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.
Deborah Rassi, 59, cleans her new kitchen. She's holding a bag of donated clothing, one of many that volunteers left in the new mobile home.
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Robert Rassi, 67, in his family's kitchen. After losing everything when their Staten Island home flooded during Sandy, they can live here rent-free for one year.
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This brand-new neighborhood of mobile homes in New Milford, Conn., is home to 13 families from New York who relocated after Superstorm Sandy. They've agreed to move out after a year, and will have a chance to buy the mobile homes afterward.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run out of money next week with some 115,000 Sandy-related claims as well as 5,000 from other floods unresolved.
A panel commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bolster preparations for the next superstorm has recommended a state fuel reserve, citizen training, tougher building codes, generators at gas stations, and a depot of emergency provisions. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.