FEMA OKs more than $2.3M for North Hempstead debris removal

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized more than $2.3 million to remove debris in North Hempstead, federal officials announced Tuesday.

FEMA allocated $2,355,905 in federal aid to the Town of North Hempstead to get rid of debris left from superstorm Sandy.

The funding covers expenses incurred for equipment, labor, materials, administrative costs, contract services and other costs for the debris removal.

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"After Superstorm Sandy hit, roads throughout the Town of North Hempstead were covered with debris, causing a very dangerous situation for drivers and residents," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "This FEMA aid will help make sure that North Hempstead residents are not on the hook for the debris removal and cleanup costs that were critical immediately after the storm."

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said North Hempstead collected and disposed of more than 55,000 tons of trees and 12,000 tons of construction material after the October 2012 storm.

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