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Gov. Cuomo Proposes Plan For $1.7B In Sandy Aid; Some Will Go To Irene, Lee

Pile of debris from superstorm Sandy on a lawn in Long Beach, N.Y. - Nov. 20, 2012 (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pile of debris from superstorm Sandy on a lawn in Long Beach, N.Y. – Nov. 20, 2012 (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan for the use of $1.7 billion in federal storm-damage funds.

Most of the money is going to homeowners and businesses hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. But some will be used for damage from the storms Irene and Lee.

The money will be used around the state, including on Long Island. The exception is New York City, which has a separate allocation.

LINK: Read The Plan (PDF)

Nearly $260 million will be used to reduce the risk of future damage. Over $170 million will cover voluntary buyouts to residents in flood areas.

The proposals also include low-interest loans, and improvements at hospitals and nursing homes evacuated during Sandy.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development still has to approve the projects.

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