Governor Cuomo Announces Over $500 Million in Hazard Mitigation Grants to Rebuild Stronger, Resilient Communities Impacted by Recent Natural Disasters

Grant program designed to assist local governments and non-profit organizations

Albany, NY (June 10, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a call for projects to be funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to assist local governments and non-profit organizations rebuild stronger, more resilient communities across the state. These efforts are aimed at increasing the State’s resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and reducing hardship. Over $500 million is expected to be available for the program.


“After the unprecedented destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, we must build back stronger and smarter than before,” Governor Cuomo said. “Severe weather events are no longer once every hundred years, so our communities must be ready to handle more frequent and intense storms. These funds will provide financial assistance to communities statewide to rebuild and improve our resiliency, as part of the State’s ongoing work to ensure that we are better prepared to protect New Yorkers, strengthen facilities and infrastructure, and maintain critical services.”


To move these initiatives forward, the State will make the HMGP available statewide and across a range of sectors, giving preference to proposals that:



  • Are in a county that was covered by a declaration of emergency in Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or Superstorm Sandy.[1]
  • Ensure continuity of critical services by reducing the risk of damage and loss of function from flooding and other hazards (including storm surge) at government, private non-profit and, in certain cases, private sector facilities.[2]
  • Protect and enhance the reliability and resilience of transportation, communications or energy infrastructure through traditional or innovative mitigation measures: for example, by burying vulnerable power lines or installing outage management systems; storm-proofing vulnerable cell towers with back-up power systems to ensure uninterrupted communications in emergencies; protecting rail or road corridors against flooding; or mitigating scour-critical bridges or culverts.
  • rovide green, natural or innovative technological solutions to long-term threats: for example, by constructing or reinforcing natural barriers to protect coastal communities; implementing new technologies to minimize damage to facilities in floodplains; and purchasing and modifying land to provide buffer zones to protect communities and their infrastructure.
  • Implement permanent back-up power systems to ensure continuity of power during and after a disaster: for example, by installing combined heat and power (CHP) systems in a critical facility serving vulnerable populations; or wiring for generators to ensure capacity to maintain power during and after such a disaster.
  • Implement eligible mitigation recommendations made by the NYS Ready, the NYS Respond, or the NYS 2100 Commissions (, or those identified by a county’s assessment of its emergency response capacity.
  • Enhance the ability of the State and/or local governments to monitor rain, streams and/or tides, to provide advance flood warnings and evacuation notices, or to provide other situational awareness during a disaster: for example, by installing stream/water level monitoring system to provide evacuation alerts.
  • Provide training for local floodplain administrators and code officials to perform post-storm inspections required under local law and State Code to speed recovery.
  • Realize permanent flood mitigation solutions: Removing structures from a floodplain, or relocating them to higher ground. This includes the acquisition of homes damaged after June 30, 2012 that do not qualify for existing NYS or NYC housing recovery programs for survivors of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.



After a Presidential disaster declaration, as in the case of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy, FEMA provides HMGP funds for States to administer grant programs that support local hazard mitigation planning and long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and damage to improved property from natural disasters.


Through the HMGP program, the State will help to fund innovative mitigation measures that protect communities, while at the same time stimulating local economic growth and serving other objectives. Local officials and non-profit organizations are encouraged to develop such proposals in the form of a Letter of Intent (LOI) in the areas identified above.


FEMA funds provide 75% reimbursement of eligible costs, up to the amount of the award. In-kind services or materials may be used toward the 25% non-Federal match. While most Federal funds cannot be used for the non-Federal match, there are exceptions and the State may provide matching funds in certain circumstances for eligible projects.


Interested eligible sub-applicants must use the Letters of Intent (LOIs) available online to register for this grant cycle. LOIs for all HMGP activities are due Friday, July 5, 2013 by 11:59 pm.
More information about the HMGP, including all FEMA program requirements, is available


Private individuals and businesses may not apply for the HMGP, but eligible applicants may apply on their behalf. Collaborative and creative public-private approaches are strongly encouraged in this HMGP.


Homeowners and businesses may be eligible for storm assistance under a variety of housing recovery programs. For programs under New York State, visit or phone 855-NYS-SANDY. For New York City programs, or phone 311.


For further information, please visit

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NYC BUILD IT BACK is a City program that provides
assistance to homeowners, renters and landlords in the
five boroughs impacted by Hurricane Sandy.



 The City of New York

Office of the Mayor


May 10, 2013

No. 159




Programs to Help New Yorkers Complete Home Repairs, Assist Businesses with Damages and Lost Sales


 Recovery Specialists to Work with Home and Business Owners Throughout Application Process


            Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Federal approval of the City’s plan for $1.77 billion in Hurricane Sandy recovery initiatives. The City submitted its Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan last month, which outlined its proposal to spend the initial Federal aid allocation on programs for housing recovery, business recovery, infrastructure and resiliency. With this approval, the Federal funds can be released, allowing the City to launch its initiatives and extend relief to more New Yorkers in need – particularly home owners and small businesses with extensive damages and expenses. The Mayor, Secretary Donovan and Senator Schumer made the announcement in the Blue Room at City Hall and were joined by Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, Director of Housing Recovery Operations Brad Gair, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency Seth Pinsky, New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, Congress members Nydia Velazquez and Gregory Meeks, City Council member Donovan Richards, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

            “The City took immediate action in the days following the storm – distributing millions of meals, repairing more than 20,000 homes and making tens of millions of dollars available for impacted businesses – and these Federal dollars will help us continue our recovery work to get home and business owners back on their feet,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “With the Federal approval now in place, we’re going to see that this relief money starts flowing to home and business owners as soon as possible. I want to thank Secretary Donovan for his leadership and our Congressional Delegation – especially Senators Schumer and Gillibrand – for their advocacy to secure this funding.”

