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Pols earmark $5.85M for Sandy repairs in Rockaway schools

Photo by Christina Santucci
By Sarina Trangle

New York lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had secured roughly $5.85 million in federal money for repairs at two Queens schools and a Staten Island campus ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) and U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said $5,855,251 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding would be directed to the city School Construction Authority to reimburse it for 90 percent of the post-Sandy work it financed.

The SCA is slated to receive $2,976,722 for the cost of cleaning up an oil spill after the storm punctured boiler tanks in PS 105, at 420 Beach 51st St. The money will also help cover the cost of renting and installing temporary generators, boilers and fuel oil tanks in the Far Rockaway school.

The elected officials earmarked another $1,756,487 for asbestos abatement work and the cost of renting and installing temporary power generators, boilers and fuel oil tanks at The Scholars Academy, at 320 Beach 104th St. in Rockaway Park.

“This funding will go a long way in helping our schools devastated by Superstorm Sandy move forward with recovery,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “Our students faced immeasurable challenges during the storm and we owe it to them to rebuild stronger and more resilient. I will continue to work with Sen. Schumer and Gillibrand until every school makes a full recovery.”

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at strangle@cnglocal.com.

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