Superstorm Sandy

Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

NYS Comptroller's Sandy Legislation Awaits Governor's Signature

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

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WAMC News
8:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Interior Dept. Releases $475m In Sandy Aid

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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.

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WAMC News
5:29 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Study: Superstorm Sandy Dumped Billions of Gallons of Sewage into Waterways

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.

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Hudson Valley News
3:38 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Federal Housing Agency Says Westchester May Not Administer Sandy Funds

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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Hudson Valley News
6:35 am
Fri March 15, 2013

FEMA Awards Two Hudson Valley Towns Sandy Cleanup Money

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
2:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NY Governor Submits Plan for Federal Sandy Aid

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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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Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Some Area House Dems Say Sequester Cuts Slice Into Sandy Aid

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:08 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

NYS Assembly Hearing Focuses on Sandy Insurance Claims

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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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WAMC News
8:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Report: Hurricane Sandy Second-Costliest in U.S. History

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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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New York News
1:34 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Hudson River floods more with higher sea levels

Flooding at Metro-North's Harmon Yard on the Hudson Line, October 30, 2012, 8:45 a.m.
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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.

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