Updates on NYC's Hurricane Sandy Recovery


Helping New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy get back on their feet has been a top priority since the storm.

As Mayor, Michael Bloomberg signed two Executive Orders to help New Yorkers rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. The first Executive Order allowed home and property owners who are rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy to meet new flood standards without violating zoning codes. The second Executive Order waived fees for businesses that are rebuilding after suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy. NYC also received $1.77 billion from the federal government to address urgent housing, business and infrastructure needs in the City’s hardest-hit areas. As Mayor Bloomberg discussed in the 2013 State of the City Address, NYC is also developing a long-term plan to cope with extreme weather events that will get the lights back on quickly, keep the gas stations open, ensure the hospitals maintain power, and guarantee a working transportation system.

For more information on housing recovery after Hurricane Sandy, visit the new NYC Housing Recovery website.

Related Information
Former Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway on Sandy rebuilding
Sep. 5, 2014 MikeBloomberg.com
Today The New York Times published a story about the Sandy rebuilding process that is badly misleading. Here are the critical facts omitted or marginalized in the story.
Former Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson on Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding
Sep. 2, 2014 MikeBloomberg.com
The Bloomberg administration's Rapid Repairs program injected approximately $640 million directly into the repair of homes damaged by Sandy.
On Governor Cuomo's Announcement of Funding for Howard Beach Coastal Protection Project
Dec. 1, 2013 NYC.gov
Governor Cuomo announced approval of funding to upgrade storm protections in Howard Beach.
Announcing the First Multi-Family Buildings to Receive NYC Build it Back Funding
Oct. 30, 2013 NYC.gov
The first three properties to benefit from the NYC Build it Back multi-family building repair program will receive $2.5 milllion for repairs and resiliency measures.
Progress Made on Resilience Projects to Protect NYC Against the Effects of Climate Change
Oct. 29, 2013 NYC.gov
Seventy-three percent of the short-term milestones in NYC's climate report, "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," have been met or are near completion.
Mayor Bloomberg Releases One-Year Update on Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Activities
Oct. 28, 2013 NYC.gov
Nearly 21,000 donors contributed more than $60 million to the Mayor's Fund for NYC's emergency response needs and long-term restoration efforts in the wake of Sandy.
Flood Insurance Study Results Show New Federal Flood Maps and Rules Will Increase Costs
Oct. 25, 2013 NYC.gov
Thousands of new properties will now be considered in the floodplain, and the Administration will be taking specific steps to provide relief for residents.
Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Acquisition of Hurricane Sandy-Damaged Property Through NYC Build It Back
Oct. 10, 2013 NYC.gov
NYC Build it Back is a City program to assist homeowners, landlords and tenants in the five boroughs whose properties were impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Rockaway and Brooklyn Ferry Service Extended Through January
Aug. 21, 2013 NYC.gov
Weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan, with a stop in Sunset Park, will continue to operate through January 31, 2014.
Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Summer YouthWRAP Program
Jul. 8, 2013 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Summer YouthWRAP, a seven-week program that will connect 450 probation clients between the ages of 14 and 18 to paid summer jobs at Hurricane Sandy restoration projects in all five boroughs.
NYC Allowed to Issue Property Tax Rebates for Homes Damaged by Sandy
Jun. 20, 2013 NYC.gov
New Yorkers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy will receive additional aid this fall through legislation passed today in Albany.
NYC's Long-Term Plan to Protect Against Effects of Climate Change
Jun. 16, 2013 NYC.gov
Since Sandy hit, we've been hard at work developing a plan to prepare our city for all the climate risks we face, both now and in the future.
Recommendations to Strengthen New York's Building Standards
Jun. 13, 2013 NYC.gov
After Hurricane Sandy, an expert panel convened to outline steps to fortify New York's buildings and strengthen building standards.
Mayor Bloomberg Outlines How to Protect NYC Against Climate Change
Jun. 11, 2013 NYC.gov
"A Stronger, More Resilient New York" analyzes the city's climate risks and outlines recommendations to protect neighborhoods and infrastructure from future climate events.
93 Department of Buildings Members Honored at Awards Ceremony
Jun. 5, 2013 NYC.gov
93 department employees were honored for their work in protecting New Yorkers during construction operations and facilitating safe development across the city in the past year.
NYC Build It Back Program Helps Homes Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Jun. 3, 2013 NYC.gov
The program is designed to make the newly available Federal aid understandable, and the program will provide assistance to New Yorkers still recovering from the storm.
Weekday Rockaway Ferry Service and Enhanced Weekend Service Continued
May. 28, 2013 NYC.gov
Weekday ferry service between Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan will continue for at least the next six weeks.
