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As we mark the first anniversary of Sandy’s terrifying sweep of our area, there has been progress in rebuilding people’s homes and lives, but much more remains to be done.

There are many people who still are out of their homes because of the severe damage that was incurred as a result of the storm. Some homeowners are still waiting for insurance checks so that they can complete much-needed and essential repairs on their homes. Many people still suffer emotionally as a result of their experiences during this vicious and unwelcome visitor from the tropics. The government on the local, state and federal levels has done a lot, but much more needs to be done.

We must be grateful to all of those people, including civilians, police, fire and EMTs, who risked their own lives during the superstorm. Let us all continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers all of those who still remain displaced and emotionally burdened as a result of this natural catastrophe

John Amato
Fresh Meadows


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