"This Labor Department funding is one part of the federal government's collaborative efforts to offer immediate emergency assistance as the long process of cleanup and rebuilding begins," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a release about the grant award.
The federal grant will go the New York State Department of Labor and will take at least a few days before it is used to hire unemployed workers for temporary jobs in the storm clean up and recovery, said Max Young, a spokesman for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
"This federal funding will deliver a one-two punch in New York's efforts to recover from Hurricane Sandy, by investing in cleanup and recovery efforts and putting 1,400 New Yorkers to work," Schumer said in a statement.
Under the grant, people can be hired if they have been out of work at least 26 weeks or if they lost their jobs due to the storm, Schumer's office said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said the emergency grant will clean up millions of homes, businesses, roads and bridges.
"This is a smart investment to put New Yorkers back to work cleaning up our communities and helping their own neighbors," Gillibrand said in a statement.
The workers can be used to demolish, repair and reconstruct public facilities and lands. They may help deliver humanitarian aid and assist authorities in protecting communities most affected by Sandy.
Also, the funds may pay workers to upgrade the homes of economically disadvantaged residents who are eligible for the federal weatherization program, with priority given to seniors and the disabled, the two senators said.