May 3, 2013 | 1 comment | 992 views
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.”