Legal Aid Staff Helping Hurricane Victims
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2012

Legal Aid lawyers, managers and support staff helped hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island apply for emergency food stamps and FEMA relief. Nicole Johnson, WPIX reporter, found dozens of people filling out applications on Neptune Avenue at the Legal Aid Mobile Justice Unit.

A Legal Aid staffer said," We are taking this and faxing it to HRAs so they don’t have to get to the HRA center, and they don’t have to wait for HRA to open, because I think the center here is closed.




PIX Morning News at 10
WPIX (CW) New York
November 3rd, 2012 10-11 PM

President Barack Obama: [re: Hurricane Sandy Cleanup] There’s nothing more important than us getting this right.

Kaity Tong, Anchor: …And help is sorely needed. Much of Coney Island, for example, continues to be in the dark and in the cold. Nicole Johnson talked to folks there who were sad, frustrated, and angry.

Hurricane Sandy Victim #1: We feel like we’re last on the list out here. We’re at the end zone. Lack of resources, I can’t even find blankets, nothing!

Nicole Johnson, Reporter: This mother and her two boys are just out on the streets of Coney Island. They have nothing and are questioning, when will help be on the way? It’s Day 6 since Sandy hit, so we took to the streets to hear concerns and to find out what people need out here. And we got an earful.

Hurricane Sandy Victim #1: It’s a catastrophe. Me and my three kids inside that house— nobody’s came to ask us if we needed any help or anything. It’s pitch black dark, it’s filled with water. Nobody came to ask us if we needed any food or anything like that. We just was, like, deserted.

Hurricane Sandy Victim #2: We still don’t have no light, no water. We don’t have nothing over there.

Nicole Johnson: This woman tells us, in Spanish, “I have a lot of children who are very hungry. They need milk and water.” And this man is grilling the only food he has in his possession to feed as many children as possible.

Hurricane Sandy Victim #3: There are eight children in the building, and this is the source of feeding them. Thank god that we can.

Nicole Johnson: On every street here, there is devastation, desperation, and a feeling Coney Island has been neglected.

Hurricane Sandy Victim #4: I feel like I got caught in Hurricane Katrina, but like, another episode.

Nicole Johnson: Daniel Sanchez lives in Sheepshead Bay, where several seniors have been stranded for days.

Daniel Sanchez, Hurricane Sandy Victim #4: I’m at 2502 East 19th, Avenue Y in Sheepshead Bay. Can you please send somebody over there to take care of these old ladies?

Nicole Johnson: On Neptune Avenue, we found dozens of people filling out applications at this Legal Aid Society truck, where volunteers and lawmakers are trying to get people who are on public assistance the help they need.

Unidentified Representative, The Legal Aid Society: We are taking this and faxing it to HRAs so they don’t have to get to the HRA center, and they don’t have to wait for HRA to open, because I think the center here is closed.

Nicole Johnson: For now, and for the most part, the power is still out here, people are scraping for food and questioning how many more days will they have to live like this. In Coney Island, Nicole Johnson, PIX 11 News.