Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has provided $115,015 to the Town of Scarsdale in Westchester County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. As a result of the storm, approximately 30,000 cubic yards of hazardous vegetative debris was deposited in roadways, parks, and rights-of-way throughout the town. Scarsdale utilized town labor and equipment, as well as rented equipment and contractors to pick up and haul the vegetative and tree debris to temporary disposal and reduction sites.
From Long Island through New York City and up into Lower Hudson Valley communities like Scarsdale, Sandys destructive path ripped through communities leaving significant damage in its wake, Governor Cuomo said. The town had to respond quickly with the resources it had available and also contract out to private entities given the vast amount of damage caused by the storm. I am very pleased to be able to direct these funds back to the town and help them continue in their overall restoration effort.
Superstorm Sandy caused extensive damage and created huge amounts of debris. Scarsdale, like most impacted communities, bore extraordinary costs cleaning up this destruction in the immediate aftermath of the storm. This reimbursement will help the Town deal with these unplanned expenses and ease the financial impact of the storm on the municipality, said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "The residents of Scarsdale, including myself, are very thankful that Governor Cuomo and FEMA representatives recognized how extensive the damage was from this horrific storm. The chore of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy has been involved and expensive so receiving these funds from FEMA is more than welcome. The restoration effort continues and these funds will make completing this task much easier."
Restoring communities damaged by Superstorm Sandy is our departments highest priority and these Public Assistance reimbursement funds will help each of the affected communities get their fiscal affairs back in order, said NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commisioner Jerome M. Hauer.
The release of these federal funds are part of ongoing and anticipated future reimbursements the state will administer and pay to the affected municipalities. Municipalities are being reimbursed based on a variety of projects that include construction and demolition, sand and vegetative debris removal, EOC activations, evacuations, inspections and emergency IT repairs and restoration and the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The state will continue to make these reimbursement payments as FEMA obligates the funds.