Emergency Officials: Irene To Cost NYC At Least $55 Million

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Emergency management officials say that the remnants of Hurricane Irene caused New York City at least $55 million in damage and expenses.

Office of Emergency Management spokesman Chris Gilbride issued the figure Tuesday. He said the total includes the response to the storm, recovery and damage to public infrastructure.

He says each of the boroughs met the threshold necessary to qualify for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the state.

Together, state and federal funds are expected to cover more than 87 percent of the costs. That includes the expenses that went into setting up shelters, and overtime pay for city employees.

Gilbride says $55 million is a preliminary figure and the total is likely to expand.

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  • Troy Greene

    Sending federal aid that goes to New York City means that less aid is available for REAL New Yorkers in upstate counties.

    • Michael H.

      It is undeniable that upstate New York suffered far more than downstaters did. In the city we dodged a bullet while Irene and Lee put entire communities under water in the southern tier.

    • Michael H.

      I forgot to add, don’t do that “us vs them” thing about being “real” New Yorkers. Those of us who are from the city and other points south of the Tappan Zee are no less New Yorkers than you are. Get off your high horse.

  • j

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    With very long term harassment, or the more correct description torture ,the FBI and DEA are intentionally creating their own terrorists and criminals when evidence of any supposed crime does not support their investigation/harassment of a suspect.
    The D.O.J. Has been harrassing me for 20 years.

  • j

    Several of the individuals that provided logistical support for the 9/11 Al Quida attack on the World Trade Center are currently residing in Milpitas California.

    They may include several former and current employees from the C.I.A., D.O.J., D.O.D, pre- Home Land Security agencies and non-governmental agencies.

    Most Americans realize that not one person involved with helping the 9/11 attacks occur have ever been brought to justice.

    Yet how is it that majority of the terrorists could not speak English, 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, they needed lodging, several of them where on State department terror watch lists, etc…

    It just makes sense that a logistic support network existed before and after the attacks. After the attacks they helped mislead the 9/11 investigation by capturing patsy’s designed to take the fall.

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