our neighborhoods safer from future hurricanes. These types of smart investments – spending mitigation money now to reduce the chances of having to spend recovery money later – will leave Staten Island and Brooklyn less vulnerable for generations.”
-- Congressman Donovan represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in Congress, and is New York City’s only Republican representative.