I agree wholeheartedly with Roberta Marcus Leiner (“Sandy Underscores Need For Connected Community,” Opinion, Nov. 9) about the importance of coordination across UJA-Federation of New York agencies in the wake of Sandy.

In our 23-year history New York Legal Assistance Group has never seen anything like the legal demands resulting from the storm that are now being placed on all city agencies that provide free legal advice to low-income people. It is truly on a scale that is unprecedented.

As noted, NYLAG itself has been hard hit by the storm. Our office in lower Manhattan was badly damaged and we are working out of temporary donated space across the city. We are grateful to UJA- Federation for housing our headquarters operations, and to the many private law firms that have opened their doors and their hearts to our legal staff.

The destruction from the storm in New York has no precedent, and we must be a “connected community” as never before to help vulnerable New Yorkers in this time of extreme need.

President, New York Legal Assistance Group
Manhattan