New York, NY -- An additional $3.2 million was obligated today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of New York to reimburse the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for emergency protective measures and temporary ferry terminal improvements required following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
"FEMA continues to follow through on President Bush's pledge to help New York and its vital public services recover from 9/11," said Michael D. Brown, under secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "These grants reimburse the Port Authority for protecting critical transportation assets following the attacks and helping to provide transportation for thousands of New York and New Jersey commuters and residents."
The $3,235,363 in funding includes:
- $1.75 million for overtime labor costs associated with performing emergency response activities from Nov. 2001 to Feb. 2002 by employees from the public safety, engineering, rail (PATH) and operation services departments;
- $1.48 million for emergency transportation, specifically improvements to the Battery Park City/World Financial Center ferry terminal to better accommodate commuters.
With these funds, the total amount obligated to date to the State of New York for emergency response and recovery work through the Public Assistance program is more than $2.26 billion.
Commenting on the grants, New York State Emergency Management Office Director Edward F. Jacoby Jr. said, "This FEMA funding provides the Port Authority with the resources necessary to manage critical transportation issues that affect the entire metropolitan area. The FEMA/State of New York State Public Assistance Program continues to help New York get back on its feet and move forward."
President Bush authorized FEMA to pay for 100 percent of the program costs associated with the World Trade Center. Public Assistance reimburses government agencies and certain non-profits providing a government-like service for eligible disaster-related damages and costs not covered by insurance.
Among the categories eligible for reimbursement are debris removal, emergency protective measures, temporary transportation, and repair or restoration of damaged public facilities.