Just a week after after the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced tha NYC would be getting $1.6 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, to go toward hospitals affected by the superstorm.
Assisted hospitals include Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Bellevue and Metropilitan Hospital Centers in Manhattan and Coler Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island. Allocated moneys will not only help reimburse those medical centers for post-Sandy rebuilding and also go toward installing floodwalls and flood-proof elevators for future storms.
"This money will allow us to do the kinds of things we know are necessary for resiliency, replace and improve generators and put them in safer positions, new pumps, flood-proof elevators," said de Blasio at a press conference. "All the things that will allow our hospitals to keep going through thick and thin."
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New York Senator Charles Schumer said he hopes the funding will help affected hospitals to "build back better and stronger."