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Public Assistance: By the Numbers

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March 14, 2013
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NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $733 million in Public Assistance grants to reimburse state, tribal and 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 326 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the recent reimbursements:

Debris removal

  • $4 million to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works
  • $2.4 million to the Town of Clarkstown
  • $2.5 million to the Fire Department of New York
  • $1.1 million to the Town of Bedford

Emergency work expenses

  • $1.2 million to the City University of New York for personnel, materials and equipment to conduct emergency protective measures such as sandbagging, storm cleanup and securing property
  • $489,044 to St. John’s University for the removal of more than two feet of surge water that flooded the Manhattan campus
  • $339,979 to the New York Thruway Authority for wages for 60 employees who were reassigned to locations outside their duty areas

FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses state, tribal and 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.

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March 14, 2013 - 10:28
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