Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In Federal Funding For Cleanup After Superstorm Sandy In White Plains

Mar 20, 2013

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the City of White Plains in Westchester County was awarded $1,216,140 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding which will reimburse for the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage in-and-around White Plains, creating a massive cleanup effort for the towns that, in turn, threatened to place a burden on local taxpayers,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that Westchester County residents are not on the hook entirely for the expenses, and I am pleased to deliver this necessary funding.”

“Roads and bridges in White Plains suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy, and local cleanup crews wasted no time in removing debris in the aftermath so families and businesses could get back on their feet,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This necessary reimbursement is an important step as we continue to meet New York’s needs to recover and rebuild.”

FEMA has awarded $1,216,140 to the City of White Plains for debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. The funding will go to Highway, Parks and Recreation, Maintenance, and Sanitation Departments as well as contractors for costs incurred in the removal of hazardous debris resulting from the disaster. White Plains sustained damage throughout the region weeks after the storm, including downed trees, uprooted stumps, fallen limbs, downed power lines and severely damaged infrastructure. As a direct result of the declared disaster, uprooted, downed  and/or split trees and branches blocked the right-of-way and roadways in White Plains and this funding will go towards reimbursement for clearing the wreckage.