Set up FEMA Emergency Alternative Housing in the Rockaways NOW
  • Petitioned Michael Bloomberg

This petition was delivered to:

New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg
New York Emergency Operations Center Coordinator
Chris Tuttle
Director of the Office of External Affairs at FEMA
Jessica Smith
New York State Senator
Joe Addabbo
Secretary of U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Shaun Donovan
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
State Senator Malcolm Smith
City Councilman James Sanders
NY State Governor
Andrew Cuomo

Set up FEMA Emergency Alternative Housing in the Rockaways NOW

    1. Petition by

      New Yorkers for Sandy Relief

Since Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City over six weeks ago, tens of thousands of people in the Rockaways have been living without heat, electricity, or running water -- and now freezing temperatures and a mold epidemic could threaten their lives.

Unless FEMA steps in right away, children, the elderly, and the sick could be in danger of hypothermia as they are exposed to freezing nighttime temperatures. To add to the crisis, mold-infested homes are causing serious health problems for families who have nowhere else to go. Rockaway residents with no access to heat or electricity urgently need alternative housing that will keep families safe from the elements and away from the spreading toxic mold infestation.

It's reported that full power may not be restored to the Rockaways any time soon -- which is why it is so vital that the city dispatch emergency housing and supplies immediately. Please sign this petition right away and share it with everyone you can to help save lives in the Rockaways before it's too late.

This petition was started by New Yorkers for Sandy Relief, a coalition seeking to bring attention to the needs of people in the Rockaways following Hurricane Sandy. Members include: Astoria Recovers, Brooklyn for Barack, Brooklyn Movement Center,Chelsea/West Village for Change, Democracy for New York City, Downtown for Democracy, Greater NYC for Change, Hell’s Kitchen for Change, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, Manhattan Young Democrats,McManus Democratic Club, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, New Latino Movement NYC, Progressive Democratic Club of East Harlem, Queens Mamas, Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association,Tribeca for Change, Upper West Side Democrats for Progress, Village Independent Democrats, Women’s Information Network NYC, Working Families Party, Respond and Rebuild (list in formation).

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Huffington Post on cold and mold in Rockaways

      Hurricane-Ravaged Neighborhoods Face Serious Health Risks

      Nearly a month after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of New York City, residents in some hard-hit areas like the Rockaways are still living without power -- but that's not all. Even worse is the creeping health risk of mold growth that followed in the wake of last month's flooding.

    3. New York Times: Hypothermia and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases Soar

      Hypothermia and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases Soar in New York After Hurricane Sandy

      The number of cold-exposure cases in New York City tripled in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck compared with the same period in previous years, the health department reported in an alert to thousands of doctors and other health care providers on Wednesday.

    4. Petition featured in Gotham Gazette

      Rockaways Get Train Service, Could Use Some More Help

      Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a new free shuttle service dubbed the H train will begin providing service to residents of the hard-hit Rockaway Penninsula at 4 a.m. tomorrow. "The A train tracks from Howard Beach to the Rockaways were almost completely destroyed by the storm, and replacing them is a tremendous undertaking," Cuomo said in a statem...

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. Four Said to Die in Freezing Rockaway Building

      Four Said to Die in Freezing Rockaway Building | Cyclists International

      711 SEAGIRT LEFT UNTENDED, 4 RESIDENTS SAID TO HAVE DIED CYCLIST GROUPS HELP RECOVERY FOR RESIDENTS WITHOUT HEAT, ELECTRICITY, WATER FOR 10 DAYS By Jen Benepe. Minda Aguhob and Tony Moy also reported for this story. Misery is rising in a large building in the Far Rockaways, and many residents are either unaccounted for, or not responding to visits to their doors.

    7. CNN: Still in the dark, frustration mounts in New York neighborhood

      Still in the dark, frustration mounts in New York neighborhood -

      New Yorkers from Rockaway wait in line for gasoline on Tuesday, November 8 in the Rockaway area of Queens, New York. Far Rockaway, New York (CNN) -- First Sandy. Then a nor'easter. Residents in this small hamlet at the eastern edge of Rockaway Peninsula are exhausted and on edge.

    8. Rockaways Officials Blast FEMA, LIPA Response to Sandy

      Rockaways Officials Blast FEMA, LIPA Response To Sandy

      People who live on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens say they are still hurting, more than two weeks after Sandy hit. About 27,000 people are still without power in the Rockaways, because they need electricians to certify that their homes are safe to receive power.

    9. Reached 250 signatures



    Nov 20, 2012

    RT @change: Thanksgiving for people in Sandy-ravaged Rockaway. How you can help:

    ➨ John Haydon


    Nov 17, 2012

    WE need your signatures! @Change @RockawayHelp @OccupySandy @prattcenter please keep forwarding to get more signatures!

    NYC Community Boards


    Nov 17, 2012

    Set up FEMA Emergency Alternative Housing in the Rockaways NOW via @change

    Cynthia Basinet

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