Superstorm Sandy

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A federal audit says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration mismanaged $22 million spent to promote tourism in areas affected by three damaging storms.

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The federal Small Business Administration is still processing low-interest loans for Superstorm Sandy.

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More than $7 million in federally funded grants is being awarded to a host of Connecticut cities and towns affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Authorities say more than 500 New York victims of Superstorm Sandy owe $3.4 million in disaster grant money back to federal officials.

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Major storms that once might have hit the coasts of New York and New Jersey every 500 years could soon happen every 25 years or so.  That's one of the findings of a study looking back over 1,000 years.

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The Federal Transit Administration has granted $20.8 million to Metro-North Railroad to harden its Hudson Line against future storm surge flood events the likes of Superstorm Sandy.

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Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York.

The money will fund a variety of projects to protect communities at risk from future big storms like the October 2012 one that pummeled the East Coast.

New Jersey has the largest number of approved projects at 13, including restoration of beaches, salt marshes and urban areas including Hoboken.

New York has 11 projects.

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Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany today to discuss rebuilding New York state and strengthening infrastructure affected by extreme weather.

Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo held the press conference in the Red Room at the Capital building to discuss the work planned to make New York’s infrastructure systems more storm resilient, reflecting on the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee  in 2011.

Biden, Cuomo To Discuss Rebuilding After Sandy

Jan 7, 2014
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Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit the New York Capital and join Governor Andrew Cuomo for a discussion of the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

The hurricane hit New York in late October 2012, flooding several parts of New York City and Long Island and destroying many homes and businesses.

The state has received federal disaster funds for relief and rebuilding, with an estimated $5.1 billion in the current fiscal year's budget

Dolphins Beat Cincinnati, NYC Braces For Marathon

Nov 1, 2013
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In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins ended a four-game losing streak grabbing a 22-20 triumph over Cincinnati.

Cameron Wake tackled Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:38 remaining in overtime. The safety capped a game in which Miami blew a 17-3 lead before dropping the Bengals to 6-3. Officials reviewed Wake's third sack of the game before confirming the safety.

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard with high winds, heavy rain and a storm surge of more than 13 feet, claiming 44 lives and displacing thousands. The Superstorm turned the greatest city in the world into a city of darkness and called new attention to climate change.

1 Year On, Sandy Survivors To Light Up Shore

Oct 29, 2013
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Superstorm Sandy survivors are keeping vigil along the water's edge one year after the devastating storm flooded hundreds of miles of coastline and destroyed whole communities.

People will pay their respects on Tuesday to the people that were lost and the places that were destroyed in New York and New Jersey. Elected officials plan to journey to storm-damaged areas.

Some survivors will bring candles to the beach and light up the shoreline. Others will help rebuild homes or plant sea grass on sand dunes.

It's a time of healing for many who suffered in Sandy's wake.

More Federal Sandy Aid Coming To NY, NYC

Oct 29, 2013
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A second round of federal Sandy recovery aid is coming to New York City and New York state.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the funding on Monday.

Today is the anniversary of the superstorm.

Donovan said New York state will be getting nearly $2.1 billion. New York City will get over $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grants.

That's in addition to federal money that was allocated earlier this year.

Donovan was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Charles Schumer, and Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Jerrold Nadler.

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Verizon has lost one small battle with government regulators, but the internet arm of the telecom giant continues its fight to create so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the net.

Westchester To Receive Funds For Sandy Aid

Jul 30, 2013
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More than $2 million in Superstorm Sandy aid is headed for Westchester County.

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Announce Deals

Jun 20, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he and legislative leaders have agreed to a jobs program that would offer tax-free zones to new employers.

But Cuomo says he isn't sure how many of his 10 women's rights measures will be passed in the Senate, or if the abortion piece of the package will even reach the floor.

Cuomo has hoped that many of the elements, including combating workplace inequities and discrimination, would become law in these closing days of session.

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Three bills concerning Superstorm Sandy are headed to the New York governor’s desk.

Interior Dept. Releases $475m In Sandy Aid

May 8, 2013
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Interior Department is releasing more than $475 million to help repair the damage from Superstorm Sandy, which roared up the East Coast last fall.

The department said the money will go for 234 projects that will repair and rebuild parks, refuges and other agency facilities damaged by the storm. Money will also go to historic preservation efforts and to investments in scientific data and studies to support recovery efforts.

Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut.

That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high with sewage.

Most of the overflow was due to storm-surge flooding that inundated sewage treatment facilities.

The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Westchester County executive has not complied with a fair housing agreement from 2009. Now, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the county may not receive Superstorm Sandy disaster-relief money directly.  

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Two Hudson Valley towns are on the receiving end of a combined $3.6 million in federal funds. The money is to reimburse the cost of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy.

NY Governor Submits Plan for Federal Sandy Aid

Mar 13, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a plan to allocate $1.7 billion in federal aid for disaster-recovery programs. The aid is intended for New Yorkers devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. 

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President Obama signed an emergency measure at the end of January for $50.5 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy. The federal aid for heavily-impacted Sandy communities is one of the many areas being affected by sequestration – the across-the-board federal budget cuts that began March 1.

The estimates of how much aid will be cut by sequestration range from $1 billion- to $2.5 billion dollars, and those concerned say the cuts will reduce funds to help recovery efforts in the areas of housing and transportation, as well as mitigation efforts.

NYS Assembly Hearing Focuses on Sandy Insurance Claims

Feb 26, 2013
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A hearing began earlier today in New York City to examine how insurance claims were settled during Superstorm Sandy, and how they should be handled during future disasters.

Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, of Kingston, chairs the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.

Ellen Melchionni is the president of the New York Insurance Association, and is testifying at the hearing. She says her association has drawn up a disaster preparedness agenda, a list of suggestions for policymakers to improve the insurance-claims process. Here is one of the items.

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history.

The center released a report Tuesday that attributes 72 deaths in the U.S. directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire. That's more than any hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. since Hurricane Agnes killed 122 people in 1972.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the towns far from the shore — those along the Hudson River.

Since Superstorm Sandy sent a storm surge up the Hudson, local officials and advocates have focused more intently on identifying vulnerable places along the Hudson River.

NYC Offers Help for Mold After Sandy

Feb 1, 2013
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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.