NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A second round of federal superstorm Sandy recovery aid is coming to New York City and New York state.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday that the state will receive nearly $2.1 billon, and the city will get over $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grants.
That funding is in addition to federal money that was allocated earlier this year. Donovan said 230,000 homeowners and small businesses have already received aid.
“We are absolutely committed to make sure that the dollars we are announcing today get every community back on its feet,” Donovan said.
Donovan was joined at the announcement in Greenwich Village by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
Schumer said he expects the additional funding to make a real difference in the lives of Sandy victims who are struggling to repair their homes or businesses.
Photos: Sandy One Year Later
“The first year was recovery,” he said. “The second year is rebuilding.
“The spigot is now open. The money is really going to start flowing.”
The additional funding is expected to begin being dispersed in the next few weeks, officials said.
The city will have received a total of $3 billion in federal aid for Sandy recovery.
“We are not wasting the taxpayers’ money,” Bloomberg said. “We tried to account for every single penny.”
Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the superstorm.
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