Albany, NY (December 16, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered the first reimbursements since Hurricane Sandy hit for NYU Langone Medical Center, announcing more than $114 million to help cover costs associated with preparations in advance of the storm, evacuations, and other storm related expenses.
The Governor visited NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the nation's premier clinical and research centers, today to allocate these funds and to tour the damage still left behind as well as the progress made since the storm.
"Communities across downstate New York were torn apart and devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and now it is time to rebuild stronger than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "These first federal reimbursements will help NYU Langone Medical Center and its 20,000 physicians, scientists, nurses and staff deal with some of the extraordinary damage incurred by Sandy and get back to focusing on serving and caring for New Yorkers."
NYU Langone Medical Center will receive $114,632,500 in reimbursement funding to help cover costs associated with preparations in advance of the storm, evacuations, removal of water, and emergency repairs in the immediate wake of the storm.
Today's reimbursement was delivered following a coordinated application process with state and federal officials. A State Public Assistance Liaison worked with a FEMA Public Assistance Coordinator to help local governments and other entities like NYU Langone develop a claim by documenting what work has already been done and what work still needs to be done in the future to fully recover from the damage caused by the storm. More Public Assistance funding is anticipated to offset costs for debris removal and disposal.
Ken Langone, Chairman of the Board of the NYU Langone Medical Center, said, "Hurricane Sandy showed who New York's heroes really are, as demonstrated at the height of the storm here at the Medical Center when our staff and our city and state's first responders risked all to help bring hundreds of patients to safety. From before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, at the storm's worst, and in its aftermath, Governor Cuomo has been on the ground in affected communities, listening to residents, seeing the damage first hand, and ensuring that every available resource is deployed to help with the recovery and rebuilding. Working closely with the State's representatives in Congress on both sides of the aisle, especially Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives King and Lowey, he has been leading the charge fighting for federal aid. Today's announcement is a big victory for our state and will help the Medical Center continue to provide vital services to New Yorkers."
Robert Grossman, Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, said, "The Medical Center was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, causing major damage and incurring costs far beyond what we can afford. Today's announcement is a real win for the Medical Center, our patients, and the entire City, as it will allow us to direct our resources on serving those who care help rather than paying for the costs of recovery. New York State cannot recover alone, and that's why we are so thankful that Governor Cuomo is on the front line, pressing Congress to recognize that it's time for the nation to step up to help us - just like we've done for other states so many times in the past. We are also deeply grateful to the staff of the State Departments of Health and Homeland Security who we are coordinating with constantly as we work towards a timely and safe re-opening of our facilities. Time and again, Governor Cuomo has fought for us and delivered, and he has done so yet again."