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State, Local, Tribal Governments, Private Nonprofits Get 30 More Days to Request FEMA Public Assistance Grants

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November 30, 2012
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Deadlines extended to request reimbursement for debris removal, infrastructure repair and other costs

NEW YORK – Deadlines to apply for Public Assistance (PA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been extended for 30 days. Counties, municipalities and certain non-profits that provide essential services of a governmental nature may qualify for PA funding to help reimburse eligible costs for rebuilding infrastructure such as bridges, roads and public utilities.

The deadline for Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) is now extended from the original deadline which was 30 days after each county was designated as part of President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy New York disaster declaration.

The extended deadlines are now:

Dec. 29, 2012: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens
Jan. 2, 2013: Rockland and Westchester
Jan. 12, 2013: Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster

Michael F. Byrne, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, granted the extension following a request from the New York State Office of Emergency Management. The PA program provides for the reimbursement of 75 percent of eligible costs.

In the request for an extension, the state cited the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Sandy and the tremendous increase in the number of organizations submitting RPAs, many of which have never been involved in the PA process.

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November 30, 2012 - 14:49
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