Governor hopes federal cash will help cover the costs after Sandy. So far, FEMA has pledged $277 million for Long Island.
costs of Superstorm Sandy's devastation on Long Island will top $8
billion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, vowing to ask for federal
assistance to cover the costs.
The news came on the same day the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $680 million for the state
, with more than $277 million going towards Long Island.
total, New York's bill for recovery and prevention costs near $42
billion for the state, Cuomo said at a joint meeting with county
executives for Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk as well as New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. More than $9 billion of that would be used for
prevention costs, with the rest accounting for the state's recovery (see
full chart below).
devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is of unprecedented proportions,
ranking among the worst natural disasters in our nation's history in
terms of loss of life, property damage, and economic impact," Cuomo said
in a statement.
LI's totals were higher than the costs for Westchester and Rockland
Counties, New York City costs are estimated to top $15 billion.
costs would include flood proofing at area sewage plants, a particular
problem along the South Shore of Long Island where many plants were
swamped and leaked into bays and neighborhoods.
Cuomo's statement included a host of quotes from politicians supporting
the governor in pushing for federal reimbursement, Sen. Charles Schumer
did caution that the looming budget showdown in Washington could slow
down the process.
no mistake, this will not be an easy task, particularly given the
impending fiscal cliff, and a Congress that has been much less friendly
to disaster relief than in the past. This will be an effort that lasts
not weeks, but many months, and we will not rest until the federal
response meets New York's deep and extensive needs," the senator said in
is the governor's full breakdown of costs as well as his comparison to
the damage Sandy did in New York compared to devastation in the South
following Hurricane Katrina.To view more information and a chart with full recovery and prevention
costs, click here. This story was written by Henry Powderly.
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