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“Day of service” held in Coney Island for Superstorm Sandy anniversary

NEW YORK — Dozens of youngsters walked alongside Mermaid Avenue with trash baggage and gloves on Thursday as half of a day of service in reminiscence of Superstorm Sandy. The occasion was organized by the Coney Island Beautification Project. 

President Pamela Pettyjohn stated residents in the areas are extra ready, however the neighborhood remains to be in hazard from future storms.

“Coney Island is a peninsula which is only three blocks wide so we are surrounded by water and now the water is rising even higher,” she informed CBS2’s Hannah Kliger.

Many remembered simply how a lot destruction Sandy left in this coastal group.

“For many, many years this community was ignored by federal, state, city governments in terms of investments, funding, attention,” defined Ari Kagan, Brooklyn Councilmember of the forty seventh district, which incorporates the neighborhood.

“Many of us were displaced. I for one, FEMA had to put me and my family in a hotel for four months and every single person here can tell you a similar story,” stated state Assembly member Mathylde Frontus.

Some of the coed volunteers weren’t even alive but throughout Sandy, however have been working to make their group a greater place.

“We’re not going to give up on Coney Island. We are going to show that we care,” stated fifth grader Fatma Almahtar.

“I was told that it was a very big flood that really hurt New York,” added Laron Summers, who was a new child throughout the storm, and is now 10 years previous.

For hours, the group cleaned trash from tree beds, many of which have been replanted because the storm.

“We planted about a thousand trees since Sandy ten years ago in this zip code,” stated Jennifer Greenfeld, deputy commissioner of atmosphere and planning on the NYC Parks Department.

They cleared catch basins, handed out free flood limitations to native companies, and planted daffodils, all an funding in a extra lovely future.

The Coney Island Beautification Project was created in 2014 to encourage group involvement and schooling about resiliency as the town recovered after the storm.

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