East Shore lawmaker made plea to previous administration during Sandy’s aftermath.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) is pleased with the recent announcement that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be crediting homeowners for water charges incurred while displaced from their homes during an extended period of time due to Hurricane Sandy. One year ago, in August 2013, Assemblywoman Malliotakis and then-Councilman James Oddo made a plea to then-DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland to rescind and refund payments made for daily connection fees on properties unoccupied after Hurricane Sandy. The previous administration, however, only temporarily deferred payment of water bills for six months.

The City of New York recently decided to offer a $750 credit to homeowners who were displaced for at least six months between November 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and had the minimal charge applied to their account. Approximately 606 properties in Staten Island will qualify.

“The push back we experienced from the previous mayoral administration was very frustrating. It added insult to injury that these water bill fees were hanging over the heads if victims, continuing to add up and, in certain instances, accruing interest charges,” said Malliotakis. “It’s taken a long time, but I’m appreciative that the de Blasio Administration recognized this injustice and us working to rectify it.”

DEP and Build It Back are notifying those who qualify for the credit. Homeowners who were not notified but believe they qualify should call (212) 615‐8329 or email [email protected]

Here is a copy of the letter sent from Assemblywoman Malliotakis and then-Councilman James Oddo to then-Commissioner Strickland, on August 8, 2013, asking for relief from daily water charges on unoccupied Sandy-damages properties.