About 8,800 owners of Sandy-damaged homes in Nassau and Suffolk counties had received partial reimbursements from NY Rising by the end of last year, but nearly 2,000 had received their final checks, says a new report listing the status of homes participating in the relief program created after the October 2012 storm.
Of the homeowners who had received partial payment of between 50 percent and 75 percent of their awards, 6,602 were in Nassau and 2,205 were in Suffolk, the report said.
Officials with NY Rising said the full and partial payments total $651.2 million of the $972.7 million authorized under the program for home repairs. Nearly $459 million has been dispersed in Nassau and almost $193 million in Suffolk through the reconstruction and repair program.
In all, the state manages about $4.4 billion from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund several programs designed to help New Yorkers recover from Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee. Those include the repair program as well as a “buyouts and acquisitions” program, a mortgage assistance program and funding to elevate homes.
The most recent report, released last week by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, documents results of the relief program for the last quarter of 2015. Officials have said the maelstrom damaged 95,534 Long Island structures, including more than 50,000 single-family houses.
Data for the report were compiled in a new configuration of superstorm Sandy-related quarterly updates. The new format breaks out the information in a spreadsheet that lists by county the number of homes that have received partial and full payments, those pending review and those rendered ineligible.
The four-page report containing three spreadsheets of homeowner, small business and community reconstruction projects is the first of its kind stemming from legislation sponsored by state Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Sayville). The new law requires the storm recovery office to provide more detail than the reports it already completes and posts on its website on a quarterly basis.
The report also shows that 209 homeowners in Suffolk and 84 in Nassau have pending applications, and that 3,414 homeowners in Nassau and 1,252 in Suffolk were deemed ineligible for assistance.
“There’s a lot of work still to be done,” Kaminsky said, referring to the 6,600 Nassau residents who have not completed repairs and closed their cases. “I’m glad we now have the report so people know what’s going on. . . . We have to make sure everyone gets home and out of debt.”
Croci urged state officials to close out the remaining cases as quickly as possible.
“The partially complete report released today is the first public disclosure of the excruciatingly slow process Long Islanders have endured to obtain help rebuilding their homes, businesses, and communities,” he said. “However, I am pleased that the report claims that there are no eligible claims that have not received at least partial payment.”