The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New York Rising are clawing back what they call a duplication of benefits [“$59M in Sandy debt,” News, Feb. 20].
They say the duplicate beneficiaries include people who took out Small Business Administration loans. However, those who applied for SBA loans were diligent and responsible and acted before the state’s New York Rising program covered some types of damage.
Because a loan must be repaid — principal and interest — in no way does this equate to the free money that others have received for similar property damage.
Gary Maksym, Massapequa
The barrier beach communities from Point Lookout to Atlantic Beach suffered mightily from superstorm Sandy [“Sandy health care aid,” News, Feb. 17].
It seems that their suffering continues, based on the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Department of Health to permit the bulk of the $170 million in Long Beach Hospital money to be spent off Long Beach island. In return for its extensive damage, Long Beach is minus a full-service hospital and will get a fancy walk-in facility.
The federal and state governments owe the more than 40,000 island residents access to a lot more than they will be getting. It’s a sad, sad story of government indifference.
Arthur J. Kremer, Long Beach
Editor’s note: The writer represented Long Beach in the State Assembly for 23 years.
The writer is the president of the nonprofit patient-safety group Pulse of New York.