Bedford is receiving $585,766 of the $8 million in federal funds the state is providing in the latest round of reimbursements to communities for Superstorm Sandy cleanup costs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Winds from Sandy caused downed trees and branches in roads, public parks and rights-of way throughout the town, which used municipal labor and contracted labor to remove about 22,707 cubic yards of tree and vegetative debris.
The bulk of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved funds are going to towns and villages in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is getting $520,929 for the clean up and removal of about 5,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris, including downed trees that blocked roads, pathways and walkways.
Reimbursements are part of an ongoing program to assist municipaliteis affected by last October’s storm. Municipalities are being reimbursed for a variety of projects that include demolition, construction, removal of sand and vegetative debris, evacuations, inspections and other work.
“Superstorm Sandy left severe widespread damage across communities that were in its path,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The impact was both physical and financial. Localities had to respond quickly after the storm to clean up the destruction and debris left behind, and the costs of doing so were overwhelming. As we continue to recover and rebuild, I am pleased to be able to direct these critical federal funds to reimburse those impacted by the storm.”
Jerome Hauer, commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said restoring communities damaged by the storm is his agency’s highest priority. “These Public Assistance reimbursement funds will help each of the affected communities get their fiscal affairs back in order,” he said.
(Journal News file photo of Army National Guard members working with Consolidated Edison to clear trees from Croton Lake Road in Bedford Hills after Superstorm Sandy.)