Hurricane Sandy victims scream at Councilman Recchia during sewer project discussion

Residents: We can’t survive another Sandy

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Talk about raising a stink!

A group of outraged Hurricane Sandy victims nearly ran Councilman Domenic Recchia out of a Community Board 13 meeting on a rail Wednesday after the legislator announced that a desperately needed Coney Island sewer repair project won’t begin until 2016.

Residents have been demanding the city update the neighborhood’s infrastructure for years, claiming that sewers constantly overflow during big storms.

“If we get a hard rain, a tough rain, we’re going to get that water again. And it’s not good,” said CB13 member Ronald Stewart.

When Hurricane Sandy hit, sewer backups washed out most of the neighborhood’s residential streets, say residents, who claim the People’s Playground wouldn’t survive another major storm if it didn’t get the upgrade the city promised.

“We can’t survive to 2016 if we get another Sandy!” resident Kenny Jones said. “Why is Coney Island taking so long?”

Recchia (D–Coney Island) asked the more than 20 community members attending the meeting to be patient, claiming that the city wants to complete the project as soon as possible.

But Recchia’s pleas fell on deaf ears — ears deafened by audience members shouting at the council’s Finance Committee chairman.

“We don’t need another Sandy!” screamed Brighton Beach activist Ida Sanoff. “We get another nor’easter, we’re going to be underwater!”

The meeting go so out of hand that cops in attendance shouted everyone down as CB13 chairman Eddie Mark incessantly banged his gavel to restore order.

“We are putting money into the community,” Recchia said once the shouting had stopped, adding that contractors will soon be able to place bids on the sewer project.

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sal from coney island says:
Recchia said he & the City Council recently moved over $ 300 milliion dollars around to help in the recovery efforts , but how come none of this money is coming into Coney Island before 2016 ?
He also said that the Coney Island Amusement area will be up & running by Memorial Day. Isn't that wonderful.
The community needs the city to fast track the building of the infrastructure NOW , not in 2016.
The resdients of Coney Island have heard enough of Recchia's scripted words that are given to him by the City.
Enough is enough ! WE NEED ACTION, NOT WORDS!
Nov. 30, 2012, 8:45 am
Mac from America says:
So where was all the outrage days before the election when your Leader Obama was parading around promising you Dems everything under the sun? Sorry. You have no sympathy from me. You left wingers voted Obama in and now he's turned his back on you just as anyone with any common sense would have predicted. Take it and eat it as far as I'm concerned. You elected him...and you are now getting what you deserve.
Dec. 1, 2012, 10:28 am

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