More Sandy Funding / Ellis Island Museum Re-Opens on Anniversary

Charles SchumerSen. Charles Schumer says New York will get $6.3 billion in Superstorm Sandy aid in 2014.

“According to Schumer, $1.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds will go directly to homeowners affected by the storm that struck the region one year ago. $2.5 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to New York communities in 2014 to pay for permanent projects as well as reimbursement for repairs already done.”

Additionally, Schumer expects at least $1.5 billion in storm-related transportation projects in New York to receive funding. Smaller pots of money will go to fund coastal protection projects, green infrastructure and health-related projects. Schumer said another $207 million will be allocated to the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan.

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The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States is about to resume receiving visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy’s surge gushed into New York Harbor.  The halls and buildings of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum are due to reopen to the public Monday, almost exactly a year after the storm. It swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months. But the National Park Service notes that much work still needs to be done. More than 1 million photographs and other artifacts remain in storage while buildings are fixed and upgraded. Nearby Liberty Island also got flooded during Sandy. It reopened on July 4th but was recently closed again during the partial federal government shutdown.

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