Perry Urges Flood Victims To Be Aware Of Scammers
As Canarsie residents continue the painful process of bringing their lives and properties back to normalcy following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy’s floods, they are urged to be on the alert for scammers.
At last week’s Community Board 18 meeting, Assemblyman Nick Perry disclosed that individuals he described as “predatory contractors,” are attempting to fleece residents for repair work with exorbitant fees to fix basements of homes damaged by the flood.
Perry said he was personally called by one senior citizen and told about one such case and advised residents to be careful and scrutinize contractors thoroughly before entering into any agreement.
The Assemblyman was among a number of officials who lamented the damage caused by the flood waters that inundated many areas of Canarsie and the surrounding communities.
Perry said he was impressed by the good will of residents who went out of their way to help those affected, and offered his commendations.
The representative of District 58, which comprises portions of Canarsie, pointed out that that the flood was the worst he could remember to have hit the neighborhood during his 20-year tenure in the Assembly.
He urged residents to continue to report their losses to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and also said that the potential for mold forming in affected basements of homes was real, stating that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was open for information to deal with the problem.
Perry added that his office has been in contact with a local home improvement store. He said officials there have promised to look into the possibility of offering discount prices for purchases made by victims of the disaster.
Among local residents affected by the storm were Community Board Chairman Saul Needle and District Manager Dorothy Turano, who both stated they are in the process of repairing their damaged homes. Both said they followed up on Perry’s advice and urged affected residents to contact FEMA if their homes were not insured for flood damage. Turano also announced that National Grid is offering $150 credit for victims.
City Councilman Lew Fidler decried the apparent minimal coverage by the established New York print and electronic media of the damage inflicted in Canarsie and other areas in Brooklyn, hinting that the main focus seemed to be on the damaged areas in Manhattan and Queens.
He said Gerritsen Beach was as badly damaged as any, pointing out that hundreds of people are still without electricity in areas within Community Board 18’s purview.
It was disclosed at the meeting that longstanding Board member Ron Fields died and attendees observed a moment of silence. Turano described Fields as a ‘nice’ man who will be missed.