NYC Sandy Funding Tracker
Program changes to streamline assistance
To streamline relief for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor de Blasio announced a series of changes to the Hurricane Sandy Loan and Grant Program:
If you are a small business that experienced direct damage as a result of the storm, you can now access up to $100,000 in grant money. Eligible applicants who demonstrate the ability to repay a loan with unmet need greater than $100,000 may qualify for a grant and loan up to $1.1 million. In cases of severe need, these applicants may receive all grant awards. Applicants with unmet need greater than $1.1 million will receive matching loans and grants. Loans will have a 1% interest rate and must be repaid in five years. Program restrictions still apply; businesses must still demonstrate an unmet need, and damage from the storm.
In addition to the program changes, extra resources will be dedicated in order to speed up the application process and provide technical assistance.
Help for Impacted Businesses
Time Frame Completed Applications Submitted to Lender Loans and Grants Approved Value of Approved Loans and Grants
As of 12/31/13 75 3 $1.5 million
As of 10/17/14 249 104 $11.0 million
Additional links
›› Information for impacted businesses seeking assistance
›› Detailed performance statistics for the Hurricane Sandy Loan and Grant Program
Progress on Housing Recovery

Progress in the Build it Back program has ramped up following a major program overhaul. The de Blasio Administration’s report “One City, Rebuilding Together” details changes made to accelerate assistance to homeowners.

The initial Labor Day goal of 500 construction starts and 500 reimbursement checks sent out was met and surpassed on August 29th, 2014.

On Oct 20th, 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced that Build it Back has committed to hitting 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by December 31st. Additionally, the de Blasio administration will be releasing a new Request for Proposals in the coming weeks to dramatically expand design and construction capacity.

Click Here For more information about Housing Recovery Progress.

Additional Links
›› Housing Recovery Funding Information & Program Statistics
›› Build it Back Map
›› Build it Back Contracts
Recovery Maps
Recovery activities are underway throughout the five boroughs. Use the links below to find out what is happening in your area.
›› Build it Back Map
›› FEMA Public Assistance Map 
›› Resilience Map - Federally Funded Projects to Strengthen New York City against Future Disasters 
Other Useful Maps
›› US Geological Survey’s Hurricane Sandy Storm Tide Map - Search by address or zip code near the upper-right corner.
›› FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Funding Overview

Congress allocated over $50 billion to fund recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest storm in U.S. history. More than $13 billion of this funding is anticipated to benefit recovery in New York City.

Some funding is provided to and administered by the New York City government, while other funding is directly administered by federal agencies. Click here for a full overview of funding sources.

Federal Funding for Sandy Recovery in NYC
Administered by The New York City$11.0 billion
Administered by Federal Agencies$2.4 billion
Total$13.4 billion
Securing Recovery Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The FEMA Public Assistance program funds storm recovery work by the City, including emergency response, repairs to damaged infrastructure, and resiliency upgrades to protect against future storms. FEMA and the City are working to execute grant agreements that cover all eligible costs of Sandy recovery.

Overview and Key Recent Accomplishments

Public Assistance Grants by Project Type
Project TypeApproved GrantsIn Development GrantsTotal1
Rapid Repairs (Emergency Repairs for Private Residences)$411,955,460$190,000,000$601,955,460
School Reconstruction$25,534,974$567,160,267 $592,695,241
Beach Renovation$468,231,995$56,763,723$524,995,718
City Labor$358,410,595$8,990,386$367,400,980
Hospital Recovery$154,735,213 $1,325,893,433 $1,480,628,646
All Other Types$876,791,919$2,601,030,426$3,477,822,345
1. Total does not include over $300 million estimated in other federal funding programs, such as the Federal Highway Administration’s and the Federal Transit Administration’s Emergency Relief programs. 

Accomplishments to date in 2014

In the first three quarters of 2014, the City has reached important agreements with FEMA worth $1.6 billion in funding for critical repairs and resiliency upgrades for damaged infrastructure.

New York Aquarium will be repaired. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will receive $72 million to replace damage and destroyed infrastructure and exhibit contents at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. This will include $22 million for mitigation measures to strengthen the Aquarium against future disasters. The Aquarium is still awaiting approval by FEMA on a number of additional grants to help pay for building and exhibitry damage.

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk will be replaced and strengthened. The City will receive $462 million to replace the Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk between Beach 9th Street and Beach 126th Street in Queens. This will include $199 million for mitigation measures to help the boardwalk better withstand future disasters, including elevating the boardwalk 3 feet above base flood levels of 13 to 17 feet.

Bellevue Hospital will be repaired. $131 million will fund repairs of Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. Electric, mechanical, and heating-cooling systems in the basement that were destroyed by massive flooding will be replaced, and architectural damage from high winds and driving rain will be fixed. Additional mitigation measures to prevent future damage are under development.

Over 100 miles (500,000 feet) of electrical conduit will be replaced. $158 million1 will fund conduit replacement for FDNY fire control boxes, $120 million for DEP water treatment facilities, $85 million for conduit replacement at NYCEDC’s waterside properties, $38 million for DOT street lighting and traffic controls, and over $100 million will fund conduit replacement at facilities of DOC, NYPD, DSNY, DPR, and the New York Aquarium. Given the breadth of damage caused by Sandy, replacement will be quicker and more cost effective than the standard FEMA methodology of inspecting each segment to explore the feasibility of cleaning and repair.

