Updated 01/06/2013 01:31 PM
Brooklyn Relief Workers Want Their Center To Last Through Winter
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The Sandy relief group Gerritsen Beach Cares in Brooklyn was told by city officials that one of its three tents in its center must be taken down as it cannot be heated,
The organization still wants to continue its work through the winter at 2658 Gerritsen Avenue.
Two tents from the National Guard and one from the New York City Fire Department are being used to serve hot food, distribute clothing and hand out much-needed supplies.
Members of the group say they were told by city officials that their three tents would need to be taken down because they cannot be heated, a claim the organization disputes.
City Hall officials clarified that the two National Guard tents are made for winter weather and can stay.
Organizers at Gerritsen Beach Cares say the relief site has helped thousands of area residents affected by the storm, but there is still more work to do.
"These tents really will make a difference and will help us get through the winter," said Michael Taylor of Gerritsen Beach Cares. "They are Arctic-ready tents. They just have to be properly set up. They were brought here by the National Guard."
City Hall officials told NY1 that only the FDNY tent would need to come down.