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FEMA pays back Rockville Centre for post-Sandy work

The Village of Rockville Centre was established in

The Village of Rockville Centre was established in 1893. According to the 2010 Census it is home to more than 24,000 residents. (Oct. 11, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided nearly $1.2 million in reimbursement funding to Rockville Centre’s electric utility for work it performed after superstorm Sandy.

Sandy destroyed more than 30 utility poles in Rockville Centre. The utility had to repair the electrical distribution system as well as “install and upgrade transformers, replace cable village-wide, replace poles, and replace transformers on distribution circuits,” officials said in a statement.

The FEMA money will help the utility pay for the work without raising taxes, officials said.

“Like other communities on Long Island and the tri-state area, superstorm Sandy caused a great deal of damage to our infrastructure and the costs for repairs were significant,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said.

New York’s Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the FEMA funding Tuesday.

“The Village of Rockville Centre was hit hard by superstorm Sandy, with serious damage to the community’s electrical distribution,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “This necessary reimbursement is an important step as we continue to meet New York’s needs to recover and rebuild.”
 

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