Andy MattisonOct 29, 2017, 8:37 pmOct 30, 2017, 2:53 pm

Lindenhurst residents rally for Sandy aid as area still struggles to rebuild

Activists endure heavy rain, wind to mark hurricane’s anniversary

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LINDENHURST — Long Island communities are still attempting to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy swept through New York five years ago, and that struggle to regain normalcy was highlighted during a rally in Lindenhurst.

Residents gathered at Venetian Shores Park, despite inclement weather, to give a voice to those still waiting for help, worrying about the prospect of future storms that can do worse damage than Hurricane Sandy.

“Today, I'm not speaking to you as an advocate but as someone who still needs help,” Michele Insinga said, calling the response to storm damage “unacceptable.”

Activists spoke about being better prepared and using more resources when severe weather hits Long Island.

"People are still not in their homes. Infrastructure improvements haven't been made, flooding is still an issue. People haven't gotten the funds to raise their homes," said Ryan Madden of the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

Residents are turning to activism to talk about recovery efforts they're still waiting for. Others shared stories about applications for aid and assistance being denied because of a long wait for paperwork.

“The fact that five years later people are still dealing with paperwork and they can't find their file after five years, it just seems cruel," Madden said.

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