Flanked by a congressional delegation and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg walked briskly into NYU’s Pless Hall today at 1 p.m. to announce that an additional $1.34 billion in federal funds has been earmarked for New York City via HUD community development block grants for homes and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy. He let his fellow pols do a lot of the talking. “The first year was recovery, the second year is rebuilding,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged the process was slow but claimed the Obama administration wanted to avoid “the mistakes” from Katrina.
Some $2.1 billion has been allocated for New York State, most of it going to Long Island and Rockaway, but Schumer said some of the state money would also flow to the city. “The spigot is open,” he said. Cas Holloway, deputy mayor of operations, said that spigot would start flowing before the end of the year in his remarks to reporters after the press conference.
Check back tomorrow when we mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with a special series of posts.