SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The state has reimbursed $115,015 to Scarsdale for the cost of cleaning up 30,000 cubic yards of hazardous vegetable debris after Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Friday.
The debris was deposited in roadways, parks and right-of-ways throughout the town after the Oct. 29 tropical storm, requiring extra labor, equipment and the use of contractors to pick up and haul the vegetable and tree debris to temporary disposal and reduction sites.
The funds were made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The state will administer future reimbursements to other affected municipalities as the funds are made available by FEMA.
“Restoring communities damaged by Superstorm Sandy is our department’s highest priority and these public assistance reimbursement funds will help each of the affected communities get their fiscal affairs back in order,” said Jerome Hauer, commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Municipalities that funded projects such as construction and demolition, sand and vegetative debris removal, emergency operation centers, evacuations and inspections, may receive reimbursements.
"The residents of Scarsdale, including myself, are very thankful that Governor Cuomo and FEMA representatives recognized how extensive the damage was from this horrific storm,” Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said in a statement. “The chore of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy has been involved and expensive so receiving these funds from FEMA is more than welcome. The restoration effort continues and these funds will make completing this task much easier.”