NYC Sandy Funding Tracker
HSBLGP Contributions to New York City Jobs
The Hurricane Sandy Business Loan and Grant Program (HSBLGP) has had a broad impact on jobs throughout New York City. Businesses that received an award from the HSBLGP employed more than 3,300 individuals before the storm, or an average of 12 employees per business.
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 Business 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 Number of Businesses Value of Approved Loans and Grants
As of 12/31/14 155 $30.6 million
As of 03/31/15 211 $34.8 million
As of 06/30/15 268 $44.4 million
As of 09/30/15 334 $53.7 million
Additional links
›› Information for impacted businesses seeking assistance
›› Detailed performance statistics for the Hurricane Sandy Loan and Grant Program
Build it Back Contributions to New York City Jobs
Current Workforce with Build it Back (City and Vendors)
Role Current Jobs, Total NYC Jobs Percentage Sandy Local Jobs Percentage Minority Jobs Percentage
City Agencies 251 219 87% 42 17% 103 41%
Administration 231 152 66% 42 18% 68 29%
Construction 311 224 72% 108 35% 123 40%
Design/Engineering 211 100 47% 17 8% 41 19%
Construction Management 189 43 23% 20 11% 82 43%
Total 1,193 738 62% 229 19% 417 35%
Pre-Apprenticeship Voucher Program: Outcomes
  Referred to Test Attended Test Passed Test Interviewed Accepted Started
NYC District Council of Carpenters BuildingWorks 27 16 9 6 3 3
The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills 107 60 40 45 37 27
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) 25 10 7 5 5 2
Total Outcomes 245 86 56 56 45 33

Build it Back is committed to providing high-quality employment for New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In October 2014, SBS and Build it back hosted the Sandy Recovery Opportunity and Resource Fair in Far Rockaway to connect local residents with jobs and skills training. It marked the start of ongoing inter-agency collaboration through the Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Program, which matches qualified Sandy-impacted residents to jobs with City agencies and vendors working on recovery efforts, in addition to jobs in the Workforce1 portfolio. We have a dedicated Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Center in Coney Island with additional staff at Workforce1 Centers in the Rockaways and Staten Island. To this point, we have served 2,200 New Yorkers and made 1,500 job referrals.

To further incentivize employers to hire local residents, Sandy Recovery Workforce1 offers employment skills training vouchers to Sandy-affected individuals, including an initial 100 vouchers for pre-apprenticeship programs to prepare low and moderate income residents for careers in the unionized construction industry and provide direct entry to construction union apprenticeships. In partnership with the building and construction trades unions, contractors and subcontractors work with community groups to link community residents to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. So far, 32 vouchers have been distributed and 27 people have graduated from the programs using our vouchers, preparing them for union work as Roofers, Metal Lathers, Painters, Laborers, and Carpenters. Contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to hire 20 percent local residents on the recovery projects.

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.

Build it Back surpassed its end of 2014 goals of 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks. The Program is moving forward aggressively in the new year to increase construction capacity and direct recovery jobs to Sandy-affected New Yorkers.

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 - Interactive view of recovery progress from Build It Back's Single-Family and Multi-Family programs.
›› FEMA Public Assistance Map - Facilities damaged by Sandy receiving federal funding (includes FEMA-PA, FHWA-ER, and FTA-ER).
›› 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 $15 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$13.0 billion
Administered by Federal Agencies$2.4 billion
Total$15.4 billion
Recovery and Resiliency Contributions to New York City Jobs 

As the City advances its more than $20 billion recovery and resiliency capital investment program, residents impacted by Sandy will have opportunities to access employment and the training needed to be eligible for the jobs these investments will create.

To realize this opportunity, the City will build on the model designed for the Build it Back program that established the Sandy Recovery Workforce1 program, which encourages the hiring of Sandy-impacted residents and provides training vouchers for residents to access pre-apprenticeship programs.

Additionally, community outreach and workforce development services will be further integrated with recovery and resiliency projects in partnership with industry and labor organizations to ensure all investments that strengthen the City's resiliency will create job opportunities for residents and low-income applicants. Data collected indicates that we are well our our way to realizing these goals: Recovery and resiliency projects have created 947 jobs since 2012.

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 Type Approved Grants In Development Grants Total1
Rapid Repairs (Emergency Repairs for Private Residences) $597,711,508 $815,342 $598,526,850
School Reconstruction $644,515,068 $42,423,172 $686,938,240
Beach Reopening and Renovation $490,503,856  $129,116,269 $619,620,125
City Labor $358,480,949 $139,206,939 $497,687,888
Hospital Recovery $1,739,909,601 $0 $1,739,909,601
All Other Types $4,801,086,967 $266,133,298 $5,067,220,265
Total $8,632,207,949 $577,695,020 $9,209,902,969
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 in Q3 2015
In the third quarter of 2015, the City was awarded nearly five billion dollars for repairs and resiliency upgrades for damaged infrastructure.
Grant awards for recovery work. 125 separate agreements totaling $4.8 billion were made in the third quarter of 2015, including 89 agreements representing over $1 million each.
Other agencies with some of the most new funding were:

  • Health and Hospitals Corporation: $180 million in new funding dedicated for hospital reconstruction in Manhattan.  Coler Goldwater Hospital located on Roosevelt Island experienced significant flood damage: 182,000 square feet of basement and crawl space was completely flooded with sea water and contaminated debris and sewage, damaging architectural, mechanical, HVAC, and Electrical components. Additionally, all utility boxes located in this area were flooded and resulted in total loss of power and communication capabilities for the hospital.
  • New York Housing Authority: $113 million in new funding for Coney Island Houses which has five, 14-story buildings with 534 apartments. The 6.86-acre Brooklyn development is bordered by West 29th and West 32nd Streets, Surf Avenue and Riegelmann Boardwalk.  All boilers, electrical and mechanical equipment in the five buildings were damaged beyond repair due to the storm surge and subsequent flooding.  
  • School Construction Authority: $27 million in new funding for Q105--The Bay School. The basement flooded with 8.5 inches of water and standing water remained for seven day. Two boilers were destroyed and will be replaced. Mitigation like dry flood-proofing and elevation measures will be completed.
Additional Links
››FEMA Public Assistance Funding Summary
››FEMA Public Assistance Map
››FEMA Public Assistance Contracts
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.