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Nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy, Coney Island's residential districts haven't rebounded as fast as the attractions on the boardwalk.

But today there was one solid sign that things are improving: the Coney Island Library of Brooklyn is open for business again. 

"It was beautiful," said Sen. Diane Savino, who represents the area, of the reopening. She recalled speaking to people whose homes had been destroyed in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. "Their homes were destroyed and they were still asking: 'When is the library going to open?' Because it is more than a repository for books — it is a a cultural center for the community."

Earlier in August, Savino took a tour of Coney Island with a number of constituents and activists to see how the neighborhood was recovering from last year's storm. Savino says things are slowly getting better for the district. 

"It doesn't happen all at once," said Savino. "Some residents are still falling behind but I think the bright spots in the recovery are being missed." 

Savino said she thinks the New York City Housing Authority is still far behind in repairs in the area and residents of the properties are in desperate need of attention.

"I can't wait for a new administration," she said.