“We’ve been working with city officials to reevaluate a few of the problems referenced in the report,” explained Don Caetano, a spokesperson for FEMA. “It’s, however, a continuing process that requires national, state, and local entities to coordinate extensively with one another.”
But a chunk of the federal grant money has yet to be tapped into, with the town spending just 43.9 percentage of available FEMA capital and 79.5 percent of HUD dollars. Along with the breakdown by some of hardest hit city agency’s is starker, with NYCHA spending just 41.1 percent of its $3.1 billion in federal aid and NYC Health + Hospitals Corp. with a mere 19.9 percent of its $1.8 billion, according to the comptroller’s report.
Neighborhoods continue to rebuild and prepare for the storm seven years later Hurricane Sandy tore through new york. However, the city has to spend some $8 billion in federal funding available for those efforts, according to a new report from comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy put waste to a lot of pieces of the five boroughs. Neighborhoods were flooded up to nine feet of water, thousands of buildings were destroyed, and whole swaths of town reshaped. 43 people were killed by the storm and caused $19 billion worth of damage, based on some 2013 report from the administration of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“You’ve got about 10 years before we can not undo this,” Stringer said. “I fault no one for considering 2050, but I think that the climate gods are saying to us,’We are going to provide you this much time left so use the time wisely. Spend the cash. ”’
Currently, several jobs to fight climate change from New York City have been currently in the works, such as a $10 billion resiliency plan to extend lower Manhattan into the East Riverand also a massive barrier to stem flood in Staten Island, along with also an overhaul into the Lower East Side’s East River Park which will include flood protections.
The strategy came shortly following the City Council approved its version of their”Green New Deal.” But those ambitious strategies do little to garner instant outcomes and the city needs to do more to ensure the funds it has are put to use now, Stringer asserts.
Then the federal government stepped in, allocating $10.5 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery licenses and a $4.2 billion in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Mayor’s Office of Resiliency says there is no lag in town spending and things to national red tape–that the town needed to produce some 100 million pages of records to be reimbursed by HUD because of its Quick Repair app –preventing the city from accessing capital. HUD dollars weren’t even available to the city before 2015, a spokesperson for the town noted.
“This is an emergency. There’s urgency.”
The city’s deadline to invest HUD money, which can be allocated in a lump sum, is September 2022. Deadlines for projects which requires proposal admissions, change and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The town has filed hundreds of such project proposals to FEMA, along with the two have collaborated to expedite the approvals procedure, according to the town and FEMA.
The Town has yet to spend billions in federal aid that is Open, according to a new report from the city comptroller
The report,”Safeguarding Our Shores: Protecting New York City’s Coastal Communities from Climate Change,” found that only 54% of $14.7 billion in federal support set aside for town fixes and resiliency has actually gone toward those efforts. Stringer blamed bureaucracy for spending, but argues a lack of urgency on the component of the city has abandoned the five boroughs exposed as the danger of climate change .
“The bulk of national recovery funds for New York City weren’t made available until 2015, and we are not advised to devote all FEMA and HUD capital for decades,” Jainey Bavishi, that bureau’s manager, said in a statement. “We are on track to fulfill all national deadlines and we are spending our federal recovery funds quicker than the national average”