Public Assistance: By the Numbers

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May 17, 2013
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NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.2 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 1,028 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the recent reimbursements:

Permanent work expenses

  • $1.6 million to the New York Department of Transportation for repair and replacement of a flood-damaged bridge and associated components such as wheel trucks, navigation lights and operator house heaters.
  • $1.5 million to the New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation for the repair of impacted bulkheads which protect the Roberto Clemente State Park from beach erosion.
  • $459,776 to the Suffolk County Public Works-Sanitation Department for repairs at Bethpage Ballpark Long Island Stadium.

Emergency work expenses

  • $3.4 million to the Nassau County Police Department for assisting with evacuations, conducting patrols to identify and address public hazards, responding to calls for assistance from residents, performing traffic control and clearing debris for emergency vehicle access.
  • $2.7 million to the Suffolk County Police Department for emergency protective measures to protect public health and safety, and protect improved property to lessen immediate threats to lives, public health or safety.
  • $816,342 to the Long Beach Memorial Nursing Home for the repair of critical healthcare private nonprofits which sustained major flooding.
  • $103,267 to the Center for Developmental Disabilities for securing exteriors of buildings, wiring and maintenance for emergency generators, delivery of supplies to staff at remote locations and additional staffing to evacuate patients.   

Debris removal

  • $369,156 to the Town of Harrison
  • $178,063 to the East Ramapo Central School District

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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May 20, 2013 - 08:32
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