$6.3 Billion in Sandy Aid Due In 2014, Senator Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy is coming up Tuesday, but the recovery is far from over and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said New York is due for billions in future aid.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, with federal Sandy relief money just now trickling in, Schumer has told victims to be patient.

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“Next year will be far better for homeowners, small businesses and communities, than this past year was,” he said.

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Schumer said New York state is in line to see $6.3 billion in 2014.

“The spigot is now fully open,” Schumer said. “The money has finally begun to flow.”

A Schumer also announced Sunday that $1.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds will go directly to homeowners affected by the storm that struck the region one year ago.

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“It’s enough to cover just about every home that has been seriously damaged and destroyed in Sandy,” he said.

Schumer said a year from now, people will feel a whole lot better.

Smaller pots of money will go to fund coastal protection projects, green infrastructure and health-related projects.

Schumer said another $207 million will be allocated to the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan.

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