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2 NYC Groups Granted FEMA's 1st Round of Post-Sandy Recovery Funds

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The NYU Langone Medical Center and the New York Police Dept. (NYPD) are set to receive the first round of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for Superstorm Sandy costs. Under the deal, which totals about $190 million, FEMA will grant Langone $114,632,500 for emergency costs in the wake of the storm and FEMA Public Assistance will award the NYPD $75,660,695 for overtime and compensatory time costs.

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This is not the final amount of funding for reimbursement work throughout the city, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (NY-D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-D) said in a Dec. 4 statement.

"The city's first responders and hospital workers put their lives on the line to take care of New Yorkers, and this first round of federal dollars is a down payment on making sure that at least their expenses are taken care of," says Schumer, who took Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator, on a tour of the damaged hospital after the storm.

The hospital's funding will help to reimburse costs including structural evaluation, electrical work, emergency equipment rental, temporary space and overtime. NYPD's storm-related services included conducting rescue and security operations as well as taking emergency measures to protect infrastructure and equipment.

"Our city hospitals suffered enormous damage while our NYPD officers were on the front lines before, during and after the storm to stand by their fellow New Yorkers," Gillibrand says. "These necessary reimbursements are an important step as we continue the unified effort in Washington to fully fund New York's needs for recovery and rebuilding."

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