FEMA reimburses Westchester $2.5 million for sewage treatment plant operations during Sandy

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FEMA has authorized nearly $2.5 million for Westchester County to reimburse 90 percent of the costs associated with protecting the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant during Hurricane Sandy.

The funds come from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which was passed by Congress in January. The county applied for the aid and it was recently granted, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey’s office announced.

“The Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant took a direct hit, and Westchester County went to extreme and costly lengths to keep the plant up and running to protect residents’ health,” Lowey said in a statement. “This badly-needed aid will help ease the financial burden of the County’s Sandy response and limit the impact to taxpayers.”

Local governments in Westchester and Rockland Counties have received more than $35 million in FEMA grants since Sandy struck last year, according to Lowey’s office.

 

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  1. Jackson Davies on

    Thanks to the blue collar workers (men and women) in the Yonkers Treatment plant and all the facilities in Westchester for holding the line against what happened with the storm surges, damaged equipment, flooded equipment, sand logged areas, and destruction from record high water levels and winds due to Sandy. They don’t get any credit since politicians most times never give them much of a mention but instead like to tour around wearing a cop police hat pretending to understand exactly what the real workers do day in night out to keep our systems working.