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Fighting for Our Share of $50.5 Billion in Sandy Aid

Eastern Long Island and the other regions affected by Superstorm Sandy moved forward on the road to recovery this week with final passage of approximately $50.5 billion in federal funding.

Eastern Long Island and the other regions affected by Superstorm Sandy moved forward on the road to recovery this week with final passage of approximately $50.5 billion in federal funding to rebuild homes and businesses, restore battered shorelines and critical infrastructure, and harden the region's defenses against future storms.

Over 90 days since the storm was too long to wait, but my office has been working with officials at all levels of government since Sandy struck to ensure we are prepared to compete for aid to rebuild our communities. The bipartisan legislation signed into law this week includes funding for both short-term emergency needs and long-term mitigation work to limit the destructive power of future storms including:

$16 billion for Department of Housing and Urban Development community development programs; $11.5 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund; $10.9 billion for transit systems; and $5.4 billion for the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).

The ACOE will play a leading role in rebuilding Long Island's damaged coastline. The legislation stipulates that the Army Corps can only perform storm-related work in areas where the agency has already undertaken construction work or studies, such as the 83-mile long seashore included in the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study. Ongoing Army Corps projects in Lake Montauk Harbor and Mattituck are also eligible for funding under the terms of the relief package.

FEMA's disaster relief fund will provide individual grant assistance to households that were damaged in the storm as well as finance low-interest loans for small businesses. FEMA will also reimburse state, county, and local government and certain nonprofit groups for 75% of their costs in responding to the storm. Local government and community development agencies will also be able to compete for approximately $16 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which could fund projects to raise homes in floodplains or purchase frequently-flooded homes and convert them to open space for public recreation.

My job is to bring federal resources to the table to solve the problems identified by local government. With the President's approval, federal agencies are now beginning the process of distributing this critical aid either directly to our communities or via New York State. Please be assured that I will continue fighting for the level of support we deserve in the wake of this devastating storm.

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Preliator February 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Hey Tim, maybe if you had read the bill before you voted for it you would not have to be wasting taxpayer dollars on this. Keep up the crappy job. http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/li-s-bishop-joins-gop-bid-to-repeal-medicare-cost-control-board-1.4515474
highhatsize February 01, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Here's a link that is much more enjoyable than Preliator's and every bit as relevant to the article: http://www.jokeroo.com/videos/cute/adorable-puppy-attack.html
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 01, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I hope you fight as hard for aid money as you did for a fireworks permit for your buddy. Imagine the hosing you would have taken if you were a Republican?
highhatsize February 01, 2013 at 09:08 PM
House Republicans debate the economy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bit9YxtTamY
Argile February 02, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Tim Bishop sure is good at giving away other people's money. Let's see if he's good at getting it back to the taxpayers that need help.
Rick Hoyt February 02, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Please People BOTH Parties are In On This - This Is Staged, Welfare-Warfare State,Almost all the Posters Here are living in Fantasy Football World - Rep Vs. Dem - Ra Ra Root For The Home Team LOL.
Preliator February 02, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Hey, I just found a preview of Obama's state of the union screech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-6H4xOUrs&bpctr=1359805581
Had Enuf! February 02, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I agree with Rick....this cycle of tax, skim some for the government, then return it in the form of "grants" is pure nonsense, and it goes on at every level of government and abused by every political party. It is time we the taxpayers tell politicians that we know how to spend our hard earned money better than they do. Are you up for the challenge? 1. Require your candidates of any party to support TERM LIMITS. It is time to end career politicians. 2. Require your candidates of any party to support legislation that eliminates the collection of taxes on every day they do not pass a budget. If they can' t agree how to spend it, why should they get it? 3. Require your candidates to build a budget from scratch every year, better yet, build a budget for 3 or 4 years out. And no automatic increases, aka baseline budgeting. Just because they spent 10 million on roads this year does not mean they need 10 million plus 8% next year. 4. Require your candidates to explain how much government we really need and why? Do we really need a full time town board, county legislature,full time state legislature, and why do our federal representatives spend most of their time in DC? Let them come live back in the district. With the people that put them there. I could go on and on.......
Patch Joiner February 02, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Tim, your article totally worked on me. The picture of you, fighting hard in a room of slick political monsters, fighting as hard as you can so you can bring home the bacon to us suffering minions. Oh Tim, please come home quick with that $$, we need you. In fact, we can't do it without you. Oh wait, hey Tim. The storm was over 3 months ago and you're a little late. But that doesn't mean you can still paint that wonderful, heartfelt picture of you working directly with the president to do what is right for us victims. Thank you Tim. Thank you. You are our hero- I don't care what the piping plovers think.
Patch Joiner February 02, 2013 at 12:10 PM
++++BREAKING NEWS++++ Tim Bishop's office announces approval the "Hurricane of 1933 Aid Package" Hopefully by next summer, the Bathing Corporation will get some of the money to help rebuild the steam pipes and the thatched roofs of the wash room. Stay tuned for the ceremony details.
Justin Time February 03, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Tim Bishop is doing a great job. He is not alone but has numerous people he has to deal with just as O'Bama does with the republican party. People are very greedy, and when a bill is up for vote, all kinds of other bills are attached..that's just the way it works. Don't blame everything on one person. Could you do any better? Sandy was a terrible storm, affecting many on the coast, but also, living on the coast is a risk, yet very beautiful..it is a personal decision that each and every one living there makes. Be thankful you are in America where the goverment actually gives a damn!
Preliator February 03, 2013 at 12:08 PM
"Be thankful you are in America where the government actually gives a damn!" Oh yeah, they care,
Captain Howard Hawrey February 04, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Problem here is that the "bleeding hearts'" take care of other countries and then fail to take care of our own here in the good old USA! Time to shut down our borders, take care of our own, get our country in order, and then resume our good will through our the world. We are a mess and need to re-group as a country!
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Captain Howard Hawrey February 04, 2013 at 09:53 PM
And how has France been treating us ever since giving us the statue??
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Well, that's what makes us the greatest country in the world & makes France...well...France...
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Wow, just listen to the teabaggery on this post? "How has France been treating us?" One of our strongest allies? You anti-intellectual, xenophobes need to get out of mommy's basement and breathe the air of sanity that the rest of us inhale. Better yet, stay where you are.
John K Massaro February 04, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I'm particularly disturbed by his "Two wrongs make a right" rhetoric myself...
Argile February 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Hazel when you actually have the intelligence to vote for someone other than from what party they come from only then do you have the right to mock someone else. You are actually what's wrong with this country.
Argile February 05, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Actually he hasn't been doing a great job. Look at his voting record. He's only good at acquiring government money, taxpayer money. Which is fine for certain situations like disaster relief but that's all he's done. He's done nothing to improve economic growth on Long Island. My father who is a Korean war Veteran still can't get dental coverage. He worked till he was 76! So when you left wingers get on your high horse about how he treats Veterans it's all one big lie. I voted for him the first couple of times. Then my taxes started cranking up and he and various other politicians sat back and did nothing. And now we're stuck with him again. Enjoy your tax increases! BTW, did you enjoy your SS tax increase? http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/44518/tim-bishop#.URBMW-RERIE

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