Update July 14, 2014: Still not home but there's a glimmer of light. I received some money from NY Rising but of course not enough to rebuild. Now the fighting starts to get the correct amount.
Update June 21, 2014: Still not home, still no work done, still waiting for NY Rising to disburse money - any money! I'm so tired of fighting these people every day and not getting even phone calls returned. 19 months have gone by and Cuomo tells the public that 90% of the Sandy victims have been helped which is BS and he's getting away with it. All you have to do is watch the news to see the truth.
Update Feb 14, 2014: No work done yet. Still have not received any money from NY Rising or even an award amount. I guess I'll start looking for a new rental since I have to be out of this one by May. After being displaced since 10/30/12 by Sandy I still haven't been able to start rebuilding. The amount paid by flood insurance is a third of what I need and as many other people, I'm still waiting for NY Rising to come through. It seems like Sandy brought a boatload of bad luck with her; my 1 story house took on 4 ft of water destroying everything I owned, my car was flooded (without insurance), I fell over debris on my property and broke my elbow, I lost my job of 7 years because I took "too much time off" after the storm. My 3 dogs and I have had to move five times since this all started and I'm going to have to leave the place I'm renting now in May. It's not easy to find rentals that will allow 3 dogs but there is no way my home will be repaired or replaced by May. From the insurance company, FEMA, SBA and NY Rising, the process is a fight every step of the way. The final kicker was this January getting laid off from the job I found after the last one let me go! I just want to go home with my dogs and get on with my life. Thanks for reading this.