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Storm Funds Flow For Massapequa

The combined efforts of hurricanes Sandy and Irene devastated much of the Massapequas, and now funds are on the way to help rebuilding efforts for those still mired in the aftermath.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Rising Community Construction program last week, which will distribute more than $750 million to 102 communities throughout the state. Of that money, the Massapequas are set to receive more than $25 million.

“This program recognizes that New York’s effort to build back better must be a two pronged approach with the state not only leading critical infrastructure and broad investment strategies but also providing localities the resources they need to invest in their own future,” Cuomo said. “ When we are done, we will have risen to the challenge of making our great state not only more resistant to future storms, but stronger, more prosperous, and more prepared for years to come.”

Massapequa funds will be broken down by town, with Massapequa receiving $14.3 million, East Massapequa getting $8.7 million and Massapequa Park receiving $3 million. The program will assist communities in mounting rebuilding plans, developed by regional planning committees of community leaders, experts and officials.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano called the governor’s efforts an important step forward in storm recovery and protection from future storms.

“While there is little telling of where or when the next major storm will hit, we can apply the lesson learned today and from our past experiences to build communities that are more equipped to protect residents and businesses, and build a better New York State overall,” said Mangano. “I commend Governor Cuomo for organizing today’s conference to tackle the issue head-on.”