Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has provided $140,333 to the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Town of Stony Point cleared roadways for emergency vehicles, setting up barricades and placing signs as necessary for the public due to power outages. The town also used sand bags to keep buildings from flooding. The response consisted of Police, EOC personnel, Highway, Parks and Sewer Departments.
Its imperative that we get these federal reimbursement funds to back to localities like the Town of Stony Point who rose to the challenge of the impact of Sandy, Governor Cuomo said. My administration is working tirelessly to ensure that these federal FEMA Public Assistance funds are steered back directly to the communities that dug deep into their budgets to respond as best they could to 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.
Senator Bill Larkin said, "I applaud the Governor for making this federal reimbursement a priority for the Town of Stony Point. The response efforts after Superstorm Sandy were unprecedented and this funding will allow the town to recover financially while knowing that New York State has not forgotten their extraordinary efforts on behalf of their residents and the emergency responders who worked tirelessly during and after the storm."
Assemblyman James Skoufis said, Superstorm Sandy not only left devastation in its wake in Ba Mar and on River Road and Grassy Point Road, but it was also a costly recovery effort. I thank Governor Cuomo for steering this much-needed funding to Stony Point. Local residents and businesses rose to the occasion after Sandy hit but the cost of the cleanup put added financial pressure on the town. This funding will go a long way towards helping the community continue to rebuild.
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.