Bedford will get more than half a million dollars in reimbursement aid in connection with Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The town's total comes in at $585,766, and is part of a roughly $8 million round of federal funds that the governor is directing for several New York State communities that were hit last fall by the storm. The funds have been approved by FEMA, according to Cuomo's announcement.
“Superstorm Sandy left severe widespread damage across communities that were in its path,” Cuomo (D-New Castle) said in a press release. “The impact was both physical and financial. Localities had to respond quickly after the storm to clean up the destruction and debris left behind, and the costs of doing so were overwhelming. As we continue to recover and rebuild, I am pleased to be able to direct these critical federal funds to reimburse those impacted by the storm.”
The funds are intended to provide relief to Bedford, which, the governor's announcement notes, was hit by winds causing downed trees and branches. The town was able to clear 22,707 cubic yards of vegetative and tree debris from the storm.
“I saw firsthand the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy to the homes and businesses of Bedford, Bedford Hills and Katonah," said state Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains), whose district includes Bedford, in a statement. "I extend my deepest gratitude to Governor Cuomo for directing these federal funds so that the Town of Bedford can continue to rebuild after this devastating storm.”
In his statement, State Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye), who also represents Bedford, said, “Governor Cuomo is to be commended for providing a needed assist to the people of Bedford. We are deeply appreciative his support and leadership in helping this community.”