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Volunteers collected nearly 700 photos from beaches and homes destroyed by Sandy and compiled them on a Facebook page where owners can search and claim the photos. Roseanne Colletti reports
A New York lawmaker who organized crews to help clean up in Sandy's aftermath has launched a Facebook page
to reconnect victims with hundreds of photographs her group recovered from destroyed beachfront homes and debris that piled up on shorelines.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, said volunteers collected nearly 700 photos from New Dorp Beach after the storm tore through.
She held a public viewing at New Dorp High School to give storm victims a chance to reconnect with their treasured photographs, but hundreds of photos -- old black-and-white pictures of families and soldiers, color snapshots of newborn babies, birthday parties and sentimental moments -- went unclaimed.
Malliotakis teamed up with a graphic designer in the Staten Island borough president's office to scan the photographs and this month launched her "Sandy Photo Reclamation Project," a Facebook page where Sandy victims can view the pictures in hopes of reclaiming memories they thought had been whisked away by Sandy for good.
“These families are still fighting their way back toward full recovery," Malliotakis said. "I’m hopeful that these photos can bring back some happiness and inspire them to keep going.”
All images are available for download and anyone who wishes to obtain an original photograph can connect Malliotakis' district office at 718-987-0197.