Advisory group to focus on Sandy at Yaphank meeting
Wide-ranging issues stemming from superstorm Sandy's devastation will be the focus of a joint meeting Thursday in Yaphank of a regional advisory panel of business and governmental leaders with planners, Suffolk County town supervisors and village mayors.
"People from New York State will talk about federal money coming to the state," Cara Longworth, executive director of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, the regional advisory group, said Wednesday.
The meeting, "Suffolk After Sandy Roundtable: Preparing for Hurricane Season 2013 and Beyond," is scheduled from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at 360 Yaphank Ave.
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Topics of discussion will include rebuilding, repair and mitigation efforts as well as storm preparedness, Longworth said.
Members of the council will meet jointly with the Suffolk County Planning Commission, the Suffolk County Supervisors Association and the Suffolk County Village Officials Association, Longworth said.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as from the county, towns and villages, among others, have attended.
Longworth said the council was planning such a meeting in Suffolk when David Calone, chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, contacted the council about holding a similar event.
"We decided to join forces," she said.
Calone said a representative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is scheduled to attend the meeting, giving local officials the opportunity of "direct contact" with a HUD official about federal money available to help Sandy's victims.
In the $50 billion Sandy aid package that President Barack Obama signed into law in January, $16 billion was allocated for disaster recovery funding through community development block grant funds, which are administered by HUD and can be used for a variety of unmet needs for residents and businesses.
The funding is being allocated in stages to storm-affected states, which must submit an action plan detailing how the funds will be used.
New York was allocated about $1.7 billion in its first stage earlier this month.