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Monday, November 30, 2015
Cuomo sets procedure for block grant money
Dollars allocated to Sandy-devastated communities

The other federal money shoe dropped on Monday when Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the state’s plan for allocating the federal money that is coming to the states through the block grant program that was approved by Congress earlier this year.

Under the governor’s guidelines, Barnum Island, Oceanside, Island Park and Harbor Isle will share $25 million in funding.

Long Beach will get $25 million in funding as well.

Allocations for other south shore communities range from the $25 million high to a low of $3 million for Atlantic Beach.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled the Community Reconstruction Zones (CRZ) program, a bottom-up, community driven initiative that will empower localities that were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee to develop comprehensive and innovative local rebuilding plans that will be funded by the state and federal government. The program will be funded by Federal Supplemental disaster aid fought for by Governor Cuomo and approved by Congress and signed by the President earlier this year.

“Communities across New York, from Long Island to Binghamton to Essex County, suffered incredible damage and loss from the wrath of the major storms that have hit our state over the past two years,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Community Reconstruction Zone program we are launching today will empower localities to put together a team of local officials, residents and leaders who know their communities best to develop rebuilding plans that will guide the local recovery process. With the State’s assistance, these communities will identify their needs and risks, as well as identify ways to strengthen their resiliency for the future. Under this plan, New York is not just doing reconstruction work – we are building back better and smarter than before.”


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I went down to the NYS Rising truck this weekend. Good News is NYS rising will cover non-reimbursed expenses for folks damaged by Sandy.

Bad news, all the applications folks filed, no one is even assigned to look at them. Guess what no funding yet for folks to review files and no case workers.

Ok folks so you are getting money. That is true. If you own the home and are current with taxes by the time grant money comes you are good. BTW that is several years from now. Remember Tropical Storm Lee before Irene where houses had a big mudslide up by Hunter mountain several years ago, well they are still waiting.

Then the list starts in "income" priority and runs till money runs out. Guess they need to take care of them first, then Lee and Irene folks next, then folks with no flood insurance then folks with flood insurance oh yea add in it also goes in application order, so if you have not yet applied you are back of line.

So bottom line go and apply, but unless you have direct storm damage you can prove was not reimbursed by FEMA or Flood and plan on live in house over 5 years good luck. Also If you did not have FEMA pay out over 31,900 or have a SBA appraisal for stuff not covered by flood it gets even harder.

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