Mayor Bloomberg announced today a mold remediation program that will provide free mold clean-up for nearly 2,000 of NYC’s hardest hit homes following Hurricane Sandy. This is welcome news for people who are unable to live in their mold-infested homes – and for those who are risking their health by doing so. With private insurers dithering about claims, and FEMA often low-balling its financial assistance, too many of those affected by Sandy feel justifiably abandoned. Into the fray steps the Mayor, in collaboration with the Robin Hood Foundation and the American Red Cross, with a $15 million remediation life line. The program is to be administered through The Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, which is an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City.
This kind of aggressive action on the part of the City is to be applauded. As we saw in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the warm summer temperatures quickly created a serious mold health threat that went unaddressed by local officials. By acting now, before the seasons change, the Mayor is helping to minimize a future crisis. The long-term health effects of the storm are becoming more apparent every day. One NYLAG client, who along with her daughter and baby grandson evacuated their Rockaway Beach apartment before the storm, is still living in temporary housing waiting for remediation work to begin. She and the baby have both been made ill by the mold; the baby coughs whenever they return and our client may have bronchitis. This is a story we see repeatedly in clients from Staten Island, Coney Island, Long Island and other impacted communities. I thank the Mayor’s office and its partners for stepping up and taking action.
Click Here to read the Mayor’s announcement.
Blog Post by Yisroel Schulman
President & Attorney-in-Charge