August 22, 2002 | Contact: Vito A. Turso (646) 885-5020
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligated $66.7 million to the state of New York today to reimburse the Department of Sanitation of New York (DSNY) for the costs of labor and heavy equipment used in the massive cleanup effort following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said, "There are many ways in which FEMA is helping New York with the recovery from the terrorist attacks, and this is just another example of the administration's commitment to these efforts."
NYC Sanitation Commissioner John. J. Doherty said, "The tragic events of September 11th gave the unsung heroes of the Department of Sanitation an opportunity to prove once again why they are called 'New York's Strongest.' These grants further demonstrate FEMA's commitment and contribution to the recovery of this great city."
The $66,745,285 in grants to the Department of Sanitation include:
Although the debris removal operation has been completed in both Manhattan and Fresh Kills, FEMA continues to support New York City agencies such as the DSNY through the FEMA / New York State Public Assistance Program, which reimburses governmental entities for costs incurred responding to a declared disaster.
"The Department of Sanitation was an integral part of the team which completed the cleanup phase of the recovery effort under budget and ahead of schedule," said New York State Emergency Management Office Director Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. "The task was handled with professionalism and sensitivity for those who were victimized by this terrible attack on our nation."
With these latest grants, FEMA has approved more than $4.49 billion to date to the state of New York for emergency response and recovery work.
President Bush authorized FEMA to pay for 100 percent of the program costs for response and recovery efforts related to the Sept. 11 tragedy. Public assistance reimburses government agencies and certain non-profits providing a government-like service for eligible disaster-related damages and costs not covered by insurance. Among the categories eligible for reimbursement are emergency protective measures, debris removal, and the repair or restoration of damaged public facilities.