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Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein said, “The Community Reconstruction Zone program is a smart approach that will enable local communities to develop comprehensive and community-specific plans for their current and future needs. With so many reconstruction and preparation projects in the pipeline, it’s important that we continue to identify innovative, locally-driven initiatives that maximize the use of limited storm recovery dollars. Sandy victims throughout the Bronx, New York City, Rockland County, and Long Island have reason to cheer today, as the release of $1.7 billion in CDBG grants is going to help businesses and homeowners rebuild better and stronger than ever before. I commend Governor Cuomo and my partners in government for continuing to develop and support smart programs that will help build a stronger and more resilient New York State.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “Local residents and officials know best where the most urgent needs are in their own communities. By empowering the people on the ground, we are making sure that our recovery from these devastating storms is carried out smartly, effectively and in a way that will provide the most help to the most people. In my own Lower Manhattan community, where many small businesses, particularly at the South Street Seaport and in Chinatown, have been wiped out by Superstorm Sandy, I have been working with community leaders and local residents to identify ways to fully rebuild and protect against future catastrophes. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his efforts in helping our city and state recover. I also want to thank U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, who as a New Yorker understands first-hand the problems we face.”


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I went down to the NYS Rising truck this weekend. Good News is NYS rising will cover non-reimbursed expenses for folks damaged by Sandy.

Bad news, all the applications folks filed, no one is even assigned to look at them. Guess what no funding yet for folks to review files and no case workers.

Ok folks so you are getting money. That is true. If you own the home and are current with taxes by the time grant money comes you are good. BTW that is several years from now. Remember Tropical Storm Lee before Irene where houses had a big mudslide up by Hunter mountain several years ago, well they are still waiting.

Then the list starts in "income" priority and runs till money runs out. Guess they need to take care of them first, then Lee and Irene folks next, then folks with no flood insurance then folks with flood insurance oh yea add in it also goes in application order, so if you have not yet applied you are back of line.

So bottom line go and apply, but unless you have direct storm damage you can prove was not reimbursed by FEMA or Flood and plan on live in house over 5 years good luck. Also If you did not have FEMA pay out over 31,900 or have a SBA appraisal for stuff not covered by flood it gets even harder.

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