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FINAL Ltr to Gov Cuomo Mayor Bloomberg 11.9.2012 Relief Efforts Rockaway

FINAL Ltr to Gov Cuomo Mayor Bloomberg 11.9.2012 Relief Efforts Rockaway

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November 9, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224The Honorable Mayor Michael R. BloombergCity HallNew York, NY 10007Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg,We write first to thank you for your dedication to the constituents of this City and your supportin addressing the unprecedented crisis of Hurricane Sandy. While there has been an incredibleoutpouring of help and attention to our friends and neighbors struggling throughout the fiveboroughs, we have learned in recent days that constituents of Queens in the Rockaways andHamilton Beach, home to approximately 80,000 people, continue to live without vitalnecessities. As we continue to hear stories from the residents there, we are particularlyconcerned that this area will be without power for a minimum of the next three weeks, includingthe Thanksgiving holiday.As concerned citizens of New York City and neighbors to those worst affected by the storm, thegroups who have signed below would like to know the steps being taken to address these areasand, more importantly, to offer our assistance as you and your agencies increase emergencyefforts.From current communication with those in the field, we have assessed that thousands of residents have little or no access to the following resources:
 
Electricity
 
Heating
 
Food and nutrient supplements
 
Fuel
 
Supplemental generators
 
Means of evacuation
 
Reliable cell service
 
Batteries
 
Security
 
Physicians and medicineIn public housing towers, people have resorted to using gas cooking stoves to stay warm, riskingasphyxiation in the higher levels of the towers. In addition, in parts of the area there isinsufficient access to FEMA, Red Cross, and military assistance networks. The most urgentrequests are for systematic access to:
 
 
 
Food and drinking water
 
Fuel and Generators
 
Evacuation transport
 
Communication resources including, but not limited to, handheld radios, chargingstations, and relief advisory documents
 
Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, and Uplink Networks
 
Lighting in high-risk areas where cases of looting, rapes, and gang activity are takingplace
 
Community and volunteer-run warming and life-support stations (called "Red Horse"teams by the US Air Force)
 
Sump pumps
 
Medical supplies
 
Sanitation supplies
 
Hygiene supplies
 
Batteries
 
HeatersIncluded with this letter, please find a list of recommendations from USA Retired Colonel JohnHoffman, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota, andMichael D. McDonald, Dr.P.H., Chairman of the Global Resilience Initiatives. Colonel Hoffmanand Chairman McDonald currently coordinate more than 3,000 local volunteers on the groundunder the group New York Resilience System, a group that most recently delivered 25,000 bodywarmers from FEMA on November 9, 2012. Both are volunteers with extensive military andemergency training and have dedicated much of their time to assisting New York City in thistime of need.What now exists is insufficient to meet the demands of the current crisis. While we laud thevolunteer groups and current government staff who are providing emergency support day andnight, we urge City and State officials to request far more assistance from all levels of government in order to save lives over the next 48 hours and over the next three weeks.We urge government services to coordinate with the private sector and volunteers to preventtragedy, and we commit ourselves fully to supporting you in your efforts to secure the safety of our fellow New Yorkers.Sincerely,2022/LEAPSAdvocates for JusticeAssociation of Tenants of Lincoln TowersAstoria RecoversB'nai JeshurunBay Ridge Young DemsBrooklyn for Barack Brooklyn Movement Center
 
Center for Working FamiliesCentral Brooklyn Independent DemocratsCentral Park Gardens Tenants' AssociationChelsea Midtown Democratic ClubChelsea/West Village for ChangeCitizen Action of New York CityClick and Improve, Inc.Cooperators United for Mitchell-LamaDemocracy for New York CityDemocratic District Leader, 69th AD/Part BDowntown for DemocracyDowntown Independent DemocratsEast End CaresFlatbush Tenant Coalition @ FDC.Goddard Riverside Community CenterGOLES (Good Old Lower East Side)Greater NYC for ChangeHell's Kitchen for ObamaICNYU: The Islamic Center at New York UniversityIndependence Plaza North Tenants AssociationInstitute for Rational Urban MobilityInterfaith Assembly on Homelessness and HousingManhattan Young DemocratsMcManus Democratic ClubMet Council on HousingMetro New York Health Care for All CampaignMitchell-Lama Residents CoalitionNew Latino Movement NYCNew York City Parents UnionNew York Latinos for ObamaProgressive Democratic Club of East HarlemQueens MamasReal Rent Reform CampaignRed Hook InitiativeRiverside Edgecombe Neighborhood AssociationStonewall Democratic Club of NYCTenants PACTransit ForwardTribeca for ChangeUpper West Side Democrats for ProgressUpper West Side Democrats for Progress.Village Independent DemocratsVillage Reform Democratic ClubVOCAL-NYVoterbook Womens Information Network NYC

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