March 19, 2013
By Stephanie West
Suffolk County NY – New York State has provided $4,023,035 million to Suffolk County for reimbursement of debris removal costs incurred by the county following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. Suffolk County experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 348,372 cubic yards of debris on county roads, right of ways, parks and other public spaces.
The county responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.
"Sandy’s impact was devastating to every community in its path and Suffolk County absorbed unprecedented damage, leaving storm debris all over the county," Governor Cuomo said. "Like so many other affected communities, Suffolk County has had to remove huge quantities of debris, which they continue to do months after the storm ripped through its villages, towns and cities. This reimbursement is among many that Suffolk County and other affected communities will receive, passed through the state, from the federal government."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "The impact of Superstorm Sandy was felt throughout Suffolk County, leaving hundreds of thousands of tree debris across roadways and public and private properties.