Property Tax Reductions Offered to Those Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
May. 28, 2013 NYC.gov
The reduction is a result of reassessments ensuring the final values reflected damages to homes and businesses, as well changes in market value following the storm.
Coney Island Unveils Restored Carousel and Steeplechase Plaza
May. 24, 2013 NYC.gov
The Coney Island amusement district officially opens for the summer after suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy.
NYC's Plan for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Initiatives Approved
May. 10, 2013 NYC.gov
The Federal funds allow NYC to extend relief to more New Yorkers in need, particularly home owners and small businesses with extensive damages and expenses.
Rockaway Courthouse Restoration Will Make Building into Medical Center
Apr. 24, 2013 NYC.gov
The new medical center will feature a multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center, which will provide new medical services for the Rockaways.
Rapid Repairs Program Completes Work on 20,000 Homes Damaged by Sandy
Mar. 22, 2013 NYC.gov
NYC Rapid Repairs is a first-of-its-kind program to provide free repairs to thousands of homeowners left without heat, power and hot water following the storm.
Grant Program for Emergency Food Providers in Areas Hit by Sandy
Mar. 20, 2013 NYC.gov
The grant program will support the citywide emergency food network of soup kitchens and food pantries that served community needs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Executive Order Waives Fees for Businesses Recovering from Sandy
Feb. 21, 2013 NYC.gov
NYC businesses need to recover from Hurricane Sandy as quickly as possible, and the government will not stand in their way.
NYC's Plans for Federal Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds
Feb. 10, 2013 NYC.gov
NYC will invest more than $1 billion in housing, business, and infrastructure recovery in the neighborhoods Sandy hit the hardest.
Sandy Recovery Initiatives Funded by $1.8 Billion in Federal Grants
Feb. 6, 2013 NYC.gov
NYC plans to spend its initial allocation of funds in Community Development Block Grants to address the most urgent housing, business and infrastructure needs.
Program Addresses Water Damage and Mold in Neighborhoods Hit by Sandy
Jan. 31, 2013 NYC.gov
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is sponsoring the $15 million remediation program with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation.
New Measures to Aid Homeowners Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy
Jan. 31, 2013 NYC.gov
The Mayor signed an executive order to suspend height restrictions so that buildings can meet new flood standards without violating current zoning codes.
On U.S. Senate Approval of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill
Jan. 28, 2013 NYC.gov
This aid will allow us to better help our residents and businesses, and I want to thank all of those who voted in support of this critical appropriation.
Reshaping NYC's Future After Sandy
Jan. 24, 2013 The Huffington Post
We may or may not see another storm like Sandy in our lifetimes, but we cannot leave it to our children to prepare for the possibility.
Statement on House Approval of Sandy Relief Bill
Jan. 15, 2013 NYC.gov
The vote today moves Washington towards honoring the commitment that Americans always make to one another in times of crisis.
New Yorkers Without Heat from Hurricane Sandy Urged to Move
Dec. 20, 2012 NYC.gov
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend and stay cold for at least 3-4 days.
Community Preservation Corporation and Citi Launch Recovery Loan Fund
Dec. 20, 2012 NYC.gov
Building owners can put the funds toward resiliency measures, like installing state-of-the-art heating and electric plants.
Weekly Radio Address: Shaping NYC's Future After Hurricane Sandy
Dec. 9, 2012 NYC.gov
It's essential to take stock of what City agencies did well before, during and after Sandy - and also what we can do better the next time.
On White House Request to Congress for Hurricane Sandy Relief
Dec. 7, 2012 NYC.gov
Our Congressional delegation will work extremely hard to deliver the maximum possible aid, without any spending offsets.
NYC Housing Recovery to Help Victims Displaced by Hurricane Sandy
Dec. 7, 2012 NYC.gov
Apartments in privately-owned buildings are made available to households displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
Shaping New York City's Future After Hurricane Sandy
Dec. 6, 2012 NYC.gov
While recovery efforts remain our top priority, we're taking stock of what we did well and what we must do better.
Recovery Zones and Initiatives Will Help Businesses Impacted by Sandy
Dec. 5, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC will direct assistance efforts to small businesses in areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy
NYC's Ongoing Efforts to Help New Yorkers Still Recovering from Sandy
Dec. 2, 2012 NYC.gov
With winter at hand, we're intensifying efforts to help all New Yorkers still suffering from Hurricane Sandy.
Water Bills Suspended for Properties Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 30, 2012 NYC.gov
By deferring water bill payments and other charges, New Yorkers can focus their attention and money on more immediate and pressing needs.
Property Tax Relief Initiative Will Help Homeowners Impacted by Sandy
Nov. 29, 2012 NYC.gov
A new property tax relief initiatives will assist New Yorkers whose homes were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy
NYC Requests Federal Aid for Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Nov. 28, 2012 NYC.gov
We haven't waited for the help that we hope to get from Washington to come, but given the scale and the impact of the storm, Federal assistance is clearly warranted.
