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New Yorkers won't be forgetting about Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath anytime soon — and neither will elected officials.
Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have separately announced programs to help residents and businesses dealing with the new normal caused by the hurricane.
Cuomo announced today the fourteen-day extension of the transitional sheltering assistance program through FEMA. The program covers hotel stays for those whose homes were destroyed by the storm. Those in need of assistance can register here. Cuomo said in a statement that the state will continue to request extensions from FEMA for "as long as New Yorker's need it."
Meanwhile, Bloomberg delivered on a promise from his State of the City adress and has signed an executive order that waives a number of fees for businesses recovering from Sandy.
“As I said last week, we need our businesses to recover from Hurricane Sandy as quickly as possible, and we’ll make sure government doesn’t stand in their way,” said Bloomberg in a statement. “Reinvesting in our hardest-hit areas is key to rebuilding our economy and creating jobs in the neighborhoods that need them most.”
The fees waived are:
Meanwhile, Good Jobs New York is keeping track of federal aid for Sandy on their "Keeping an Eye on Sandy Recovery Money" page. It's a good resource for those who want to see where money is going, who is spending it and on what.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette