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Three years after Superstorm Sandy, the work of recovery and rebuilding is far from over. In fact, you could say that the rebuilding is just getting started in earnest. In New York City, Habitat for Humanity says it still has its work cut out for it—particularly in hard-hit Staten Island.
On a recent Thursday morning in October, state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was hard at work with a crew of Habitat volunteers, helping to shovel muck out of a constituent's flooded cellar. The Staten Island Advance had this report (see: "Habitat for Humanity repairs home damaged in Hurricane Sandy," by Kristen F. Dalton).
"Habitat NYC has rebuilt more homes in less time and with less money than the city has," Malliotakis told the paper. Homeowner John Mahon said that dealing with city bureaucracy in the Build it Back program was a "nightmare"—"nothing but red tape"—until Mahon contacted Habitat director of critical home repair Mike Gillard. Gillard told the Advance that he expects volunteers to complete work on the home before the holidays arrive.
New York TV Station PIX 11 covered the Mahon repair work with a live report from Lisa Mateo, who took viewers on a tour of the damaged cellar (see: "Habitat for Humanity helps rebuild Staten Island home destroyed in Sandy"). Standing in the middle of the excavation work, homeowner Mahon told Mateo, "It's a dream come true for us. Three years is a long time."