            “This plan is truly a neighborhood-based approach to disaster recovery,” said Secretary Donovan. “We’ve worked closely with Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and the New York Congressional Delegation throughout this process to help families get back in their homes, jumpstart local economies and make communities more resilient.”

            “Now that this plan is approved, desperately needed dollars can start flowing to the homeowners and business owners who lost so much,” said Senator Schumer said. “It is a turning point in our recovery from the storm, but our work won’t be done until houses are totally rebuilt, businesses are reopen, and roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure has been repaired, stronger than it was before.”

“This is an important day in the recovery process for families and small businesses who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. “These critical federal funds will help families get back on their feet and help hard hit communities rebuild stronger and smarter. We will keep working together to secure every federal resource we need for a full recovery.”

            The City’s recovery programs fall into four categories: housing recovery, business recovery, infrastructure and resiliency.


Housing Recovery – $648 Million


            The housing relief programs funded through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief program include:

  • $306 million for reconstruction of one- and two- family homes;
  • $225 million for repair and reconstruction projects in multi-family buildings;
  • $108 million for resiliency improvements to public housing; and
  • $9 million for up to 24 months of rental assistance for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The application process for the housing recovery programs will launch at the beginning of next month, and homeowners will be able to register for grant, loan and rental assistance by calling 311 or visiting Once the registrations are processed, homeowners will be assigned a housing recovery specialist who will work directly on their application. In preparation for their application, homeowners are advised to collect the documents they will need as part of the aid application process, including: photo identification; proof of income; proof of residency; and any insurance claims or settlements for Sandy-damaged structures. With the exception of the money going towards public housing, the New York City Housing Recovery Office and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development will manage these funds. More information on the requirements is available on

Business Recovery – $293 Million

            The business relief programs funded through the City’s Federal aid plan include:

  • $72 million for business loans and grants;
  • $90 million for investments in business resiliency;
  • $90 million for “Game-Changer Investment Competition” to reward innovative ideas for spurring economic development in hard hit areas; and
  • $41 million for a competition to develop resilient technologies.

The application process for the business loan and grant program will open on Monday, May 20th. Business owners can find out more information about the application and other requirements by calling 311 or visiting The City’s Department of Small Business Services will oversee the loan and grant program. Business owners will work directly with an account manager at the NYC Business Solutions Center to apply for loans of up to $150,000 and matching grants of up to $60,000.

Infrastructure and Resiliency Programs


          The City will extend $360 million to repair City infrastructure damaged by the storm, and for City services set up in the response and recovery work. The City has set aside $294 million for resiliency investments to be detailed in a report issued by the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency later this month.  Finally, per Federal requirements, $177 million has been allocated for planning and administration of the City’s recovery programs.

            “HUD’s approval of our comprehensive Action Plan enables us to take the next critical step toward recovery – launching the programs for home rebuilding and business assistance that will rejuvenate the neighborhoods Sandy hit hardest,” said Deputy Mayor Holloway.  “We’ll also take the first steps toward making the City more resilient to the impacts that we know climate change will bring.”

            “With this Federal approval, the City can apply critical resources to the housing and business programs that will help our communities continue to recovery,” said Deputy Mayor Steel. “Mayor Bloomberg has developed a thorough plan that will provide aid quickly to those who need it, and we are grateful to our Federal partners who worked to secure and expedite this funding.”

            “We created these programs with the understanding that recovery is personal – that every individual affected by this storm has endured unique hardships and faces unique challenges,” said Gair, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations. “In order for us to have a successful recovery we must be persistent, creative and compassionate in our methods.”

            “Post-Sandy, HPD has been working endless hours to restore services, keep people in their homes and rehouse the displaced. Throughout it all, New Yorkers have proved themselves again and again to be remarkably strong and resilient,” said HPD Commissioner Wambua. “I thank our federal partners for their leadership in response to New Yorkers’ need in the face of this disaster. We know that recovery takes time and patience. We look forward to getting these resources out into the communities where they are badly needed.”

            “The approval of this action plan will allow us to add substantial scale to the critical business and community assistance programs that the Bloomberg Administration launched and has been administering since Hurricane Sandy hit,” said Pinsky, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency. “We appreciate the ongoing collaboration of our partners at all levels of government, including, of course, our federal partners, and look forward to continuing to work with them on both our recovery efforts and the very important task of making New York a model of resiliency for decades to come.”

            “Just days following Hurricane Sandy, the City’s low interest Emergency Loan program was up and running to help small businesses get back on their feet,” said Commissioner Walsh. “Six months later, it has been incredible to witness the resiliency of NYC’s small businesses. While many have opened their doors again, some are still struggling, and thanks to the work of our Federal partners, these additional funds will provide a big boost.”

            A copy of the approved Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan is available on

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Rep. Grimm to Host Candlelight Vigil for Boston Victims
Joined by residents, community leaders and local reps from ethnic and religious groups

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  Congressman Michael G. Grimm
Abdu Alasmary, President, Yemeni American Association
David Storobin, NY State Senator, representing the Russian American Community
Other Leaders
Members of the Community

  Sunday, April 21, 2013

 Waterfront at Caesar’s Bay
near  8973 Bay Pkwy
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