The completion of a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan is an important step toward rebuilding a more resilient community. Designed and driven by local communities, the plans account for specific needs, opportunities and strategies of cities, towns and villages throughout the State. Each locality is eligible for between $3 million and $25 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, as it implements new and innovative strategies that aim to establish a stronger and better future. NOTE: The NY Rising Community Reconstruction plans referenced on these pages are comprehensive planning documents created by and for the affected communities. For this reason, the documents describe projects that were discussed; however, not all of these were selected by the community as priorities to be funded.
Co-Chair. David Sorkin, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, brings an array of knowledge and expertise to the Staten Island Committee. Mr. Sorkin is chair of the JCC Connect-to-Recovery Coalition and the Staten Island Response to Disaster Coalition, a program of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association which is identifying needs of non-profit organizations in the aftermath of the Superstorm Sandy and determining how the sector will respond to similar unforeseen needs in the future. Mr. Sorkin is a member of the Staten Island Long-Term Recovery Organization (LTRO).
Founder of a grassroots relief organization named “Sandy Yellow Team”
Co-Chair. Vincent Lenza, Executive Director of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association (SINFP), represents over 150 not-for-profit organizations on Staten Island. As the lead staff member behind the creation of the Staten Island Response to Disaster Coalition, Mr. Lenza brought together twenty civic and government agencies to improve the quality of response to individuals in the event of community crises. Mr. Lenza is a member of the Staten Island Long-Term Recovery Organization (LTRO).
Chair of Community Board 2 and serves as the executive director and CEO of Community Resources
President of the Midland Beach Civic Association
Vice President of the Fisherman’s Conservation Association and the Marine Fisheries Director for the Staten Island Tuna Club
President and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
President of the Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmond Valley Civic Association
President of the South Beach Civic Association
Committee Member, Vice Chair of Community Board 3
Director of Rebuild and Client Services at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (Siller Foundation)
Registered architect in private practice and past director of the AIA New York State
Executive Director of El Centro del Inmigrante and a coordinator of the Staten Island Immigrant Council
President and CEO of Victory State Bank
Vice President of the Ocean Breeze Civic Association
Committee Member, Registered architect and owner of an architectural design firm on Staten Island
Member of the Tottenville Civic Association
Chief Clerk for the Hon. Robert J. Gigante
Founding President of the New Dorp Beach Civic Association and a teacher at New Dorp High School
Founder and Executive Director of Island Voice Inc.
Vice President of the Midland Beach Civic Association
Member of Community Board 2 and resident of the East Shore
President of Staten Island Taxpayers' Association, Inc.
Executive Director at The Staten Island Foundation
Member of Community Board 2 and President of the National Lighthouse Museum
Retired NYC Police Detective and head of the Midland Beach Merchants Association
President of the Staten Island Community Center
Interim President of the College of Staten Island (CUNY)
Director of Projects at Staten Island Economic Development Corporation