ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 102 communities in New York will receive a total of $750 million as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, an initiative designed by the State following the natural disasters over the past two years.
The progrma is designed to "empower communities hit hard by storms to implement locally-created and federally funded strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities against future extreme weather," Cuomo said Thursday.
The "Building Back Better: New York State Storm Recovery Conference" was attended by more than two hundred community officials and planners to kick off the program at The Egg in Albany on Thursday.
Under the program, 102 communities across the state have been granted $750 million for rebuilding, ranging anywhere from $3 million to $25 million each, and will have eight months to develop a plan.
Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm severely damaged parts of New York State, and these areas are still cleaning up after the aftermath of these storms. Cuomo's program will encourage residents to redesign their communities, identify ways to strengthen their resiliency, and contribute to New York's effort to build back better and smarter in the face of future extreme weather events.