Meng Hails Sandy Aid Funds For NY
Feb 6, 2013
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today hailed the awarding of $5.4 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid, $3.5 billion (or 65 percent) of which will go to New York.
The funds, which in New York will be distributed by New York State, are from the Sandy relief package that Meng vigorously supported and voted in favor of last month. The money will be appropriated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program. The program helps cover repairs and rebuilding costs to communities, homeowners and small businesses that sustained damage from the storm.
“Just last week the Sandy aid bill was signed into law, and already the money is heading our way,” said Meng.“This is very good news for New Yorkers who have been waiting more than three months for these vital funds.”
“This money will greatly assist homeowners, small businesses and neighborhoods that are still seeking to recover from the devastating damage that Sandy inflicted on our area,” added Meng. “I applaud officials at HUD for moving swiftly to get these funds into the hands of those who need it, and I look forward to more Sandy relief money heading to our region soon.”
The money is the first round of funding from the Community Development Block Grant program. Another $10.6 billion remains to be allocated.