The oceanfront community on the Rockaways was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. A former NYPD officer, Howard began rebuilding immediately after the storm. Flooding heavily damaged both his own home in the Rockaways and his mother’s house on Breezy Point. Howard was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, but feels that taking care of his family and community is the best way to deal with his own losses.

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