Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced its first allocation of emergency Sandy aid that was passed by Congress in January 2013. Under the first allocation, the state of New York will receive $1.71 billion in Community Development Block Grants:
"It's good news for New York that this first allocation of disaster aid is now available. This is the first step in ensuring that the badly-needed legislation passed by Congress last month does lasting good for the communities impacted by Sandy. What we need now is for the Obama Administration to work closely with the state of New York to get this aid as quickly as possible to the families and communities working so hard to recover. The sooner this money gets out the door, the sooner it can jump-start efforts to rebuild the lives of those most affected by Sandy."