One Year After Sandy on the Lower East Side

Here’s a look at some events and updated information regarding today’s one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

October 29, 2012, near Brooklyn Bridge.

As we reported last week, there will be a candlelight vigil tonight along the East River. The event, Light Up the Shore, will happen at east River Park between 6th and 10th streets, beginning at 6:45.

At 6 p.m., there’s a panel discussion featuring neighborhood leaders at University Settlement. It’s called, “Our Climate, Our City, Our Future: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding.” More info about both events here.

Today between 3-6:30, the New York City Housing Authority is holding a disaster preparedness workshop at the Campos Plaza Houses on East 12th St. Details at this link.

As we have indicated in past coverage, some residents hardest hit by Sandy have experienced frustrations getting the help they need.  At Knickerbocker Village, however, there are signs this week that an annoucement will be forthcoming, perhaps sometime this week, concerning federal disaster aid.  We detailed the affordable housing complex’s continuing post-storm problems in a story published earlier this month.

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sheldon silver, chris kui

Yesterday, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was among those acknowledging the efforts of one non-profit organization, Asian Americans for Equality, in the aftermath of Sandy last year.  In a news conference, one homeowner in Queens, Jennifer Phanton, was presented with a $25,000 check to help repair hurricane-related damage.  She did not qualify for assistance through the NYC Build It Back program, although FEMA did come through with flood insurance. The AAFE grant is paying for interior repairs to the home.