Council newcomers want Sandy recovery committee formed
Menchaca, Treyger concerned about slow pace of funding
Two of the young guns who will be joining the City Council in January aren’t waiting to get into office to make their voices heard. They’re already trying to shake things up at City Hall.
On Monday, Councilman-elect Carlos Menchaca, who will represent the 38th Council District (Sunset Park-Red Hook), and Councilman-elect Mark Treyger, who will serve the people of the 47th Council District (Coney Island-Gravesend-parts of Bensonhurst), called on their elders in the council to form a new committee that would have oversight over Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in the city.
The two soon-to-be council members said New Yorkers have deep concerns over the slow pace of Sandy recover efforts, as well as concerns over the possibility of waste, fraud and abuse in the billions of dollars of recovery spending.
Both men are Democrats who won their respective races in landslides on Election Day and both come from parts of Brooklyn that sustained devastating damage from Sandy, which hit New York City on Oct. 29, 2012. Menchaca spent months leading volunteer efforts in storm-ravaged Red Hook following the hurricane. The Coney Island portion of Treyger’s district saw flooding and shore erosion.