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QNS: Councilwoman Won reflects on Hurricane Ida anniversary as governor honors Queens heroes

Councilwoman Julie Won delivered remarks at a vigil on Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Thursday evening, Sept. 1, mourning the lives lost one year earlier when the remnants of Hurricane Ida devastated neighborhoods in her district, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Astoria.

Earlier in the day, Won toured the Woodside Houses with NYCHA management.

“Our Woodside Houses neighbors had to live without heat and hot water for a whole year after Hurricane Ida flooded the outdated heating plant,” Won said. “Their senior center got completely flooded and every piece of furniture was discarded because it was contaminated by sewage. Queensbridge Houses has experienced multiple water main breaks along Vernon Boulevard leading to many vehicles being totaled. Our residents have no protections. FEMA and the comptroller have denied their claims, and flood insurance coverage does not exist for New York residents, and Queens, because this is not a flood zone.”

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