Public Assistance: By the Numbers

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April 11, 2013
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NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $824 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. Approximately 676 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the recent reimbursements:

Permanent work expenses

  • $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 
  • $973,010 to the State University of New York for roof repairs at the Maritime College Fort Schuyler facility in Throggs Neck
  • $288,709 to New York Parks and Historic Preservation for the replacement of a damaged wall, walkway and railing

Emergency work expenses

  • $497,946 to the Long Beach Medical Center for removal of damaged materials from the main and west building wings in addition to providing temporary boilers, generators, pumps and electrical systems
  • $298,789 to the East Rockaway Union Free School District for temporary generators, boilers and dehumidifiers at Rhame Elementary School 

Debris removal

  • $2.7 million to Westchester County
  • $2.7 million to the Town of Freeport
  • $489,108 to Rockland County Highway Department
  • $441,498 to the Town of Lawrence

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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April 11, 2013 - 15:36
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