Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has heeded their call and expanded the President's major disaster declaration to include all categories of Public Assistance for the counties impacted by Superstorm Sandy.. Specifically, the Senators announced that the storm-ravaged counties under the disaster declaration are now eligible for full Public Assistance, Categories C -- G, which are as follows: Category C: Roads and Bridges, Category D: Water Control Facilities, Category E: Public Buildings and Equipment, Category F: Utilities, Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items. Initially, residents in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley were made eligible for Individual Assistance and the municipalities were made eligible for Public Assistance categories A & B, which includes debris removal, and emergency protective measures.
"It is critical that FEMA has heeded our call and expanded the major disaster declaration to include full Public Assistance for communities throughout storm-ravaged New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley," said Schumer. "Providing this full range of federal disaster assistance is essential for repairs to everything from sewages facilities, to parklands, to the hundreds of roads and bridges that were destroyed in the storm, and I am pleased that our communities can know that the federal government will be there to help as they continue their response and recovery efforts."
"The damage I have seen and the destruction of whole communities is just devastating," said Senator Gillibrand. "The federal government has a responsibility to stand with these families every step of the way to help them recover and rebuild better than ever before. The Obama administration promised no red-tape, and this is another example of the President backing up that commitment. I want to thank FEMA for expanding this declaration and everyone who is working so hard to get New Yorkers the relief they need to get through this crisis."
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