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Sandy aid coming to Town of Babylon, but millions awaited

Homes on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon Village

Homes on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon Village were flooded due to Sandy sweeping through Long Island. (Oct. 30, 2012) Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

The Town of Babylon is starting to receive federal reimbursement for superstorm Sandy, but is still waiting on millions.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it will reimburse only a portion of the costs of post-Sandy cleanup. The town has made a request to FEMA for reimbursement of $5.5 million in debris removal costs, said town spokesman Kevin Bonner. Of that, the town has been reimbursed nearly $3 million, he said.

The town also has requested another $350,000 in other Sandy-related work, he said, such as sidewalk and traffic signal repairs. Bonner said the town plans to seek an additional $8.5 million to $9.5 million for more debris removal as well as for other work related to damaged marinas, parks and beaches.

The town board has approved the issuance of $26.6 million in bonds to finance the reconstruction of facilities damaged by Sandy.

Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer said the town is “aggressively pursuing FEMA reimbursements” to get “every penny we can to lower the costs of superstorm Sandy to the town.”


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