By Anessa V. Cohen
This week will mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy or, as our government officials like to call it, Superstorm Sandy. There is no one who lived through this mess who does not cringe or roll their eyes in remembrance of what they had to deal with post Sandy. Many have not finished with the aftermath of this catastrophe, even now–two years later!
The priority since this storm has been to rebuild, fix, repair, and deal with NY Rising, FEMA, or insurance companies. What tends to fall to the side is remembrance of the people who were there for us 24/7 in the past two years, helping and assisting in any and all ways possible to cut through the red tape of the bureaucratic hobble-degook (new word) created by all of the state and federal government agencies in their so-called “assistance to hurricane victims” programs.
Without the assistance of these people, many of those affected would never have been successful in achieving any kind of benefits. These programs, for the most part, were a mess–mired in understaffed and undertrained individuals completely lost in the sheer numbers of people they needed to help and the reams of guidelines that they never really understood to begin with.
One person who stands out front and center is Avi Fertig, who is running for NYS Assemblyman on November 4. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, this should be the criterion you use when deciding whom to vote for as we choose as our next Assemblyman–someone who has already proven himself as an individual who puts the interests of the people of our community first!
Avi has proven himself over and over again as a tireless worker for every member of our community who has ever needed help. He does so with patience and perseverance, assisting in any way possible. I do not know anything about the individual running against Avi on Election Day for the seat of assemblyman. He may very well be a nice guy and, if Avi were not running, I guess we would have to get to know him better and hope for the best. But why hope for the best, when we already have the perfect person for the job, someone we know who puts our community’s interests first!
Our rabbis are always reminding us of “hakarat ha’tov”–remembering people who have done good things for us and been there for us, and giving back to them when possible to acknowledge their merits. November 4 is our turn to show “hakarat ha’tov” to Avi Fertig for being a good friend to everyone in our community. We are also rewarding ourselves by electing someone we know will support us and fight for whatever needs our community seeks for its people in the future. Please come out and vote this Tuesday, November 4, and remember “hakarat ha’tov!
Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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