November 9, 2012

Coney Island, NY – “Alliance for Coney Island” today launched #ConeyRecovers, a multipronged relief and recovery effort to help Coney Island residents and businesses dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

While much of Coney Island is still without power or heat, Alliance for Coney Island has established and #ConeyRecovers to gather donations and volunteers to assist all the neighborhood relief and recovery efforts.  The website is a central information location for people who live in the area to learn where to get assistance.

“Repairing our community is our primary goa,l and with the long-term, concerted effort on the part of local leaders and the continued generosity of Coney Island fans around the world, we will continue the Coney Island rennaisaance,” said Dennis Vourderis, Chairperson of Alliance for Coney Island and owner of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. “To rebuild this unique neighborhood – where roller coasters coexist with residential developments, sea lions with merchants, tourists with locals – we all are pulling together.  The fantastic rebirth of Coney Island will continue.”

“In just the past two years, Coney Island has taken the brunt of two major storms—it’s where Irene made landfall and now the devastation from Hurricane Sandy.  But throughout its storied history, Coney Island has survived everything from fires and acts of nature to economic downturns, and I am confident it will rise once again—rise even higher than the floodwaters that battered everything but our spirit and resolve.  Bravo to Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Council Member Domenic Recchia, Coney Island Development Corporation President Nate Bliss, Community Board 13, all of the incredible volunteers who gave their time and resources to help those most in need, and many, many others.  And special kudos to the Alliance for Coney Island, Chairperson Dennis Vourderis and all of their community partners for launching this effort, which will go a long way in helping Coney Island recover, rebuild and rebound—even bigger and better than before,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

"Coney Island was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy, but I have seen tremendous effort and heart in our community over the past week,” said Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr.  “I am confident that by working together we are going to build back better and stronger than ever.  #ConeyRecovers is a necessary step in what will be a long road of recovery and I am proud to join with the Coney Island Alliance on this historic partnership."

“This week across Brooklyn we’ve seen the true value of people power in times of need.  Without electricity and basic resources, our waterfront communities have still managed to come together quickly and creatively to provide emergency response and organize local recovery efforts.  In Coney Island—where the need is so great—we’re inspired and grateful for the actions led by the Alliance for Coney Island and applaud their effort to build greater unity and strength through the Coney Island Recovery Fund,” said Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation President.

In addition, the Brooklyn Cyclones, a founding member of the Alliance for Coney Island, has announced that Johann Santana, will participate in efforts.  On Tuesday from noon to 12:45, the two-time Cy Young Award winner will be at our lady of Solace.  Later in the day, from 1 to 1:45, he will visit Coney Island Gospel Assembly at West 28th Street and Neptune Avenue.  He will be distributing lunches at both locations as he assists those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the same area where he pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones last summer.

About Alliance for Coney Island

Alliance for Coney Island is a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, world-class recreational oceanfront destination while improving the quality of life of the entire Coney Island community.  The Alliance brings together Coney businesses, community organizations, and residents to work toward a better future for a neighborhood that is home to 50,000 residents and attracts millions of visitors each year.  The Alliance is comprised of representatives of local businesses and nonprofits, along with representatives of Community Board 13, the local Council Member, and the Brooklyn Borough President.

Press contact:

Kenneth Hochman,  Alliance for Coney Island.  (718) 594-7895 

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