Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday that will make it easier for Breezy Point residents to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.
The new law shaves about a year off of the city building permit process.
Because of Breezy Point's unique landscape, houses are separated by footpaths, rather than streets, which meant the state required homeowners to get special approval to rebuild.
The community said the law is a major step forward.
"Today, we reaffirm it's about people, it's about our homes, and it's about really building Breezy Point back better than ever," said Queens Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder.
"This is a major step forward, and it's eliminating one entire level of bureaucracy that our poor homeowners and families have to go through to get the permission to put their house back," said Arthur Lighthall, general manager of Breezy Point Coop.
Hundreds of homes in Breezy Point were destroyed by fire and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.