Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Over $4 Million in Federal Funding for Cleanup after Superstorm Sandy in Suffolk County

Mar 8, 2013

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop today announced $4,023,035 million of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for Suffolk County, which will reimburse the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“Superstorm Sandy destroyed neighborhoods throughout Suffolk County, creating a massive cleanup effort for Suffolk County’s sanitation department and placing a burden on local taxpayers,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that Suffolk residents are not on the hook entirely for the expenses and I am pleased that this necessary funding is being provided.”

“Long Island roads and infrastructure suffered severe damage while Suffolk County sanitation workers were on the front lines tirelessly removing debris in the aftermath of the storm,” said Gillibrand. “This necessary reimbursement is an important step as we continue to meet Long Island’s needs to recover and rebuild.”

“I am delighted that my office, along with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, was able to work with FEMA to get this money to Suffolk County. A successful recovery from Superstorm Sandy will require the continued cooperation of all levels of government,” said Bishop.

“I thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Bishop for advocating on behalf of Suffolk County residents,” said County Executive Bellone.  “The receipt of these FEMA funds will enable the County to continue with its rebuilding and recovery efforts and provides assurance that monies expended on behalf of Suffolk County residents will be reimbursed by FEMA in a timely manner.” 


FEMA has awarded $4,023,035 to Suffolk County for debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. The funding will go to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works-Sanitation for costs incurred in the removal of debris resulting from the disaster. Suffolk County sustained damage throughout the county including downed trees, fallen limbs, downed power lines and severely damaged infrastructure.