FEMA releases $190M for NYC Sandy disaster aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joined by the New Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joined by the New York congressional delegation for a news conference as he visits the Capitol in Washington to press officials for billions of dollars in aid to help his state recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. (Dec. 3, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will release $190 million in disaster aid to help New York City recover from superstorm Sandy, New York's senators announced Tuesday.

The Obama administration will send $114 million to help repair New York University's Langone Medical Center, and another $75 million to the NYPD to cover staffing costs due to the storm, Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said.

This is the second round of funding announced by FEMA for recovery efforts in New York. Last week, FEMA said it would give Nassau County $16 million and the city of Long Beach $24 million to help pay for cleanup costs.

Schumer said taking FEMA administrator Craig Fugate on a tour of the city areas hit by Sandy helped speed up the release of federal funds.

"It's clear from these quick and substantial reimbursements that Administrator Fugate understands the scope of the damage to the NYU medical center -- nothing beats seeing the damage with your own eyes," Schumer said. "These funds are just a down payment, and we will keep fighting until New York's deep and broad needs are matched."

Schumer and Gillibrand said federal funding for other New York hospitals is expected soon.

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The aid is expected to cover such costs at the NYU medical center as a structural evaluation, electrical work and emergency equipment leasing.

The NYPD will receive reimbursements for overtime and other costs involved in rescues, evacuations, debris removal and gas-station monitoring.

Gillibrand said NYPD officers "were on the front lines before, during and after the storm."

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The FEMA announcement came a day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo went to Washington to lobby congressional leaders for a total of nearly $42 billion he's seeking in federal aid.

Cuomo said he had a "positive" meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who told him the House would move a federal aid package for states impacted by Sandy "by the end of the year, possibly by Christmas."

Cuomo's first stop Monday was the White House budget office, where he met with key Obama officials heading the president's Sandy recovery efforts.

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