Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has provided $311,503 to the Village of Mineola in Nassau County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the village following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Village of Mineola experienced damaged and destroyed trees throughout the village. Damage occurred on village streets and woody debris had been placed at the curb within village-owned rights-of-way by private property owners.
The Villages clean-up costs accounted for the removal, transportation, storage, reduction, and disposal of 6,086 cubic yards of woody debris.
All across communities affected by the Superstorm Sandy, a recurring challenge for every municipality was the need to quickly remove tree debris that had literally littered every village, town and city caught in the storms path, Governor Cuomo said. Like communities throughout the affected regions of the storm, the Village of Mineola responded quickly to remove unprecedented tree debris for their community and they utilized their village funds to achieve this important task. On behalf of the state, I am very pleased to be able to direct these funds back to the village and help them continue in their overall restoration effort.
"When Sandy hit, Mineola didn't hesitate. Emergency responders and Village personnel left their families and homes and tackled the difficult and dangerous task of recovery. Whether it was clearing roads, removing trees, or countless other measures, the Village took the lead. Through this reimbursement we recognize their efforts and do our part to ensure that these costs borne by the Village don't end up on our taxpayers' backs, said Senator Jack M. Martins
Assemblyman Edward Ra said, "Like all villages and municipalities on Long Island, the Village of Mineola acted swiftly in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to clear debris and safety hazards from our public streets. I thank Mayor Strauss, the Village Board and the DPW for their work helping the Village recover from Sandy and the Governor for directing this reimbursement to the Village. I hope to continue working with Gov. Cuomo to help aid all New Yorkers struggling in the aftermath of this storm."
These Public Assistance reimbursement funds are critically important to the communities that suffered significant damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, helping each community restore their depleted budgets, 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.