The grant will allow the state to pay for roughly 120 new positions for up to 20 weeks for clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of public structures and property damaged in the storm.
Sen. Chuck Schumer helped secure a $910,000 grant from the federal government to allow the Long Beach Fire Department to reinstate five young firefighters for the next two years.
The New York State Department of Labor is administering the funds and will work with communities to help deploy workers to job sites.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly described the grant as a valuable tool to help measure which programs are working and which are not as effective.
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