FEMA Public Assistance in New York: By the Numbers

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Release date: 
February 21, 2013
Release Number: 
NR-174

NEW YORK CITY — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $669 million in Public Assistance (PA) grants to reimburse state, tribal, local governments and eligible private nonprofits for some of the costs of emergency response, debris removal and repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities. More than 180 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the reimbursements:

Emergency work expenses

  • $114 million to the New York University Langone Medical Center for patient evacuation, repairs and emergency restoration of critical services and facilities
  • $106 million to NYPD for personnel overtime and materials used for emergency protective measures
  • $103 million to the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation for emergency cleanup, temporary utilities repairs and temporary provision of emergency room services
  • $14 million to Nassau County Waste Water for taking immediate protective measures to continue operations of the water treatment system
  • $1,600 to the Mattituck Park District for material to prevent further erosion to a sidewalk

Permanent work expenses

  • $263,000 to the State University of New York (SUNY) for repairs, such as replacing concrete drainages and restoring campus lawns
  • $39,000 to the Richmond Fire Department to replace equipment that was damaged during emergency protective measures
  • $27,000 to Suffolk County Community College to repair or replace various damaged school buildings and grounds features

Debris removal

  • $34 million to Nassau County Public Works
  • $24 million to the City of Long Beach
  • $223,000 to the Hudson River Park Trust for the cleanup of an oil spill and debris
  • $197,000 to the Town of Lewisboro
  • $112,000 to the Town of Shelter Island

FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses state, tribal, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations 75 percent of eligible costs of emergency and permanent work. The remaining 25 percent is provided by non-federal funds. The state forwards the federal funds to the eligible local governments or organizations that incurred costs.

To learn more about FEMA Public Assistance in New York, visit: http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit and 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.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
February 21, 2013 - 12:31
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