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City's Federal Disaster Funding Action Plan

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: City's Federal Disaster Funding Action Plan
From Mar 26, 2013 to Apr 01, 2013 (included)
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Good Afternoon,

I'm writing to share the below e-mail regarding the City's Federal Disaster Funding Action Plan. As you will read below, the public comment period extends through April 5, 2013. The plan has been translated Spanish, Russian, and simplified Chinese. Details on how to access the plan are below. Please encourage community members to comment on the plan--we want feedback.

As many of you know, Mayor Bloomberg just announced the release of the City’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Partial Action Plan A. This plan details how the City will spend the initial round of $1.77 billion in Federal disaster aid through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Partial Action Plan A addresses housing, business and infrastructure needs. Future Action Plans will address additional programs, including resilience and mitigation planning that will help protect the City from future storm and other climate change effects. In accordance with HUD requirements, the City expects that more than 51 percent of the CDBG-DR funds will benefit low- and moderate-persons either directly or indirectly.

Action Plan A shows that the City’s storm relief needs cost more than the $1.77 billion provided in this first round of federal funding. Therefore, the City will use the $1.77 billion in CDBG-DR funds to leverage other available money through private insurance, charitable contributions, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as State- and City-funded programs.

A fourteen-day comment period on these plans is open now through April 5, 2013, and those comments will be considered in the final plan that will be submitted to the Federal government. CDBG-DR Action Plan A and the public commenting forms are available on the NYC Housing Recovery Page: http://www.nyc.gov/html/cdbg/html/home/home.shtml. Individuals will be able to read the plan and comment in English, Spanish, Russian and simplified Chinese. The online materials will also be accessible for those with visual impairments.

Although we strongly encourage all those who are able to access the Action Plan and comment online, paper copies of the Plan will be available at the following sites in both English and the languages listed above:

The Department of City Planning
The Book Store
22 Reade Street, 1st Floor
New York, New York 10007

The Office of Management and Budget
75 Park Place, 8th Floor Reception Area
New York, New York 10007

Manhattan Borough Hall
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Bronx Borough Hall
851 Grand Concourse Suite 301
Bronx, New York 10451

Staten Island Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 120
Borough Hall, Staten Island, NY 10301

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Large print hard copies will be available (18pt font size) at the locations listed above. For more information on how people with disabilities can access and comment on the Action Plan, dial 311 or, using a TTY or Text Telephone, (212) 504-4115.

Written comments may be sent to the Mayor’s Office of Operations, 253 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10007. All comments must be received by April 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). Comments may be provided by telephone by contacting 311, New York City's main source of government information and non-emergency services. Dial 311 or (212) NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) from outside New York City.

At the end of the comment period, all comments shall be reviewed and a City response will be incorporated into the document. A summary of the comments and the City’s responses will be submitted to HUD with the Action Plan. A revised Action Plan including the public comments and responses will be posted on the City’s CDBG-DR website.



Office of the Mayor I Community Affairs Unit
Staten Island Borough Director
253 Broadway - 14th Floor I New York, NY 10007
o: 212.788.8360 c: 917.543.8254
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