Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $26 Million in Federal Funding for Sanitation Cleanup after Superstorm Sandy in New York City

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $26,335,600.27 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (Category A) Public Assistance funding for the New York City Department of Sanitation which will reimburse the cost of cleanup in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“The storm left New York City’s roads debris ridden and our amazing sanitation workers worked around the clock in this massive cleanup effort. They are the best and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and support,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement will provide the critical funding needed to move down the road to recovery after Superstorm Sandy and I will continue to fight for the rest of this funding for New Yorkers.”

“Our city roads and infrastructure suffered enormous damage while our city sanitation workers were on the front lines tirelessly removing debris in the aftermath of the storm,” said Gillibrand. “These necessary reimbursements are an important step as we continue the effort in Washington to fully fund New York’s needs for recovery and rebuilding.”

Superstorm Sandy brought strong winds and heavy rains to the New York tri-state area, resulting in downed trees, power lines and broken tree limbs.

FEMA has awarded $26,335,600.27 to the New York City Department of Sanitation for overtime cost for uniformed work for the period of October 30, 2012 through November 10, 2012. Storm surge, because of Superstorm Sandy, inundated residential areas across New York City and roads were blocked with debris causing hazardous driving conditions.