Albany - (WALK) Two Long Island communities will each have an additional $3 million in aid for their ongoing efforts to recover from superstorm Sandy and to prepare for future weather events.
The money is awarded by the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program and doubles the initial funding to both the Oakdale-West Sayville and South Valley Stream groups and doubles their inititial awards, according to state officials.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program was created last year, following the devastating superstorm of October 2012. Six other New York Communities won addition state dollars, based on plans submitted for preparing for potentially disastrous weather events.
The Oakdale-West Sayville group proposals included elevating roads prone to flooding; restoring wetlands to improve natural tidal flow; and removing some buildings along the south bay shoreline.
Plans from 21 groups were submitted on March 31, and experts from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office of Storm Recovery will evaluate proposals for factors including feasibility and cost-effectiveness. Groups who have their plans approved will apply directly to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding. Some approved projects, including on Long Island, may begin before 2015 according to state officials.
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