Schumer: $103 Million in Sandy Aid for Hospitals

The money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to facilities including Bellevue Hospital, Coney Island Hospital, Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital Center

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013  |  Updated 10:05 PM EDT
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Sen. Charles Schumer says $103 million in federal aid is coming to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to help with repairs from Sandy.

The money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to facilities including Bellevue Hospital, Coney Island Hospital, Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital Center.

"New York's public hospitals, which over one-million New Yorkers rely on every year, were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and this money will help them get back to their pre-storm state," Schumer said Thursday in announcing the aid.

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"I've seen the damage with my own eyes, and it was devastating. I appreciate FEMA listening to our pleas and getting these funds here quickly. This is not the end of the aid that these hospitals will need - not by a long shot - and we'll keep fighting until the hospitals have been fully restored and they can get back to what they're good at - helping New Yorkers heal and recover," Schumer said.

In previous federal aid disbursements, $114 million has gone to New York University Langone Medical Center.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a $50.5 billion package of recovery and related aid for Superstorm Sandy and other disasters. The package was separated into a $17 billion base bill for immediate recovery needs and a $33.5 billion amendment for longer-term recovery efforts and projects to curb damages from future disasters.

The Senate is expected to accept the package early next week.

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