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FEMA: New York has received more than $8.7B in Sandy aid

Homes along Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst, seen

Homes along Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst, seen on Nov. 1, 2012, were destroyed by superstorm Sandy. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

New York State has received more than $8.7 billion to rebuild and strengthen storm defenses in the 18 months after superstorm Sandy's assault on Oct. 29, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.

Nearly $2.5 billion of New York's share has paid for repairing and replacing infrastructure, removing debris and taking emergency protective measures, FEMA said in a statement.

Individuals and families have received almost $1 billion for "basic needs," including $864 million for transitional housing for people who lost their homes or those who cannot return until their homes are fixed. The totals cited by FEMA were as of April 18, the agency said.

Nassau County officials were not immediately available to offer specifics on how some earlier awards were being spent.

In March, Nassau received $12.2 million in federal funds to remove debris from waterways in Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Freeport and Island Park.

FEMA also gave the county police department $2.1 million for emergency protective measures, including identification of public hazards.

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