In response to a request from the Village of West Hampton Dunes, Congressman Tim Bishop urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to request the federal government activate emergency measures to repair a large breach of the barrier island east of Moriches Inlet. Specifically, Bishop called on Cuomo to request that the President approve the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to begin work to repair the damage under a process known as the Breach Contingency Plan for the ACOE's Fire Island to Montauk Point Project.
"I will assist in any way I can to ensure that New York State's request is immediately considered at the top levels of the federal government. All New Yorkers, myself included, truly appreciate your steady and decisive leadership in this crisis. I look forward to working with you to ensure the federal government is a full partner in protecting and rebuilding our coastal communities in the aftermath of this historic storm," Bishop wrote in his letter to Governor Cuomo. A PDF copy is available here: http://timbishop.house.gov/uploads/Bishop_Cuomo11.1.12.pdf
Today, Bishop also wrote FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate asking him to waive paperwork requirements and presumptively grant federal support for repairs to road systems, bridges, water control facilities, public buildings, utilities and other critical infrastructure. Currently, FEMA assistance to New York State and municipal governments in Downstate New York only extends to debris removal and emergency protective measures.
"Recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy clearly outstrips the capacities of our state and local governments and federal assistance will be necessary to restore in the infrastructure in areas affected by the storm," Bishop wrote in his letter to Administrator Fugate. A PDF copy is available here: http://timbishop.house.gov/uploads/Bishop_Fugate11.1.12.pdf