Superstorm Sandy

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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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

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.

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