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Fighting for Our Share of $50.5 Billion in Sandy Aid

Eastern Long Island and the other regions affected by Superstorm Sandy moved forward on the road to recovery this week with final passage of approximately $50.5 billion in federal funding.

Eastern Long Island and the other regions affected by Superstorm Sandy moved forward on the road to recovery this week with final passage of approximately $50.5 billion in federal funding to rebuild homes and businesses, restore battered shorelines and critical infrastructure, and harden the region's defenses against future storms.

Over 90 days since the storm was too long to wait, but my office has been working with officials at all levels of government since Sandy struck to ensure we are prepared to compete for aid to rebuild our communities. The bipartisan legislation signed into law this week includes funding for both short-term emergency needs and long-term mitigation work to limit the destructive power of future storms including:

$16 billion for Department of Housing and Urban Development community development programs; $11.5 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund; $10.9 billion for transit systems; and $5.4 billion for the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).

The ACOE will play a leading role in rebuilding Long Island's damaged coastline. The legislation stipulates that the Army Corps can only perform storm-related work in areas where the agency has already undertaken construction work or studies, such as the 83-mile long seashore included in the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study. Ongoing Army Corps projects in Lake Montauk Harbor and Mattituck are also eligible for funding under the terms of the relief package.

FEMA's disaster relief fund will provide individual grant assistance to households that were damaged in the storm as well as finance low-interest loans for small businesses. FEMA will also reimburse state, county, and local government and certain nonprofit groups for 75% of their costs in responding to the storm. Local government and community development agencies will also be able to compete for approximately $16 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which could fund projects to raise homes in floodplains or purchase frequently-flooded homes and convert them to open space for public recreation.

My job is to bring federal resources to the table to solve the problems identified by local government. With the President's approval, federal agencies are now beginning the process of distributing this critical aid either directly to our communities or via New York State. Please be assured that I will continue fighting for the level of support we deserve in the wake of this devastating storm.

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John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Well, that's what makes us the greatest country in the world & makes France...well...France...
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Wow, just listen to the teabaggery on this post? "How has France been treating us?" One of our strongest allies? You anti-intellectual, xenophobes need to get out of mommy's basement and breathe the air of sanity that the rest of us inhale. Better yet, stay where you are.
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I'm particularly disturbed by his "Two wrongs make a right" rhetoric myself...
Argile February 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Hazel when you actually have the intelligence to vote for someone other than from what party they come from only then do you have the right to mock someone else. You are actually what's wrong with this country.
Argile February 05, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Actually he hasn't been doing a great job. Look at his voting record. He's only good at acquiring government money, taxpayer money. Which is fine for certain situations like disaster relief but that's all he's done. He's done nothing to improve economic growth on Long Island. My father who is a Korean war Veteran still can't get dental coverage. He worked till he was 76! So when you left wingers get on your high horse about how he treats Veterans it's all one big lie. I voted for him the first couple of times. Then my taxes started cranking up and he and various other politicians sat back and did nothing. And now we're stuck with him again. Enjoy your tax increases! BTW, did you enjoy your SS tax increase? http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/44518/tim-bishop#.URBMW-RERIE

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