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Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $53 Million Cleanup of Debris from Sandy in Nassau County

U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced that FEMA has awarded Nassau County $53 million for tree removal, vegetative debris hauling and chipping, and stump removal.

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Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that they will be putting over $53 million in federal funding to the Nassau County Public Works in order to clean up and remove debris that remains from Hurricane Sandy.

“After Superstorm Sandy hit communities in Nassau County, the roads and right of ways were ridden with debris causing a very dangerous situation for residents,” said Schumer in a press release. “This federal reimbursement will help repay Nassau County for the tremendous amount of work that needed to take place in order to remove the debris. I am pleased to announce this federal funding which means that Long Islanders will not have to shoulder the expenses entirely.”

“This federal funding will provide much needed relief for Long Island families and businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” said Gillibrand. “It is critical that Nassau County has the necessary resources on the ground to recover and rebuild.”

By utilizing the $53,335,940 awarded to Nassau County Public Works by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the county has already been able to begin securing contract services for tree removal, vegetative debris hauling, vegetative debris chipping and stump removal.

Nassau County was one of the regions that was hardest hit by the superstorm.  Among the structures affected by the destruction is the Bayville Firehouse’s Haunted House, which has been a popular Halloween hotspot since for over two decades, but will be closed this year due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.  The props for the haunted house were stored in a basement and were irreparably damaged by floodwaters.

[Source: Press Release]