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Public Assistance: By the Numbers

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May 31, 2013
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NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.3 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 1,325 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the recent reimbursements:

Permanent work expenses

  • $291,485 to the Oceanside Union Free School for damage assessment and environmental cleaning of school campuses owned by Oceanside Union Free School.
  • $172,125 to the Town of Windham for repair and replacement to road systems including road surfaces, embankments, headwalls, guide rails and culverts.
  • $22,500 to the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center for repair and replacement to roof, high wind anchoring systems, ceiling tiles and cleaning of building interior.

Emergency work expenses

  • More than $1 million to the New York School Construction Authority for emergency protective measures in order to repair damages to K329 Surfside Elementary School located in Brooklyn.
  • $241,060 to the Freeport Public Housing Authority to restore required utilities to occupants and provide public health and safety to the residents served by the Freeport Housing Authority.
  • $25,190 to the Lake Mohegan Fire District for emergency protective measures to improve property to eliminate immediate threats to lives, public health or safety.

Debris removal

  • $5.4 million to Garden City Village
  • More than $1 million to the Village of Hempstead
  • $323,028 to the Village of Rye Brook

A recently approved cost share adjustment allows FEMA’s Public Assistance program to reimburse state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations 90 percent of eligible costs of emergency and permanent work. The remaining 10 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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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.

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May 31, 2013 - 15:56
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