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Public Assistance: By the Numbers

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May 3, 2013
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NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $1.19 billion in Public Assistance grants to reimburse local, state and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits for some of the costs of emergency response, debris removal and repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities. Approximately 964 grants have been approved so far.

Most recently, FEMA’s Public Assistance program has approved $267 million to the Long Island Power Authority for permanent repairs to overhead power distribution lines, costs for staging of materials such as wood poles, cross arms, transformers and conductors.

Here are the most recent reimbursements:

Permanent work expenses

  • $8.2 million to the New York Department of Design and Construction for sidewalk repairs in all five boroughs of New York City
  • $7.5 million to the Village of Saltaire to rebuild 14,960 linear feet of boardwalk roads
  • $5.7 million to the New York Department of Transportation for road resurfacing in the areas of Coney Island (Brooklyn), Rockaways (Queens) and Staten Island
  • $5.1 million to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for repair and reconstruction of 16 disaster-damaged pump stations to their pre-disaster design, capacity and function

Emergency work expenses

  • $12 million to the Department of Military and Naval Affairs for labor, travel, materials and supplies to support emergency protective measures performed by the National Guard in declared counties
  • $4.4 million to the New York Department of Parks and Recreation for  placing sand berms along two sections of beach where the storm created a situation in which life and improved property are threatened
  • $2.9 million to the Fire Department of New York for coordinating more than 500 swift water boat rescues, and conducting more than 1000 evacuations. Fire Department personnel also suppressed fires citywide, 3,100 dwellings and businesses were searched

Debris removal

  • $17.5 million to the Town of Oyster Bay
  • $12.2 million for the New York Department of Sanitation
  • $2 million to the City of Yonkers
  • $814, 525 to the New York City Department of Transportation

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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Last Updated: 
May 3, 2013 - 15:29
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