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Mayor Launches Rapid Repairs; Cleaning Up Coney Island

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NEW YORK CITY?Mayor Bloomberg launched a new initiative to help homeowners quickly and efficiently make repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Called "Rapid Repairs," the program, a partnership with FEMA, will send contractors and building inspectors to the hardest-hit neighborhoods in order to make repairs as soon as possible. Under normal FEMA guidelines, homeowners have to bring in repairmen themselves, so this program aims to make the process simpler. Residents who enroll will not have to pay for repairs upfront. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

CONEY ISLAND?Coney Island was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter, and the neighborhood is in need of real help to rebuild. Luna Park is inviting volunteers to come down this weekend to help with clean-up efforts. As a thank-you, volunteers who donate more than four hours of their time will receive four free hours of rides for the 2013 season. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

THE HARBOR?Lady Liberty may not be welcoming visitors to her island for awhile, but she will be illuminated once again tonight for the first time since Sandy hit. A temporary LED lighting system has been donated and set-up by by Musco Lighting to the National Park Foundation. [CurbedWire Inbox]