Breezy Point is getting back on the grid.
As part of a cooperative effort with Habitat for Humanity, National Grid made a slew of recovery announcements on Friday, May 17 to benefit the neighborhood.
Company president Ken Daly announced the supplier has replaced 14 miles worth of gas lines in Breezy Point and given grants to three local businesses to continue rebuilding.
“This is not just about National Grid, and it’s not just about our employees,” Daly said. “It’s really about our extended family.”
One of the grant recipients was Kathy Dady, a 24-year Breezy Point resident who runs Breezy Point Lumber on West Market Street.
Although the lumber yard was damaged by the storm, Dady said the staff still took in orders for when deliveries could be made. The yard reopened three weeks after Sandy and has since contributed to many rebuilt homes. Dady expects to stay involved in the process.
“Everybody relies on the lumberyard,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll be [supplying lumber] for the houses that were burnt.”
Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County has worked in Breezy since the storm hit. Executive director James Killoran said while more than six months have passed, there is still a long road ahead for the community.
Killoran added that the Breezy Point community has the chance to become better, greener and more prepared for future storms.
“We’re not ready and we have to do something better,” he said. “Disaster doesn’t take a vacation, and neither do we.”