FEMA approves $80 million to help NY communities rebuild from Sandy

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Release date: 
February 1, 2013
Release Number: 
NR-157

NEW YORK – The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announce the approval of more than $80 million in Public Assistance grants to help communities clean up and recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Grants to New York City include $30 million to reimburse NYPD for personnel overtime, equipment usage and materials associated with emergency protective measures. A $7 million grant reimbursed FDNY for emergency protective measures such as removing water from 2,741 basements and clearing streets for emergency vehicle access.

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection was reimbursed for emergency protective measures with a $10 million grant to protect and temporarily repair damaged areas and operate pumping equipment and emergency generators.

Public Assistance grants affect all of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The new grants provide more than $6.2 million to Brookhaven Township for debris removal and disposal; $9.5 million to reimburse Islip Township for efforts in combating immediate threats to improved public and private property; and $15 million to the Nassau County Police Department for personnel overtime, equipment usage and materials associated with emergency protective measures.

The FEMA Public Assistance program reimburses state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations 75 percent of costs for disaster-related expenses associated with emergency protective measures, debris removal, and the repair and restoration of damaged infrastructure.

  • 14 New York counties are designated for Public Assistance. These are Bronx, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

Public Assistance is administered by New York State and funded by FEMA.

To learn more about FEMA Public Assistance, visit: www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/recovery.

For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNY, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog.

Last Updated: 
February 1, 2013 - 14:41
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