Rockaway Park, NY – Councilman Eric Ulrich today denounced Mayor Bill de Blasio’s poor handling of the Build it Back Program and called for the resignation or termination of Amy Peterson, the program’s director since 2014.
Standing with Ellen Nichtern, a Rockaway Park constituent, in front of home on Beach 117th Street, Councilman Ulrich blasted the Build it Back Program and the de Blasio Administration for not delivering on their promise to help people get back into their homes after Super Storm Sandy.
“It’s sad and unfortunate that nearly four years after the storm the Mayor refuses to take responsibility for the failure of Build it Back. There is a total lack of accountability and compassion,” Councilman Ulrich explained. “Amy Peterson should resign today and allow new leadership to run the program more effectively. If she won’t resign, Mayor de Blasio should fire her.”
Ms. Nichtern and her mother have been out of their home for the past five months, during which time Build it Back has not done any work on their home, nor has Build it Back remained in contact with Ms. Nichtern to even let her know the status of the project. Councilman Ulrich called Build it Back’s treatment of Ms. Nichtern and the many people in the same situation “entirely unacceptable.”
“Like so many of my constituents affected by Super Storm Sandy, Ellen Nichtern has been let down by the bureaucrats at Build it Back. This program is a complete disaster. Everyone knows it,” Councilman Ulrich concluded.