FEMA urged to cover nearly all Sandy-related costs

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"The problem with that delay,” King said, “Is that it’s still a long time … for instance, the key money is in the Community Development Block Grants — first of all, the governor has to come up with his plan, he has to submit that to the federal government in 45 days, it has to be allowed for comments on the spending of the money, it has to go back the governor and ... take the money to Nassau and Suffolk. Then you have a problem with FEMA, you have a problem with the insurance companies, and the banks. That’s why it was so important to get it done back in November.”

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 29, included $16 billion in CDBG-DR funding. HUD announced the first allocation totaling $5.4 billion to five states and the City of New York eight days later. HUD says that it will announce additional allocations in the coming months, and is working closely with state and local partners to identify opportunities to expedite the assistance.

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