FEMA Public Assistance Tops $3.8 Billion

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NEW YORK – With the obligation of more than $982 million to New York University’s Langone Medical Center along with many other projects, disaster assistance funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program to help rebuild New York after Hurricane Sandy now exceeds $3.8 billion.

FEMA Public Assistance is supporting the restoration of New York’s storm-damaged infrastructure by funding projects to renovate schools, refurbish hospitals, restore parks and repair public transportation systems. FEMA Public Assistance provides grants to state and local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations.

The award to NYU Langone was one of the first utilizing the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Permanent Work, authorized by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act and signed into law by President Obama in January 2013. The program is a new way to fund disaster recovery by expediting funding for Public Assistance projects and providing flexibility in the use of funding for recovery.

The $982,472,017 will be used to restore damaged buildings at the NYU Langone Medical Center and for mitigation measures designed to protect it from future storms.

Other awards include:

•  Almost $216 million for the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation for emergency and protective measures as well as repairs and restoration to facilities;

•  Nearly $43 million to the New York School Construction Authority to renovate classrooms and repair school buildings; and

•  Approximately $11.4 million for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for repair, replacement and hazard mitigation of damaged elements of the transportation system.

Additional funding is expected for an array of projects throughout the affected areas.

To learn more about FEMA Public Assistance in New York, visit: fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit and dhses.ny.gov/oem/recovery.

The Sandy Recovery Office supports disaster recovery operations for New Jersey and New York from field offices in Eatontown, N.J. and Forest Hills, N.Y., coordinating all federal agency funding designated for Hurricane Sandy long-term recovery operations in both states.

For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/sandy-recovery-office

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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