VP Biden sees damages caused by Hurricane Sandy
Eric Shawn reports from New York
- Duration 3:43
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Eric Shawn reports from New York
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Vice president Joseph Biden paying a visit to hard hit New Jersey over the weekend telling storm victims there that the federal government.
Will be there for them long after the spotlight fades on super storms -- There.
Because this is going to be a long -- folks look come.
One of the things I said on the way up to.
The three -- guys through -- Is if you're not an -- -- it's hard to understand that.
That the ocean to us is.
It is is the Grand Canyon Yellowstone park and everything else combined.
It is a gigantic part of not only.
Our economy but who we are it's a gigantic part of the culture.
-- meanwhile outrage in New York City as the buildings department.
It's our hits already shell shocked homeowners and won queens community.
With housing violations if you can believe that senior correspondent Eric Shawn joins me now -- -- live in breezy point in Queens which has been devastated.
So Eric what about homeowners what's going on with this.
Yeah I Martha imagine your home is destroyed or severely damaged by -- sandy.
You come -- and -- -- red sticker on your door and threatens criminal prosecution.
It says that your property -- you have a failure to maintain it.
That you're not abiding by building codes.
That is that stunning shot that a lot of homeowners here and breezy point queens at a Staten Island got.
When they've examine their homes these stickers on the new York city department -- buildings.
All of that agency says they're really just meant to bureaucratic -- try to document the damage but despite that folks.
Say they were shocked.
We got walk this red we have no structure damage.
We'll -- the -- -- -- to come back down.
To see that coming reevaluate the destruction they have to.
Britain have caught taking -- -- -- -- so it's like I can't get it up.
Well -- -- of -- of our abilities tells us quote these violations were issued solely to document the damage that occurred and property owners will not.
Face any penalties as a result.
With some folks are taught us this morning that they were -- just some better communication.
They understand the buildings department doing that what they say they were absolutely stunned and angry I have and these stick price.
Yeah their doors because as I mean if it seems ridiculous and it defies common sense to say -- these people have been through so much was just the bureaucracy.
And you just have to deal with the bureaucracy and we have to do it because as part of the process even though it means nothing you're not going to be fine so what's gonna happen to these homes in the -- Budget the right and it shows a lot of their frustrations that are out here both here in Queens and awesome Staten Island in dealing with the loss set and the process has been going through.
What could be next over the next few months as a program of massive demolitions.
-- so far have been declared.
Uninhabitable and unsafe.
And several errors -- New York City and the city we'll have to embark on a program.
They're trying to hear a lot of these uninhabitable and unsafe homes down the -- have been consulting with their counterparts in New Orleans going through what that city.
I had to do -- do after Hurricane Katrina.
Of course the Lower Ninth Ward thousands of homes and Marlins were torn down.
And they have actually rebuilt some about ten feet up so that the floodwaters have to come through they couldn't patent protected we may see something similar here.
Now you know I when in doubt they need to avoid a you know additional heartache and additional red tape and it sounds like that's -- -- that.
Has not yet been learned Eric thank you very much -- I'm freezing point so from the L.