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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Cuomo sets procedure for block grant money
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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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