The best recovery plan for Sandy-torn Coney Island would be a jobs
program, according to mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. “Recovery funds
should be used to address inequities. Sandy hit some of our struggling
neighborhoods,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island is making a
comeback with new shops and restaurants opening in the summertime
playground, but things could be a lot better for the residents of that
community, de Blasio said. “The minute you get away from the boardwalk,
you see how different things are,” he said.
Apartment buildings in Coney Island operating under the jurisdiction
of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development were
particularly hit hard, he said. He criticized the Bloomberg
Administration’s handling of the recovery effort, particularly its mold
removal. “It’s a health crisis. The administration had a cursory
approach,” he said.