Over 200 specialized vehicles will be replaced. The standard FEMA-PA methodology reimburses governments for the used “blue book” value of damaged vehicles. However, specialized vehicles such as fire trucks, police patrol cars, and sanitation trucks must be custom-built to meet the unique needs of NYC. This agreement between FEMA and the City provides additional funding to cover the full replacement cost of vehicles damaged by Sandy. Through Q3 2014, $45 million in grants have been approved for damaged vehicles.

Grant awards for recovery work. $1.1 billion in agreements for new funding were approved by the City in the first three quarters of 2014, including $5 million for a temporary health clinic to serve Coney Island residents. 273 separate agreements were made, including 78 agreements representing over $1 million each.

The three agencies with the most new funding were:
  • Department of Parks and Recreation: $501 million in new funding, including $462 million described above for Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, as well as $5.2 million for sports areas in the Rockaways and $4 million for Ferry Point Soccer Field in the Bronx.
  • Health and Hospitals Corporation: $159 million in new funding, including $131 million for Bellevue Hospital described above, as well as $6.1 million for building repairs, $6 million for equipment replacement, and $1.6 million for mitigation measures, all at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan.
  • Department of Transportation: $72.2 million in new funding, including $23.3 million for street reconstruction, $13.7 million for building damages, $12.8 million for vehicle replacement, and $8.7 million for road resurfacing.

$241 million in reimbursements for completed recovery work were secured in the first three quarters of 2014. The largest reimbursement payment in this period was $67 million for costs related to the Rapid Repairs program which made emergency repairs to damaged homes. Of the 140 separate payments received by the City in this period, 67 were for the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, primarily for repairs to damaged schools.

Additional Links
››FEMA Public Assistance Funding Summary
››FEMA Public Assistance Project Maps
››FEMA Public Assistance Contracts
1. The FEMA Public Assistance grants formalizing funding for conduit replacement are currently being finalized and developed. As a result, the $1.1 billion of new grant awards in 2014 reported on this page does not include the additional funding for conduit replacement, estimated at over $500 million.
Ensuring Fair Wages
The City of New York actively monitors its contractors to ensure all local, state & federal wage regulations are followed. This page provides a brief overview of laws and monitoring processes that relate to federally funded contracts for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

Applicable Laws

State Prevailing Wage
New York Labor Law section 220 applies to contracts for public work (e.g., construction or renovation of a public building or public structure) and imposes an obligation to pay prevailing wages to “laborers, workers, and mechanics” employed on a public work project. State prevailing wage requirements do not apply to the construction or renovation of residential property that is privately owned. The New York City Comptroller sets the City’s prevailing wage rates for work covered by Labor Law section 220.
Federal Prevailing Wage
The Davis-Bacon Related Acts (Davis-Bacon) require the payment of prevailing wage for certain federally funded construction work involving an excess of $2,000. Construction work funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program is subject to Davis-Bacon, with a notable exception: Davis-Bacon does not apply to construction work on residential property containing less than eight units. The U.S. Department of Labor sets the City’s prevailing wage rates for work covered by Davis-Bacon.
Some contracts are covered by both the New York Labor Law and Davis-Bacon. For those contracts, if the prevailing wage rate set by the City Comptroller differs from the prevailing wage rate set by the U.S. Department of Labor, the higher wage applies to the work.

Building Services & Other Occupations
For work involving building services or other occupations, contractors may be required to pay prevailing wages under New York Labor Law section 230, or living wages under section 6-109 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Monitoring & Enforcement

Due Diligence by City Agencies
In addition to monitoring existing contracts, contracting agencies review compliance histories and price proposals when awarding contracts. For instance Executive Order 102 of 2007 (EO 102) provides for an enhanced agency review when the price difference between the apparent low bid and the next lowest responsive bid exceeds specified thresholds. This review ensures that the low bid has not been made in disregard of the bidder’s obligation to pay all workers their legally mandated wages.

Oversight by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
To supplement monitoring directly by City agencies, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) provides oversight of contracting activities to ensure compliance with all labor-related laws. MOCS provides formal training each year on labor issues for City agency staff, and additional educational outreach at the request of agencies. For contracts that trigger the enhanced EO 102 review described above, MOCS examines the contracting agency’s determination before an award is made.
Pursuant to authority granted to the City of New York under State Labor Law 816-b, MOCS also oversees compliance with the requirement that certain construction and construction-related maintenance contractors maintain apprenticeship agreements with programs registered with, and approved by, the New York State Department of Labor. The apprenticeship program directive, issued by MOCS on January 18, 2007, applies to individual construction contracts and construction-related maintenance contracts over $3 million that use apprenticeable construction-related trade classifications. Additionally, projects with an overall value of more than $5 million which have individual construction contracts that use apprenticeable construction-related trade classifications over $1 million are covered. If a prime contract is subject to the apprenticeship requirements, any subcontracts over $1 million are also covered by the program.

In addition to the summary provided here, more information is available at the MOCS website.

Enforcement by the New York City Comptroller
In addition to setting applicable wage rates, the Comptroller’s Bureau of Labor Law enforces wage rules to make sure that workers are paid the wages they are legally entitled to.
The Bureau investigates potential violations by City contractors and brings legal proceedings where warranted. Remedies for violations include withholding contract funds and backpayments to underpaid employees, with interest.
More information on the Comptroller’s role in setting and enforcing wage levels is available at Workers that believe they have been underpaid can use this website to file a complaint, or search past cases to see if the Comptroller has already recouped money to which they are entitled.