In April Governor Cuomo announced federal approval of New York State's recovery action plan to help homeowners and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. This recovery action plan is supported with $1.7 billion in HUD CDBG-DR funds.
After the Lee/Irene Declaration the State announced a federally supported mitigation program. Affected counties and communities were given 3 opportunities to provide a letter of intent in 3 phases with the last one due on June 30, 2012. These Letters of Intent delineated specific mitigation factors for the affected communities including buyouts.
The 17 counties included are Albany, Broome, Chenango, Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Rockland, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Tioga, Ulster and Westchester.
Approximately 1143 properties in 17 counties have been processed already for buyouts under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The estimated total project cost for the buyouts is over $194 million which puts the 25 percent non-federal share cost at approximately $48.5 million.
The devastation and destruction is still affecting New Yorkers almost a year later.