2012-12-05 / Features

Officials Updated On Post-Sandy Repair Efforts

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, along with city and state elected officials and community leaders, were told at a post Hurricane Sandy briefing by the Mayor’s Office, November 30, that the Mayor’s Rapid Repairs program has made assessments on almost 2,600 homes in Queens and that homeowners should remember that the program is free and to beware of scammers.

“If someone shows up and says that they are from the Rapid Repairs program and wants money—they are not from Rapid Repairs,” Kathryn Mallon, who manages the program, told Marshall, Councilmembers James Sanders, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, along with community board representatives and community leaders.

The Rapid Repairs program provides free, temporary repairs in homes to allow residents to get back into their homes while planning permanent repairs. The temporary repairs can be for restoration of heat, hot water and power. “Temporary repairs will not affect FEMA checks for permanent repairs,” said Mallon. And, she added, tenants who suspect their landlords may be delaying repairs can report the individual by calling 311 and connecting with a Rapid Repairs representative. The city could eventually place liens on such properties for repairs costs.

While noting that some homeowners may be upset about missed appointments with Rapid Repair inspectors, Mallon said the program has already completed 2,577 assessments in the borough and has another 1,686 pending in Queens.

Program officials also said they are ramping up resources to secure electricians and plumbing and electrical equipment. “We are calling across the country to make certain that the supply train is not holding up our program,” said Mallon.

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