A congresswoman from the Hudson Valley wants some federal disaster funding to stay in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas. She is among a number of federal lawmakers from New York City and the suburbs making such a call.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, is urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to award the remaining Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funds to Hurricane Sandy-affected areas only. This comes after Lowey says an article in The Wall Street Journal reported that HUD is considering making $3.6 billion available through a national resiliency fund that would be awarded via a competitive process, and areas outside the Sandy-affected region could be eligible to apply. Lowey penned a letter to the HUD secretary, asking him to award all remaining funds to the areas affected by the storm so that these areas can develop and implement projects that will mitigate the impact of future disasters.