Rep. Grimm: Sandy recovery ‘just starting’

“It’s been extremely difficult. Don’t get me wrong, a lot has been done, but there is still so much more to do — in many ways we’re really just starting major aspects of the recovery,” said Grimm, who was joined by a Staten Island resident who lost her husband when the superstorm struck in October, killing more than 130 and causing billions in damage.

Grimm said that authorities had spent the last three months preparing to disburse relief funds to ensure that they reached those most deserving.

“$51 billion, that’s a lot of taxpayer money, so obviously the Congress wants to be stewards of their money and make sure that its spent correctly,” he said. “To do that through a massive city like New York, and a massive state, a lot of things need to be put into place.” 

Grimm said that additional aid from the Department of Housing and Urban Development would help those still displaced find housing and “get them finally back in homes and where they need to be.”

But he cautioned that the recovery would be a prolonged effort.

“There’s a lot of work to be done for not only people like that but for small businesses that are struggling, and if they don’t get their funding soon they will unfortunately close their doors forever,” he said.

“Staten Island’s going to get through it. It’s going to take a little bit of time, we’re working night and day, but we’re resilient,” vowed Grimm.