NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is launching a $15 million program to clean up at least 2,000 homes contaminated with mold because of flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Storm victims enrolled in the program will be able to get their homes scrubbed of mold for free by private contractors. Money for the project is being put up by three charities: The American Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. No federal, state or city tax dollars are involved. The work is being overseen by a nonprofit development company. Mold has become a problem in flood-ravaged parts of the city, and the cost of properly removing the stuff can be substantial. And unlike other types of damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not cover mold remediation.
President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. The U.S. Senate approved the bill Monday after the House earlier this month had stripped the bill of spending unrelated to disasters.
Yesterday the Senate cleared the bill, 62-36. Northeast lawmakers say the money is desperately needed to help recovery efforts from the one of the region's worst storms. The House passed the bill two weeks ago.
Last week the Assembly committee held the first of two hearings to gain input on how New York can mitigate man-made factors that lead to, and reduce the environmental impacts of, extreme weather. A number of conservation and environmental groups testified before the committee.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northeastern lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package through the House face roadblocks by fiscal conservatives seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts as well as funding cuts for projects they say are unrelated to the Oct. 29 storm.
The amendments by budget hawks set up a faceoff Tuesday, with Northeast lawmakers in both parties eager to provide recovery aid for one of the worst storms ever to strike the region as the House moves toward expected votes on the emergency spending package.
Lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a more than $50 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid package, and a Congressman from the Hudson Valley is working to ensure that such aid packages are not so delayed in the future.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut task force recommends that local zoning laws reflect changes in rising sea levels and new flood elevations after two storms devastated the state's shoreline.
The legislative report released Monday recommends that municipalities and the state consider the impact of rising sea levels when deciding whether to build or issuing public health permits for sewage disposal.
The group was formed in February 2012, after Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut as a tropical storm and eight months before more damage was caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:11 pm
Thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims are still displaced more than two months after the storm. So, some locals in Connecticut hatched a plan to relocate some of them to a brand-new neighborhood with homes of their own.
Deborah Rassi and her family from Staten Island, N.Y., have been in the small, rural town of New Milford, Conn., for three days.
She was happy to be unpacking at her brand-new mobile house, which came with bags of donated clothing.