Recovery Loan Program to Help Nonprofits Impacted by Sandy
Nov. 27, 2012 NYC.gov
The program will provide interest-free loans ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to New York City nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Storm-Damaged Buildings Landlords Must Restore Heat and Electricity
Nov. 26, 2012 NYC.gov
Building owners who need assistance can sign up for the NYC Rapid Repairs program so that repairs can be made to restore essential services.
NYC Releases Hurricane Sandy Federal Aid Request
Nov. 26, 2012 NYC.gov
We estimate total public and private losses to New York City from Sandy to be $19 billion.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012
Nov. 26, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg released the City’s request for more than $15 billion in Federal aid for recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
NYC is Helping Homeowners, Businesses, and Schools Recover from Sandy
Nov. 25, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC is helping New Yorkers get back in their homes, students get back in their familiar schools and neighborhood businesses get back on their feet.
$5.5 Million Grant Matching Will Help Businesses Impacted by Sandy
Nov. 24, 2012 NYC.gov
A new program that will make available $5.5 million in matching grants for New York City businesses most impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Bloomberg Lifts Emergency Order for Gasoline Purchases
Nov. 23, 2012 NYC.gov
Currently, more than 85 percent of gas stations in the city are operational and the supply of gas and diesel fuel is expected to increase.
NYC Rapid Repairs Program to Restore Power, Heat, and Water to Homes
Nov. 21, 2012 NYC.gov
The emergency spending will allow City Rapid Repair teams to quickly assess and repair damaged homes.
Over 26,500 Thanksgiving Meals Coordinated for Those Impacted by Sandy
Nov. 21, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC has distributed over 2,400 turkeys and 3,000 side dishes to elected officials and community organizations that are serving holiday meals.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Nov. 21, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Staten Island to Manhattan.
Commuter Ferry Service from Great Kills to Lower Manhattan Announced
Nov. 20, 2012 NYC.gov
The new service is designed to bring immediate relief to and ease the commutes of residents in Great Kills, Midland Beach, Tottenville and other impacted Staten Island neighborhoods.
12 Schools Damaged by Sandy Reopen
Nov. 19, 2012 NYC.gov
Mike Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott 12 schools in the Rockaways and Brooklyn that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012
Nov. 19, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg reopened 12 schools in the Rockaways and Brooklyn that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
NYC Expanding Door-to-Door Outreach to Vulnerable Populations
Nov. 18, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC has distributed more than 2 million meals, more than 660,000 bottles of water, more than 170,000 blankets and 15,000 space heaters.
Emergency Order for Odd-Even Gas Purchasing System Extended
Nov. 18, 2012 NYC.gov
The odd-even license plate system has helped reduce wait times at gas stations and helped stabilize fuel purchases throughout the five boroughs.
Innovative City Efforts Helping Repair Damaged Homes and Businesses
Nov. 18, 2012 NYC.gov
City government will continue to be there for every New Yorker who needs us, for as long as it takes.
Department of Consumer Affairs Will Expedite Licensing of Contractors
Nov. 16, 2012 NYC.gov
Consumer Affairs will be expediting fingerprinting and licensing procedures.
Colgate-Palmolive Donates 100,000 Products to Hurricane Relief
Nov. 16, 2012 NYC.gov
Colgate provided 50,000 cleaning products and 50,000 hygienic products.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012
Nov. 15, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg joined President Obama to visit New Dorp Beach in Staten Island.
Tickets to Thanksgiving Parade to be Given to Those Impacted by Sandy
Nov. 15, 2012 NYC.gov
Distribution of the tickets will be coordinated by local elected officials who represent the neighborhoods hardest hit by Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Nov. 14, 2012 NYC.gov
The following is an update of City Government’s Storm Response as of 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
On President Obama's Remarks on Climate Change
Nov. 14, 2012 NYC.gov
President Obama spoke about finding bi-partisan ways to reduce carbon emissions. I look forward to supporting that new effort in any way I can.
Delta Airlines Supports NYC's Hurricane Relief Efforts
Nov. 13, 2012 NYC.gov
Delta has provided the City with 24,000 food items, 22,000 bottles of water, 10,000 amenity kits, and 7,000 Delta inflight blankets.
NYC Restore Will Provide One-Stop Locations for City Recovery Services
Nov. 13, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC Restore is a comprehensive effort to connect residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012
Nov. 12, 2012 NYC.gov
Updates on NYC's Hurricane Sandy recovery. For more info follow @NYCMayorsOffice on Twitter.
