Little Progress Made 15 Months After Sandy Struck, Stop FEMA Now Founder Says

Stop FEMA Now founder George Kasimos speaks at a rally in Ortley Beach last year
Stop FEMA Now founder George Kasimos speaks at a rally in Ortley Beach last year
by Patricia A. Miller

Every time Stop FEMA Now founder George Kasimos looks out his window, he sees his next door neighbor Jack's empty, Sandy-battered house.

"He hasn't slept in his bed in a year," an emotional Kasimos told the Berkeley Township Council at the Jan. 27 meeting. "His home is growing mold."

Kasimos pleaded and sometimes choked up during his time at the microphone during the public portion of the meeting.

He asked Berkeley officials to keep the pressure on the state, Gov. Chris Christie and FEMA to repeal the Biggert-Waters Act and include Island Beach State Park in the Army Corps of Engineers' dune restoration plan.

"Somebody at the top has got to start screaming," Kasimos said. "They only listen to screaming. They only understand political pressure."

There were 5,000 homes in Toms River that met the definition of "substantially damaged," he said.

"That's just in Toms River alone," he told the council.

Berkeley Township had roughly 1,000 substantially damaged homes from the storm, Township Council President James J. Byrnes said.

Come back to Berkeley Patch later today for the full story

anonymous January 28, 2014 at 04:41 AM
Gave you time to do things your way. Are you ready yet or have you not suffered enough yet?????? anonymous
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 04:46 AM
If you wait for someone at the top to start screaming you may be waiting a very very very long time. I just read an article on patch not even a week ago where the mayors of manahawkin and long beach island did not even know who to scream at. As always I wish you the best of luck, when you are ready we will be here. anonymous
Chief Wahoo January 28, 2014 at 07:57 AM
These people need to be Hammered ..... its hammer time !!!....go get them Byrne's
grace January 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM
George Kasimos January 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Please join us to Help us get back into our homes and protect us from future floods and exorbitant flood insurance premiums. www.StopFemaNow.com
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 04:17 PM
We will not rest until people are home. Last I heard 6,000 people have still not been helped. It is time we make this a priority to those making the decisions the time to play nice or fair is over. We are tracking down the money, who has it and why it is taking so long to reach the people and we do not take bull for an answer. They made countless people suffer and now its their turn. Enough is Enough Time for change is now anonymous
Mortimer Snerd January 28, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Contact US Sen. Toomey (R-Penna.) on his website and tell him to stop blocking the Homeowners' Affordable Flood Insurance Act from being voted on. Tell him you told your PA friends who vacation here that they shouldn't vote for him! He and some midwestern/western Senators and Representatives think only rich oceanfront homeowners get flood insurance.
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM
A sane person sure would contact Pat and tell him a thing or two but we are now past that. These crooks deserve what they get. Just today menendez and booker released money for sayreville and south river like they were throwing a dime in the bucket. Time to be polite is over ------ no more shaking the enemy's hand and letting him stab you when you turn to walk away. I will tell them to go kiss a baby. They dont want to kiss what cheeks I give them. We will be at every fund raiser the good senator dares to have and we are not going their to contribute. anonymous
Chief Wahoo January 28, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Chief wahoo is a big fan of Anonymous. But a bit disappointed on actual results over past 5 years. Here's hoping 2014 puts an end to the status quo EVERYWHERE.
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Pat Toomeys 3rd largest campaign contributor by industry just so happens to be Insurance companies at 88,750 You can find this info on open congress or open secrets.org These people once elected need more money for the next election and will not go against their large contributors. They no longer serve the people, they turn into fund raising machines and must be treated as such. anonymous
anonymous January 28, 2014 at 06:01 PM
I know exactly what you mean cheif. We are getting stonger after many setbacks and infighting. Those of us who are a bit older are trying to bring back the values of old. Hoping 2014 is much better after the disaster that was 2013. anonymous
KC January 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM
Fatso in charge is too busy closing bridges. Where is his big mouth now?


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