Fees Waived for Sandy Repair and Reconstruction Work
Nov. 12, 2012 NYC.gov
To help New Yorkers affected by the storm, buildings with significant structural damage in need of demolition, alterations or reconstruction will have all their repair work fees waived.
$500 Million Plan Will Repair Schools and Hospitals Damaged by Sandy
Nov. 12, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg announced a $500 million emergency plan to make critical repairs to public schools and public hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Walmart Donates to NYC's Hurricane Relief Efforts
Nov. 12, 2012 NYC.gov
Walmart has provided the City with 500,000 bottles of water and 5,000 blankets which have been distributed at the City's food and relief centers.
Weekly Radio Address: Update on the City's Response to Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 11, 2012 NYC.gov
The City has been working around-the-clock to meet the needs of people living in the areas that were hit hardest by Sandy.
Payroll Deduction Program for City Employees to Support Sandy Relief
Nov. 11, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn announced that starting today employees of the City of New York will be able to set aside part of their paychecks directly to aid in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.
NYC Rapid Repairs Program Will Efficiently Fix Homes Damaged by Sandy
Nov. 9, 2012 NYC.gov
NYC Rapid Repairs will send teams of contractors and inspectors into neighborhoods to make quick and efficient repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Rockaway Ferry Service To Assist Thousands Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 9, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg, the NYCEDC, and Seastreak announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended.
Medical Teams Will Provide Door To Door Care in Brooklyn and Queens
Nov. 8, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that beginning Friday morning at 8 AM, ambulances will be deployed to Far Rockaway and Coney Island with a team consisting of a paramedic and member of the National Guard.
Emergency Order Establishes License Plate System to Purchase Gasoline
Nov. 8, 2012 NYC.gov
Hurricane Sandy caused significant flooding and damage to petroleum infrastructure throughout the tri-state region.
Temporary Policies to Speed Heating Oil Deliveries and Boiler Repairs
Nov. 8, 2012 NYC.gov
The new temporary guidelines will help ensure New Yorkers can heat homes and businesses.
Over $32 Million Raised By Mayor's Fund for NYC Hurricane Restoration
Nov. 7, 2012 NYC.gov
One hundred percent of all donations will be dispersed to support relief efforts and organizations.
Guidance for Nor'easter Impacting NYC on 11/7 and 11/8
Nov. 7, 2012 NYC.gov
A significant storm is forecast to impact New York City today from approximately mid-day Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Changes to Garbage Collection in Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Sandy
Nov. 6, 2012 NYC.gov
Department of Sanitation crews will continue to provide 24 hour a day cleanup services to Staten Island, south Queens, and southern Brooklyn.
Brad Gair Appointed as Director of Housing Recovery Operations
Nov. 5, 2012 NYC.gov
Mayor Bloomberg appointed Brad Gair as Director of Housing Recovery Operations and named representatives of his administration to serve as Community Recovery Directors.
Mobile Medical Vans in Coney Island, the Rockaways, and Staten Island
Nov. 5, 2012 NYC.gov
Mobile medical vans are now at locations in Coney Island, the Rockaways, and Staten Island.
Recovery and Emergency Assistance Available After Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 4, 2012 NYC.gov
Resources include on-going shelter, emergency loans, mental health support and small business support.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012
Nov. 3, 2012 NYC.gov
Today, in partnership with the federal government, we took a number of steps to help people stay warm.
NYC Provides Buses to Shelters and Opens Warming Centers
Nov. 3, 2012 NYC.gov
The City is distributing blankets at the food and water distribution centers and has opened daytime warming centers at locations through the city.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012
Nov. 1, 2012 NYC.gov
Food and water distribution will begin in areas hit hardest by the storm.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Oct. 31, 2012 NYC.gov
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone – and we certainly will give our full support over the next weeks and months to those who were hurt by the storm.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Oct. 30, 2012 NYC.gov
Restoring power and mass transit remain the two biggest challenges in the days ahead.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Oct. 30, 2012 NYC.gov
Our first responders have been doing a heroic job protecting our city and saving lives – and they are still fighting fires and conducting life-saving search and rescue missions.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012
Oct. 29, 2012 NYC.gov
The time for relocation or evacuation is over. Conditions outside are dangerous, and they're only going to get worse in the hours ahead.
Hurricane Sandy Update as of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012
Oct. 29, 2012 NYC.gov
City public schools will be closed tomorrow.
Mayor Bloomberg Urges New Yorkers to Comply with Evacuation Order
Oct. 28, 2012 NYC.gov
A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all people in Zone A.
Former Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson on Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding
Sep. 2, 2005 MikeBloomberg.com
The Bloomberg administration's Rapid Repairs program injected approximately $640 million directly into the repair of homes damaged by Sandy.
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